StLGS German Special Interest Group (G-SIG)

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

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.

2017 Schedule of StLGS German-Special Interest Group

Co-sponsored by St. Louis County Library, meetings are held in the auditorium of the County Library Headquarters. Meetings run from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., with doors opening at 6:45.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017     St. Louis Germans in the Mid-19th Century

Learn about the daily lives of your German ancestors, including their neighborhoods, education, social Turnvereins, jobs, and chain migration. Hear about their reaction to diversity, other Germans, slavery, Nativism, and the Civil War.

Featured Speaker: Dorris Keeven-Franke


Wednesday, 29 March 2017        In die Kirche Gehen: German Churches in St. Louis, 1830–1900

Follow the evolution of religious denominations in Germany and their transplantation to the St. Louis area beginning in the 1830s. Also learn about the development of German congregations within “English” denominations.

Featured Speaker: Scott Holl


Wednesday, 14 June 2017          Distinguish Between Same-Name Germans

Be certain you’ve identified the correct ancestor. Learn techniques and which clues to follow to distinguish two or more persons of the same name either in U.S. or German records.

Featured Speaker: Carol Whitton, CG


Wednesday, 20 September 2017          Using Ortssippenbücher to Research Your Family

Ortssippenbücher contain genealogical information about families within a specific town, village, or parish. The books may cover many generations of a family back to the beginning of a parish’s records. Discover areas of Germany where the books are available. Learn how to use this resource through a case study following a St. Louis family.

Featured Speaker: Dan Lilienkamp


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