Our speaker will be Elizabeth Grismer, author of the book, “Chair Tales and Other Stories.” Her book and presentation will be about the Stomps-Burkhardt Chair factory, owned by German immigrants around the turn of the century.
Following her one hour presentation and a short question and answer period, time will be devoted to those who sought our assistance at the Genealogy Center. Our goal is to match these people with a mentor to help them on their way to finding their German ancestry.
The German Genealogy Group (GGG) will have a Work/Share session soon to further assist those individuals who sought our help in their search to find their German Heritage.
A German Genealogy Library is maintained in the Augsburg Stube, located off the Rathskeller of the Dayton Liederkranz-Turner. Members are welcome to use and check out books for personal use. Instructions for Library loan are on the table next to the books.The library is open evenings, the 1st, and 3rd Mondays of the month from 7:30 to 9:30 PM and every Thursday evening from 7:00 to 9:30 PM when there is choir practice. In addition it can be open by appointment or on the fourth Saturday of the month from 1:30 to 4:00 PM. An appointment can be scheduled by e mailing Louise Gaertner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Library in the Augsburg Stube also contains novels in German and information books on Germany. It also contains children's books in German especially suited for the tiny ones, and for Opas, and Omas, who want to give their grand kids an opportunity to experience German.
Please click on the link below to access the list of books available for loan.
See you in the German Genealogy Center at the Germanfest Picnic at RiverScape MetroPark in downtown Dayton , 12 or 13!
Louise Gaertner and German Genealogy Group Volunteers
The following is a list of websites that might help you in your Genealogy Research:
Discover German Originality
Family Search - Where Generations Meet
Connecting the World One GEDCOM at a Time
A List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
One Step Webpages by Stephen P. Morse
America's First Immigration Center
Christoph Stoepel's Homepage (This website is in German)
Maps for German Genealogy
Interlink Bookshop and Genealogical Services
Genealogy Unlimited - Map Resource
Atlas des Deutschen Reichs (This website is in German)
Searching for Genealogical Records - includes many links to help with your search.
Tips and materials for starting your search.
Online German Emigration Records, Lists and Indexes
A list of 19th Century emigrants from Nordrhein-Westfalen
Although there is an English tab on this page, unfortunately, it only translates the main webpage. Google Translate is your friend!
But to get the list, go to the bottom of this page and click on the blue link "zum Findbuch." It will open a great Excel file.
The German-Americana Collection is one of the nation's largest collections of books, pamphlets, documents, journals, newspapers and manuscripts pertaining to German-American history, literature and culture, and is located in the Blegen Library in the Archives and Rare Books Library of the University of Cincinnati. The collection is especially of value to students, scholars and the general public interested in the history, literature and culture of the German-American element. It contains a wealth of information on the German heritage of the Ohio Valley in particular.
Cincinnati Newspaper Obituary Indexes
In these lists, you can see if a person's death notice is in English and German newspapers before 1920.Germans, after coming to Cincinnati, sometimes modified the spelling of their name, especially if it contained an Umlaut or Eszett, so you need to search variations in the spelling. Look for all ways that the name might be spelled, for example -- Bürck, Buerck, Burck, Bürk or Burk. In cases with Umlauts, it may have changed as follows: ä to ae, ö to oe and ü to ue. But, sometimes the Umlaut was just dropped. One example is Dörger from Goldenstedt. One family has used the spelling Doerger since arriving, while descendants of a cousin have used Dorger. The Eszett "ß" may or may not have been changed to "ss".The indexes are split into 130 files. Names starting with A to Ale are in A, names starting with Alf and Aq are in Alf, etc.
familysearch.org/wiki/en/Category:Germany_Emigration_and_Immigration - 32 lists of German emigration and immigration sites
http://www.igenealogie.net/ a wonderful list featuring basic information such as former occupations, towns which no longer exist, Latin expressions used in church records, former terms for illnesses, historical calendars, old terms for weights and money, etc.