Feiern Oktober!
Es ist Deutsch American History Month!
(Celebrate October!  It's German American History Month!)

SWFLGG General Meeting
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 10:30 am
 Mid-County Regional library - Room C
Forrest-Nelson Boulevard, Port Charlotte
"Ask the 'Experts'"
Meet a team of your fellow researchers who will try
to help you climb a brick wall in your German research.
Watch for details & question submission.

Saturday, January 30, 2016
"The Winning Edge in German Research"
Presented by Jameas M. Beidler
Nationally acclaimed genealogist, lecturer and author
Watch for more details!

Genealogy for Researching

Cluster Genealogy
Cluster genealogy is research on a group of people connected to each other.  This goes beyond research about your ancestor.  It includes any individuals or families with whom he/she interacted.    Types of clusters include...
  • Siblings - Your ancestor's siblings had the same parents as your ancestor!  Sibling's records often provide information of an earlier generation.
  • Extended Family - This is also called "whole family research."  It includes siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, baptismal and marriage sponsors and even neighbors (who may be relatives) to research a specific family.
  • Community - This includes interdependent people who live in close proximity in a specific location.They may or may not have been related in marriage,
Source: Beginner's Guide to German Genealogy, Edwards, Lois Hemmeter, Germanic Genealogy Society, St. Paul, MN, 2005

Useful Research Websites

Do you know it cost $7 million to build the Eriee Canal (1817-1825)?  Do you know how much that would be in "today's" money? Check out this website for the anwer,,, among many others! (Thank you, Werner!) 
Have you checked other links on the website?  
Go to Research Assistance for help.

Of Interest...

General Meeting
November 7, 2015 at 10:30 am - Mid-County Regional Library

8th Annual German Seminar
Saturday, January 30, 2016 - Featuring James Beidler. Watch for more details in the fall.

Searching for your German Ancestry
Check the many new German records on Ancestry.com. You'll be busy... busy... busy!

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