Willkommen!
Herzlich willkommen in alle deutschen Genealogen!
The goals of the Southwest Florida Germanic Genealogy Society, Inc. are to provide fellowship, education and helpful support in our research of the family history and genealogy of our ancestors in regions where the German language and German culture was, or is, prevalent.
 
Our objectives are two-fold.
 
          1.  to support and educate persons interested in learning and applying
               accepted practices for Germanic genealogical research... and
 
          2.  to periodically disseminate information to the membership
               concerning events pertinent to German genealogical research,
               both current and historical.
 

TheComing Meeting of SWFLGG

 
Saturday, May 3, 2014
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
 
 "The Resources of the Fort Myers Regional Library"
 
Fort Myers Regional Library
Meeting Rooms A&B
2450 First Street, Fort Myers
 
The new Fort Myers Regional Library has many opportunities for genealogical research.  Bryan Mulcahy, Reference Librarian, Fort Myers Library, will discuss genealogical research at the library with special emphasis on resources of interest to those researching German ancestry. A tour of the new Genealogy Department will be featured.
 
NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION OF THIS MEETING!
 
 
 

The SWFLGG Surname Database

Have you checked our Surname Database?  
 
There are currently 315 names in our database!  
One or more of them could be your ancestor!
 
The name of the ancestor is listed... county... state/province/region... country and the years during which the ancestor resided there.  
 
Although only members can enter names and information into the database, that information is available to anyone who may be interested.
 
Have you checked the SWFLGG Surname Database?
 
We'd be delighted to have you join the Society
and share your ancestry as well!
 
 

German Naming Customs

Prior to 1871, Germany was not a united country, but rather numerous kingdoms, principalities, duchies, and fiefs. Naming customs differed from area to area and during different times.  Most parts of Germany began using permanent surnames around the 1500s.   

In central and southern Germany, during the 1700s, most "boy children" had the name Johann with a second given name. The second or middle name was considered his "call name"... the name  by which he was called.  This call name was unique to him in his daily life unless he was given the single name "Johannes." All "girl children" in a family may also have dual given names with the first name being Maria or Anna for most.  

In northern and northeastern German areas, the Germans in the mid-1800s gave their children 3-5 given names  This was following the pattern of the nobility in those areas. The more names a child was given... the more important he was.  To distinguish which of the many names a person would use in daily dealings, the minister would underline the preferred name at baptism. 

 

 

Websites to check!

 
A "How-To" Manual for the new FamilySearch website.
 
"Internet Sources for German research" by Kory Meyerink
 
German Radio on Your Computer
 
 
 

Facts and Tips
Napoleon invaded the left bank of the Rhine in 1792 and by 1794, the French troops occupied the region.

The former duchy of Pomerania is along the Baltic coast. It has been fought over and claimed by several major players.

The majority of Pomerania is now in Poland with only the far western part, west of the Oder River, in Germany.