Follow your family tree back to its roots in Bavaria, Baden, Prussia, Hesse, Saxony, Württemburg 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.
Here’s a sneak preview of tips you’ll get from The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide:
- Track down original documents wherever possible. Find multiple recordings of an immigrant’s signature to bolster your case for identification.
- Most German commoners acquired their surnames in the Middle Ages, sometime around the 1300s. Most of the surnames adopted came from occupations, geography, characteristics, or patronymics.
- Oftentimes, the inheritances of leases found in German court records would list all of leaseholder’s children by name. Typically, the youngest son of a family inherited the lease because the father would have helped his older sons obtain their own land and paid cash to daughters.
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"This is a smartly composed new German research guidebook, invaluable in many ways, and the best published German genealogy guide to date." —Bobbi King, Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
Contents of the Family Tree German Genealogy Guide
Chapter 1: Your German-Speaking Heritage
Chapter 2: Identifying the German-Speaking Immigrant
Chapter 3: Pinpointing the Place of Origin
Chapter 4: The History of Germanic Lands
Chapter 5: Understanding Germany's Geography
Chapter 6: Language, Surnames, Given Names
Chapter 7: Civil Registration in Germany
Chapter 8: German Church Records
Chapter 9: German Census and Court Records
Chapter 10: German Military Records
Chapter 11: Printed Records
Chapter 12: German-Speaking Peoples Outside of Germany
Chapter 13: Putting it All Together
Chapter 14: What to Do When You Get Stuck