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Annual Seminar

Annual SWFLGG Seminar
Noted Genealogist and Popular Lecturer
Kory Meyerink
"Accessing New Sources for German Research"
Saturday, January 24, 2015
24 Twenty-One Event Center
2421 Tamiami Trail - Port Charlotte, FL
"Accessing Records in German Local Repositories"
Archives, libraries, civil registration offices and many other repositories in Germany have hundreds of thousands of documents not available on microfilm or anywhere else. Church, city, state, regional and archives are much easier to search in Germany that in many countries, and long distance access is even possible,  The answers to your research problems are there.  Now, learn how to get at those answers.
"Has It Already Been Done? German Compiled Records"
Records of the previous research of others is a standby and common source in American and British research, but iis it almost as important for German research? Thousands of books and hundreds of periodicals document a growing amount of carefully researched lineages in Germany.  Manuscript collections add millions more names.  Easier to us than parish registers.  It's time to tap this under-used wealth of information.
"Internet Sources for German Research"
There may not be a Ancestry or RootsWeb for German research but there are a significant and growing neumber of Internet sites providing significant help for German researchers.  From Gazetteer sites to translation sites, as well as locality sites where you can contact local archives, churches and even researchers, it's getting easier to do this research right at home!
"U.S. Sources for Learning the German Hometown"
Finding a German's ancestral home town is best done with sources in the United States and Canada.  This lecture introduces the major records in America that may provide the name of the German immigrant;s home town.  It is necessary to sue a wide variety of American soruces because there are no "sure cures" for this problem.
For more information and registration form, CLICK HERE.

The Next Meeting of SWFLGG

Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 10:30 am
Mid-County Regional Library
2050 Forrest Nelson Boulevard - Port Charloote, FL
To be announced

German Passports

In many cases a resident of a German locality had to apply for a passport to emigrate.  Laws varied from place to place.  Passport records and indexes, when they exist and have been filmed, are catalogued in the Family History Library Catalogue under the topic "Emigration and Immigration" in its Locality section.

From The German Research Companion

Websites to check!

RESEARCH CHECKLIST in EVERNOTE - This website offers a ten minute video on creating genealogy checklist in Evernote. There are plenty of other things to explore here, too. - http://www.thearmchairgenealogist.com/2014/06/creating-research-checklist-in-evernote.html
Germanic Genealogy Society, St. Paul, MN
Alphabetical list of German towns, 1900-1910
A "How-To" Manual for the new FamilySearch website
"Internet Sources for German research" by Kory Meyerink

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!

Of Interest...

General Meeting
November 8, 2014 - 10:30 am - Mid-County Regional Library, Port Charlotte

German Genealogy Lecture
November 15, 2014 - Fort Myers Regional Library - "The Fun of Using German Websites" and "Germany: Kingdom, Duchy, Principality...?"

Searching for your German Ancestry
Check the many new German records on Ancestry.com. You'll be busy... busy... busy!

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