- Series: In Search of Your German Roots
- Paperback: 138 pages
- Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company; Updated edition (May 28, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0806317841
- ISBN-13: 978-0806317847
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #746,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a very brief introduction (103 pages of text) to a very large topic. Some aspects of German research are treated in only the most cursory manner - the Lutheran church covered in a chapter of a single page while the Germans in Canada are dealt with in only 3 pages.
The section on German record types leaves the reader wishing for more information. Which is the feeling the entire book gives "I wish there was more here".
While this book has been updated to reflect the reunification of Germany, this is not Angus Baxter's best book. His "In Search of Your British & Irish Roots" and "In Search of Your Canadian Roots" are much more comprehensive in their scope. Because this book compares poorly with his other works, I have given it only two stars.
This little book will also tell you how to write to the different German Record Archives with lists of addresses throughout all the Germanic areas of Europe and gives you maps. This is a quick read with alot of information that you will use again and again as a great reference guide...well worth the price.
Baxter provides a brief history of Germany and describes German migrations over the centuries to specific areas of central Europe such as Silesia, the Banat, parts of Slovakia, the Ukraine, and southern Russia. Baxter also traces migration patterns into North America where many Germans settled in Pennsylvania, the mid-West, and the Kitchener area of Canada.
He describes the different groups that settled in specific areas, including their place of origin, religious background, and dates of migration.
There is also a lot of useful naming information, which includes the changing of names' spellings, the system of patronymics used in some areas of northern Germany, the use of 'von' or 'Von' in one's surname, and the use of diminutives in first names.