Sacramento German Genealogy Society

Type: Non-profit
The Sacramento German Genealogy Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, was founded in 1983 to promote the search for family histories of members who have a German heritage, to increase the understanding of the cultural diversity of life in the German-speaking areas of Europe and in the United States, to encourage and provide the means for members to share their genealogical findings through meetings and a quarterly journal, and to promote the collection and preservation of family history materials.
Contact Information:
Membership:  Join SGGS
  • Membership Plans: Individual (1 person) or Couple (2 people)
  • Mailing Options: Bulk Mail (U.S. only), 1st Class Mail (U.S. & Canada), Foreign
Membership Benefits:
  • Quarterly journal Der Blumenbaum
  • Access to the website’s For Members Only section
  • Annual seminar admission discount
  • Surname and pedigree chart posting
  • Handshake Packet service
  • Emailed event and news notifications
Events:  SGGS Calendar
  • Monthly study group (workshop) and general meetings
  • Annual all-day seminar
  • Participation in some community events (e.g., Christkindlmarkt, Family History Day)
Research (or Focus) Areas:
No restrictions.
Research Services:
Offers German Handshake Packet to members for a fee. It is a set of customized German-language letters of introduction intended to be used by someone traveling to Germany for the purpose of genealogical research. More information
Library (or other resources):
  • Several shelves in the local FamilySearch Library, a branch of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City
  • Reference books at general meetings
  • SGGS website
  • back issues of the Der Blumenbaum journal (mail order)
  • genealogical research tools (mail order)
  • German genealogy-related books, maps and merchandise (sold at meetings)