German Study Group


The goal of the German Study Group is to learn about their German ancestors using many available resources. Study Group Facilitator Del Ritchhart, one of our instructors and lecturers for our society and others, has also helped to host the annual IGGP conference held across the U.S.

The group recently joined the International German Genealogy Partnership (IGGP) in February 2020. You are encouraged to view the following short video by our President Glenn York and German Study Group facilitator Del Ritchhart about LCGS and the German Study Group. Select the play button to view the video. Turn on your speakers to listen to the narration.


GSG Coordinator: Del Ritchhart email: or


New members can apply for membership at: LCGS Membership. Dues are only $25/yr for a single person. It is encouraged that you become a member of the society and to also participate in the GSG; but you are welcome to attend a few meetings prior to making a decision to join. Normal attendance is about thirty members.

Membership includes a subscription to the LCGS monthly newsletter and to participate in their monthly meetings. Details about LCGS monthly meetings and other events can be found on the LCGS Website.

Larimer County Genealogical Society P. O. Box 270737 Fort Collins, Colorado 80527-0737


The German Study Group normally meets monthly in the Chapel at 10:30 am on Zoom. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these meetings are being held via Zoom video conferencing. You need to submit your email address to the GSG Coordinator to be included in Zoom invitations.

Meetings normally include a 40-60 minute presentation and about 30 minutes of discussion regarding recent member successes, upcoming events of interest and assistance requests. Presentations usually focus on tips for conducting German research, including German and American web sites, and other research sources. We also try to make a couple field trips each year to top speakers in the Denver or other nearby areas, as well as to libraries or archives of interest. We also discuss IGGP events of interest and how members can avail themselves of IGGP research assistance and/or volunteer for IGGP projects.

See our homepage or events webpage and select the event for details.


Subscription Database Websites:

Ancestry Website

Find My Past US Website

Find My Past British Website

My Heritage website

Palatines of America

Free Websites:

Palatines of America German Genealogy Society Facebook Page

Palatines of America Colorado Chapter

Palatines of America of Colorado Facebook Page

IGGP Website

IGGP Facebook Page

German Genealogy Group Website

Germanic Genealogy Society

German Genealogy Facebook Group

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