Trace Your German Roots Online: A Complete Guide to German Genealogy Websites

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 208 pages
Author: J. Beidler
Year: 2016
ISBN: 9781440345180
Other: b&w photos, tables, appendix, index
Publisher: Family Tree Books

Explore your Germanic heritage from the comfort of your own computer! "Trace Your German Roots Online" highlights important German resources on popular genealogy website including and, as well as lesser-known resources such as

With helpful illustrated step-by-step instructions, you'll learn how to use each site to its fullest potential for German genealogy, including how to get around language barriers and navigate the various German states that have existed throughout the centuries. 

In addition, this book contains links to the best websites to consult when answering key German genealogy questions, from unpuzzling place names to locating living relative in the old country.

"Trace Your German Roots Online" features:
 - Tips to find and use German databases, records, and research tools on, and other popular genealogy websites
 - Guidance for helpful German-focused research websites, including how to translate using foreign-language sites
 - Recommended websites for accomplishing key German research tasks
 - Worksheets to log research progress and at-a-glance guides to help you identify important terms and resources


Part 1. German Genealogy Basics
1. Beginning Your German Research
2. Researching German Genealogy on the Internet
3. Untangling German Place Names and Surnames

Part 2. Top German Genealogy Websites
4. The Largest Free Genealogy Website
5. The Ultimate Über-site
6. Two Websites in One
7. MyHeritage: A Forest of Family Trees
8. Archion: Protestant Church Records Galore

Part 3. Answers to your Research Questions
9. How do I Identify Ancestors' Place of Origin?
10. Where Else Can I Access Church Records?
11. How do I Contact People and Places in Germany?
12. What Organizations and Archives Can Help my Research?
13. How Can Social Media Sites Help?
14. What Else Should I Add to my Toolbox?

Appendix A. Maps
Appendix B. Website Index

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