You’ll love this value pack if:
- You’ve already started researching your German heritage and need help finding (and deciphering) German records
- You want to find out what other sources you can mine but don’t know where to start
Celebrate German-American Heritage Month and take your German research to the next level with the Boost Your German Genealogy Kit! If you’ve started researching your German roots, and want to explore back to the homeland, this collection will help you make use of a wide variety of sources that may be new to you—as well as avoid getting tripped up by obstacles such as finding (and understanding) the right records, understanding different Germanic regions, and more.
Learn what research pitfalls you’ll need to overcome:
Avoiding Germanic Genealogy Research Pitfalls (Download)
More Americans trace ancestors to German-speaking parts of Europe than anywhere else. But getting genealogical information such as names, towns of origin, etc., can be more difficult than it initially seems. This simple guide will help you tackle:
- Difficult and confusing records
- Name changes and translations
- Cultural myths
German Genealogy Guide (Download)
Because finding a German immigrant’s village of origin is so crucial to genealogical research, narrowing your search from “Germany” to a regional area makes the task more manageable. This PDF guide will help you trace your ancestry in Prussia, Bavaria and other areas, with essential websites, organizations and resources that will help you in your research in Germany's historical regions.
Dive deeper into untangling German places and records:
Finding Your German Ancestors
Anyone who has worked with foreign records knows they can be intimidating. Kevan Hansen’s guide provides the tools and information to empower researchers to work comfortably with German records. Finding Your German Ancestors also offers a solution to one of the biggest dilemmas German heritage researchers 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 regional records, with names and boundaries that have changed, and includes information for contacting each location.
Mastering German Place Names Video Class
So your ancestors came from Neustadt — but is that Neustadt an der Aisch in Bavaria, or Neustadt am Rennsteig in Thuringia? And what’s the difference between a kreis and a kanton? James M. Beidler explains how to dissect geographical terms and administrative divisions so you can find your ancestors in their German homeland.
Highlights of the Video Class:
- An essential overview of German history that has an impact on place names
- How to use German phonetics to find the correct place
- How to choose between places with identical names
- Resources to help you in your place name research
German Newspapers in America Video Class
Stateside ethnic newspapers can reveal much about your German ancestors. This 30-minute video course presented by James M. Beidler will show you how to find and mine useful information from German-language newspapers.