StLGS German Special Interest Group (G-SIG)

Click here for the 2018 G-SIG meeting flyer

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.

2018 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, 24 January 2018FamilySearch

The FamilySearch website is much more than a catalog. Learn about the FamilySearch wiki, how to navigate the catalog, digitized books, and many more features included in this comprehensive website. Focus of this G-SIG session will be on finding additional information on your German ancestors.

Featured Speaker: Bob Goode

Wednesday, 21 March 2018Using Compgen ( Effectively

Much new information has recently been added to important websites. Have you tried using Compgen’s GOV, DigiBib, OFBs, Regional, or other parts? Are you confused or avoiding the German language? Obtain more information on what’s where and how to use it effectively!

Featured Speaker: Carol Whitton, CG

Wednesday, 20 June 2018Exploring German Records in the Ancestry Library Edition Database

Ancestry has become an important tool for German genealogical research. The manager of the History and Genealogy Department at St. Louis County Library Headquarters will give you an overview of available databases and offer tips for searching them.

Featured Speaker: Scott Holl

Wednesday, 19 September 2018Finding Clues and Information for your Ancestors in Unusual Places

Have you used any and every possible document, record, letter, postcard, or diary in your search for more information and answers about your ancestors? Learn of new or different types of information that might give you clues or answers and keep you from adopting the wrong ancestor.

Featured Speaker: Carolyn Schaeffer


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