Next meeting: Friday, September 7, 2018, 1-3 pm.

Topic: Find Your Germanic Ancestor’s Village on Maps. You have the name of the village for your Germanic ancestor from any of many sources, like family stories, genealogical records, etc. Now how do you locate that village on a map?  It could be a challenge.  So come learn some tips.

Speaker: Dorothy Pretare started collecting family history in 1995 and is active in 2 local genealogical societies, leader of the EGS German Interest Group and a member of 3 societies in Minnesota.  In 2008, she visited her ancestral villages in old East Germany and present day Poland.

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.

For more information, send us an email at or use the Contact tab on this webpage.

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
Jun 2018 How to Find German Records on Family Search Efficiently and Effectively Janet Camarata
May 2018 Reading German Handwriting
A Travelogue Through Germanic Lands (Part 2)
Claire Gibben
Marilyn Schunke
Apr 2018 A Travelogue Through Germanic Lands (Part 1) Marilyn Schunke
Mar 2018 The Updated Windmill Story Ken Passé
Feb 2018 A Website Used by German Genealogists Dorothy Pretare
Jan 2018 Using US Records to Search for an Immigrant Ancestor’s Village Dorothy Pretare, Melanie Matway, Janet O’Conor Camarata
Nov 2017 Applying for German Naturalization Carol Shafer
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 2017-Jun 2018
Sep 2016-Jun 2017
Sep 2015-Jun 2016
Mar 2007 – Jun 2015