Partnership Documents
 
Two important documents were signed on 29 May 2015 at a conference held by the Germanic Genealogy Society.  These document represent the beginning of the German-American Genealogical Partnership.
  • 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.
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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.
 
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Press Release 4 June 2015
Announcing the new German-American Genealogical Partnership 
“Bridging the Gap between North America and Europe for Genealogists”
 
This partnership forms a German-American genealogy structure between countries and organizations for sharing contacts and genealogical research. This partnership is open to all organizations interested in Germanic genealogical research.
 
Goals of Partnership
Our shared goal is to stimulate interest in Germanic Genealogy and to provide a forum to share research methods and information to further the researching of our ancestors.  The goal of the Partnership is to assist, strengthen and support each society as they continue to grow.
 
Common Goals include:
  1. Sharing strategies for research
  2. Developing contacts between organization and individuals
  3. Creating a list of most valuable resources
  4. Create lists of references and websites
  5. Sharing contact lists of organizations, speakers, researchers, guides, historians and translators
 
A future plan may include Germanic national and international conferences. Additional plans and goals are under discussion with new partner societies.
 
Founding Societies
The founding societies of this new partnership include the Germanic Genealogy Society (GGS), the Pommern Regional Group of Minnesota (PRG), and the Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft genealogischer Verbände (DAGV).
 
The first international online meeting for this partnership was held on 28 May 2015, which included representatives of various societies from Germany, Poland, and seven U.S. states ranging from California to New York. 
 
Representatives from the three founding organizations officially signed a Proclamation of St. Paul on 29 May 2015 before a large audience as part of the GGS Conference.   The proclamation describes the goal to create a closer German-American genealogical relationship between all interested societies.
 
From this original online meeting four additional societies have already joined in this partnership with several more waiting for board approval.  We encourage other societies interested in Germanic Genealogy to join us in the German-American Genealogical Partnership.  Further information can be found on the GGS website under the German Partnership menu item.