Finding Your German Ancestors: A Beginner's Guide
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Media: BOOK - paperback, 96 pages
Author: K. Hansen
Other: b&w photos, addresses, index
Here is a genealogist's and historian's guide to research in Germany. First published in 1999, this guide has been reprinted a number of times, and has become one of the 'staple' guides on the topic.
'Finding Your German Ancestors: A Beginner's Guide' provides a valuable introduction for researchers who have not previously worked with German records, highlighting excellent sources for researchers who may have 'cold feet' about researching in Germany or with German records. Anyone who has worked with foreign records knows that the language can be intimidating. In order to help overcome this obstacle, the author provides tools to enable researchers to master the skills necessary to work comfortably with German records. Sources that initially seemed so intimidating, will soon seem like old friends.
This book also offers a solution to one of the largest dilemmas researchers of German records face: shifting national and regional borders. Due to the continual changes of boundaries and jurisdictions in historic Germany, the types of records available vary from region to region. 'Finding Your German Ancestors' explains the current locations of records from regions with names and boundaries that have changed, and includes information for contacting each location.
Researchers using this book will not only have a greater understanding of their ancestors' lives, but will gain a tremendous asset in finding more information on German records. The book is filled with sample illustrations of these German documents. This is an important reference work for anyone doing German research.
Chapter 1. Historic Germany
Chapter 2. Research Tools and Tips
Chapter 3. German Genealogical Sources
Chapter 4. Church Records
Chapter 5. Archival Records
Chapter 6. Genealogical Societies