Ostfriesen Genealogical Society of America

Welcome to the Ostfriesen Genealogical Society of America (OGSA)

 

Eala Frya Fresena!  Lever Dod As Slaav!*

 

The Ostfriesland area of Germany is located in the northwest corner of Germany, bordered by the Netherlands and the North Sea.  This area may also be called East Friesland and is now part of the Niedersachsen, or Lower Saxony, state of Germany.

 

The Ostfriesen Genealogical Society of America (OGSA) is a non-profit, all-volunteer member-supported organization committed to helping our members find family connections and better understand the lives of their Ostfriesen ancestors.  

Membership:

Annual membership dues are the primary source of support for the OGSA's operations, research library and newsletters.  Our members receive 32-page quarterly newsletters, opportunities to participate in OGSA activities and discounts on research materials, many of which that have been developed by, or solely distributed in the US by OGSA.

Click here for a sample OGSA newsletter and an index of our newsletter articles

Join our organization today to help us preserve the history, culture & customs of Ostfriesland!  Please visit our Membership page for additional information.

Library:

OGSA's book collection is located in the Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS), 1185 Concord St. North, South St Paul, MN;  651-451-6472;  www.mngs.org

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Please check the Library's schedule on their website and call ahead during holiday weeks to verify open hours.  Please call and leave a message or contact us at info@ogsa.us if you need to use the library outside regular MGS hours.  Someone will contact you, and if possible, we will meet you at the Library when it is convenient for you.

 

Please visit the OGSA Library page for more information about the Library and our holdings.

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*Eala Freya Fresena (Hail [or Stand] Free Frisian) is the motto on the Ostfriesen coat-of-arms.  This greeting was used at the Upstalsboom near Rahe) in Medieval times when local chieftains met the first Tuesday after Pentecost.  The answer given was Lever Dood As Slav (better dead than slave).  The motto refers to the legendary "Frisian Freedom" the right of the Frisian to accept no rule besides the Holy Roman Emperor and the Christian God.

Moin is the greeting used in Ostfriesland.  Similar to "Have a Nice Day!"  Thought to have come from "Mojen Dach".