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 2021

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, German SIG meetings for 2021 are scheduled to be held online until it is safe to resume meeting in person. Each virtual meeting will be recorded and will be available as a digital recording.

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.

Next Meeting

Coming This Fall:

Wednesday, 15 September 2021, 7:00 p.m. (Central time)

Hofgeschichten, Häusergeschichten, and Bürgerbücher: Using Local History Sources in German Genealogical Research

Hofgeschichten (farm histories), Häusergeschichte (building histories), and Bürgerbücher (citizen registers) are local history publications that can provide important genealogical clues and insights into your ancestors’ lives. Discover each of these unique publications, how to use them and tips for finding them.

Featured Speaker: Scott Holl (Manager, History & Genealogy Dept., St. Louis County Library Headquarters)

Recorded SIG Meetings Available Online

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some German SIG meetings in 2020 and 2021 were held online and three of them are still available as digital recording.

German Settlement in Missouri

German-Americans arrived before Missouri statehood. In the nineteenth century, German immigrants poured into the state, altering the population and keeping Missouri in the Union. Explore the counties with the largest influx of German immigrants.

Featured Speaker: Carol Whitton, CG (German SIG leader and StLGS Projects Director)

The handout for this meeting is here.

The recorded webinar can be viewed here.

Password for the recording is ep.@zU7o


What Day Is It? Interpreting Dates When the Calendar Changes

Calendar changes can present challenges to our research. Understanding when and why they happened can help us better interpret our genealogical records.

Featured Speaker: Dan Lilienkamp (Reference Specialist, History & Genealogy Dept., St. Louis County Library Headquarters)

The handout for this meeting is here.

The recorded webinar can be viewed here.

Password for the recording is RDP*$*a7

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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