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Trace Your German Roots Online: A Complete Guide to German Genealogy Websites Paperback – April 29, 2016
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About the Author
James M. Beidler came by his German genealogy expertise honestly: It took him more than 20 years of searching to find any ancestry that wasn't from Germany! Beidler is the author of the Family Tree German Genealogy Guide (Family Tree Books, 2014), a columnist for German Life magazine, and a "go-to" expert for German genealogy articles and educational programs. Jim writes the award-winning weekly newspaper column "Roots & Branches"-the only syndicated genealogy feature in Pennsylvania-and edits Der Kurier, the quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society. Jim is a frequent contributor to periodicals ranging from The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine to Family Tree Magazine. His speaking credits include all the nation's largest genealogical conferences, as well as the Pennsylvania Humanities Council's acclaimed Commonwealth Speakers program from 2002 to 2009. Jim also teaches online courses and webinars for Family Tree University.
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A Wealth of Information on German Genealogy
Do not think that Trace Your German Roots Online is limited to just online resources. Once I started reading, I realized that the book is an excellent immersion into general German research especially when it comes to resources, how to deal with German place names and surnames, and more.
The focus of Beidler’s work in Trace Your German Roots Online is how to use sites such as FamilySearch and Ancestry.com for German family history research. Besides the more well-known online sites, Beidler also introduces MyHeritage as well as Archion and its Protestant church records – this one was new to me!
The information is presented in easy-to-understand text and with screen captures that will help researchers get started on these websites. More than anything else, Trace Your German Roots Online is a workbook that you will be referencing frequently as you work on finding your German ancestors.
Your German Genealogy Questions Answered
Here is evidence that the author truly understands the plight of those of us with German ancestors: he has devoted an entire section to answering specific research questions. These include “How Do I Identify My Ancestors’ Place of Origin,” “Where Else Can I Access Church Records,” and “How Do I Contact People and Places in Germany?” are just a few examples.
I could easily relate to all of these research questions and the solutions offered were key to helping me find more information on my Hennebergs, my Pressners and other German ancestors.
After reading Trace Your German Roots Online, you realize that not only does the author know German genealogy, but also he is invested in helping you succeed in finding your German ancestors. I can guarantee that whether you get the print version or the ebook version, you will be bookmarking several sections and get lots of mileage out of the content in Trace Your German Roots Online.