StLGS German Special Interest Group (G-SIG)

Recorded G-SIG webinars are further down this page.

The St. Louis Genealogical Society German Special Interest Group focuses on teaching family history research, providing genealogy classes, and research opportunities. We welcome those interested in researching their German-speaking ancestors from the Second German Empire or earlier German states, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Switzerland, and any other German-speaking enclave. We host four German genealogy meetings annually. These are supplemented by several German-specific classes yearly as part of St. Louis Genealogical Society’s ongoing education program.

StLGS and the G-SIG also periodically sponsor a nationally-recognized German genealogist as speaker at the society’s bi-annual Speaker Series event. Both G-SIG and StLGS provide suggestions to St. Louis County Library for expansion of their large German genealogy collection. G-SIG is instrumental in StLGS’s efforts to collect, preserve, and publish genealogical and historical records.

For details or information about the German SIG, contact Carol Whitton, G-SIG coordinator, at

International German Genealogical Partnership, IGGP

The German SIG of St. Louis Genealogical Society is a member of the International German Genealogical Partnership (IGGP). Partner societies in IGGP include more than 100 individual German Genealogy Societies in the U.S., Germany, and several other countries. For more information on this organization, German Genealogical activities, and bi-annual U.S. German Genealogy Conferences visit

German Research Websites

When you are ready to start researching your German ancestors, you will find many online resources. For an annotated list of some of the better websites, click here.

The Germans in St. Louis

German settlement in St. Louis began in the early 1800s and accelerated throughout the nineteenth century. For the past 150 years, Germans have played an enormous part in the history of St. Louis. For more information on their role in the St. Louis metropolitan area, click here.

German SIG Meetings for 2022


Beginning with the June meeting, German SIG meetings will be hybrid. You may attend in person at our office (4 Sunnen Drive, Suite 140, Maplewood, MO 63143) or via Zoom. Registration is required to attend either livestreamed or in-person meetings. Recordings of the meetings will be online on this page for ninety days after each meeting.

All German SIG meetings are free and open to the public; however it is necessary to register, if you want to join us. You do NOT need to register to view the digital recording that will be posted on this page. All meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. (Central)


Wednesday, 15 June 2022

“World War I on the Home Front: The German American Experience,” by Dr. Petra DeWitt

Dr. Dewitt will outline several organizations initiated during mobilization and explain their impact on the German American community. The war created anti-German sentiments in the U.S. resulting in harassment of some people of German heritage and the renaming of streets, but it did not end German culture in the state. Learn more about the relationship between individuals and local, state, and national institutions during the war.

Instructions for Attending

All StLGS meetings are free and open to the public. Please follow the directions below for attending either in person at the StLGS office or via Zoom.

    • For attending at our office (4 Sunnen Drive, Suite 140, Maplewood, MO 63143):
      • Due to space limitations, you will need to register by calling our office at 314-647-8547 during regular office hours (Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. until noon (Central time) OR
      • Send an email to office@stlgs.organd include your name, email address, and phone number.
    • For attending via Zoom:
      • You will need a link and a passcode to join the meeting, so it is necessary to preregister.
      • Click on the Registration Button below and follow the simple instructions that appear on your screen.
      • Once you have filled in the registration form, an invitation with a link and a passcode to attend the meeting will be sent to the email you provided.


registration button


The handout for this meeting will be here.


Remaining Meeting for 2022


Wednesday, 21 September 2022

“Researching St. Louis Germans in the Civil War,” by Robin McDonough

Many German immigrants who came to St. Louis were involved in the Civil War. Explore their history and contributions and learn how to research them.


Recorded SIG Meetings Available Online

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, German SIG meetings in 2021 and 2022 were held online and some of them are still available as digital recordings.


Dodging Brick Walls

Most roadblocks we encounter are avoidable. Learn how to recognize and overcome the most common issues that can cause an impasse in German research.

Featured Speaker: Ute Brandenburg

The handout for this meeting is here.

The recorded webinar can be viewed here.

Password for the recording is  fsu*4I$Y


Using German Newspapers

You can find German newspapers; they are more available than you think. And, you can break through the language barrier too. Besides obituaries, learn what genealogical information you may find in German newspapers.

Featured Speaker: Carol Whitton, CG,(StLGS projects director and leader of the German SIG)

The handout for this meeting is here.

The recorded webinar can be viewed here.

Password for the recording is   @.6Jt56f


German Genealogy: What Do You Need to Know?

This was the first meeting of 2020, which was held virtually. If you missed it, the recorded webinar can be viewed here.

The handout for this meeting is here.

Ultimately, we seek the German village of origin in U.S. records, but other questions about our immigrant families need answering first. The answers to those questions will lead us toward our goal. By reviewing the basics, learning about Germany and its resources, and finding our U.S. records, we may be successful.

Featured Speaker: Carol Whitton, CG


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