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Finding Your German Ancestors: A Beginner's Guide (Finding Your Ancestors) Paperback – January 1, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0916489830 ISBN-10: 0916489833 Edition: 1St Edition

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  • Series: Finding Your Ancestors
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Ancestry.com; 1St Edition edition (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916489833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916489830
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By B. Trusinsky on January 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
It IS inexpensive, so that's a good thing. However, the book was about 50% history from the Roman Empire to the formation of the German state. None of this historical information would be of use to a beginner since it does self-identify as a "beginners guide". One thing that would be of obvious benefit would be for the book to include comprehensive examples of common german language documents such as birth, death, baptismal, etc, records. Nope. No such things. As someone who is doing family research with German documents, there are about 10 documents that are similar and are used over and over again throughout the German world. How about a translation of said documents?? How about explaining why, in some instances, the maiden name is omitted for the mother in birth documents? The book does have a bunch of contact information that anyone could amass in an afternoon on the internet. However, it was written in 1999, so who knows how valid the information is at this point. If I had to choose again, I'd go to the library and read it in about an hour. After that, I would photocopy the pages with contact information for a dollar and then be done with it. Don't buy it, but if you do, understand what you are getting and know that it isn't a reference book in any meaningful way. It really made me think that I could write a much better guide over the summer that would truly be useful for the beginner. Hmmmm...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Miller on October 26, 2011
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If you don't understand how the boundaries in Germany changed this will give you a brief history so that you understand the "Historic Germany". This book is not a comprehensive source for researchers...but an added book that fills in an definite need for anyone wishing to locate family history. You will learn how to research Germanic records and little problems to look for. There is no ONE complete guide out there, but in order to do the research one has to understand the boundaries and also how Poland, Russia and Ukraine speaking people will be in the mix of Germanic genealogy....A quick read with addresses for Archival Records that for the price is a true plus to the researcher of Germanic Genealogy....
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. B. Wolfe on May 14, 2007
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I am just beginning to trace my ancestors to the French-German border area. I found the background history in this book to be helpful in giving me insight into why my ancestors may have left their homes to come to America. The contacts and sources suggested later in the book likewise provide me a good starting point for dealing with foreign leads.
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Many Americans share German ancestry, and in fact this is one of the largest ethnic groups in America but finding the resources and records is not at all an easy task. Germany as it is today did not exist until after WWII and therefore there are no simple ways to obtain documentation of these early German immigrants. To understand why and to overcome this hurdle one must first know the history involved and this book puts that history into a delightful to read nutshell.

From the early Germanic tribes that spread west on the European continent clashing with the Romans, the rise of the Germanic Holy Roman Empire and the German Franks all the way up to the loose confederation of principalities, duchies and free cities the first part of the book takes you on a journey into an area far larger than the modern Germany of today without sounding like a history textbook. The book covers the first Germanic immigrants to come to America in 1562 and the first permanent Germantown settlement in Philadelphia in 1683.

Many came to escape religious persecution and the ravages of the Thirty Years War. My own German ancestors were the Palatines of the lower Rhine,who came here in the years 1700-1710 financing their voyage through the British government who used the intolerable situations to recruit families to work the English plantations, such as Robert Livingston's vast holdings in the areas of New England. Many would finish their indentured service to go on and make their own way, fighting in the Revolutionary War and taking positions of leadership in their new home. The vast exodus of German immigrants continued well into the 1800's as famines struck and the Germanic areas of Europe stayed in a continuous state of war.
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By Barbara Benner on March 28, 2014
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it worked fine as a door prize for an event; if used books are in decent condition, many people still like to hold books in their hands.
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By Veronica on October 25, 2013
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This book was a great find for helping with the discovery of my German ancestry! It is very easy to understand and I have gone back to it numerous times in my research. Anyone tracing their lineage in Germany is encouraged to get a copy of this handy book!
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