Map Guide to German Parish Registers Vol. 1 thru 57 – On Sale for 25% Off thru Christmas!

German-Map-Guide-Illustration

To celebrate the Christmas 2017 Season, Family Roots Publishing Co. is offering all individual soft cover German Map Guide books, Volumes 1 through 57 at 25% off! That makes them just $26.21 per book (reg. $34.95). This sale runs through December 25, 2017.

 

Written in English by Kevan Hansen, the volumes were principally written to help family historians resolve where their family may have gone to church – and left vital records behind that may be seen today. The series is still in production. In many cases, even the smallest places are listed in this series – some with as little population as one person! These places are as of about 1870. If the place existed prior to that date, it will most likely be listed. If the place was named after that date, the chances drop.

The online description of each book includes an index listing every town found in that book. To search across the entire database for any particular German town, Click here, enter the name of the town in the Search Box, click on “Description Only,” and then click Search. Note that many town names can be found in multiple books, as there are often multiple towns by any paricular name.

Each volume of the series does the following:

 

  • Identifies the parish where an ancestor worshipped based on where they lived.
  • Gives the FHL microfilm number for the family’s parish records.
  • Identifies nearly every city, town, and place that included residents.
  • Visually identifies church parishes for Lutherans & Catholics in each district.
  • Identifies adjoining parishes in case an ancestor attended an alternate parish.
  • Aids in area searches, particularly across district or regional borders.
  • Provides visual identification of search areas in which to look for a family.
  • Helps in determining proximity of one area to another.
  • Aids in determining reasonable distances of travel from one area to another.
  • Identifies population centers in each parish.
  • Identifies archives, repositories, and other resources.
  • Aids in identification of the location of minority religions. 

If you know the name of your town, but do not know where it might be in Germany, you may use the search engine at the FRPC website to locate which book it might be found in. The Product Search box is found in the upper left-hand corner. Don’t use the “Advanced Search,” just use the Product Search box on the home page. Enter the name of the town, and click on GO. Some town names are found in more than one place in Germany – and will be listed in multiple books – so knowing the German State of origin is helpful.

Books covering the following old German states are now available:

 

Family Roots Publishing Co. is offering all soft cover volumes of the Map Guide to German Parish Registers, Volumes 1 through 57 at 25% off! That makes them just $26.21 per book (reg. $34.95). This sale ends at midnight PST December 25, 2017.

FRPC Christmas 2017 Blow-Out Sale: Genealogy Books @ 60-95% Off

Family Roots Publishing has a number of overstock items that we wish to blow out during the Christmas Season – dirt cheap…

Click on the links below to learn more and/or to order.

HUMOR
Further Undertakings of a Dead Relative Collector – 60% Off – Reg. $11. On Sale for only $4.40!

RESEARCH
Owner Unknown: Your Guide to Real Estate Treasure Hunting – 95% Off – Reg. $20. On Sale for only $1!

America’s Best Genealogy Resource Centers, by William Dollarhide & Ron Bremer – 60% Off – Reg. $15.95. On Sale for only $6.38!

Heritage Quest Magazine, 1985-1999 on CD-ROM – 70% Off – Reg. $69.95. On Sale for only $13.99!

Family Associations – 4th Edition – 70% Off – Reg. $34.95. On Sale for only $10.49!

RECORDING AND WRITING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY
Your Life and Times: How to Put a Life Story on Tape – An Oral History Handbook – 60% Off – Reg. $8.95. On Sale for only $3.58!

MISCELLANIOUS
From the Family Kitchen, Discover Your Food Heritage and Preserve Favorite Recipes – 70% Off – Reg. $27.99. On Sale for only$8.40!

On Teaching Genealogy – 70% Off – Reg. $9.95. On Sale for only $2.99!

BRITISH RESEARCH
The Protestation Returns, 1641-1642, & Other Contemporary Listings – 60% Off – Reg. $10. On Sale for only $4.00!

Bishops’ Transcripts and Marriage Licenses, Bonds and Allegations, a Guide to Their Location and Indexes, Fourth Edition – 60% Off – Reg. $7.50. On Sale for only $3.00!

[British] Air Force Records: A Guide For Family Historians, 2nd Edition – 65% Off – $24.95. On Sale for only $8.73!

[British] Army Records: A Guide for Family Historians – 65% Off – Reg. $24.95. On Sale for only $8.73!

Family History In The Wars, How Your Ancestors Served Their Country – 60% Off – Reg. $8. On Sale for only $3.20!

Family History On The Move, Where Your Ancestors Went and Why – 60% Off – Reg. $8. On Sale for only $3.20!

House History Starter Pack, All You Need to Become Your Own House Detective – 70% Off – Reg. $18.95. On Sale for only $5.69!

IRELAND RESEARCH
The Famine Immigrants [Vol. V], Lists of Irish Immigrants Arriving at the Port of New York, October 1849-May 1850 – 70% Off – Reg. $55. On Sale for only $16.50!

SCOTLAND RESEARCH
Scottish-American Court Records, 1733-1783 – 60% Off – Reg. $18. On Sale for only $7.20!

UNITED STATES

INDIANA
Indiana in Stereo: Three-Dimensional Views of the Heartland – 90% Off – Reg. $34.95. On Sale for only $3.50!

Remembrance, Faith, and Fancy: Outdoor Public Sculpture in Indiana – 90% Off – Reg. $39.95. On Sale for only $4.00!

Otto Ping: Photographer of Brown County, Indiana, 1900–1940 – 90% Off – Re. $29.95. On Sale for only $3.00!

The Photography of Ben Winans of Brookville, Indiana, 1902-1926 – 95% Off – Reg. $24.95. On Sale for only $1.25.

Twilight in Arcadia, Tobacco Farming in Indiana – 95% Off – Reg. $12.95. On Sale for only 65 Cents!

Massachusetts & Maine
Massachusetts and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis (1885-1966), A Reprinting, in Alphabetical Order by Surname, of the Sixteen Multi-Ancestor Compendia (plus Thomas Haley of Winter Harbor and His Descendants) compiled by Maine’s Foremost Genealogist, 1916-1963. 3 vols. – 60% Off – Reg. $135. On Sale for only $54.00!

MISSOURI
Missouri Heartlands, Family Records, Volume one; Counties Pulaski, Phelps, Laclede, Webster, Wright, Texas, Osage, Maries, Camden & Miller – 80% Off – Reg. $19.95. On Sale for only $3.99!

NEW YORK
New York Colonial Muster Rolls, 1664-1775. Reprinted in Two Volumes; Report of the State Historian of the State of New York – 60% Off – Reg. $85. On Sale for only $34.00!

Cape Vincent [New York] and Its History – 60% Off – Reg. $15. On Sale for only $6.00!

VIRGINIA
Land Causes, Accomack County, Virginia, 1727-1826 – 70% Off – Reg. $28.50. On Sale for only $8.55!

1890 Virginia Census Index of Civil War Veterans or Their Widows – 60% Off – Reg. $8.95. On Sale for only $3.58!

WASHINGTON DC
The Center – A Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Capital Area – 60% Off – Reg. $19.95. On Sale for only $7.98!

WALL CHARTS
Six Generation Descendancy Wall Chart – 60% Off – Reg. $9.95. On Sale for only $3.18!

The Best From American Canals bundle – 60% Off – Just $12.72 thru Christmas 2017

Canals played a vital role in American migration during 19th century. FRPC has a number of very informative publications dealing with the history of these important transportation modes.

We’ve bundled four of them, and are offering them at 60% off – making the entire bundle just $12.72! Click here or on the illustration to order the bundle.

Click on the following links to see each publication. Use your back arrow to come back to this page.

Don’t want all four? You may order them individually at 50% off at their respective sites.

The Best from American Canals, Vol. V – 50% Off – Reg. $7.95.
The Best from American Canals, Vol. VI – 50% Off – Reg. $7.95.
The Best from American Canals, Vol. VII – 50% Off – Reg. $7.95.
The Best from American Canals, Vol. VIII – 50% Off – Reg. $7.95.

20,000 Vital Records of Early Western & Central New York – 60% Off thru Dec. 25, 2017

Family Roots Publishing is offering two of the best hard-back early New York vital records books at 60% off as a bundle thru Christmas 2017.

Click on this link to order the bundle at 60% Off. On sale for $30.80 Reg. $77.

Click on this link to read a full review of 10,000 Vital Records of Western New York 1809-1850, by the late Fred Q. Bowman.

Click on this link to read a full review of 10,000 Vital Records of Central New York 1813-1850, by the late Fred Q. Bowman. 40% off alone ($23.10) or 60% off as a bundle with the Western New York volume.

Dollarhide Censuses & Substitute Name Lists Guides AL-KS 80% Off! – NEW AL & KY-WY Guides 25% Off! With FREE Downloads!

FRPC ran a sale on these books last June, and we’re again running a deep-discount sale for Christmas 2017 – bumping up the discount on the new volumes published since 2015 to 25% – with the older 2013 and 2014 discounted at 80% during the sale.

Bill Dollarhide started a series of what he called “Name List” guides in the Summer of 2013. He wrote steadily on them until sometime in 2015, when life caught up with him, and he had to put the project aside. Well, he went back at it in 2017, and completed new guides for all the rest of the states, alphabetically Minnesota through Wyoming. He also wrote a full book on the U.S. Territories. Finally, Bill went back and updated an earlier volume – choosing Indiana – to test whether enough changes had taken place to make it worthwhile to do Second Editions. Bill found that a number of URL addresses had changed, which he expected, and he found additional data that expanded the volume by another 10 pages. Since that time, Bill also produced a Second Edition for Alabama.

Bill has also released 37 NEW volumes from 2015 through 2017 – Alabama and Minnesota through Wyoming, plus U.S. Territories and Indiana Second Edition.

To celebrate the Christmas season, we’re pricing all of the 2015 to 2017 print volumes at 25% off, making them $14.21. They cover Kentucky through Wyoming, as well as an Alabama volume, an Indiana volume, and one on the U.S. Territories. As before, we’re throwing in a FREE instantly downloadable PDF eBook version with any paperback book being purchased. See my Super-Saver shipping note below.

To clear out the earlier printed books (Alabama through Kansas), those written in 2013 and 2014, FRPC has discounted the price 80%! That makes them only $3.79 each! We will most likely do Second Editions for those volumes sometime in the 2018.

To make this offer even more attractive, we’re offering Super-Saver (USA Only) USPS shipping on all 53 printed books. That’s $4.50 for the first book, and only 50 cents for each thereafter.

With the completion of this series of genealogical guides, William Dollarhide continues his long tradition of writing books that family historians find useful in their day-to-day United States research. Bill’s Name List guides give a state-by-state listing of what name lists, censuses, and census substitutes are available, where to find them, and how they can be used to further one’s research.

Censuses & Substitute Name Lists are key to success in any genealogical endeavor. Name lists, be they national, state, county, or even city or town in scope, can help nail down the precise place where one’s ancestor may have lived. And if that can be done, further records, usually found on a local level, will now be accessible to research. But success depends on knowing where the ancestor resided. This is where Dollarhide’s Name List guides can make the difference.

Not only do these this volumes give a detailed bibliography of Censuses and Substitute Names Lists available for each state, but links to websites, FHL book & microfilm numbers, archive references, maps, and key historical information make this volume invaluable to the researcher looking to extend their lines and fill in the family tree.

The following Censuses & Substitute Name Lists Guides, all written by William Dollarhide, may be purchased from Family Roots Publishing Co. Click on the appropriate links to purchase.

Research in Germany Bundle – 30% Off Through Christmas 2017

Family Roots Publishing commissioned a special print-run of Researching in Germany, and bundled it with Tracing Your Ancestors: Heritage Travel – Tips, Tricks & Strategies. Then we discounted the price by 30%! Click here to order the Research in Germany Bundle.

The two popular travel guides for genealogists are:

Researching in Germany, A Handbook for You Visit to the Homeland of Your Ancestors, by Roger P. Minert, Shirley J. Riemer, and Susan E. Sirrine

and

Tracing Your Ancestors: Heritage Travel – Tips, Tricks & Strategies, by Lisa A. Alzo & Christine Woodcock

Don’t need both? Purchase the individual books for 20% off at their respective sites.

Researching in Germany, Second Edition – 20% Off Thru Christmas 2017

Are you considering a research trip to Germany? Or any of the German language speaking countries, for that matter… If so, this book is for you! Written primarily by Shirley J. Riemer, with the assistance of Roger Minert and Susan Sirrine, Researching in Germany, A Handbook for Your Visit to the Homeland of Your Ancestors, Second Edition is the genealogist’s guide to German research travel. The book is loaded with the information that you need for a successful trip.

FRPC cut a deal with the publisher to have a special print run for Christmas 2017 sales – allowing us to run a reduced price sale for the first time ever! The books are 20% off. Regularly $19, they are just $15.20 through Christmas, December 25, 2017. Better yet – buy the Research in Germany Bundle of this volume, bundled with Heritage Travel, Tips, Tricks & Strategies – and get 30% Off! Reg. $28.95, the Research in Germany Bundle is on sale for just $20.27! (+$5.50 p&h) Click here to order. This offer only runs through Christmas, so order now.

The first edition was printed on September 11, 2001, and was very popular. The second edition, published in 2013, covers topics that travelers today find useful – including technology advances, and can help the 21st-century researcher in many ways. Collectively, the authors have made more than 30 trips to Germany – even living there for a while.

The book is nicely laid out, with many illustrations, tables, lists, and maps. If you’re even thinking of going to Germany, you must have this book!

The following is from the Table of Contents:

Chapter One: Preparing for your visit to the land of your ancestors
Reasons and goals for the trip
Identifying the ancestral home
Locating the records you need
Gaining access to the records you need
Hiring a local expert to assist you
Deciding when to make your research trip to Germany
Acquiring a Passport
Making your travel plans
… Air Travel
… Car rentals for travel in Germany
… Trains
Lodging
Documents, literature, and equipment needed for conducting family history research in Germany
… Documents and printed materials to prepare for the trip.
… Computer preparations
Non-researching materials to collect and organize before leaving home.
… The log
… Letter of Introduction
German Handshake Packet
Preparing to use your debit card in Europe
Preparing to enter a German-language environment
Gifts to take along
Luggage selection
Packing Your Suitcase

Chapter Two: Getting around the land of your ancestors
Landing at the airport in Germany
You and your money in Germany
… Need cash?
… Credit Cards
… Traveler’s Checks
… Hints for Handling money in Germany
Living between time zones
Rental cars
… Picking up your rental car
… Pointers on driving in Germany
… Driving on the Autobahn
… Other driving pointers
… Driving regulations in European countries
… Parking your rental car
… Bicycles
Traveling by rail in Germany
… The German railroad “alphabet game”
… Train information
… Train reservations
… Validating a rail pass
… Handling luggage
… Conveniences on board
… Which is your stop>
… Before leaving the train station
Taking a taxi
Using other public transportation
Tourist information
… Finding a room
… Gathering local information
… Checking out Antiquariat
Sleeping accommodations in Germany
… Rooms in private houses
… The Gasthaus, the Gasthof, and the Pension
… Vacation Apartments
… Hotels
Restaurants in Germany
… Water: A problem for Americans
Telling time in Europe
Post office services in Germany
… Basic services and products
… Shipping extra items
… Filling out postal forms
Telecommunication in Germany
… Public telephones
… Private telephones
… Other communication options
Dealing with emergencies

Chapter Three: Conducting family history research in the land of your ancestors
Research at specific locations in Germany
… The parish church
… Regional church archives
… Other church-owned research venues
… Civil record venues
… City archives
… County archives
… State and national archives
… Family History Societies
… Family history centers
Private researchers
Other research venues
Visiting relatives
The Heimatmuseum
Research in other German-language regions of Europe
… Alsace-Lorriane, France (Elsass-Lothringen)
… Austria (Österreich)
… Bohemia and Moravia, Czech Republic (Böhmen und Mähren)
… Liechtenstein
… Luxembourg
… Poland
… Slovenia (Slowenien, Slovenija)
… Switzerland (Schweiz)
Research facilities in Europe: seven examples
… Estorf, Germany: Estorf Lutheran Church
… Hannover, Germany: Landskirchenamt, kirchenbuchamt
… Basel, Switzerland: Staatsarchiv des Kantons Basel-Stadt
… Vienna, Austria: Zur Allerheiligsten Dreifaltigkelt
… Graz, Austria: Diözesanarchiv
… Plzen, Czech Republic: Statni Oblastni Archiv
… Ljubljana, Slovenia: Nadskofiiski Archiv
Record-keeping and documentation

Chapter Four: Enjoying yourself in the land of your ancestors

Where to go and what to do
Taking pictures in Germany
Shopping in Germany

Chapter Five: After the trip
Returning home
Annotated Bibliography

Appendices
A. English-German vocabulary
B. German-English vocabulary
C. Vital records vocabulary
D. Reading German handwritten documents
E. Letters to Germany in preparation for your trip
F. Computer translations
G. Archives games

Index
Useful Addresses

Researching in Germany, A Handbook for Your Visit to the Homeland of Your Ancestors, 2nd Edition; by Roger P. Minert, Shirley J. Riemer, and Susan E. Sirrine; Published 2013; x+271 pp; Soft Cover; Item # M0028; Reg. $19; On sale for $15.20 thru December 25, 2017. Click on the link to order.

Get 30% off by purchasing the Research in Germany Bundle. Reg. $28.95, the bundle is on sale for just $20.27! (+$5.50 p&h) Click here to order.

Heritage Travel: Tips, Tricks & Strategies – 20% Off Thru Dec 25

A short time ago, Lisa A. Alzo and Christine Woodcock wrote a new booklet for Moorshead Magazines entitled: Tracing Your Ancestors – Heritage Travel: Tips, Tricks & Strategies. After reading a PDF review copy, I purchased 10 cases of them to offer to my readers. All genealogists travel at one point or another – some of us more than others. This guide will assist anyone who wishes to plan a trip. Whether doing a genealogy road trip stateside or a trip abroad to your ancestral homeland, this booklet will help you in planning the perfect journey. Written by two experienced genealogy professionals, writers, and travelers, you’re sure to get ideas and tips that you hadn’t even thought about before.

The following is from the Table of Contents, and will give you a pretty good idea of what to expect from the book:

  • Ten Things to know Before You Go: Lisa offer ten suggestions to make the most of your ancestral journey.
  • Awesome Apps for Travelers!: Lisa gives an overview of 17 useful heritage travel tools and apps.
  • Preparing For a Genealogy Trip: Christine says being prepared is the key to a successful journey.
  • Preparation Checklist: Christine recommends a comprehensive list of to-dos to consider before you depart on your journey
  • Preparation Checklist: Christine Woodcock Says being prepared is the key to a successful journey.
  • Speaking Your Ancestor’s Language: Lisa A. Alzo offer tips for conquering colloquialisms and communicating with cousins during a heritage trip.
  • Build An Itinerary in Trello!: Lisa A. Alzo discusses how Trello can help you organize your genealogy and writing projects.
  • Journal Your Journey: Christine Woodcock recommends keeping a journal of your genealogical travel experiences.
  • Meeting Family – Making Memories: Lisa A. Alzo share how to find and make the most of chance encounters with newly found relatives.
  • Immersion Genealogy: Lisa A. Alzo share her thoughts on a more complete way to explore your ancestry.
  • Social History Museums: Christine Woodcock shows how to put your ancestors’ lives into perspective.
  • Expert Guidance: Lisa A. Alzo offers tips on how to hire a tour guide for your trip.
  • Food, Family and Folklore: Lisa A. Alzo shares tips for planning a dream trip to your ancestral homeland.
  • Visiting Cemeteries: Christine Woodcock offers guidance on how to prepare for a visit to your ancestor’s gravesite.
  • After the Tour: Christine Woodcock shares tips on what to do with all that information you collect while on your trip to your ancestral homeland.

Order Tracing Your Ancestors – Heritage Travel: Tips, Tricks & Strategies; by Lisa A. Alzo and Christine Woodcock by clicking on the link. Printed 2017; 66 pp; Soft Cover, Saddle Stapled; ISBN: 978-1-926510-07-1; Item #: MM027; Reg. $9.95 – on sale for $7.96 (+ $4.50 p&h) through December 25.

Genealogy Giants: Comparing the Four Major Websites

“Which genealogy website should I use?” It’s one of the most-asked questions in genealogy — and this quick reference guide answers it!

Use this jammed-packed cheat sheet to quickly and easily compare all of the most important features of the four biggest international genealogy websites: Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, Findmypast.com and MyHeritage.com. Then consult it every time your research budget, needs or goals change. Tables, bulleted lists and graphics make this guide as easy to use as it is informative.

Family Roots Publishing purchased a large quantity of these guides, and is making them available at 15% off for Christmas 2017. The sale runs through December 25, 2017. Click on this link to order.

This comprehensive quick reference guide explains:

  • How knowing about all four websites can improve your family history research
  • How the sites stack up when it comes to the numbers of historical records, names in trees, DNA profiles, site users, site languages and subscription costs
  • Unique strengths of each website and cautions for using each
  • What to keep in mind as you evaluate record content between sites
  • Geographic record strengths: A unique table has an at-a-glance comparison for 30+ countries
  • How to see what kinds of records are on each site without subscribing
  • How family trees are structured differently at these websites — and why it matters
  • Privacy, collaboration and security options at each site
  • How DNA testing features differ at the two websites that offer it
  • What you can do with free guest accounts at each website
  • Subscription and free access options

Click on the following link to order:
Genealogy Giants: Comparing the 4 Major Websites QuickGuide, by Sunny Morton; Editor: Lisa Louise Cooke; 8.5×11; 4 pp, 10 mil, tear resistant, water resistant synthetic – folded; 2017; QuickGuide; Item #: Lu27

Sunny Morton is a genealogy writer whose work is read by thousands in magazines and online. As a Contributing Editor at Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems, she frequently posts on the news, but also loves to share quick research tips, reveal little-known resources or take genealogists for an exhilarating dive into deeper research topics and techniques. She’s also the author of My Life & Times: A Guided Journal for Collecting Your Stories.

Getting Started Bundle of 5 items – 55% Off!

Family Roots Publishing has packaged five popular items from 4 publishers into a “Getting Starting in Genealogy” bundle – and placed them on sale at 55% off for Christmas 2017 sales.
Click here to order the bundle. Click on the links to check out each item. Click on your back arrow to come back to this page and order.

Tracing Your Ancestors: Beginner’s Guide
Give Your Family a Gift That Money Can’t Buy
Portrait of My Family
Recording Your Family History
5-Generation Primary Families Wall Chart.

Don’t need all five items? Buy them individually for 40% off. Click on the links to order.

Regularly $46.75, we’re making it just $21.04. Sale price ends December 25, 2017 – or while supplies last, whichever comes first.

Two Lisa Louise Cooke Titles Bundled & Reduced by 20% – Google Toolbox & Mobile Genealogy

FRPC has again purchased a special shipment of Lisa Louise Cooke’s two most popular titles, and bundled them at 20% off for Christmas sales.

Can’t use both? The books are discounted 15% at their respective sites. Click on the links to order.

The books are:

Click on the links to view full descriptions of either book, or to purchase just the one item. Return to this page and click on this link or the illustration to order the bundle.

Following is the review of The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox that I wrote a while back.

I have used Lisa Louise Cooke’s 2011 first edition of The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox regularly in the last several years, and found it extremely helpful. The Second Edition is even more so. When it comes to tracing your family tree online, you need the right tools to get the job done. In The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, Lisa helps you stuff your genealogy toolbox with FREE state-of-the-art Internet tools that are built to search, translate, message, and span the globe. You’ll travel outside the genealogy community and straight to the folks who dominate the online world: Google. A lot has changed since the first edition was published in 2011 (see list at the bottom of this post), and it’s all documented step-by-step in this second Edition.

Following is a list of the chapters found in the volume:

  • Introduction, Getting Ready to build Your Family Tree Fast
  • Chapter 1: Search Tools
  • Chapter 2: Basic & Advanced Search
  • Chapter 3: Search Strategies for High-Quality Results
  • Chapter 4: Site Search & Resurrecting Websites
  • Chapter 5: Image Search
  • Chapter 6: Common Surname Searches
  • Chapter 7: Google Alerts
  • Chapter 8: Gmail
  • Chapter 9: Google Books
  • Chapter 10: Google News Archive
  • Chapter 11: Google scholar
  • Chapter 12: Google Patents
  • Chapter 13: Google Translate
  • Chapter 14: YouTube
  • Chapter 15: Google Earth: An Overview
  • Chapter 16: Google Earth: Ancestral Homes & Locations
  • Chapter 17: Google Earth: Organizing & Sharing
  • Chapter 18: Google Earth: Historic Images & Maps
  • Chapter 19: Google Earth: Plotting Your Ancestor’s Homestead
  • Chapter 20: Google Earth: Adding Family History Content
  • Chapter 21: Google Earth: Family History Tour Maps
  • Appendix: Find it Quick: The “How To” Index

I love this guidebook, and recommend it to anyone who wants to get more use of the online “tools” available to them. Check out the items that are new, expanded or updated in the Second Edition.

  • Google Search: Put an end to fruitless searches forever – UPDATED!
  • Searching Common Surnames – NEW!
  • Google Alerts: Your personal genealogy research assistant – UPDATED!
  • Gmail: Never lose another email – EXPANDED!
  • Google Books: The world’s history at your fingertips – UPDATED!
  • Google News Archives: Free digitized historic newspapers – UPDATED!
  • Google Patents: Research the inventor in your family – NEW!
  • Google Scholar: Explore the world’s most scholarly sources – NEW!
  • Google Translate: Explore foreign language websites – UPDATED!
  • YouTube: Build your own genealogy channel – NEW!
  • Google Earth: Rock Your Ancestor’s World – EXPANDED!

Following is a review of Mobile Genealogy, written some time ago…

Finally – we have a great new guide for those of us who use mobile devices! This book takes the place of Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse, written by Lisa Louise Cooke in 2012. The iPad volume was becoming dated, and mobile devices of all kinds have sprung up since the publication of that book. Not only are folks using iPads & iPhones for genealogy, but many of us are using devices that run Android operating systems. I never felt the need for an iPad, but I’ve been using the iPhone and Android smart phones for years. I’m currently using a Samsung Android smart phone that I’m very pleased with. I use it for all kinds of genealogy applications.

Mobile Genealogy’s coverage of Android as well as Apple, makes this book twice as valuable a guide as Lisa’s previous book. Think iOS as well as Android. And Lisa’s use of step-by-step instructions (for us computer tech dummies!), as well as a myriad of high-quality illustrations make the book an educational delight. I can honestly say that this volume is changing the way I use my devices, allowing me to find more ancestors, and other relatives – and it’s saving me TIME – something I have begun to value at my age. (grin)

Access the Computer On Your Desk at Home!
Chapter 15 covers using your mobile device to access your home computer. I’ll bet most of you never even considered connecting to your PC with your smart phone. Yes – it’s possible, and Lisa gives step-by-step instructions on how to do that too! So – whether you are using a tablet, or a smart phone, you can access stuff that’s 1000 miles away – or maybe just around the corner.

Screen Capture on my Smart Phone?!
Chapter 4 really gets into the nitty-gritty of better browsing with your mobile device. Although covered in Lisa’s 2012 iPad book, this chapter takes the subject to a whole new level. Her section on mobile web-clipping and screen capture was a great help to me. I’ve always had problems with screen capture and had basically given up on it. Now I know what to do!

Translation Strategies
Lisa’s section on translation strategies in Chapter 10 just opened up a world of new data for me – and it can for you. She explains how the Google Translate App from the App Store or Google Play can be used for capturing data on your ancestor from foreign-language books – translated into English so you can actually read it! Yes – we all know the shortcomings of translation programs, but I am happy to accept anything dealing with my ancestors, and the towns they lived in, even if the English is a bit messy. Think Google Books here folks – loaded with stuff on our ancestors, much of which we can’t read! You can even use your phone’s camera to capture, OCR, and translate any words or phrases! Lisa takes the reader step-by step through how to use the marvelous technology that’s resting in your hand!

Following is an expanded Table of Contents for the volume.

INTRODUCTION

  • A Few Tips for Using the Book

PART ONE: GETTING STARTED

  • Chapter One: The Tablet Mindset
    • Tablet Mindset Guidelines
    • App Consolidation
  • Chapter Two: Genealogy Task Wish List

PART TWO: APPS

  • Chapter 3: There’s An App for That!
    • App Store
    • Google Play Store
    • Staying Up to Date – App Resources
  • Chapter 4: Browsing
    • Safari
    • Chrome
    • Google
    • Dolphin
  • Chapter 5: Note Taking
    • Evernote
    • Notes
    • Pages
    • Microsoft Word
    • Google Docs
  • Chapter 6: File Storage & Management
    • Dropbox
    • Google Drive
    • iCloud
  • Chapter 7: Audio
    • Memos
    • Evernote
  • Chapter 8: Photos
    • Capturing Photos
    • Photomyne Pro – Album Scanner
    • Storing and Organizing Photos
    • iCloud Photo Library
    • Google Photos
    • Working with Photos
    • Adobe Photoshop Express
    • Color Splash for iPad
    • Android Alternative to Color Splash for iPad: Color Splash FX
    • Retype
    • Pocketbooth
  • Chapter 9: Reading
    • Reading Content from the Web
    • Flipboard
    • Feedly
    • Reading eBooks and Documents
    • GoodReader
    • Play Books
    • iBooks
  • Chapter 10: Collaboration & Communication
    • Facebook
    • Skype
    • FaceTime
    • Google Translate
  • Chapter 11: Travel
  • Chapter 12: Genealogy
    • Ancestry
    • MyHeritage
    • Reunion for iPad
    • RootsMagic
    • Families
    • Family Tree
    • FamilySearch Memories
  • Chapter 13: Education & Information
    • Podcasts (Audio)
    • Genealogy Gems
    • Video
  • Chapter 14: Captivating Non-Genealogists
    • Pic Collage
    • Google Earth
    • Pinterest
    • THIS DAY in My Family History
    • Little Family Tree

PART THREE: BECOME A POWER USER

  • Chapter 15: Power Boost Your Tablet: Remote Access
    • Chrome Remote Desktop
  • Chapter 16: Mobile Tips & Tricks
    • New Features
    • Keyboard and Gesture Tips and Tricks
    • Navigation Tips and Tricks
    • Voice Command
    • Functionality Tips and Tricks
    • App Related Tips and Tricks

PART FOUR: CONCLUSION

  • Chapter 17: Mobile Genealogy Means Adventurous Genealogy
  • About the Author

Preserve The Pensions Announces New Images at Fold3.com

The following news release was received from FGS:

November 23, 2017 – Austin, Texas – The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is pleased to announce new pension images available at our hosting partner, Fold3. As we detailed in August of this year, conservation had resumed and digitization would shortly follow on War of 1812 Pension files covering surnames M(Moore)-Q. This new release of images is the first installment on the promise made by FGS, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and Ancestry to complete the project we started and to which you all have so generously contributed. Additional images will follow as the Ancestry digitization team continues to refine their process and achieve full capacity in accord with NARA protocols.

The War of 1812 pensions are among the most frequently requested set of materials within NARA’s holdings, yet had never been microfilmed or digitized. Through a fundraising effort unprecedented in the genealogical community, more than 4,000 individuals, 115 genealogical and lineage societies, and industry leaders such as FamilySearch helped FGS secure the funds, matched by Ancestry, to preserve and share this invaluable genealogical resource. The images already captured, as well as those soon to be, are hosted at Fold3 and available for free at https://go.fold3.com/1812pensions/

“The Federation remains grateful to our partners and our supporters for their commitment to this important project. We are as excited as our community to reach this milestone.” – Rorey Cathcart, FGS President

“Accelerating public access to our holdings is key to successfully meeting NARA’s mission and we are extremely pleased to see this project contribute to that overarching goal.” Pamela Wright, Chief Innovation Officer, NARA

“We are excited to have images flowing to the Fold3 site again and look forward to completing the collection as quickly as NARA’s process will allow.” Brian Hansen, GM Fold3

The Federation is committed to seeing the entire collection conserved, digitized and freely online at the earliest possible date. We will continue work with our partners to complete the current project plan in a timely manner and to secure a project plan for the remaining portion of the War of 1812 Pension files.

3 “Organizing Your Genealogy” Aids – Bundled & Discounted 40% For the Holidays

Family Roots Publishing has again bundled 3 newly published organizing your genealogy aids and discounted the set a full 40%. Reg. $27.85, it’s just $16.71 (plus $5.50 p&H). This bundle has been one of the most successful we’ve ever sold. Click on this link to order. Note that two of the items currently include FREE PDF eBook downloads. There was some confusion when we ran a similar sale in May, as some folks expected THREE items… to download.

This bundle is made up of three new items, all of which will help genealogists get organized. They are:

Read the descriptions of the three items below. Click on their individual links to order just that item at 10% off. Click on the Bundle Links – or the illustration – to order the bundle at 30% off.

Organizing Your Genealogical Documents – a Genealogists’ Insta-Guide, by Leland K Meitzler; May 4 2017, 4 pp; Laminated; 3-hole punched; ISBN 978-1-933194-90-5; Item #: FR0194

I’ve been lecturing on organizing your genealogical documents electronically for the last decade. It’s one of my most requested topics. We all have piles of paper – some organized, and a lot that’s not. I have nothing against paper filing systems. In fact, William Dollarhide got my files in order, with his “Dollarhide Systems” organizing methods, back in the day when computers weren’t even discussed. But now we have more electronic documents coming our way than paper. Thus the need to organize electronically.

This Insta-Guide is made to help genealogist’s make the transition from paper documents to electronic. Get rid of the 3-drawer filing cabinet, and those boxes full of paper. And include the all-electronic paperwork that you pull off the internet every evening.

This guide covers the following topics:

  • The Introduction
  • What You Will Need Besides Your Computer
  • Digitize Those Papers!
  • A Note About Files and Folders
  • Electronically File as You Would in a 3-Drawer Filing Cabinet
  • Electronic Filing – Setting up Hierarchical Folders
  • What Goes in the Master file?
  • Inside each Surname Folder, set up Country Folders and Family Folders
  • Labeling a Family Folder
  • The Contents Sheet
  • A Note and a Warning About Files
  • Access the Master Folder From More Than One Computer and/or Program
  • Sharing Documents (files)
  • Link to Your Files From Within Your Genealogy Program
  • What About Photos?
  • Electronic Document Storage Systems
  • Back Up Your Files
  • Dispose of Your Paper Clutter
  • Take Your Family Documents on the Road
  • References

This Insta-Guide currently come with a FREE download of the full-color pdf eBook. Upon placing your order, you will be able to download the FREE PDF eBook directly from the FRPC screen.

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Organize Your Genealogy Research: Tips, Tricks & Strategies – a Tracing Your Ancestors publication by Lisa A. Alzo & Denise May Levenick; printed in 2017; 66 pages; ISBN 978-1-926510-05-7; Item #MM023.

Lisa A. Alzo & Denise May Levenick have written a new booklet for Moorshead Publishing titled Organize Your Genealogy Research: Tips, Tricks & Strategies. The booklet is part of the Tracing Your Ancestors series. I wrote Tracing Your Germanic Ancestors for the series, so I do know something about them.

It is made up of 19 chapters – all dealing with an aspect of genealogy organization. Starting with an article on getting rid of the useless clutter – and knowing what is of archival value to an article dealing with organizing your genealogy research through the use of online internet resources.

Denise Levenick is an expert in the area of organizing and archiving paperwork and well as physical heirlooms. Several of the articles detail how to go about archiving all these items we have stored in our home offices, and well as our attics, living rooms, and closets. One chapter deals with how to deal with all those photos we all seem to collect. Do you have issues with archival terminology? She includes a chapter dealing with just that. Everything from Acid, acidic to Polyvinyl chloride. Lists of archival suppliers, as well as resources (with detailed contact information) are included.

I’ve been a fan of Lisa Alzo’s instruction for a number of years. She includes a number of chapters dealing specifically with organizing your research using storyboarding, apps, Trello, and Evernote.

Genealogists can get a lot of good tips and instruction from this 66 page publication. It’s well worth it’s low price, and then some.

The following is from the Table of Contents:

  • Taming Your Inner Packrat Purge your inner packrat and cut the clutter!
  • Storyboarding Your Family’s History Helpful techniques to overcome writer’s block
  • Tips From the Pros Lisa A. Alzo and Denis May Levenick share their tips for staying organized
  • Setting Up a Home Archive How to be a better keeper of your family’s artifacts
  • Archival Product Resources A look at the terminology and other resources relating to preservation
  • Archiving Family Keepsakes Top tips on how to become “The Family Curator”
  • S.M.A.R.T. Goals Learn how this popular goal-setting method can help you organize your genealogy
  • Creating Research Log & Plan Planning your research strategy and logging your work are crucial to your success
  • Organizing Heirlooms A look at storage options for your treasured family items
  • Web Resources for Organizing A look at websites for helping you organize your genealogy
  • Organizing Online Life Five ways to avoid online overload
  • Finding Clues in the Archives Carefully examine every aspect of your family collection for a possible unexpected connection
  • Organizing Photos A look at the prints, negative and film left by your ancestors
  • Timesaving Apps & Tools Lisa A. Alzo shares her favorite scanning and organizing apps
  • 20 Tips for Organizing Paper Files Denise May Levenick looks at ways to organize sooner, rather than later
  • Organizing Digital Files Five steps to help you organize your hard drive and avoid the digital clutter
  • Trello Lisa A. Alzo discusses how Trello can organize your genealogy and writing projects
  • Evernote Use Evernote to organize your genealogy and more!
  • Choosing Scanners Denise May Levenick looks at what you need to consider when choosing the right digitizing equipment

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Organizing Your Genealogy: No More Piles of Paper! – A Genealogists’ Insta-Guide; by William Dollarhide; 2017; 8.5×11; 4 pp; folded; laminated; ISBN: 978-1-62859-128-6; Item #: FR0425

It could be said that William Dollarhide is the father of genealogical organization. During the 1970s, Bill developed an organizational method that became known as Dollarhide Systems. Thousands of genealogists still use the method. Mr. Dollarhide has now compiled an Insta-Guide titled: Organizing Your Genealogy: No More Piles of Paper!, condensing what can take up a book and more, into 4 pages. Armed with the Insta-Guide, any genealogist can get their paperwork organized – and stay that way.

The following is an overview of the Contents:

  • Piles of Paper
  • Pile 1 – The Compiled Sheets
  • Pile 2 – The Research Aids
  • Pile 3 – The Notes and Documents
  • Separate the Notes and Documents
  • The First Problem – Families vs Surnames
  • The Second Problem – Extra People
  • 1. Ancestors
  • 2. Collaterals
  • 3. Suspicious
  • Solving the Paper Collecting Problem
  • Four Rules for Saving Notes and Documents
  • Convert the Notes and Documents Pile into Organized Surname Books
  • Genealogical Evidence
  • Preparing a List for a Family Group Sheet
  • Further Reading

This Insta-Guide currently come with a FREE download of the full-color pdf eBook.

Family Roots Publishing has bundled the three new organizing your genealogy aids and discounted it 40%. Reg. $27.85, it’s just $16.71 (plus $5.50 p&H).Click on this link to order.

Dollarhide American Migration Routes Bundle – 50% Off

For many years, Bill Dollarhide’s Map Guide to American Migration Routes, 1735-1815 has been the go-to book for understanding migration in early America. Bill actually has three migration routes products. The book, and two Insta-Guides.

For just the Holiday 2017 season, Family Routes Publishing is bundling the 3 items and discounting the price by 50%. Regularly $35.85, the price is just $17.93 for all three items (plus $5.50 p&h)

Click here to order the bundle.

Following are descriptions of the three separate guides.

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MAP GUIDE TO AMERICAN MIGRATION ROUTES, 1735-1815; by William Dollarhide; 8.5×11; perfect bound; b&w; Item # A0140
Family researchers need to locate and understand the early American migration routes their ancestors may have traveled. In this book, acclaimed author, William Dollarhide, shows these early roadways with well-researched and consistently drawn maps. Dollarhide’s guide begins with the King’s Highway of 1735 from Boston to Charleston and ends with the roads that resulted from the War of 1812 in the Old Southwest. These maps provide critical information for researchers trying to locate the passages of early migration in America.

The Following is from the Table of Contents:

  • Preface
  • Colonial Roads to 1750
  • The Boston Post Road and the King’s Highway
  • The Lancaster Road
  • The Fall Line Road
  • The Great Valley Road
  • The Pioneer’s Road
  • The Upper Road
  • Colonial Roads, 1750-1775
  • Braddock’s Road
  • Forbes’ Road
  • The Wilderness Road
  • New York Migrations
  • Roads to the Ohio Country
  • Zane’s Trace
  • The Nashville Road
  • The National Road
  • Roads to the Old Southwest
  • The Natchez Trace
  • The Federal Horse Path
  • The Ways South After 1815
  • Notes and References
  • Index

Maps and Illustrations

  • The King’s Highway
  • Colonial Roads to 1750
  • Braddock’s Road and Forbes’ Road, 1775-1758
  • The Way West, 1775-1795
  • New York Migrations
  • State Land Cessions
  • Ohio River Flatboat
  • The Ohio Country 1787-1800
  • The National Road, 1818-1838
  • Principal Lines of the Old Southwest, 1797-1822
  • New Orleans – Washington, 1806
  • Indian Cession Dates in the Old Southwest
  • The Ways South After 1815

These maps can be used as a method of understanding the places where ancestors may have passed or settled in route to their final destination, giving certain clues to where family records are kept today.

This book is invaluable for anyone doing colonial historical or genealogical research – and one that I would not be without!

COLONIAL WAGON ROADS INSTA-GUIDE
It often began with a road.

“Genealogists need to know the places their ancestors lived before they will have any success in finding records for a person. Most documents naming a person are still located near the place the person lived, e.g. In a county courthouse, church, cemetery, or local funeral home. A big event in genealogical research is finding the county of residence for a person. To find the right county often means a researcher must understand the history of the area, when the county was first settled, and what roads were available for migrating families moving into the area.”

Not so surprising, many of today’s highways and byways follow the same path they did when first established, often as little more than a horse trail or wagon road. In Colonial Wagon Roads to 1750, author William Dollarhide provides a brief history of colonial roads that still exist today. This information is nicely packaged in the first Genealogists’ Insta-Guide™­­ from Family Root Publishing.

This Insta-Guide begins with a brief introduction along nice a table showing the colonial roads covered in this guide alongside their current highway designations. The bulk of the guide is broken into two sections. The first is the King’s Highway, broken into the five major section as it existed in 1750. The second group of roads comes under the banner Scots-Irish Influence on Road Building in Colonial America. There is another brief background followed by information on nine more major colonial roads. The guide is completed with a nearly full page map of these 1750 Colonial roads and a section for print and online references.

Like other quick sheets, and “at a glance” guides, the new Genealogists’ Insta-Guide series features four-page, laminated, colored guides which fit nicely into three-ringed binders and portfolios. By this design, these guides are easy to take along for sharing or going to the library for research; not to mention, they are easy to store. The Insta-Guide comes pre-punched for three-ringed insertion.

 

Contents

Introduction

Highway Table

King’s Highway

  • 1750 King’s Highway – Boston to New York
  • 1750 King’s Highway – New York to Philadelphia
  • 1750 King’s Highway – Philadelphia to Alexandria
  • 1750 King’s Highway – Alexandria to Norfolk
  • 1750 King’s Highway – Norfolk to Charles Town

Scots-Irish Influence on Road Building in Colonial America

  • Upper Post Road
  • Hudson River Road
  • Mohawk Road
  • Lancaster Road
  • Fall Line Road
  • Great Valley Road
  • Philadelphia Road
  • Pioneer’s Road
  • Upper Road

Map of 1750 Colonial Wagon Roads

Print References

Online References

 

Order Colonial Wagon Roads to 1750 from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $7.95.

AMERICAN MIGRATION ROUTES INSTA-GUIDE

American Migration Routes, 1750-1800 picks up where Colonial Roads to 1750 left off. As Colonial Roads indicated, many of today’s highways and byways follow the same path they did when first established, often as little more than a horse trail or wagon road. Much of the genealogical information family historians seek will be found in the towns and counties that lie along these roads. Travel in the 18th century, by today’s standards, was extremely slow. In many ways, people continued normal daily routines as they moved. It took time to cross territories. During this time children were born, illness and death happened, sometime people stopped to work or repair wagons, etc. Vital records were recorded and preserved in county courthouses, local churches, local cemeteries and funeral homes. These are the records genealogists seek. Knowing the roads and migration patterns will greatly help historians identify possible locations of these key vital records

This new Insta-Guide begins with a brief introduction along nice a table showing the various roads covered in this guide alongside their current highway designations. This guide is broken into four main sections: Roads to War, Proclamation Line of 1763, Manifest Destiny Begins, and Horse Paths to Turnpikes. Roads, policies, and historical insights provide a picture of these early byways. Dollarhide summarizes the best of his knowledge into a concise guide, which is as easy to read as it is insightful.

Like other quick sheets, and “at a glance” guides, the new Genealogists’ Insta-Guide series features four-page, laminated, colored guides which fit nicely into three-ringed binders and portfolios. By this design, these guides are easy to take along for sharing or going to the library for research; not to mention, they are easy to store. The Insta-Guide comes pre-punched for three-ringed insertion.

 

Contents

Introduction

Roads of War

  • Braddock’s Road
  • Forbes’ Road

Proclamation Line of 1763

Manifest Destiny Begins

Horse Paths to Turnpikes

  • Wilderness road
  • Ohio River (via Flatboats)
  • Avery’s Trace & Nashville Road
  • Cumberland Road
  • Gist’s Trace
  • Zane’s Trace
  • Lancaster Pike
  • Mohawk Turnpike
  • Great Genesee Road
  • Seneca Turnpike

Print References

Online References

 

Order A Genealogists’ Insta-Guide: American Migration Routes, 1750-1800 from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $7.95.

Click here to order the bundle.

Wagner Heraldry and Genealogy: A Geographical Perspective – 25% Off!

To celebrate the Christmas Season, we’re are offering the volume for 25% Off. Regularly $27.95, it is offered at just $20.96. To make the deal even better, we are also offering volume 1 of the series, Muller/Mueller Heraldry and Genealogy: A Geographical Perspective at the same discounted price. Buy both and save on shipping!. Click on the links to order.

Following is a full description of the Wagner book.

Wagner Heraldry and Genealogy: A Geographical Perspective; by Frederick George Siler; 2017; 163 pp; 8.5×11; paperback; ISBN: 978-1-62859-167-5 Item #: FR0701.

This volume deals with the Germanic heraldry of families whose name was one of the most common in Germany – that of Wagner. The Wagner surname was first found in the old Duchy of Saxony which existed from 804 to 1296. Its lands included what are now the modern German states of Bremen, Hamburg, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Schleswig-Holstein, and Saxony-Anhalt. The name is now well established in Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Eastern Europe, and elsewhere as well as in other German-speaking countries.

Because the Wagner surname has become widespread, not only in German-speaking lands but throughout central and eastern Europe many different spellings, have arisen over the centuries. In English and other European languages, including Yiddish and Dutch, the name is also spelled Wegener, Wagnor, Wagener, Waggoner, Wagoner, Waegener, Wagner, Wagonner, Wegner, Waganer, Waggener, Wagen, Weagener, Wagnerin, Wahner, Wahnerr, Wehner, Vegener, Vagner, Vegner, and many more.

German heraldry is unlike British heraldry where a coat-of-arms is associated with one person. Siler’s book includes arms that originated as house marks, guild marks, and burgher arms that have been used by families for centuries. Also included are noble armorial bearings that have been granted to the children of an individual and have been passed down through descendants.

It should be noted that the volume is heavily footnoted, allowing the researcher to locate and examine the original source materials from which the author drew his information. An amazing place index is found at the rear of the book, allowing genealogists to often associate a specific place with Wagner families. It is the author’s belief that there is often a coat of arms that may be associated with one’s European ancestor. It may not be that of a direct ancestor or that of ones ancestral family, but it could well be linked, if only by the proximity of geographical location.

This one-of-a-kind book is the first in a series exploring the heraldry and genealogy of common German surnames with a focus on the English-speaking family historian who seeks another fresh approach to their research. This is not another book about how to trace your German ancestors or a reprint of readily available information from old sources. Most family historians will concede that the research process begins to become more tedious when we attempt to deal with European historical locations and records written in a foreign language. Armed with this book, you will start to overcome barriers of language and shifting state boundaries. Learn how the following components can enhance the story of your Wagner ancestors.

Included in this volume are:

  • Over 2,300 historical and modern geographical locales of the Holy Roman, German and Austrian Empires, as well as Switzerland;
  • Synopses of 31 current and past political states and regions; with links to a catalog of genealogical records by FamilySearch;
  • Colorful illustrations of 53 coats-of-arms along with genealogical and geographical information on 70 Wagner, Wehner, Wagener, Wegner, or Wegener families.

The following is from the Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

CHAPTER 1 – Synthesizing Heraldry and Genealogy for a Practical Research Tool
What is Heraldry?
Common aspects of Genealogy
Heraldry and the family historian
Geography as a fundamental tool for integrating heraldry and genealogy
Associating a coat-of-arms with your ancestor

CHAPTER 2 – A Brief Introduction to German Heraldry
Historical Background of Germanic Heraldry
Components of the Germanic Coat-of-Arms
Modern German Heraldry

CHAPTER 3 – Heraldic Symbolism
Introduction to heraldic symbolism
Symbolism of the colors, furs, lines, divisions, and ordinaries
Symbolism of the common charges

CHAPTER 4 – An Introduction to the Wagner Surname
Origins and meanings of the name
Variations of the Wagner surname
Location and distribution of the surname
Some historical documentations of Wagner

CHAPTER 5 – Wagner Armorial Bearings: Defining the Elements
Introduction to the geographical territory
Bearer(s) of the coat-of-arms
Particular geographical locale(s) associated with the bearer(s)
Description of the coat-of-arms
Interpreting the coat-of-arms
Other Wagner arms bearers of this geographical territory
Additional geographical and genealogical resources

CHAPTER 6 – Wagner Heraldry and Genealogy: A Geographical Perspective
Austria
Baden-Württemberg
Bavaria
Berlin
Croatia
Czech Republic
East Prussia
Estonia
Hamburg
Hesse
Latvia
Lower Austria
Lower Saxony
Mecklenburg-Vorpommeran
North Rhine-Westphalia
Pomerania
Prussia
Rhineland-Palatinate
Saarland
Salzburg
Saxony
Saxony-Anhalt
Silesia
Slovakia
Styria
Switzerland
Thuringia
Transylvania
Tyrol
Vienna
West Prussia

CHAPTER 7 – Interpreting the Heraldry of Wagner
Charges associated with the meaning of the surname
Coats-of-arms that display symbols of the bearer’s religious faith
Armorial achievements that illustrate a military theme
Arms that address a significant accomplishment of the bearer
Charges that identify an occupation of the bearer or his ancestors
Symbols of honorable characteristics
Ancient house or family marks
Dealing with different branches of a family in Germanic Ancestry

APPENDIX A – Glossary of Heraldic Symbolism

APPENDIX B – Online Genealogy Research by Location

APPENDIX C – Gallery of Wagner Coats-of-Arms

INDEX – Historical and Modern Geographical Locales