Sacramento German Genealogy Society

Become a Member of SGGS !

Although SGGS' primary purpose is outreach to the genealogical public, joining SGGS as a member will provide the following additional benefits.
  • A subscription to our prize-winning journal, Der Blumenbaum
  • Emailed notifications of our monthly meetings and special events featuring speakers who will provide you with information to help with your German-related family research
  • Submission of queries (pedigree charts, online surnames page, Der Blumenbaum queries)
  • Discounted admission to our annual seminar
  • Access to the members-only section of our website.
‚ÄčSGGS membership uses an annual membership year model that runs from July 1 through June 30 of the following year. If you are a new member, when you join will determine which membership year you are purchasing (current one or the next one that begins July 1).
 
New members! Click here for more information about the membership year.
 
 
Membership Dues
Membership
Plan
Mail Delivery Option
U.S.
Residents
Non-U.S.
Residents
Individual $30 $50
Couple $35 $55
Organization $30 $50
 
Dues are payable in U.S. Dollars. Non-U.S. residents please note that currency conversion is built into the online form which uses the payment service PayPal.
 
Three Ways to Join SGGS or Renew Your Membership
 
Online
 
 
You can either purchase a new membership or renew your existing one online. Payment is processed by PayPal. Almost all credit cards but only some debit cards are accepted by PayPal. For non-U.S. residents, PayPal does currency conversion. Use of this payment service is free. If you provide an email address, you will receive an emailed receipt from both SGGS and PayPal.
 
Non-members: Select the New Membership Purchase menu option to begin the process.
 
Renewing members: Log-in using your member login name and password. Then follow the presented prompts.
 
 
By Mail
 
Membership form icon
 
 
1) Print out and complete the one-page membership form.
    Click here to download the membership form.
 
2) Make check or money order payable to "SGGS".
    All payments must be in U.S. Dollars.
 
3) Mail the membership form and payment to:
SGGS
P.O. Box 660061
Sacramento, CA 95866-0061
At Meetings
Click on image to download brochure.
 
Fill out the membership form available at meetings or click here to download one from this website.
 
If paying by cash, check or money order:
Provide your filled-out form plus payment to the Membership Director at the membership table near the meeting room's entrance.
 
If paying by credit or debit card:
Select SGGS volunteers, using their personal smartphones, can accept credit or debit card payments. See the Membership Director at the membershp table. Credit or debit card payments are processed by Square at no charge. Click here to see which cards are accepted by Square. You will be asked for a signature. If you also provide an email address, Square will send a receipt.
NOTE: Since it is dependent on volunteers being present, SGGS cannot guarantee the availability of this service at every meeting.
 
I've Just Joined. What Happens Now?
You will be able to make use of your new membership or membership renewal after it is processed by SGGS. Processing is typically completed within a few days of receipt of your membership, although volunteer vacations can occasionally stretch that to a few weeks. Click here for a list of what happens next and your follow-up options.
 
Questions or Requests?
If you have any questions about membership,  click here to email the Membership Director. If you would like a membership brochure mailed to you, please include your complete postal address.
 
Thank you for being a member of SGGS !
 

Membership Year
 
Unlike when you purchase an annual subscription to a magazine where your renewal date occurs one year from the date of your original purchase, SGGS uses a membership year method. Under this plan, all members have the same renewal date unless they have purchased a multi-year membership. SGGS' membership year begins July 1 and ends June 30 of the following year.
Existing members' renewal reminders are sent out in May and June. See the table below for Membership Year details.
 
Join July 1 -
March 31
When you purchase a new membership before March 31, you will be sent any Der Blumenbaum issues previously sent for the current membership year. Then you'll receive all subsequent issues for the remainder of the current membership year ending June 30.
For example:
If you join on January 24, two previously-mailed Der Blumenbaums (July and November) will be sent to you You will then receive the March issue at the same time as all other members and, in May, you will get a renewal reminder for the next membership year which starts July 1.
Join April 1 -
June 30
When you purchase a membership after April 1, you will receive a complimentary copy of the March issue of Der Blumenbaum followed by all the issues for the next membership year which begins July 1.
For example:
If you join on May 25, you're purchasing a membership for the year that begins July 1 and will receive your renewal reminder in May of next year. Since the next Der Blumenbaum won't be out until July, SGGS will mail a complimentary copy of the March issue from the current membership year to get you "up to speed".
 
Important note for those using the online renewal option:
Due to a limitation in our online software, if your membership expired over a year ago, renewing online will only add a year to your expired membership rather than purchasing a current or next year membership.  If this happens to you, our membership registrar will manually correct your expiration date. Please contact us so we can make this correction as soon as possible.  Thanks!

Membership – What Happens Next?
 
For new members:
  1. If you provided a working email address (strongly recommended), immediately after your membership is processed you will receive an emailed, new-membership-purchase confirmation letter. That letter includes your website log-in name and password. Confirm that the other information on the letter is correct (especially your mailing address) and contact the Membership Director, if any changes are needed.
  2. Log into the members-only section of the website using your new log-in name and password. Then change the assigned default password (and log-in name, if desired). The FAQ page in the For Members Only section describes how to do this. Note that log-in names must be unique across all members.
  3. View your online member record to check that the information posted there is correct.
  4. Browse information in the For Members Only section of the website.
  5. From inside your member record, you can start entering ancestor surname information that will appear on the "Surnames Query" page in the public area of the website.
  6. Send in a pedigree chart that will be indexed and posted to the website. (See the Pedigree Chart paragraph on the Member Services page for more information.)
  7. Review the "Member Services" page in the members-only section of the website and consider making use of the member benefits described there (e.g., putting a query in the next Der Blumenbaum).
  8. Within one month of your membership being processed, you will receive a "new member" packet by postal mail. That packet includes some useful German genealogical handouts, plus any back issues of Der Blumenbaum that you are due.
  9. Once you become familiar with SGGS, please consider becoming a volunteer to help the society function. A partial list of such needs can be found on the "Help Wanted" page in the For Members Only section of the website.
 
For renewing members:
  1. If you provided a working email address (strongly recommended), immediately after your membership is processed you will receive an emailed membership renewal confirmation letter. Confirm that the other information on the letter is correct (especially your mailing address) and contact the Membership Director if any changes are needed.
  2. View your online member record to check that the information posted there is correct (especially if you provided contact information changes during renewal).
  3. Now is a good time ensure that your pedigree charts and surname lists are up to date.
 
Please note: If you renew your membership late (after June 30), you will be mailed the July Der Blumenbaum with an EXPIRED on its mailing label. But you will not receive any subsequent Der Blumenbaum journals mailed prior to your renewal. You will recieve Der Blumenbaum journals mailed after your renewal is received. If you miss an issue, you can log into the website and view it online. The reason for this is that printing has become increasingly expensive. We print a sufficient number of extra copies for new members and some future back issue sales. But we are unable to predict the number of people who renew three or more months late.
 
Membership Options and Upgrades:
  • Second Member of a Couple Membership – Both online and paper membership forms provide for entry of a single email address and phone number. Those are associated with the "primary" member of the two people who constitute a Couple membership, and one log-in name and password is automatically assigned. The system includes a provision for the second member of the Couple to have a separate email address, phone number and log-in name/password. If that is desired, please contact the Membership Director requesting such and providing the second person's contact information. The Membership Director will assign the second log-in name and password.
  • Upgrades – Upgrading your membership plan to a more expensive one is possible by contacting the Membership Director and paying the difference in the dues amount. Upgrading from an Individual membership plan to a Couple costs $5.
  • Seasonal Address – If you split your time between two residences and wish to receive Der Blumenbaum at the applicable residence when you are present, then contact the Member Director to set up a seasonal address. Only one seasonal address is supported. Provide the address, month of your arrival and the month you will be departing. Note that Der Blumenbaum labels are printed within one week either way of the issue date. For example, labels for the April issue may be printed either in late March or early April. And depending on which mailing method you choose and your distance from Sacramento, mailing transit time may range from a couple days to several weeks.
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