New Book: German Genealogy Guide

German Genealogy GuideOur club library has purchased a new book: The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide by James M. Beidler. It was published by Family Tree Books in March and is shelved in the “Germany” subsection of our “Foreign” collection.

Mr. Beidler is also the author of  Legacy Quick Guide: German Genealogy and contributes to German Life magazine.

The book is over 200 pages and has 14 chapters:

  1.  Your German-Speaking Heritage
  2.  Identifying the German-Speaking Immigrant
  3.  Pinpointing the Place of Origin
  4.  The History of Germanic Lands
  5.  Understanding Germany’s Geography
  6.  Language, Surnames, Given Names
  7.  Civil Registration in Germany
  8.  German Church Records
  9.  German Census and Court Records
  10.  German Military Records
  11.  Printed Records
  12.  German-Speaking Peoples Outside of Germany
  13.  Putting it All Together
  14.  What to Do When You Get Stuck

There are also a number of useful appendices: one on German script, another on publications and websites, and more. There’s a favorable review of the book at Eastman’s Newsletter. Though I haven’t read it myself, it looks like it’s very well done.

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Both printers now available to club PCs

Printing is one of the more common problems in our club rooms so I made a minor change. The small black HP printer remains the default for all five PCs. But they can now also print to the big white Canon printer which we use mainly as a copier. If you have trouble with one, please try the other.

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Henry Louis Gates Jr. (You may remember the White House “Beergate” incident) is kicking off Season 2 of Finding your Roots. The show starts on Tuesday, Sept. 23, PBS. time not known. The previews look very interesting with such people as Sally Fields, Ken Burns, Anderson Cooper, Ben Affleck, Tina Fey, Alan Dershowitz and a number of others.

A very different show from Who Do You . . . It should be a great way to get yourself back into researching.

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Lisa Louise Cooke: registration closing

Lisa Louis CookeNationally known speaker and author Lisa Louise Cooke will offer a workshop and seminar in Tucson on Friday and Saturday October 3rd and 4th. Pima County Genealogy Society is hosting the event at the clubhouse of Far Horizons RV Resort on Pantano near Speedway.

Ms. Cooke’s Friday afternoon topics will be old maps and Google Earth. On Saturday she’ll discuss cold cases, newspapers, Evernote, and Google surname searching. Details are available in the seminar flyer and in these enthusiastic comments (“Lisa is an excellent speaker with so much energy”) by someone who attended a similar presentation just last month.

Registration closes this Saturday the 20th. Advance registration is required. Pricing is given in the registration form. You may mail the registration form with a check, or email PCGS at:
Tell them which events you’d like to attend and they’ll send a bill that can be paid online. Details on how this works are in this post at the PCGS blog.

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and it’s raining. Why not come down to the genealogy lab and restart your genealogy search?
9 – Noon

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