Events

PROPOSED MEETINGS IN 2018

All meetings are held at the Minnesota Genealogy Center
in Mendota Heights, unless stated otherwise.
Social time 1 pm. Meeting at 1:30 pm. Visitors are always welcome.

We are open to suggestions regarding our 2019 meeting schedule.


Jan 6 2018 - Germans in Jerusalem

Feb 3 - The February meeting will have two parts. Members may/will bring something related to Pommern: a letter, recipe, photo, or artifact, and will tell about it. The second part will be an opportunity to learn about life in Pommern. You are invited to use the PRG books and maps. We also hope that many will bring their electronic device (laptop, tablet, etc) to do some quick research from suggested or Google-assisted sites. Members will be looking for information to learn about every-day life in Pommern.


March 3 - Heart of Pomerania. There was a very interesting presentation about the ships on which our ancestors may have arrived in America. It was given by Jay Biedny, past president of the Polish Genealogical Society.


April 7 - Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor, theologian, author and he led a
staunch resistance to the Nazi dictatorship, including vocal opposition to Hitler's euthanasia program and genocidal persecution of the Jews. From 1935-1937, in Finkenwalde, a suburb of Stettin in Pommern, Dietrich Bonhoeffer headed an illegal Theological Seminary of the Confessing Church. There he prepared “young seminarians for the turbulence and risk of parish ministry in the Confessing Church. Bonhoeffer and his seminarians were under Gestapo surveillance; some of them were arrested and imprisoned.” [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dietrich_Bonhoeffer]
Come to hear about this Pommern connection to Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Don Schultz, a retired pastor and PRG Board member, will be the speaker.


May 5 - Ryan Mattke, is a librarian at the Borchert Map Library at the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota. He will tell us all about the maps in the Borchert Library collection, how to use them, how to find place names, and how to find maps online for the area you are researching. He will also talk about the Topographische Karte, the type of maps that are in the MGS Library. This collection of large maps of Pommern is owned by the PRG.


June 2 - Bob Rowe: Tips and tricks using the new Findagrave. You might even hear about some of his pet peeves.


July 7 - Diane Schmidt: Books in the GGS holdings at Concordia College


August 4 - Janet Mitchell: Online German Map Resources.


September 1 - The Pommern program on Saturday, Sep. 1, might be able to help you with one of your work projects. DNA. Everyone is talking about it. I spit into the tube and sent it in. Now how is it supposed to help me find my relatives? A new genealogist, Bob White, did that test and has learned how to mine the results. He has found relatives in America and Germany. Come and learn how he does this work. Who knows who YOU might find?


October 6 - The Germanic Genealogy Society has its collection of over 2200 books and periodicals relating to Germanic genealogy in the library at Concordia University. The PRG secretary, Diane Schmidt is also the Library Committee Chair for GGS. Diane will tell the PRG members about this collection. Either before or after the meeting, you will have time to look at the material located there. Diane will be at the library at 12:30 PM. The meeting and presentation will be at 1:30 PM in Room 213. The collection is found on the main floor of the Library Technology Center, 1282 Concordia Ave, St Paul, MN 55104 Directions: Coming from the west, when you exit 94 at the Snelling exit, that ramp is Concordia Av. Stay on that one-way street and at the 3rd block, turn right onto Hamline Av., The Library is on the left. Coming from the east, exit 94 to the south at Lexington Pkwy. Turn right onto Marshall Av. Drive 4 blocks to Hamline Av. The library is on the right. Or you can visit the GGS Library page and scroll down to the map.


November 3 - Lois Edwards took a cruise. She was intrigued to learn about the important early commercial and defensive confederation of merchant guilds and market towns in Northwestern and Central Europe. This was called the Hanseatic League. Beginning in the late 1100s, the League came to dominate the Baltic maritime trade for three centuries along the coasts of Northern Europe. Her presentation will include photos and information about the Hanseatic League in these Baltic countries and in the cities of Bergen, Norway; Lübeck, Germany; Gdansk, Poland and Tallinn, Estonia.


December 1 - December is the month when one thinks about gold, frankincense and myrrh. Derived from tree sap, or a milky white gum resin, frankincense is prized for its alluring fragrance. Germans often think of another resin treasure, amber, which washes up onto the Baltic shorelines. Come to the meeting to hear how this fossilized tree resin has been appreciated for its color and natural beauty since Neolithic times. Janet Mitchell will tell us all about this gemstone in her presentation: "Amber - A Prehistoric Pine Tree's Gift to the World." She will bring her amber jewelry collection so people can see the various colors and inclusions in person. If you have one, wear your amber necklace to the meeting.