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The German Interest Group was formed in the spring of 2011. It is intended to be a source of information and inspiration for anyone with German-speaking ancestors. One goal is to provide information on a variety of topics related to Germanic history and migration. We also will provide time for members to share their research journeys and connect with others who may be researching the same region or time period.

The German group has two facilitators, Mike Fernandez and Tia Cobb. The group will meet the first Saturday of the month from 1pm-3pm. Please check the GFO calendar for updates and more information.

If you would like more information about this group or have questions, please contact the Facilitator.

*Rundscheiben 2016.11.8

Twelve people, two of which were new, met last Saturday for the restarting GFO German Group, chaired by Tia Cobb and Tom O'Brien.

The group decided to keep the current scheduling: first Saturday of each month at 1-3pm, with a year-round program. Several people have said they will speak at different monthly meeting already! 

A list of topics requested for future meetings:

Research success stories

Reading German records

Germans in Poland

Live research in Germany

Duane Funk's map class

Live US research

How to make contacts in Germany

New websites

How do we do our personal record-keeping

New reference books at the library - one volume at a time (sort of a book report)

Information on the German culture - this one got lots of comments

Events calendar

Field trips for German activities or just to socialize

A highlight was at the end, when people asked research-type questions and were impressed with the answers they got. 

We are looking forward to December's meeting. 

Up and coming presenters:

December: Tom will provide a report on his European travel, genealogical findings, and new relatives he met on his trip earlier this year. 

EVENTS: German International School has a Weihnachtsmarkt / Christmas Market with the Beaverton Tree Lighting Fri. Dec. 2, 10am-9pm with food, crafts, live music, wine and beer tastings, plus more. At 7:30pm there's a play at Beaverton Civic Theatre "Sorry! Wrong Chimney" in the library auditorium ($5 with donation of a new unwrapped toy, or general admission $15)

Location: Beaverton City Library area, 12375 SW 5th St.

January: Judith will report on Old German script. 

February: is open for a presenter. Contact Mike if you like to speak on a topic. 

March: open

April: Susan Bates's topic might be German "colonization" of Bohemia (westernmost and largest region of the Czech lands until end of WWI) and the Sudetenland (northern, southwest, and western areas of Czechoslovakia by ethnic German speakers as part of the Austria until end of WWI)

We invite everyone to come to the meetings when you can. 

Vielen Dank,

Mike und Tia

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