Office Help / Mailing
are needed to help with mailings - open mail to OGSA,&
process and mail orders.
Volunteers work out of our
office at the MGS Library in South St. Paul.
Amount of time needed varies and depends on your
Volunteering at the MGS Library a
couple hours a month. We can arrange training for
We need four to six people who can make
attendee's feel welcomed and comfortable at our meetings
and special events. Volunteers serve as greeters,
prepare tea and other food items, meeting preparation and
clean up. It's a great way to get acquainted with
our members. Sound like fun?
Website - We could use
advisors with ideas on enhancing our website to help assist
our members' research their ancestors and their communities.
Please contact us at
for more information on any of these opportunities!
Join the list and discuss anything that concerns Ostfriesen genealogy, culture, folklore, history, and heritage. Go there! Join! Enjoy!
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Books: Check out the OGSA
BOOK CORNER for a wide variety of other books on Ostfriesian history, culture and
customs. All translated by Gene Janssen into English. You can order
them from OGSA.
Northwestern Iowa (Library/meetings at George, Iowa) They have most, if
not all, Ostfriesen Ortssippenbücher. Ostfriesen Genealogical Society
Mail Address: 2185 Monroe,
Ashton, IA 51232
Central/Eastern Iowa Ostfriesian Heritage Society 905 E Ave.,
Grundy Center IA 50638 / New library in Wellsburg, Iowa. with research center.
They have most, if not all, Ostfriesen Ortssippenbücher and a lot of other
Ostfriesian Heritage Society of East Central Illinois 3154 CR 2000E,
Rantoul IL 61866 (217) 892-4776
Northwest Ohio PLATT DUUTSCH VEREEN VUN NW OHIO LOW GERMAN CLUB OF N. W. OHIO Attn: Bob Stockman, 10748 100th St.,
Alto MI 49302
Tazewell County Genealogical & Historical Society,
They have most, if not all, Ostfriesen Ortssippenbücher. 719 N 11th Street, PO Box 312 Pekin, IL 61555 Phone 309-477-3044 Ostfriesen research center with OSBs.
Most Ostfriesen OSBs are also in the St. Louis
County Public Library, St. Louis, Missouri. They have a large genealogical collection.
For Ostfriesen heritage items such as kluntjes, German imported Porzellan, Ostfriesen tea and
tea sets, tableware, etc.
For others sources,
please contact OGSA directly.
The holdings of OGSA are located at the
Minnesota Genealogical Society Library in South St. Paul, Minnesota. The
library hours are located on the home page.
The library's holdings include Deutsches Geschlecterbücher for Ostfriesland and
over over 50 volumes of the Germans to America Series, plus copies of all of
the Ortssippenbücher or Ortsfamilienbücher for Ostfriesland.
Germans to America: Lists of Passengers Arriving at U.S. Ports, by Ira A. Glazier, Filby P. William (Editor). 1850-1890.
Over 50 copies are in the library.
Ostfrieslands Ortssippenbücher - Community lineage books
published by the Upstalsboom-Gesellschaft.
Many out of print books have recently been reprinted or are
scheduled for reprint! Many are available from OGSA click for more.
Ostfriesische Nachrichten- German language newspapers on
microfilm, 1896 - 1951. A great source of obituaries. An index is available. Click for a large, detailed view of the masthead
1719 and 1757 Kopfschatzung
- The 1719 Kopschatzung
was a tax register compiled to help raise funds to repair dikes that
were damaged in the 1717 Christmas flood and the 1757 register was a
census covering all of Ostfriesland.
Various books on Ostfriesland communities
and and "colonies" in the US.
The indispensable Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-Lexikon des Deutschen Reichs. Leipzig: Bibliographisches Institut, 1912-1913.
We also have a lot of maps in our library for your use. Find your
ancestral villages in Germany!