Herzlich willkommen in alle deutschen Genealogen!
The goals of the Southwest Florida Germanic Genealogy Society, Inc. are to provide fellowship, education and helpful support in our research of the family history and genealogy of our ancestors in regions where the German language and German culture was, or is, prevalent.
Our objectives are two-fold.
          1.  to support and educate persons interested in learning and applying
               accepted practices for Germanic genealogical research... and
          2.  to periodically disseminate information to the membership
               concerning events pertinent to German genealogical research,
               both current and historical.

The Next Meeting of SWFLGG

Saturday, September 13, 2014
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Mid-County Regional Library,Room C
2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte,

The SWFLGG Surname Database

Have you checked our Surname Database?  
There are currently 315 names in our database!  
One or more of them could be your ancestor!
The name of the ancestor is listed... county... state/province/region... country and the years during which the ancestor resided there.  
Although only members can enter names and information into the database, that information is available to anyone who may be interested.
Have you checked the SWFLGG Surname Database?
We'd be delighted to have you join the Society
and share your ancestry as well!

German Naming Customs

Prior to 1871, Germany was not a united country, but rather numerous kingdoms, principalities, duchies, and fiefs. Naming customs differed from area to area and during different times.  Most parts of Germany began using permanent surnames around the 1500s.   

In central and southern Germany, during the 1700s, most "boy children" had the name Johann with a second given name. The second or middle name was considered his "call name"... the name  by which he was called.  This call name was unique to him in his daily life unless he was given the single name "Johannes." All "girl children" in a family may also have dual given names with the first name being Maria or Anna for most.  

In northern and northeastern German areas, the Germans in the mid-1800s gave their children 3-5 given names  This was following the pattern of the nobility in those areas. The more names a child was given... the more important he was.  To distinguish which of the many names a person would use in daily dealings, the minister would underline the preferred name at baptism.


Websites to check!

A "How-To" Manual for the new FamilySearch website.
"Internet Sources for German research" by Kory Meyerink
German Radio on Your Computer

Facts and Tips
Check home sources, e.g. old letters, post cards, family Bibles, for clues to your immigrant ancestor.

Consult original records. Look for records kept at the local or national leve in the U.S. which may reveal your immigrant ancestor's hometown.

Search church records from your ancestor's hometown.