Westfälische Gesellschaft für Genealogie und Familienforschung (WGGF), Münster, Westphalia, Germany

Oldenburgische Gesellschaft für Familienkunde e.V.


Founded in 1920 

Association of genealogists and those interested in family history for the historical landscape of Westphalia-Lippe with currently around 700 members using


  • at the monthly Wednesday meetings
  • at the general meeting
  • at the Westphalian Genealogists’ Day

Advice to members:

  • via the club’s internal mailing list
  • through courses and seminars

cooperation with

  • Westphalian archives and libraries
  • specialist scientists
  • Genealogical groups in individual places
  • Uniting local and national history

Contact Information:

Mailing Address

c/o LWL Archive Office for Westphalia

Jahnstrasse 26
48147 Münster

Contact language:  English


Association of Genealogical Society and Family History


The Westphalian Society for Genealogy and Family Research is a scientific one Facility and as such serves scientific purposes within the meaning of Section “Tax-privileged purposes” of the tax code. Her task is to carry out family research to promote Westphalia. This is done by collecting and publishing sources and Work in the field of genealogy, through lectures, by advising members and Placement of specialists for individual research. The society works with the archives the work area, the organizations for local history, local and national history and the genealogical-heraldic science. Society operates selflessly; it does not primarily pursue its own economic purposes. The company’s funds may only be used for statutory purposes. The Members receive no benefits from the association. No person may incur expenses that are alien to the purpose of the corporation or through disproportionately high remuneration is encouraged


  • The annual fee is 25 euros
  • Spouses and life partners can also become members for an additional 5 euros annual fee, but the couple then only receives one volume of the yearbook
  • Pupils and students pay 15 euros
  • Corporate members pay 32 euros

Members of the society can be people, associations and institutes. The membership is applied for at the office. The managing director decides on admission Board. If he wants to reject an application for admission, he has the decision of the to bring about the general meeting. You can only leave at the end of a calendar year take place. Membership expires upon death. Exclusion can be done by one with two A decision of the board made by a third majority can be brought about (against this is the Appeal to the next general meeting permitted, which shall be held by a three-quarters majority members present can overturn the decision of the board). In addition to full members, corresponding members and Honorary members. The corresponding and honorary members become members upon request Appointed by the board of directors or at its suggestion by the general meeting.

Membership Benefits:

By becoming a member of the WGGF, you support our work, which benefits everyone who is interested in family research in Westphalia. They enable us to maintain these websites, hold lectures, organize genealogy days and publish books. All of these offers are also freely accessible to non-members.

The WGGF also offers its members a widely used internal mailing list. Members can also indicate which families they are researching in the online researcher database. Both make it easier for family researchers to exchange ideas with one another

The annual fee also includes a subscription to “Contributions to Westphalian Family Research”. Older volumes of the articles, if still in stock, are available to members for 75% of the bookstore price plus postage.