German Special Interest Group
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The German Special Interest Group (G-SIG) is co-sponsored by the St. Louis Genealogical Society and the German American Heritage Society. Its mission is to enable its participants to explore varied interests in their German ancestry and the development of German-American culture in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area in a variety of contexts. It is intended to foster education about our rich German heritage.

 

G-SIG Forum

The G-SIG publishes a periodic flyer which provides a forum for educational, historical, and genealogical information with fresh insights and ideas to help your research or enjoyment of German traditions and ancestry.

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The Germans in St. Louis

The German settlement in Saint Louis began in the 1830s. There was a major migration into Saint Louis from German states in the mid-1800s. Germans were a cohesive group into the twentieth century. By 1880 some 46 percent of public school children were German and, a year later, 20,000 of the young scholars in St. Louis still received their lessons in German every day.

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Meetings

Meetings, sponsored by the St. Louis Genealogical Society and co-sponsored by the St. Louis County Library, are held at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters in February, April, and September. In November, the meeting is at the Lutheran Hour Ministries. See the complete listing of meetings at the bottom of this page.

As part of the StLGS Speaker Series, the July meeting will be held on Saturday, 26 July 2014. The topic is The Fascinating Life of Your German Ancestor presented by the featured speaker, Roger P. Minert, PhD, AG. Watch for more information in the spring of 2014. There will be a fee for attending this event.

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Clusters

To view the first half of the 2014 meeting schedule for the Clusters, click here.

 

Because Germany historically was comprised of many different regional states, each with its own particular research strategies, the German Special Interest Group has created a number of regional “clusters.” Each cluster specializes in research for that area, and each holds their own series of discussion meetings throughout the year. Find out more about each of these clusters by sending an e-mail to the contact address below.

Cluster

Contact

Region

Alsace-Lorraine

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Alsace-Lorraine

Bavaria and Niedersachsen

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Bayern/Bavaria and Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)

Hesse

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Hessen/Hesse (Meets with the Westphalia cluster)

Prussia

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Prussia and eastern states

Rhineland, Baden and Wurttemberg

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North and South Rhineland. Also Baden and Wurttemberg

Switzerland

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Switzerland

Westphalia

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Westfalen/Westphalia (Meets with the Hesse cluster)

For additional information on the G-SIG, please contact the society office at 314-647-8547, or send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For additional information on the German-American Heritage Society of St. Louis, please contact Hermann Eisele at 314-588-9500 or send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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