• German Ancestral Studies (GAS), Research Group

Welcome.  We established the German Ancestral Studies Research Group in early 2016. It is our hope to assist people on both sides of the Atlantic to discover and appreciate their ancestral past. We are focused upon the current breadth of Germany as it exists today, but we are all considerate of those other areas that at various times may have been part of a recognized "Germany".

Maybe this study group can help you, or you can help another. Please join the site by becoming a MEMBER, and help take part in our discussions. If you wish to participate in this web-based club, please send us a message using the forum software, use our "contact us" email form, or contact us in another way. We will upgrade your account (GAS MEMBER) so you can access dedicated workspaces that we have established for our study group. As an alternative, you can send us your thoughts via our About Us page.

One objective is to help German researchers discover those who have left the German-speaking world and come to North America. Unser Ziel ist es, deutschen Forschern dabei zu helfen, diejenigen zu entdecken, die die deutschsprachige Welt verlassen haben und nach Nordamerika kommen.

Contact Information:
Website: www.goancestry.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/goancestry/
Email: gas@goancestry.com

Auf Deutsch or English contact is welcome.

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    • Ronald


      The GoAncestry Library is coming to you!       We are beginning our efforts to place our physical and digital genealogy and history library on line. This effort will provide Bibliographic information to those areas of the website where they may help you. The hope is to make our library more useful to our members from distant areas.         Initially we will get the Book Titles placed into a new topic, then we will add the table of contents, and lastly we hope to provide some meaningful book reviews.  This effort is beginning to take shape in our Pennsylvania areas. Regional specific books will be able to be found on the county and sate pages. Additionally all of the books will find their way into the forum regions as topics. If you have questions, want some more information, or are aware of material that is included in one of these volumes, you should post your comment directly into that forum topic.        It will take time for us to get the library fully listed. Our current holdings amount to almost 5,000 volumes and I can't seem to stop acquiring more.  We just love the books, they are so helpful and interesting to us that putting them on line for others is the right thing to do.   Be patient, more books are on the way! 
    • Ronald


      I think it is a common theme really.  Each year as spring opens and the weather allows a release to the outdoors, the website will see a slowing in information.  That is ok, we really love our gardens as well.  I am also a huge fan of grilling foods.  I am not sure any of that will change in years to come either.   We have also taken a grand step in our field research and spent a week primarily in New Jersey with a few stops in Pennsylvania. It was a grand discovery, and yet, it was overwhelming as well. I have yet to go through all of the information that we uncovered.  And again, we found more holes that need attention.  I jokingly tell my bride that I am "DONE" now that I have linked my American lineage to the initial immigrant from Germany.  It is just a joke, there is always more to do. Thankfully so!   In the coming weeks things will settle and we will once again make some time to get more of our information on line.  Expect a wealth of data surrounding the early Tinsmans in America, maybe in Germany as well.  I will see what I can do.  I will also get more linked information posted for other areas.  Finding so many local resources while we traveled has proven that courthouses and societies are very important places to visit, and even make new friends.   I hope you will find something worth your visit, maybe even something Grand!!!!!
    • Ronald


      In order to keep moving forward on site site, we understand the need for content and resources that you can use in your research.  We are restructuring our databases to make them more user friendly for genealogy research and bring more unique content to the site. Once we structure the regional information appropriately, it will be linked to other database information from our our GoAncestry Library and our Postcards project.  Additionally, it will allow us to continue to expand our projects for surname and other source data and once again, link it to the regions (s) that are depicted. We hope these additions will occur fairly quickly. Please let us know your thoughts.   
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