A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your Germanic Ancestors
by S. Chris Anderson and Ernest Thode
The latest book in the highly successful "Discovering Your Ancestors" series, this hands-on guide addresses virtually every aspect of tracing Germanic lineage, including Austrian, Swiss and Alsatian heritage.
Written for beginners, Anderson and Thode's book covers the basics of genealogy, clearly explaining how to plan, organize and begin searching. The authors also discuss the unique challenges associated with Germanic ancestral research and offer proven ways to overcome them, including how to locate and interpret vital statistics and emigration records. In addition, this guide provides a history of Germanic countries and their changing boundaries to help researchers find their villages of origin and determine what events led their ancestors to emigrate.
From naturalization to name changes, actual case studies of both typical and atypical Germanic genealogies demonstrate how to solve a research mystery.
Comprehensive listings of Germanic archives, research forms, letter-writing examples and maps will save researchers many hours of work.
192 pp., paperback, ISBN 1-5587-0520-1