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     International German Genealogy Partnership

The Beginning of a Partnership

On 28 May 2015, eleven representatives and interested parties participated in an online meeting regarding a new German-American Genealogical Partnership.  Participants were from 8 different U.S. States, Germany and Poland. 
 
The current name of German-American Genealogical Partnership was agreed upon.  All societies interested in Germanic Genealogy are invited to join in establishing a close network of societies sharing the common goal of researching our Germanic heritage. 
 
There are already about 10 organizations that have agreed to become partners.
 
On 29 May 2015, at a conference held by the Germanic Genealogy Society - two important documents were signed.
  • The Declaration of St. Paul between the 3 founding societies: Signers included Kim Ashford of the Germanic Genealogy Society, Jim Neuenfeldt of The Pommern Regional Group of MN, and Dirk Weissleder of the Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft genealogischer Verbände.
  • The Partnership Agreement with society representatives present at the GGS Bonus Conference.  To the above listed, Ingeborg Carpenter of the Sacramento German Genealogy Society also joined us.  Partners unable to be present were Gordon Seyffert of the Immigrant Genealogy Society, Ruth Emmel of the Southwest Florida Germanic Genealogy Society and Nancy Myers of the Ahnenforscher Stammitisch Unna und Umgebung.
 
Agreement of Germanic Genealogy Organizations
In Partnership with One Another
                                          
Foundation
 
The President of the Germanic Genealogy Society (GGS), Mrs. Kim Ashford from Minnetonka, Minnesota, affiliate Chairman of the Pommern Regional Group of Minnesota (PRG) James Neuenfeldt  from Cottage Grove, Minnesota and the National Chairman of the Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft genealogischer Verbände (DAGV), Dirk Weissleder from Laatzen, Germany  signed a Proclamation of  St. Paul to bring together a closer German-American genealogical relationship. This partnership would form a German-American genealogy structure between countries and organizations for sharing contacts and genealogical research. This partnership is open to all organizations (and individuals) interested in German genealogical research.
 
Common Goals
 
The common elements of this agreement are to create a partnership between organizations and individuals interested in German Genealogy research; to share strategies for research; to help develop contacts between organizations and individuals; to create a list of most valuable references, resources and websites and to create contact list of organizations, speakers, researchers, guides, historians and translators in support of the Proclamation of St. Paul which is the partnership between GGS, PRG and DAGV.
 
Future Vision
 
The larger vision and goals of this agreement are to share knowledge and research strategies and to develop webpages that describe the partnership and share information.  These Web pages would describe German and American genealogy and would be written in German and English. They would be written from both the American and German perspective.
 
This Agreement of genealogy societies is designed to build a partnership relationship between them. 
 
If your society would like to join this partnership, contact the GGS president Kim Ashford at president@ggsmn.org.