Next meeting: Friday, November 3, 2017, 1-3 pm.

Topic: Applying for German Naturalization.  Our speaker will share her experience applying for German naturalization, based on Article 116, paragraph 2 of the German Basic Law. This law allows descendants of Germans, who lost their citizenship during the 1933 to 1945 time period, to receive German naturalization. It is also a story of how a person’s birthplace can shape their life and that of their descendants.

Speaker: Carol Shafer, born in Berlin to a German mother, is a first generation American on her mother’s side. Currently, she is an English as a Second Language teacher at City University in Seattle and has worked for the government, in the private sector and in education.

Come at 12:45pm and network with fellow GIG members.  Visitors are always welcome.

Time & Location: GIG holds their meetings on the first Friday of each month, except July, August & December from 1 to 3 pm in the Relief Society Room of the LDS Church at 10675 NE 20th St, Bellevue, WA 98004. That room is located just to the left of the main Church.

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Past Meetings

The German Interest Group strives to bring topics of interest to members at its meetings. Below are current year and links to previous years’ topics.

Meeting Date Topic Presenter
Oct 2017 German Village 1500-1850: Marriage, Religion & Inheritance Janet O’Connor Camarata
Sept 2017 What I Wish I Had Known…before I started researching my ancestors Janet O’Connor Camarata

Sep 2016-Jun 2017
Sep 2015-Jun 2016
Mar 2007 – Jun 2015