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Bibliography

  • Abbildung Nordamerikanishce Länder. Erfurt, 1757. Description of North American countries. Includes police and regimental regulations operative during the French and Indian wars, etc.
     
  • Abdruck einiger wahrhafften Berichte aus Germantown in Pensylvanien vom 17. Nov. 1738. Berlenburg, 1738. Accounts from early settlers in Germantown.
     
  • Akademie der Wissenschaften der DDR, eds. (1980); Das Niederdeutsche in Geschichte und Gegenwart; Berlin (Germany): Akademie der Wissenschaften der DDR. (History of Low Saxon; in German)
     
  • Ancestors in German Archives: A Guide to Family History Resources. Raymond S. Wright, III, Nathan S. Rives, Mirjam J. Kirkham, and Saskia Schier Bunting. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004.
     
  • Ancestry's Red Book, American State, County & Town Sources. Edited by Alice Eichholz. 3rd edition. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry Publishing, 2004.
     
  • Anderson, S. Chris, and Ernest Thode. A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your Germanic Ancestors, How to Find and Record Your Unique Heritage. Cincinnati, Ohio: Betterway Books, 2000. Excellent resource for the novice doing German family research.
     
  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft ostdeutscher Familienforscher e.V. Genealogical Guide to German Ancestors from East Germany and Eastern Europe. Herne Neustadt/Aisch: Degener, 1984.
     
  • Arndt, Karl J.R. and May E. Olson, comp. German-American Newspapers and Periodicals, 1732-1955. 2nd rev. ed., New York: Johnson Reprint Corporation, 1965.
     
  • Arndt, Karl J.R. The German Language Press of the Americas, 1732-1968. Pullach: Verlag Dokumentation, 1973.
     
  • Ausfürliche Historie derer Emigranten Oder Vertriebenen Lutheraner aus den Ertz-Bissthum Saltzberg (complete history of the Lutheran emigrants driven out of the Archbishopric of Salzburg). Leipzig, 1731. Provides some information on the Salzburger settlers in Georgia.
     
  • Bahlow, Hans. Deutsches Namelexikon [Encyclopedia of German (family and first) names]. Munich: Keysersche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1967.
     
  • Bahlow, Hans. Dictionary of German Names. Translated by Edda Gentry. Ed. Henry Geirtz and Charlotte L. Brancaforte. Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies Translation Series, Henry Geitz, editor. Madison, Wisconsin:, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1993.
     
  • Baxter, Angus, In Search of Your German Roots: A Complete Guide to Tracing Your Ancestors in the Germanic Areas of Europe. 4th edition, updated. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2008. This volume will help you trace your German-speaking ancestors in all German-speaking areas of Europe, not just Germany.

  • Bellingham, Mary, et al. Research guide to German-American genealogy. St. Paul, MN : German Interest Group, Branch of Minnesota Genealogical Society, ©1991.
     
  • Bentley, Elizabeth Petty. County Courthouse Book. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1995.
     
  • Bentley, Elizabeth Petty. Directory of Family Association. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1995.
     
  • Bentley, Elizabeth Petty. The Genealogist's Address Book. 3rd edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1995.
     
  • Bentz, Edna M. If I Can You Can Decipher Germanic Records. The Author, 1982. Write Mrs. Bentz at 13139 Old West Ave., San Diego, CA 92129.

  • Bernheim, Ernst. Grundriss der historischen Hilfswissenschaften. 1802.

  • Blackbourn, David. _The long nineteenth century: A history of Germany, 1780-1918. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
     
  • Blodgett, Steven W. Germany: Genealogical Research Guide. Salt Lake City: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1989.
     
  • Boehl, Beverly. Deciphering the Church Records of Germany. Garland, Texas: The Author, 1983. Write Mrs. Boehl at 3925 Amy, Garland, Texas 75043. - Includes extensive vocabularies for occupations and causes of death.
     
  • Brandt, Edward R., Mary Bellingham, Kent Cutkomp, Kermit Frye, and Patricia Lowe. Germanic Genealogy: A Guide to Worldwide Sources and Migration Patterns. St. Paul: Germanic Genealogy Society, 1996. - One of the most extensive guides available.
     
  • Brandt, Bruce and Edward Reimer Brandt. Where to Look for Hard-to-Find German-Speaking Ancestors in Eastern Europe. 2nd rev. edition. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Clearfield Co., 1993.
     
  • Brigham, Clarence S. History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690-1820. 2 vols. 1947. Reprint, Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, 1962. Guide to early American newspapers and the location of their extant issues. Available in larger libraries.
     
  • Buse, Dieter K. The Regions of Germany: A Reference Guide to History & Culture. Greenwood Press, 2005. A compendium of information on the sixteen states of the Federal Republic of Germany.
     
  • Cassell's German-English, English-German Dictionary. Rev. by Harold T. Betteridge. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., 1978.
     
  • Colletta, John Philip. They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor's Arrival Record. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993.
     
  • Cordes, Gerhard, and Dieter Möhn (1983); Handbuch zur niederdeutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft; Berlin (Germany): E. Schmidt. (Overview of Low Saxon philology; in German)
     
  • Dearden, Fay and Dougla Dearden. The German Researcher: How to Get the Most Out of Our Family History Center. 4th edition, Revised and expanded. Minneapolis, Family Tree Press, 1983, 1990.
     
  • Detwiler, Donald S. Germany: A Short History. 2nd ed. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1989. (FHL book 943 H2dds; computer number 557580.)
     
  • Deutsches Familienarchiv (German Family Archive). - Was founded in 1952 and lists links to Ancestor lists, Family histories, very often with historical cultural -historical relations, with references for bibliography and sources, coat of arms and other details. Has numerous surnames collected in articles, ancestor tables and Ahnenlisten.
     
    • Friedrichs, Heinz F. Gesamtregister zum Deutschen Familenarchiv. Bände 1-50. 2. Auflage. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1980. ISBN 3-7686-2025-5
    • Friedrichs, Heinz F. Gesamtregister zum Deutschen Familienarchiv. Bände 51-75. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1981. ISBN 3-7686-2029-8
    • Friedrichs, Heinz F. Gesamtregister zum Deutschen Familenarchiv. Bände 76-100. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1989. ISBN 3-7686-2047-6
       
  • Deutsches Geschlechterbuch (German Lineage Books). 194+ volumes. Limburg/Lahn: C.A. Starke, 1889-
     
  • Dimpfel, Rudolf. Biographische Nachschlagewerke, Adelslexika, Wappenbücher. 2., um ein Namenregister verm. Aufl. Wiesbaden: M. Sändig, 1969. (Lists works useful for German genealogy)
     
  • Eakle, Arlene and Johni Cerny. eds. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1984.
     
  • Epp, Reuben (1993); The Story of Low German & Plautdietsch: tracing a language across the globe; Hillsboro (USA): The Reader's Press <psdirect@southwind.net>. (Contains an excellent introduction to the history and spread of the language; in English)
     
  • Evangelisches Zentralarchiv in Berlin. Verzeichnis der Kirchenbücher im Evangelischen Zentralarchiv in Berlin. Berlin: Das Zentralarchiv, 1985- .
     
  • Familiengeschichtliche Bibliographie. Wiesbaden:  M. Sändig, 1969. 6 vols. (Reprint of 1928 edition) (Lists genealogies published between 1900-1937 by family name. Vol. 5, Heraldische Bibliographie)
     
  • Familiengeschichtliche Quellen. Leipzig: Degener & Co.  v. 1-17, 1926/30-1991.(Index to various sources of German family history, including vols. of Deutsches Geschlechterbuch)
     
  • Family History Library. Research Outline: Germany. Salt Lake City, Utah, The Library, 1994. A 52-page booklet available through Family History Centers nationwide.
     
  • Ferguson, Laraine, "Locating Church and Civil Registration Records," German Genealogical Digest, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 202-2003, 1985.
     
  • Filby, P. William, and Mary K. Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index: A Guide to Published Arrival Records of about 5000,000 Passengers Who Came to the United States and Canada in the Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Centuries. 1st edition. 3 vol. plus annual supplements. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1981.
     
  • Filby, P. William, ed., Passenger and Immigration Lists Bibliography, 1538-1900: Being a Guide to Published Lists of Arrivals in the United States and Canada. Detroit: Gale Research Corp., 1981.
     
  • Friedrichs, Dr.Heinz. How to Find My German Ancestors and Relatives. 3rd rev. edition. Verlag Degener & Co., 1997.
     
  • Germanic Genealogy: A Guide to Worldwide Source and Migration Patterns. St. Paul, Minnesota: Germanic Genealogy Society, c1997.
     
  • Gernentz, Hans Joachim (1964); Niederdeutsch, gestern und heute; Beiträge zur Sprachsituation in den nördlichen Bezirken der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik in Geschichte und Gegenwart; Berlin (Germany): Akademie-Verlag. (History of Low Saxon in East Germany; in German)
     
  • Glazier, Ira A. and P. William Filby, editors. Germans to America: Lists of Passengers Arriving at U.S. Ports. Wilmington, Delaware: Scholarly Resources, 1988- [Series begins with 1850 arrivals and is intended to continue through 1893.]
     
  • Goldschmidt, Jonas, et al. (1845-1846); Niederdeutsch gestern: eine Sprache in Pro und Contra; edited by Claus Schuppenhauer, 1980; Leer (Germany): Schuster. (Controversies surrounding pre-modern Low Saxon; in German)
     
  • Greenwood, Val D. The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy. Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1990.
     
  • Gregory, Winifred. American Newspapers, 1821-1936: A Union List of Files Available in the United States and Canada. 1937. Reprint, New York: Kraus Reprint Corp., 1967. American newspapers and the location of their extant issues, beginning where Brigham’s guide ends. Available in larger libraries.

  • Gundlach, O. Bibliotheca Familiarium Nibilium. 2 volumes. 1897.
     
  • Hall, Charles M. The Atlantic Bridge to Germany. 10 volumes. Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers.
     
  • Haller, Charles R. Across the Atlantic and Beyond: The Migration of German and Swiss Immigrants to America. Heritage Books, 1993.
     
  • The Handy Book for Genealogists: United States of America. 10th edition. Draper, Utah: Everton Publishers, Inc., 2002.
     
  • Hansen, Kevan. Map Guide to German Parish Registers. Bountiful, Utah: Family Roots Publishing Co., 2004-2007. Forty-volume series eventually covering all of Germany.  Each volume is 200 to 300 pages.

  • Heintze, Albert. Die Deutschen Familiennamen: geschichtlich, geographisch, sprachlich 1882.
     
  • Heinzmann, Franz. Bibliographie der Ortssippenbücher in Deutschland (Bibliography of Village Lineage Books in Germany). Düsseldorf: Heinzmann, 1991. This work lists both monographs and village lineages in periodicals.
     
  • Heinzmann, Franz, and Christoph Lenhartz.  Bibliographie gedruckter Familiengeschichten 1946-1960 (Bibliography of printed family histories, 1946-1960). Düsseldorf: F. Heinzmann, 1990.
     
  • Henning, Eckart. Bibliographie zur Heraldik: Schrifttum Deutschlands und Österreichs bis 1980. Köln: Bohlau, 1984.
     
  • Henning, Eckart. Kirchenbücher : Bibliographie gedruckter Tauf-, Trau, und Totenregister sowie der Bestandsverzeichnisse im deutschen Sprachgebiet. Neustadt/Aisch: Degener, 1991.
     
  • Heydenreich, Eduard. Handbuch der praktischen Genealogie. Leipzig, 1913; reprint edition. Neustadt an der Aisch: Verlag Degener & Co., 1971.
     
  • Historical Background Affecting Genealogical Research in Germany and Austria. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1977. (FHL book 929.1 G286gs ser. C no. 19; fiche 6000035; computer number 327119.) This work emphasizes religious minorities and emigration.
     
  • Holborn, Hajo. A History of Modern Germany. 3 volumes. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1982. An excellent English language history of Germany for the period 1517 to 1945.
     
  • Jahresberichte für deutsche Geschichte. Berlin: Akademie-Verlag, 1925- . (Useful source for regional histories)
     
  • Jensen, Larry O. "Basic Principles in Resolving Naming Practice Problems," German Genealogical Digest, Vol. 4, No. 1, 1988, pp. 17-19.
     
  • Jensen, Larry O. A Genealogical Handbook of German Research. 2 Volumes. Pleasant Grove, Utah: Jensen Publications, 1983. An introduction to German research in general.
     
  • Jensen, Larry O. and Norman J. Storrer. The German Empire of 1871. Salt Lake City: Graphic Reproduction, 1975. Description of the political units that constituted the German Empire from 1871 to 1918.
     
  • Jensen, Larry O. Maps of the German Empire of 1871. Pleasant Grove, Utah: Jensen Publications, 1987.
     
  • Johnson, Arta F., editor. Bibliography and Source Materials for German-American Research. Vol. 1. The editor, 1982, updated 1984.
     
  • Johnson Arta F. How to Read German Church Records Without Knowing Much German. 1980. Available from: Palatines to America, 611 E. Weber Rd., Columbus, OH 43211 ($5 plus $2 postage and handling)
     
  • Jones, George F. German-American Names. 3rd edition. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., 2006. A treasure-trove of information about German surnames.
     
  • Kaemmerer, M., compiler. Ortsnamenverzeichnis der Ortschaften jenseits von Oder und Neisse. Leer, Ostfriesland: Verlag Gerhard Rautenberg, 1988. Index of place names of places byeond the Oder and Neisse [the point where post World War II Poland begins, with many formerly German communities now part of Poland]. Place names in German and Polish.
     
  • Kemp, Thomas Jay. International Vital Records Handbook. 3rd edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1995.
     
  • Kinderling, Johann Friedrich August (1800); Geschichte der Nieder-Sächsischen oder sogenanten Plattdeutschen Sprache vornehmlich bis auf Luthers Zeiten, nebst einer Musterung der vornehmsten Denkmahle dieser Mundart, entworfen von M. Joh. Fried. August Kinderling, zweitem Prediger zu Calbe an der Saale; Magdeburg (Germany): G. Ch. Keil. (History of Low Saxon prior to the Reformation; in German)
     
  • Kirkham,  E. Kay. A Survey of American Church Records: Major Denominations before 1880. Volume 1. Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, 1971.
     
  • Kirkham, E. Kay. A Survey of American Church Records: Minor Denominations. Volume 2. Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, 1969.
     
  • Kuhns, Oscar. The German and Swiss Settlements of Colonial Pennsylvania, A Study of the So-Called Pennsylvania Dutch. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield Co., 1900, 2004 reprint.
     
  • Lammers, Wulf (1996); Die plattdeutsche Sprache: Ursprung, Entwicklung, Verwandte, Prognose; Neumünster: Wacholtz Verlag; ISBN 3-529-04507-1. (Covers the history of Low Saxon from the Old Saxon period until the present and its outlook for the future; with maps, tables and a bibliography; in German)
     
  • Lancour, Harold.  A Bibliography of Ship Passenger Lists, 1538-1825; Being a Guide to Published Lists of Early Immigrants to North America. 3rd edition. New York: New York Public Library, 1963.
     
  • Law, Hugh T. How to Trace Your Ancestors to Europe. Salt Lake City, Cottonwood Books, 1989.
     
  • Lindow, Wolfgang, and Claus Schuppenhauer, eds. (1991); Plattdeutsch im Buchhandel; Bremen (Germany): Institut für niederdeutsche Sprache. (Everything currently in print in or about Low Saxon - Invaluable and inexpensive for those wanting to locate Low Saxon books and literature in the language itself; in German.)
     
  • Lindow, Wolfgang, and Claus Schuppenhauer (1994); Niederdeutsche Sprache - Nedderdüütsch Dichten; Bremen (Germany): Leer Schuster; ISBN 3-7963-0319-6. (A lecture in German about Low Saxon until the present day - includes study materials, regional dictionaries, etc., and a lecture in Low Saxon about Low Saxon literature with examples from the Heliand until the present. A good concise introduction to the language; in Low Saxon and German)
     
  • Lockwood, William B. (1978); An Informal History of the German Language, with chapters on Dutch and Afrikaans, Frisian and Yiddish; The Language Library; Blackwell; ISBN 0-233-96797-4. (in English)

  • Lorenz. Ottokar. Lehrbuch der gesammten wissenschaftlichen Genealogie. 1898.
     
  • Lowery, Joan. "Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-Lexikon Abbreviations," The German Connection, January 1987, pp 9-14. The German Research Association, P.O. Box 711600, San Diego, CA 92171-1600.
     
  • Lowrey, Joan. "Searching for a Kreis or an Amt," The German Connection, July 1990, Vol. 14, No. 3, pp. 55-56. The German Research Association, P.O. Box 711600, San Diego, CA 92171-1600.
     
  • Meyer, Gustav Friedrich (1983); Unsere plattdeutsche Muttersprache: Beiträge zu ihrer Geschichte und ihrem Wesen; St. Peter-Ording (Germany): H. Lühr & Dircks. (General reader about Low Saxon; in German)
     
  • Meyer, Mary K. Meyer's Directory of Genealogical Societies in the U.S. and Canada. 9th edition. Mount Airy, Maryland, 1992.
     
  • Meyers Orts- und Verkehrslexikon des deutschen Reich. (FHL film 496,640, 496,641; Fiche 6000001-6000029).  Wright, Raymond S. III., Meyers Orts- und Verikehrs-Lexikon des Deutschen Reiches. Originally Published in Leipzig, 1912. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 2000.
     
  • Minert, Roger P. Deciphering Handwriting in German Documents Analyzing German, Latin and French Vital Records Written in Germany. Woods Cross, Utah: GRT Publications, 2001. - A self-help guide for reading early German documents.
     
  • Minert, Roger P., editor. German Immigrants in American Church Records. Volume 1: Indiana Protestant. Picton Press, 2005.
     
  • Minert, Roger P., Kathryn Boeckel, and Caren Winters. Germans to America and the Hamburg Passenger Lists: Coordinated Schedules. Westminster, Maryland: Heritage Books, 2005. Index linking Germans to America passenger lists, the Hamburg passenger lists, and the Family History Library microfilm.
     
  • Minert, Roger P. and Shirley J. Riemer. Researching in Germany: A Handbook for Your Visit to the Homeland of Your Ancestors. Sacramento, California: Lorelei Press, 2001. A "must have" book for your genealogical research in Germany.
     
  • Minert, Roger P.  Spelling Variations in German Names: Solving Family History Problems through Applications of German and English Phonetics. GRT Publications, 2000. 96 pages. ASIN: 0967842018.  For fourteen historic provinces: Baden, Braunschweig/Oldenburg/Thuringia/ Hanover, Hesse, Hesse-Nassau, Mecklenburg, Palatinate, Schleswig-Holstin (with Bremen/Hamburg/Lübeck), Westphalia (with Hohenzollern/Lippe/Schaumburg-Leppe/Waldeck), and Wurttemberg.
     
  • Müller, Friedrich. Müllers großes deutsches Ortsbuch [Müller's large German gazetteer]. Wuppertal-Barmen, Germany: Post- und Ortsbuchverlag Postmeister a.d. Friedrich Müller, 1958.
     
  • Neagles, James C. and Lila Lee Neagles. Locating Your Immigrant Ancestor: A Guide to Naturalization Records. Logan, Utah: Everton Publishing Co., 1975.
     
  • Newman, John J. American Naturalization Processes and Procedures, 1790-1985. Indianapolis: Family History Section, Indiana Historical Society, 1985.

  • Nipperdey, Thomas. Germany from Napoleon to Bismarck. 1996.
     
  • Nordmann-Stabenow, Gertrud (1980); Plattdeutsch und Plattdänisch im Grenzland Schleswig; Husum (Germany): Husum Druck Verlag. (About Low Saxon and Southern Jutish ("Low Danish") in the area of the Danish-German border; in German)
     
  • Nordmann-Stabenow, Gertrud (1994); 1000 Wörter Plattdänisch verglichen mit Plattdeutsch, Hochdeutsch und Reichdänisch / 1000 ord Sønderjysk sammenlignet med plattysk, høgtysk og rigsdansk; Husum: Husum Druck; ISBN 3-88042-644-9. (1000 words compared between Low Saxon and Southern Jutish ("Low Danish"); in Danish and German)
     
  • O'Donnell, Krista, Renate Bridenthal and Nancy Reagin, editors. The Heimat Abroad: The Boundaries of Germaneness. University of Michigan Press, 2005.
     
  • Online German Family Heritage Books (about 50 listings)
     
  • Parker, J. Carlyle. Going to Salt Lake City to Do Family History Research. 3rd. edition. Turlock, California: Marietta Publishing Co., 1996.
     
  • Paulun, Dirks. Platt auf deutsch: Herkunft und Bedeutung plattdeutscher Wörter. Bruckmann, 1974. ISBN: 3765416088.
     
  • Portal Digitale Bibliothek. Digitized German books.

  • Pott, August Friedrich. Die Personennamen Inbesondere die Familiennamen und ihre Entstehungsarten. 1859.
     
  • Quester, Erich [Bearbeiter]. Wegweiser für Forschungen nach Vorfahren aus des ost deutschen und südetendeutschen Gebieten sowie aus den deutschen Siedlungsräumen in Mittel-, Ost- und Südosteuropa. 4th edition. Neustadt an der Aish: Verlag Degener and Co., 1995. Classic work for former East Germany.
     
  • Reich, Konrad (1986); Das große plattdeutsche Bilderbuch; Hamburg (Germany): Hoffmann & Campe; ISBN 3-455-06204-0. (richly illustrated history of Low Saxon publishing; in German)
     
  • Reinhardt, Kurt Frank. Germany: 2000 Years. Rev. ed. 2 vols. New York: F. Ungar, 1989. (FHL book 943 H2rk; computer number 283736.)
     
  • Ribbe, Wolfgang and Eckhart Henning. Taschenbusch für Familiengeschichtsforschung. Neustadt an der Aisch, Germany: Verlag Degener & Co., 2001. Excellent German language resource for family history research.
     
  • Riemer, Shirley J. The German Research Companion. Rev. edition. Sacramento, California: Lorelei Press, 2000. Excellent resource for German genealogy.

  • Riemer, Shirley J. and Roger P. Minert. The German Research Companion. 3rd edition. Sacramento, CA: Lorelei Press, 2010. The title suggests this is a German research handbook, but it focuses on American families with German ancestry, the resources in America leading back to Germany, and the records in Germany. The volume does not deal with English-German, Brazilian-German, or African-German research, or any other country that has been heavily affected by German colonization.
     
  • Russ, Charles, ed. (1990); The Dialects of Modern German; London (UK): Routledge. (This comprehensive book covers all major German dialects and includes the Low Saxon language within "German"; in English)
     
  • Sanders, Willy (1982); Sachsensprache, Hansesprache, Plattdeutsch: sprachgeschichtliche Grundzüge des Niederdeutschen; Göttingen (Germany): Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. (History of Low Saxon; in German)
     
  • Sarauw, Christian Preben Emil (1921-1924); Niederdeutsche Forschungen; Copenhagen (Denmark): A. F. Host. (Low Saxon studies; in German)
     
  • Schaefer, Christina K. Guide to Naturalization Records of the United States. Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1997.
     
  • Schenk, Trudy and Ruth Froelke. Württemburg Emigration Index. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1986-
     
  • Schweitzer, George K. German Genealogical Research. Knoxville, Tennessee: The Author, 1995.

  • Simms, Brendan. The Struggle for Mastery in Germany, 1779-1850. 1998.
     
  • Smith, Clifford Neal and Anna Piszczan-Czaja Smith. Encyclopedia of German-American Genealogical Research. New York, R.R. Bowker Co., 1976. Reprint: Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2003.  Remains one of the great references.
     
  • Smith, Juliana Szucs Smith. The Ancestry Family Historian's Address Book: A Comprehensive List of Local, State, and Federal Agencies and Institutions, and Ethnic and Genealogical Organizations. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1997.
     
  • Smith, Kenneth Lee. German Church Books: Beyond the Basics. Camden, Maine: Picton Press, 1989. Descriptions of the contents of certain types of vital records, as well as some cultural details related to vital records in Germany.

  • Sommer, R. Familienforschung und Vererbungslehre. 1922.
     
  • Stammfolgen-Verzeichnisse für das genealogische Handbuch des Adels und das deutsche Geschlechterbuch. (Index of the Genealogical Handbook of nobility and the German Lineage Books). Limburg/Lahn: C.A. Starke, 1969.
     
  • Stellmacher, Dieter (1981); Niederdeutsch: Formen und Forschungen; Tübingen (Germany): Niemeyer; ISBN: 3-484-10415-5. (Overview of Low Saxon structure and research; in German)
     
  • Stellmacher, Dieter (1990); Niederdeutsche Sprache: Eine Einführung; Bern (Switzerland): New York (USA): P. Lang. (Introduction to the Low Saxon language, in German)
     
  • Stockman, Robert Lee. North Germany to North America : 19th century migration. Alto, Mich. : PlattDüütsch Press, 2003. Detailed descriptions of customs, occupations, farm equipment, methods of transportation, historical events, and much more. Interspersed with black and white photos and Plattdeutsch poems and sayings. Detailed accounts of how various Midwestern states were settled.

  • Stockman, Robert Lee. Platt Düütsch: A brief history of the people and language, plus glossary and orthography; Alto, Michigan (USA): Platt Düütsch Press (10748 100th Street, Alto, MI 49302; tel. 616 891-8932); ISBN 0-9665502-0-X, LCCN 98-091-589; US $18.00 + US $2.00 shipping & handling. (Introduction to the Low Saxon language with references to the language in America, in English)
     
  • Strassburger, R. B. & W. J. Hinke. Pennsylvania German Pioneers. 3 volumes. Pennsylvania Historical Society, 1934. Reprinted by Picton Press. Transcription of the ships' lists of those who entered through the port of Philadelphia. Includes the date of arrival, the age of any male aged 16 or over, his companions on the ship, and his signature.
     
  • Stumpp, Karl. The Emigration from Germany to Russia in the Years 1763-1862. Translated by Prof. Joseph S. Height and others. Lincoln, Nebraska: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1978.
     
  • Suess, Jared H. Central European Genealogical Terminology. Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, 1978. Includes German, Latin, French, Italian, and Hungarian.
     
  • Suess, Jared H. and Petra Suess. Reading Genealogical Records of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. 2 volumes. Salt Lake City: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1995. Designed to be definitive for German research.
     
  • Thode, Ernest J., Jr. Address Book for Germanic Genealogy. 6th edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2000. - Basic information for writing to Germany and doing German research.
     
  • Thode, Ernest J., Jr. Atlas for Germanic Genealogy. Marietta, Ohio: Heritage House, 1982, 1988.
     
  • Thode, Ernest J., Jr. German-English Genealogical Dictionary. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992.
     
  • "Tracking Immigrant Origins," in The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, Arlene Eakle and Johni Cerny, ed. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1984.
     
  • Uncapher, Wendy K. and Linda Herrick. German Maps and Facts for Genealogy. Janesville, Wisconsin: Origins, 2001.
     
  • Uncapher, Wendy. How to Read Meyers Geographical and Commercial Gazetteer of the German Empire which is written in German. Janesville, Wisconsin: Origins, 2003. 24 pages. Includes tips for deciphering the Gothic print, how to find your town in the gazetteer, abbreviations translated, examples translated, glossary and more.
     
  • Uncapher, Wendy K. Lands of the German Empire and Before. Janesville, Wisconsin: Origins, 2000. Includes numerous maps, timelines for each of the small areas, and alternative names. Includes German political subdivisions.
     
  • Ütrecht, E., editor. Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-Lexikon des deutschen Reichs. [Meyer's Directory of Places and Commerce in the German Empire]. 2 volumes. Leipzig, Germany: Bibliographisches Institut, 1912.
     
  • Verdenhalven, Fritz. Alte Masse Münzen und Gewichte aus dem deutschen Sprachgebiet. Verlag Degner & Co., 1968. Old measures, coins and weights, from the Germanic language areas.
     
  • Verdenhalven, Fritz. Familienkundliches Wörterbuch. Verlag Degener & Co., 137.  Dictionary of genealogical terms.
     
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