German Special Interest Group News

Our April meeting will take place this Friday, April 1, 2016, from 1-3 p.m. at the LDS Church at 10675 NE 20th St, Bellevue, WA 98004.

Our April topic will be three-part:

1)  What did you find at The Fiske Library on our field trip that has helped in your genealogical research?

2)  Research Tips for visiting archives, specialized genealogical libraries, courts, the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and even other countries:  What to do prior to, at the research site, and afterwards.

We hope those of you who have traveled for genealogical research, even if it is in Washington State, will share with the group!

3)  In preparation for our May 6 meeting, (at which we will break into small groups of locations in the German Empire where we are researching our ancestors, to discuss what we’ve discovered and resources particular to the locations we are researching in) we need you to fill out or update the attached Locations and Surnames Sheet.  We will also have this sheet available for you to pick up at the April 1st meeting.

You can fill it out/update it in advance of the April 1st meeting and bring it with you to turn in, or before April 23rd, you can fill it out and email it back to us at, or you can mail it to:  Karen Campbell, GIG, 2447 160th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA 98008, or, if you need to, you can just email us the information at

Please feel free to share this email and invite your friends and relatives–all are welcome to our free meetings!   If you invited them to the May 6 meeting, please have them fill out the sheet and send it back to us so they can participate!

You can tell them that the German Interest Group (GIG) is a special genealogy interest group affiliated with the Eastside Genealogical Society.  The GIG consists of members and visitors who have an interest in German genealogy and, whose ancestors came from the areas of the old principalities in and around the areas of what is now currently Germany, from Germany after it became its own country in 1871, and whose ancestors moved from Germany to other countries, such as the Germans from Russia, or immigrated to other countries, such as the USA or Canada.


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