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

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

by James M. Beidler


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Click your way to German ancestors!

Explore your Germanic heritage from the comfort of your own computer! Trace Your German Roots Online highlights important German resources on popular genealogy websites 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 relatives 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 help translating 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
An ideal companion to author James M. Beidler's The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide , this book has the tools you need to take your German genealogy research to the next level. Whether your ancestors came from Bavaria, Baden, Berlin, or Bremen, this comprehensive guide will help you find your German ancestors on the Internet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440345180
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 04/29/2016
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 167,904
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Part 1 German Genealogy Basics

Chapter 1 Beginning Your German Research 9

Chapter 2 Researching German Genealogy on the Internet 21

Chapter 3 Untangling German Place Names and Surnames 30

Part 2 Top German Genealogy Websites

Chapter 4 Familysearch.Org: The Largest Free Genealogy Website 45

Chapter 5 Ancestry.Com: The Ultimate User-Site 69

Chapter 6 Genealogy.Net: Two Websites in One 90

Chapter 7 My heritage: A Forest of Family Trees 104

Chapter 8 Archion: Protestant Church Records Galore 111

Part 3 Answers to Your Research Questions

Chapter 9 How Do I Identify My Ancestors' Place of Origin? 120

Chapter 10 Where Else Can I Access Church Records? 134

Chapter 11 How Do I Contact People and Places in Germany? 146

Chapter 12 What Organizations and Archives Can Help My Research? 153

Chapter 13 How Can Social Media Sites Help? 166

Chapter 14 What Else Should I Add to My Toolbox? 173

Appendix A Maps 180

Appendix B Website Index 187

Index 199

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