Explore Your German Ancestry!
Follow your family tree back to its roots in Bavaria, Baden, Prussia, Hesse, Saxony, Wurttemburg and beyond. This in-depth genealogy guide will walk you step by step through the exciting journey of researching your German heritage, whether your ancestors came from lands now in modern-day Germany or other German-speaking areas of Europe, including Austria, Switzerland, and enclaves across Eastern Europe.
In this book, you'll learn how to:
- Retrace your German immigrant ancestors' voyage from Europe to America.
- Pinpoint the precise place in Europe your ancestors came from.
- Uncover birth, marriage, death, church, census, court, military, and other records documenting your ancestors' lives.
- Access German records of your family from your own hometown.
- Decipher German-language records, including unfamiliar German script.
- Understand German names and naming patterns that offer research clues.
You'll also find maps, timelines, sample records and resource lists throughout the book for quick and easy reference. Whether you're just beginning your family tree or a longtime genealogy researcher, the Family Tree German Genealogy Guide will help you conquer the unique challenges of German research and uncover your ancestors' stories.
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Table of Contents
Part 1 Thinking Your Family Tree to German-Speaking Nations
Chapter 1 Your German-Speaking Heritage 6
Chapter 2 Identifying the German-Speaking Immigrant 28
Chapter 3 Pinpointing the Place of Origin 46
Chapter 4 The History of Germanic Lands 59
Part 2 Getting to Know the Old Country
Chapter 5 Understanding Germany's Geography 79
Chapter 6 Language, Surnames, Given Names 93
Part 3 Tracing Your Family in German-Speaking Nations
Chapter 7 Civil Registration in Germany 104
Chapter 8 German Church Records 114
Chapter 9 German Census and Court Records 133
Chapter 10 German Military Records 139
Chapter 11 Printed Records 146
Chapter 12 German-Speaking Peoples Outside of Germany 152
Part 4 Advanced Sources and Strategies
Chapter 13 Putting It All Together 161
Chapter 14 What to Do When You Get Stuck 172
Understanding German Script 177
Sample Letters to Request Records 183
Civil Record Archives in Europe 188
Church Archives in Germany 192
U.S. Genealogy Archives and Libraries 197
Societies: German, Genealogical, & Historical 200
Publications and Websites 209