- Paperback: 223 pages
- Publisher: Picton Pr; Revised edition (January 1, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0929539508
- ISBN-13: 978-0929539508
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,313,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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German Church Books: Beyond the Basics Paperback – January 1, 1993
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It is a definitely *beyond the basics* book. Smith shows you how to analyze the records, explains name changes and farm names, Biblical citations in death records. Since reading Smith's book, I have reviewed my microfilm printouts and have found so much more information that I had not noticed before. I now know what to look for beyond the names and dates.
The book is the perfect size to carry, and the handwriting specimens in the back have proven extremely useful.
Now for the book--just to give you an idea of what the book covers:
Chapter 1 -- Overall Problems (Organization, spellings, dialectic words, foreign words and phrases, abbreviations, symbols and script conventions)
Chapter 2 -- Names (spellings, translations, grammatical endings, farm names, patronymics)
Chapter 3 -- Marriage Records (mixed marriages, divorces, missing marriage records)
Chapter 4 -- Baptismal Records (illegitimate children, children baptized by other pastors, missing baptismal records)
Chapter 5 -- Death Records (ages at death, missing death records, uses of death records)
Chapter 6 -- Confirmation Records (age at confirmation, missing confirmation records, other uses of confirmation records)
Chapter 7 -- Miscellaneous Records (family registers, lists of communicants, church council records, adopted children)
Chapter 8 -- Handwriting Examples (examples of alphabet letters, arabic numerals, church entries, family register)
As you can see, the above info is very helpful to anyone who needs to research German church records for their ancestry.