Photo above: Castle Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau, Bavaria
Willkommen Mitglieder der Deutschen SpezialInteressengruppe!
Welcome Members of the German Special Interest Group!
Within these pages can be found an ever-growing collection of information on Germanic Culture, Geography,History and Genealogy. This has been assembled to assist you in researching your German ancestors, to offer convenient access to information about Germany and to provide you with a central portal to numerous Websites on various genealogy related topics.
Because German speakers have traditionally lived in many areas outside of the borders of the modern day Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany), and many of our members possibly claim ancestors from what are now Austria, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Slovenia, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Belarus, Romania, Hungary, Ukraine, Russia, and more, not to mention various South American countries, our concept of what it means to be of German descent can mean many things. Common language, cultural traditions and cuisine (with regional variations) are part of the story. History, especially that involving the migrations of “Germanic” peoples, is another part. The tools available to the Genealogist vary from country to country. Sometimes archives are where one would expect them to be, sometimes not. Our goal is to provide information to help our members to successfully research their family history. Wir wünschen Ihnen viel Glück! We wish you good luck!