Our 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:
- Your German-Speaking Heritage
- Identifying the German-Speaking Immigrant
- Pinpointing the Place of Origin
- The History of Germanic Lands
- Understanding Germany’s Geography
- Language, Surnames, Given Names
- Civil Registration in Germany
- German Church Records
- German Census and Court Records
- German Military Records
- Printed Records
- German-Speaking Peoples Outside of Germany
- Putting it All Together
- 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.