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The Next Meeting of SWFLGG

"Hamburg and Bremen:  
Gateway to the the New World"
Presenter:  Werner Ropers
Of all the ports in Europe, Hamburg and Bremen became the "Gateway to the New World" for emigration to America.  We'll trace the emigrant's  journey from their homeland to America and what they had to go through to seek a better life for themselves and their children.
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?  
Could your ancestor be in our Surname Database?
Each entry has...
The ancestor's name
County, state/province/region
Years when they lived there
Only members can enter names and information into the database
but it's available to anyone who may be interested.
Join SWFLGG and share your German ancestry!

Remember when you're researching...

... that it was highly unlikely that our ancestors traveled alone from their home village to the port where the ship to America waited for them..  They sailed for weeks together crossing the pond.  Often, they  traveled from the entry port together settling in the same American town.  

Watch for these friends (and relatives) to be listed close together in the census... in the church records (baptisms & marriages)... and as witnesses on legal documents (wills, land, etc.).


Websites to check!

Germanic Genealogy Society - St. Paul, Minnesota  
Alphabetical list of German towns, 1900-1910.
Some list websites.  Site is in German.
Thanks to Wener for sending this great information.
A "How-To" Manual for the new FamilySearch website.
"Internet Sources for German research" by Kory Meyerink

Of Interest...

General Meeting
September 13, 2014

German Book Library Donation Project
See the books at the September meeting.

2015 Seminar
January 24, 2015 - Details soon!