Sacramento German Genealogy Society
Geogen is short for "geographical genealogy" - location based ancestor research.
Entering a family name creates a map showing the distribution of surnames in Germany. Try it!

What's New?
The January 24, 2023 presentation, Historical Events that Affect German Genealogical Research presentation by Dr. Fritz Juengling is now Posted in our Video Library.  Members, please log in to view it.
Can you trace your ancestors back to Germans who immigrated to Pennsylvania? Is there a Palatine in your past? Check out our Pennsylvania German Special Interest Group, and join our new Facebook group!
Time Zones – Online events can task place anywhere so the Live Webinars FAQ page has an easy-to-use time zone converter pre-configured by SGGS to show times for the most commonly referenced time zones.
Pommern Research Video – Recording of the 2nd Online Pommern Connection Session of the Pommerscher Greif, the Ahnenforscher Stammtisch Unna and the International German Genealogy Partnership (IGGP) in the English language from December 19th, 2020.
  Looking for new links and files? – Go to the links and files options under Resources. New entries are marked "NEW" and include many links to Prussian resarch in Germany, a Germans from Lithuania name index and free German music. Also added a link to a FamilySearch page containing videos for those doing Austro-Hungarian research.

SGGS' Online Store

The SGGS Online Store which sells Der Blumenbaum back issues and a few mechandise items is temporarily closed. It will reopen soon with an all new look and easier to use customer interface. If you have any questions about ordering merchandise, please contact SGGS <>.
SGGS also looking for people to help with sales during meetings and to ship items ordered online. If you would like volunteer, please contact SGGS at any of its meetings or the foregoing email address.


Upcoming Events
Feb 28
This lecture gives you an overview of the holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). It identifies which records of each branch of the federal government NARA holds, provides examples, and tells you where those records are housed, differentiating between central office records held in the Washington, D.C. area and those held by NARA’s regional archives facilities. It points to descriptions of NARA holdings, emphasizing those you can access online to guide your research. It suggests research strategies and effective ways to use NARA’s website. The speaker will also discuss some recently digitized records that family historians ...
Mar 15
SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY GERMAN INTEREST GROUP AND THE SGGS PRESENT THE PREMIER OF DON HEINRICH TOLZMANN’S PRESENTATION ON “THE GERMAN 48ERS IN AMERICA: CHARACTERISTICS AND CONTRIBUTIONS!’   March 2023 marks the 175th anniversary of the 1848 Revolution in Europe. It began in France and spread throughout the states of the German Confederation and Austria, lasting until 1849. After its failure, thousands of Forty-Eighters, as refugees of the revolution were called, fled and immigrated to the U.S. Who they were and what their contributions were to American society in general, and to the German element in particular will be discussed, preceded ...
May 23
When information passed on from researcher to researcher doesn't "addup," it's time to tear down the walls and rebuild anew. This methodology lecture shows how erroneous conclusions can sneak into our research uncontested. This lecture is pertinent especially today with so many online family trees that get cut and pasted into our own research.   Dr. Michael D. Lacopo is a retired small-animal veterinarian born and raised in northern Indiana. He takes a scientific approach to his research as he does to his profession. Researching since 1980, he has lectured internationally and written for numerous periodicals and journals.  A self-described ...