Interested in vintage automobiles and how you can date photographs by identifying them? Join the SCGS German Interest Group at their next meeting to be held from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturday, January 16, 2016 in the SCGS Library. Group member, Bill Zappen will be giving a presentation on "Vintage Automobile Photos: Here and Abroad"
Edward McKelvey will present more information on "Common German Words" and Walt Sturrock will continue his series on "Reading Old German Gothic Script."
The group member of the month is Edie Ditmars
A proud "Schwob," Edie (aka Edelgard Helga Hofmann Kirchhoff Ditmars) joined SCGS under false pretenses. Born during an air raid in WWII Germany, she is more interested in discovering her family's place in that complex era than in her ancestral roots. To that end, she feels especially fortunate to count among her resources five 5-in. binders of family photos, rarities from an era when war destroyed such treasures; several binders of her mother's transcribed memories of life in Wuestenrot (near Heilbronn) and Ludwigsburg (near Stuttgart); a hand-drawn Stammbaum created for her great grandmother's 80th birthday in 1948; and many contemporaneous books and other artifacts. For a recent SCGS German Interest Group discussion of German cooking, Edie displayed many of the kitchen objects she is lucky to have received from her grandmother, as well as utensils that testify to the Schwobs' infamous frugality. Edie still hopes to discover relatives of her birth father who was born in Chemnitz, Saxony.
The goal of the SCGS German Interest Group is to provide a wide range of resources both inside and outside the SCGS Library to help trace German families. They often have a speaker on German research and the group is happy to offer assistance with your German research problems. New members and guests are always welcome.
For more information, please contact Allene Aubertin
SCGS German Interest Group
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Third Saturday of the month
Southern California Genealogical Society Library
417 Irving Drive