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The Next Meeting of SWFLGG

Saturday, November 8, 2014
10:30 am
Mid-County Regional Library
2050 Forrest Nelson Boulevard
Watch for program details shortly. 

Local Genealogy Society Endows Libraries in Five Counties
Eight years ago, a number of local genealogy enthusiasts banded together to form a single organization dedicated to researching their ancestors from German speaking countries.  Historically, that included areas of Europe from Luxembourg to Switzerland, Alsace-Lorraine, parts of Poland and today’s Slavic states, and more.  In November, 2006, the Southwest Florida Germanic Genealogy Society, (SWFLGG), was born.  
Today, the society is a community oriented non-profit with an extensive website, and boasts membership from Tampa to Naples.  It hosts free public programs based in Port Charlotte every two months from September through May offering lectures and workshops in Germanic and sometimes general genealogy. Most recently, it has completed a 6 month long project to gift books valued at a total of $500 to each of the five county library systems represented by the membership, Charlotte, Collier, Lee, Sarasota and Pinellas.
The total outlay of $2,500 for the project was derived of proceeds from the society’s annual winter seminar in which an expert genealogist is invited to present a day-long workshop in German genealogy to the membership and to the interested public with advance registration.  The 2014 seminar with renowned genealogist and lecturer, Dr. Roger Minert, PhD, A.G. of Salt Lake City, had drawn record attendance.
It took 6 months for representative members appointed from each county to meet with their library’s staff and determine which books would best benefit the German genealogy collection of that library, then to carefully filter through and approve results.  Long hours were spent locating and searching for the “best buys” for those finally chosen.
Distribution of the actual volumes was made in a formal presentation at the society’s September 13th meeting at Port Charlotte’s Mid-County Regional Library.  This took place at the general meeting following the scheduled program.  
Lee County Charlotte County Pinellas County
Collier County Sarasota County Collier County


Before 1871, there was no nation recognized as "Germany,"  Approximately 350 individual entities existed independently... kingdoms, duchies, principalities, etc.  In 1871, the "Second German Empire" was established.  .

Although short-lived (ended in 1918 after WWI), the Second German Empire is the standard for the cataloging of German records. Whether or not your ancestor's village existed prior to 1871, its records are filed under the name of the Second German Empire's state where it was located in later years. 

Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs lexikon de deutschen Reichs, a gazetteer published in 1912, describes about 210,000 of these localities.

Websites to check!

WORLD MAP - GeographyIQ is an online world atlas packed with geographic, economic, political, historical and cultural information. In addition, GeographyIQ brings together a number of other resourceswell as climate and time zone information. 
Germanic Genealogy Society, St. Paul, MN    
Alphabetical list of German towns, 1900-1910.
Some list websites.  Site is in German.
A "How-To" Manual for the new FamilySearch website.
"Internet Sources for German research" by Kory Meyerink

The SWFLGG Surname Database

Have you checked our Surname Database?  
Could your ancestor be in our Surname Database?
Each entry has...
The ancestor's name
County, state/province/region
Years when they lived there
Only members can enter names and information into the database
but it's available to anyone who may be interested.
Join SWFLGG and share your German ancestry!

Of Interest...

General Meeting
November 8, 2014

2015 Seminar
January 24, 2015 with Kory Myerkink