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Title:
A genealogist's guide to discovering your Germanic ancestors : how to find and record your unique heritage
Author:
Anderson, Chris, 1948-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Cincinnati, Ohio : Betterway Books, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
191 pages : illustrations, maps ; 28 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781558705203
Format :
Book

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Status
Central Library E184.G3 A49 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Reference-Ethnic Collection
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Summary

Summary

This hands-on guide addresses virtually every aspect of tracing Germanic lineage. Written for beginners, it covers the basics of genealogy, clearly explaining how to plan, organize and begin searching. Also addressed are the unique challenges associated with Germanic ancestral research and proven ways to overcome them -- including how to locate and interpret vital emigration records. Also provided is a history of Germanic countries and their changing boundaries to help researchers determine the events that led their ancestors to emigrate.


Table of Contents

Forewordp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Meet Catherine Fitz
1 Getting Startedp. 4
What You'll Need (the Genealogist's Equipment)
Preparing for Your Search
The Search Begins
Coats of Arms and Castles
2 The Challenges You Will Facep. 14
Records
Names
Places
Times
Novel Groups
3 Locating Your Ancestor's Homelandp. 22
Research Tools
Wildgansjagd (Wild-Goose Chase)
Some Misinterpreted Places
Jurisdictional Misinterpretations
Looking for Your Ancestor's Village
4 Visiting the Family History Library or Family History Centerp. 33
Research Tools
Scoping Out the Territory
Search the International Genealogical Index
Searching the Ancestral File
Checking the Locality and Surname Searches
Other FamilySearch Databases
Online Searching
5 A Brief History of Germany and German Emigrationp. 60
Germanic Tribes
The Hierarchy of Feudal Life
Reformation
Wars
Causes of Emigration
Immigration to America
6 How to Read Germanic Recordsp. 73
Reading Their Writing
Keywords in Documents
Some German and Other Records
7 Fitz Trails: A Case Study of an Eighteenth-Century German Lutheran Familyp. 113
Documenting the Fitz Family
8 Fox Tales: A Case Study of a Nineteenth-Century German Catholic Familyp. 120
Meet Leo Fox
Documenting the Fox Family
Appendix A German Word Listsp. 142
Genealogical Terms
Relationships
Given Names
Occupations
Common Surnames
Time Expressions
Numbers
Some German, Austrian, and Swiss States
Holidays
Appendix B Germanic Archives and Societiesp. 159
National Archives
Other Nationwide Archives
Regional/ State Archives
Other Archives
Catholic Archives
Lutheran Archives
Societies in Europe
Societies in the United States
Religious Archives in the United States
Appendix C Germanic Letter-Writing Guidep. 179
Bibliographyp. 183
Indexp. 187

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