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German Genealogy

"How To" German Genealogy Tools

  • 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.

  • Barth, Fredrick H. The Beginner's Guide to German Genealogical Research. Bountiful, Utah: Thomsen's Genealogical Center, 1988.
     
  • Basic Research Outline for German Genealogy . From the German Roots website.
     
  • Baxter, Angus. In Search of Your German Roots: A Complete Guide to Tracing Your Ancestors in the Germanic Areas of Europe. 3d edition. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994.

  • Baxter, Angus. In Search of Your German Roots: A Complete Guide to Tracing Your Ancestors in the Germanic Areas of  Europe. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 2001.

  • Bellingham, Mary, et al. Research Guide to German-American Genealogy. St. Paul, Minnesota: German Interest Group, Branch of Minnesota Genealogical Society, 1991.
     
  • Blodgett, Steven W. Germany: Genealogical Research Guide. Salt Lake City: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1989.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.

  • Dearden, Fay. The German Researcher: How to Get the Most Out of an L-D-S Branch Genealogy Library. Plymouth, Minnesota: Family Tress Press, 1989, 1990.
     
  • Family History Library. Research Outline: German. Salt Lake City: Intellectual Reserve, 1997.
      
  • Finding Passenger Lists 1820-c.1940 . A basic tutorial for German Americans by Joe Beine, German Roots Webmaster.
     
  • Finding Where Your Ancestors Came From in Germany - Linda Herrick, Origins.
     
  • Friedrichs, Dr.Heinz. How to Find My German Ancestors and Relatives. 3rd rev. edition. Verlag Degener & Co., 1997.
     
  • A Genealogical Handbook of German Research . Excellent "How To" guide from FamilySearch.org.
     
  • German & Genealogy . An online article in two parts on German words frequently encountered in genealogy.
     
  • German Genealogy Cross-Index by Federation of East European Family History Societies (FEEFHS)

  • German Genealogy Research Guide. Novato, California: Broderbund, 1998.
     
  • The German Research Companion by Shirley J. Riemer. Lorelei Press, 2000. 664 pages. ASIN: 0965676102. Contact: lorelei@softcom.net. Topics include hundreds of reference items and thousands of facts. It also offers extensive information about American research tools needed to trace German-speaking immigrant ancestors to their origins.
     
  • Germanic genealogy : a guide to worldwide sources and migration patterns. 2nd ed.  St. Paul, MN: Germanic Genealogy Society, c1997.
     
  • Hints for researchers outside Germany

  • How to Germany. Searching for your German ancestors.
     
  • Information on German genealogy by the German Genealogy Team, Germany, USA

  • Jensen, Larry O. A Genealogical Handbook of German Research. Pleasant Grove, Utah: L.O. Jensen, 1980-1983.

  • Konrad, J. German Family Research Made Simple. Munroe Falls, Ohio: Summit, 1982.
     
  • Law, Hugh T. How to Trace Your Ancestors to Europe. Salt Lake City, Cottonwood Books, 1989.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Parker, J. Carlyle. Going to Salt Lake City to Do Family History Research. 3rd. edition. Turlock, California: Marietta Publishing Co., 1996.
     
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  • Research Guide to German-American Genealogy. St. Paul, Minnesota: German Interest Group, Branch of Minnesota Genealogical Society, 1991.
     
  • Researching in Germany: A Handbook for Your Visit to the Homeland of Your Ancestors by Rober P. Minert. Lorelei Press, 2001. 254 pages. ASIN: 0965676153. Contact: lorelei@softcom.net.  Minert is Professor of Germanic and Slavic Family History at Brigham Young University.
     
  • 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, including vocabulary lists for occupations, illnesses, relatives, etc.
     
  • Riemer, Shirley J. The German Research Companion. Rev. edition. Sacramento, California: Lorelei Press, 2000. Excellent resource for German genealogy. Excellent one-volume reference work on German family research.
     
  • Schweitzer, George K. German Genealogical Research. Knoxville, Tennessee: The Author, 1995.

  • Smelser, Ronald M. Finding Your German Ancestors. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, 1991.
     
  • Smith, Clifford Neal and Anna Piszczan-Czaja Smith. Encyclopedia of German-American Genealogical Research. New York, R.R. Bowker Co., 1976.
     
  • Smith, Kenneth. Beyond the Basics. Camden, Maine: Picton, 1989. Descriptions of the contents of certain types of vital records, as well as some cultural details related to vital records in Germany.
     
  • Thode, Ernest. Address book for Germanic genealogy. 6th ed.  Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Pub., c1997.
     
  • Thode, Ernest. German-English genealogical dictionary. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1992.
     
  • Verdenhalven, Fritz. Familienkundliches Wörterbuch. Verlag Degener & Co., 137.  Dictionary of genealogical terms.

  • Wellauer, Maralyn A. Tracing Your German Roots. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Wellauer, 1978.
     
  • Wilsmann, Howard E. German Genealogy.
     
  • World GenWeb site: Germany