German Special Interest Group of The Villages Genealogical Society (Florida)
Type: Non-profit
Purpose: to promote and stimulate knowledge and interest in the study of genealogy; to provide for exchange of information among members; and to provide educational programs and workshops that will assist our members in their genealogical research.
Contact Information:
  • Website: and select "German SIG" under the Special Interest Groups menu
  • Facebook: and select "German SIG Group" under VGS Social Media
  • Email:
  • Mailing Address: The Villages Genealogical Society, 2322 Wilton Way, The Villages, FL 32162
  • Phone Number: 352-751-6966
  • Fax Number: (none)
  • Auf Deutsche or English Contacts? To in English; für Deutsch, bitte an anrichten.
Membership:  Limited to residents of the Villages, Florida only.  $10 yearly for initial membership, with $5 for renewal.  This includes participation in all monthly programs at no extra charge.
Membership Benefits: Attendance at monthly VGS meetings and special seminars, as well as all 16 Special Interest Groups.  Access to secure downloads and archives of past presentations.  There is also a bi-annual visit from Christa Cowan of
Events: Monthly meetings of VGS and German SIG as well as other 15 SIGS, not all of which meet every month, plus a yearly Seminar in February with a nationally-known speaker, for an additional fee.  German SIG offers formal presentations September through May, with summer months dedicated to member success stories and tackling brick walls.
Research & Library functions are not provided by VGS or the German SIG.  Informal German translation services are provided by Coordinator Bernhard Guenther.
Publications: There is a monthly newsletter, with an archive of past issues, available to non-members going back to 2009.  The daily blog is only available to members on a subscription basis (gratis).