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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.
Annual membership dues are the primary source
of support for the OGSA's operations, research library and
- 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.
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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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Eala Frya Fresena! Lever Dod As Slaav!*
*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".