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Ancestors in Germany Archives: A Guide to Family History
Sources/ Raymond S. Wright III...[]. Baltimore, MD:
Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004.

A detailed discussion of locating records in German Archives,
and an in depth listing of sources available at individual provincial


Bahlow, Hans, translated by Edda Gentry, with an introduction
by Henry Geitz. Dictionary of German Names. Madison, Wis.:
Max Klade Institute for German-American Studies, 2002

A detailed discussion of German names, including a geographical
portrait, occupational surnames, names of origin, including
abbreviation key, bibliography and maps.


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

Includes the changes produced by German unification,
which included locations of archives, church headquarters
and genealogical Societies, LDS and Jewish resources, and
Germans in U.S. and Canada.


Cerny, Johni. A Guide to German Parish Registers: In the Family
History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1988.

Includes data from mid 16th century which notes villages that
kept parish records.


Germans to America: Lists of Passenger Arriving at U.S. Ports.
Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, c1988.

Derived from original ship manifest schedules in chronological
order by date of arrival. The original set is from January 2,
1850-June 17, 1897. A new set of books is now in progress
starting in 1840.


Hall, Charles M. The Atlantic Bridge to Germany. Logan,
UT: Everton, 1974.

A multi-volume set of books that started in 1974, before
unification. Each volume deals with a section of Germany.


Jensen, Larry O. A Genealogical Handbook of German
Research. Rev. ed. Pleasant Grove, UT: 1987

Lists historical information regarding German Research,
handwriting, surnames and place names, and corresponding
for records.


Jensen, Larry O. Maps of the German Empire of 1871.
Rev. ed. Pleasant Grove, UT: Jensen Publications, 1987.

Along with 1871 maps has a discussion of the history
of many of the German provinces.  


Der Gross Shell Atlas. [Stuttgart] Germany: Mairs
Geographischen Verlag., 1986/87.

Provides detailed maps of Europe, which include tourist
planning, towns and their environs, city maps, city centers,
foreign city maps, hotel directories, also included are a
detailed index of place names.


Minert, Roger P. Hesse Place Name Indexes: Identifying
Place Names Using Alpha. and Rev. Alpha....Indexes.

Woods Cross, UT: GRT Publications, 2000.
Finding place names in Hesse with standard alpha index
when certain segments of the name are missing.  


Minert, Roger P. Researching in Germany: A Handbook
for Your Visit to the Homeland of Your Ancestors. Sacramento CA: Lorelei Press, 2001

Contains chapters on preparing for your visit, getting around,
conducting family research, enjoying yourself and what to do
after the trip. There are also sections on Austria and Eastern


Riemer, Shirley J. The German Research Companion. Rev.
exp. 2nd ed. Sacramento. CA: Lorelei Press, 2000.

Discusses German lands past and present, contacts and
sources, a discussion of emigration laws in Germany, U.S.
resources, how to understand language, vocabulary, resources
in Germany, including the Archives. There is also a discussion
of German-American newspapers, city directories and


Schenk, Trudy, Ruth Froelke and Inge Bork. The Wuerttemberg
Emigration Index. Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry, 1986.

Information extracted from the original Wuerttemberg emigration
records. Films available through the Family History Library system
in Salt Lake City.


Schweitzer, George K. with the assistance of Anne M. Smalley
and Katharina Hecke. German Genealogical Research. Knoxville, TN: 1992.

Information on Germans to America, types of German records
and depositories, to mention only a few of the categories
of information.


Sibmacher, Johann. Grosses und allegmeines Wappenbuch,
in einer neuen, vollstandig geordneten und reich vermehrten
Aufl., mit heraldischen und historisch-genealogischen Erlauterungen.

Has excellent General Index enabling many untreatable
arms to be found.      


Thode, Ernest. Address Book for Germanic Genealogy.
Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1997.

Publishing Co., 1997. Has German and other European



German Genealogical Digest. Salt Lake City, UT: 1985.

This periodical has articles on German research, new
German sources, microfilm update, book reviews,
ancestral research and other topics.



Germans in the 1870 U.S. Federal Census.

Generations Archives by Heritage Quest. CD-ROM. Sierra On-Line,
Inc., 2000


Germans in the 1910 U.S. Federal Census. Heritage Quest.

CD-ROM. Pro-Quest Information and Learning Co., 2003.

Internet Links


Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet.

This site includes general resources, government and cities,
history and culture, How to, Language, Handwriting and
Script, Libraries, Locality Specific and Migration, Military,
Newspapers, Palatines and other topics.


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