Volumes 1 thru 56 of Map Guide to German Parish Registers on Sale for 25% Off!

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To celebrate the Summer 2017 Season, Family Roots Publishing Co. is offering all individual soft cover German Map Guide books, Volumes 1 through 56 at 25% off! That makes them just $26.21 per book (reg. $34.95). This sale runs through Tuesday, August 22, 2017.

The reduced price promotion does not include the new Bremen, Lübeck & Kiel volume, which recently came into print.

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. 

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Family Roots Publishing Co. is offering all soft cover volumes of the Map Guide to German Parish Registers, Volumes 1 through 56 at 25% off! That makes them just $26.21 per book (reg. $34.95). This sale ends at midnight PST August 22, 2017.

Databases Posted at FamilySearch June 2 through August 10, 2017

The following databases were published or updated at FamilySearch between June 2 and August 10, 2017:

Title – Number of Indexed Records – Last Updated
BillionGraves Index – 21,969,173 – 02 Aug 2017
Find A Grave Index – 161,552,555 – 21 Jun 2017

Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981 – 970,770 – 21 Jul 2017
Argentina, Entre Ríos, Catholic Church Records, 1764-1983 – 701,743 – 13 Jul 2017
Argentina, Mendoza, Catholic Church Records, 1665-1975 – 547,967 – 20 Jun 2017
Austria, Upper Austria, Linz, Death Certificates, 1818-1899 – 4,987 – 13 Jun 2017
Belgium, Limburg, Civil Registration, 1798-1906 – 65,837 – 19 Jun 2017
Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912 – 162,851 – 09 Aug 2017
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 – 744,404 – 23 Jun 2017
Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2014 – 4,178,251 – 25 Jul 2017
Brazil, Piauí, Civil Registration, 1875-2013 – 1,604,454 – 10 Jul 2017
Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902-1980 – 2,253,162 – 13 Jul 2017
Canada: British Columbia, Victoria Times Birth, Marriage and Death Notices, 1901-1939 – 57,993 – 10 Jul 2017
Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2015 – 520,958 – 08 Aug 2017
Chile Civil Registration, 1885-1903 – 3,076,508 – 06 Jul 2017
China, Imperial Examinations and Related Papers (Han Yu-shan Collection), 1646-1904 – 154 – 05 Jun 2017
Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975 – 3,839,222 – 09 Jun 2017
Denmark Census, 1911 – 2,792,790 – 12 Jul 2017
Denmark Census, 1916 – 2,964,499 – 13 Jul 2017
Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010 – 513,356 – 07 Aug 2017
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011 – 1,514,690 – 18 Jul 2017
England, Cambridgeshire Bishop’s Transcripts, 1599-1860 – 52,632 – 23 Jun 2017
England, Staffordshire, Church Records, 1538-1944 – 4,852,180 – 09 Aug 2017
England and Wales Census, 1911 – 36,354,828 – 03 Aug 2017
France, Coutances et d’Avranche Diocese, Catholic Parish Records, 1533-1894 – 567,325 – 28 Jun 2017
Germany, Schleswig-Holstein, Kreis Steinburg, Civil Registration, 1874-1983 – 173,149 – 27 Jul 2017
Ireland Civil Registration, 1845-1913 – 389,073 – 23 Jun 2017
Italy, Asti, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1803-1814, 1911-1935 – 51,472 – 13 Jul 2017
Italy, Bergamo, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1866-1901 – 654,931 – 13 Jul 2017
Italy, Chieti, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1866-1930– Browse Images – 16 Jun 2017
Italy, Macerata, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1808-1814 – Browse Images – 23 Jun 2017
Italy, Modena, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1806-1942 – 317,276 – 16 Jun 2017
Lesotho, Evangelical Church Records, 1874-1983 – 10,255 – 27 Jul 2017
Liberia, Marriage Records, 1941-1974 – 35,699 – 10 Aug 2017
Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Miscellaneous Records – 17,511,123 – 01 Aug 2017
Nicaragua Civil Registration, 1809-2013 – 1,367,149 – 07 Jul 2017
Panama, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1973 – 226,937 – 20 Jun 2017
Paraguay, Catholic Church Records, 1754-2015 – 531,108 – 25 Jul 2017
Paraguay Miscellaneous Records, 1509-1977 – Browse Images – 11 Jul 2017
Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939-1998 – 96,481 – 19 Jun 2017
Peru, Cajamarca, Civil Registration, 1938-1996 – 1,157 – 07 Jul 2017
Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997 – 559,162 – 18 Jul 2017
Peru, Lambayeque, Civil Registration, 1873-1998 – 524,274 – 09 Jun 2017
Philippines Civil Registration (Local), 1888-1986 – 90,022 – 23 Jun 2017
Portugal, Coimbra, Civil Registration, 1893-1980 – 13,654 – 05 Jun 2017
Russia, Samara Church Books, 1779-1923 – 803,815 – 26 Jun 2017
Russia, Simbirsk Poll Tax Census (Revision Lists), 1782-1858 – Browse Images – 07 Jun 2017
Scotland Church Records and Kirk Session Records, 1658-1919 – 302,522 – 23 Jun 2017
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Records (Stellenbosch Archive), 1690-2011 – 20,413 – 01 Aug 2017
South Africa, Transvaal, Probate Records from the Master of the Supreme Court, 1869-1958 – 171,440 – 12 Jun 2017
Spain, Province of Asturias, Municipal Records, 1470-1897 – 86,369 – 09 Jun 2017
Spain, Province of Barcelona, Municipal Records, 1387-1986 – 910,059 – 09 Jun 2017
Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860 – 231,883 – 25 Jul 2017
Sweden, Östergötland Church Records, 1555-1911; index 1616-1860 – 19,357 – 20 Jul 2017
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927 – 278,704 – 15 Jun 2017

UNITED STATES DATABASES
California, San Diego Passenger Lists, 1904-1952 – 70,546 – 28 Jul 2017
California, San Francisco, Immigration Office Special Inquiry Records, 1910-1941 – 66,304 – 28 Jul 2017
Florida, Old Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Home records, 1888-1938 – 164 – 06 Jun 2017
Florida, Spanish Land Grants, 1763-1821 – 932 – 06 Jun 2017
Florida, World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919 – 42,412 – 09 Jun 2017
Hawaii Obituaries Index, ca. 1980-present – 93,702 – 23 Jun 2017
Idaho Divorce Index, 1947-1963 – 43,956 – 25 Jul 2017
Idaho, Southern Counties Obituaries, 1943-2013 – 96,609 – 01 Aug 2017
Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994 – 6,560,088 – 13 Jul 2017
Iowa Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880 – 39,148 – 26 Jul 2017
Kansas County Birth Records, 1885-1911 – 21,152 – 01 Aug 2017
Kansas State Census, 1865 – Browse Images – 19 Jun 2017
Kansas State Census, 1875 – Browse Images – 19 Jun 2017
Kansas State Census, 1885 – Browse Images – 19 Jun 2017
Kansas State Census, 1895 – Browse Images – 19 Jun 2017
Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954 – 1,317,764 – 07 Aug 2017
Louisiana Deaths, 1850-1875, 1894-1960 – 775,158 – 13 Jul 2017
Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records, 1905-1913, 1955-1963 – 54,367 – 09 Jun 2017
Louisiana, Parish Marriages, 1837-1957 – 1,094,026 – 01 Aug 2017
Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921 – 2,048,825 – 19 Jul 2017
Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006 – 715,183 – 05 Jun 2017
New Hampshire, United States Naturalization Records, 1906-1993 – Browse Images – 05 Jun 2017
New Jersey State Census, 1895 – 500,743 – 21 Jul 2017
New York, New York City Marriage Licenses Index, 1950-1995 – 3,124,588 – 19 Jun 2017
New York State Census, 1905 – 7,513,232 – 13 Jun 2017
Ohio, Crawford County Obituaries, 1860-2004 – 108,181 – 26 Jun 2017
Rhode Island Naturalization Records 1907-1991 – Browse Images – 05 Jun 2017
South Dakota, Department of Health, Index to Births 1843-1914 and Marriages 1950-2016 – 705,521 – 21 Jul 2017
Texas, Church Marriages, 1845-1957 – Browse Images – 18 Jul 2017
Texas, Eagle Pass Arrival Manifests and Indexes, 1905-1954 – 146,566 – 05 Jun 2017
Texas, Gonzales County, Death records, 1863-1970 – 15,028 – 12 Jul 2017
Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database, 1847-1868 – 60,137 – 25 Jul 2017
Vermont Naturalization Records, 1908-1987 – Browse Images – 05 Jun 2017
Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008 – 372,134 – 12 Jul 2017
Washington Death Index, 1965-2014 – 1,891,273 – 13 Jul 2017

United States, Freedmen’s Bureau, Records of Freedmen’s Complaints, 1865-1872 – 142,613 – 26 Jul 2017
United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925 – 1,445,863 – 13 Jun 2017
United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, 1775-1783 – Browse Images – 19 Jun 2017

The 1st International Germanic Genealogy Conference


The 1st International Germanic Genealogy Conference took place July 28 through 30 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I attended the conference, in support of FRPC’s authors who were speaking there, as well as the five venders who were marketing FRPC’s Germanic publications.

The conference sponsor was the International German Genealogy Partnership (IGGP). Kent Cutkomp, Dirk Weissleder and Kim Ashford are the founders – and much of the conference success can be laid directly at their feet. The Mission and Purpose of IGGP may be found at their website.

It was an amazing conference. Nearly 700 people were in attendance. I can honestly state that it was the best-organized conference I’ve ever attended. I attended the lunches and the banquet, and enjoyed the speakers, and good company at the table. Most of the rest of the time, I roamed the exhibit hall, the lobby and the hallways – visiting with the vendors. I was able to set at a table (reserved for the deaf) right near the podium each time, allowing me to hear – not great, but I was able to get most of the info.

I purchased the conference lectures on a flash drive. Most of the lectures given, except those given at the lunches and banquet, are on the drive. Cost was $149, but well worth it for me. Being deaf keeps me from understanding much of what is being said. It’s not that I can’t hear – so much as I can’t differentiate the sounds. Many consonants sound alike to me. So I now plan to listen to the entire conference with the use of my headphones. That will be fun!

While at the conference (and standing in a lunch line to be exact) I met a young man from Brazil by the name of André Hammann, who works for Team GenealogiaRS. He had heard about the conference just a week or so before it took place, and immediately registered – flying from Brazil to attend. It seems that Brazil has a huge German community that goes back to a first wave of immigration to the county in 1824. See the table below. Click on it to see an article on German Brazilians at Wikipedia.

André is a fifth-generation German-Brazilian – now doing professional genealogy research. He sent me a link to an 18-minute video that was made to celebrate 193 years of German Immigration in Brazil, last 25th July. It highlights some immigration characteristics, and the words are spoken in a German dialect with subtitles in Portuguese. It’s well done! André is looking into having English subtitles added to the film. Click on the above link to see it.

This conference will be the first of many annual gatherings. It’s planned that next year the conference will take place in Germany, and in 2019 Sacramento will be the host city. I will write more about these upcoming events as more data comes available.

Map Guide To German Parish Registers Vol. 57 – Cities of Bremen, Lübeck & Kiel – now shipping

It’s been nearly a year since Family Roots Publishing produced a new German Map Guide. We’re now working on big-city volumes and honestly, they are harder to produce than the volumes for rural areas. The author is also spending a lot of time on the Map Guide to Swiss Parish Registers series.

In the last few days, we shipped the all copies of the Map Guide To German Parish Registers Vol. 57 – Cities of Bremen, Lübeck and Kiel, by Kevan Hansen. This volume is made up of three large German cities. They are: Free and Hanseatic City of Bremen, the Free and Hanseatic City of Lübeck and the City of Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Prussia. Included are 128 historic stadtteile, or city sections, found in Bremen and Lübeck (see list below). Written in English by Kevan Hansen, this volume was 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. This is the fifty-seventh of a series covering all of Germany. These places are as of about 1870 to 1900. The Cities of Bremen, Lübeck and Kiel Map Guide is different than the others, in that totally different techniques are needed to locate in which church your ancestors may have worshipped when doing big city research.

To order your copy of Map Guide To German Parish Registers Vol. 57 – Cities of Bremen, Lübeck and Kiel, click on the link – or on the illustration.

This volume is also available in hard cover.Click here to order the volume in hard cover.

The final volumes of the Map Guide to German Parish Registers series (Vol. 56 on) all deal with the large and free cities of the German Empire. The cities books will be published as time permits in 2017 through 2018. We expect to produce another 5 books in the series

The following is from the Table of Contents of Volume 57:

  • Introduction
  • Historical Background of the Free City of Bremen
  • Overview Map of the Free City of Bremen Area
  • Free City of Hamburg Civil Registration
  • Bremen Parish Registers
  • Map and Key to Amtsgericht Bremen Lutheran Parishes
  • Map and Key to City of Bremen Lutheran Parishes
  • Bremen Lutheran Parishes
  • Additional Churches – Bremen
  • Bremen – Minority Religions
  • Using City Directories to Find the Street Reference
  • 1900 Bremen Parish Street Index – by Street
  • Bremen Reverse Parish Street Index – by Church
  • Other Bremen Genealogical Resources
  • The Free and Hanseatic City of Lübeck
  • Historical Background of the Free City of Lübeck
  • Lübeck Parish Registers
  • Map and Key to Amtsgericht Lübeck Lutheran Parishes
  • Map and Key to the Free City of Lübeck Lutheran Parishes
  • Lübeck Lutheran Parish Listings
  • Lübeck Minority Religions
  • Using City Directories to Find the Street Reference
  • 1900 Lübeck Parish Street Index – by Street
  • Lübeck Reverse Parish Street Index – by church
  • Other Lübeck Genealogical Resources
  • The City of Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Prussia
  • Historical Background of the Free City of Kiel
  • Kiel Parish Registers
  • Map and Key to the City of Kiel Lutheran Parishes
  • Kiel Lutheran Parish Listings
  • Using City Directories to Find the Street Reference
  • 1900 Kiel Parish Street Index – by Street
  • Kiel Reverse Parish Street Index – by Church
  • Other Kiel Genealogical Resources
  • Bremen Town Index
  • Lübeck Town Index

The following historic stadtteil (city sections) are found in this volume.

  • Albsfelde Lübeck
  • Arsten Bremen
  • Auf dem Rüten Bremen
  • Auf der Heide Bremen
  • Baumsberg Lübeck
  • Behlendorf Lübeck
  • Beidendorf Lübeck
  • Blankensee Lübeck
  • Blockdiel Bremen
  • Borgfeld Bremen
  • Brandenbaum Lübeck
  • Bremen Bremen
  • Bremerhaven Bremen
  • Brodten Lübeck
  • Büren Bremen
  • Burg Bremen
  • Büssau Lübeck
  • Curau Lübeck
  • Dissau Lübeck
  • Düchelsdorf Lübeck
  • Dummersdorf Lübeck
  • Ellen Bremen
  • Evershof Lübeck
  • Fackenburg Lübeck
  • Falkenhusen Lübeck
  • Genin Lübeck
  • Giesensdorf Lübeck
  • Gneversdorf Lübeck
  • Gothmund Lübeck
  • Grambke Bremen
  • Gröpelingen Bremen
  • Gross Dunge Bremen
  • Gross Schretstaken Lübeck
  • Habenhausen Bremen
  • Harmsdorf Lübeck
  • Hasenbüren Bremen
  • Hastedt Bremen
  • Herrenwyk Lübeck
  • Herrnburg Lübeck
  • Hilgeskamp Bremen
  • Hodenberg Bremen
  • Hodenberg Bremen
  • Hohweg Bremen
  • Hollenbeck Lübeck
  • Hollerdeich Bremen
  • Horn Bremen
  • Huchting Bremen
  • Hünengraber Lübeck
  • Israeldorf Lübeck
  • Ivendorf Lübeck
  • Karlshof Lübeck
  • Kattenesch Bremen
  • Kattrepel Bremen
  • Kiel Kiel
  • Klein Dunge Bremen
  • Klein Schretstaken Lübeck
  • Krempeldorf Lübeck
  • Kronsforde Lübeck
  • Krumbeck Lübeck
  • Lankenau Bremen
  • Lehe Bremen
  • Lehesterdeich Bremen
  • Lewenbüren Bremen
  • Lsumbrok Bremen
  • Lübeck Lübeck
  • Malkendorf Lübeck
  • Marienthal Lübeck
  • Mittelsbüren Bremen
  • Moisling Lübeck
  • Monkhof Lübeck
  • Mühlenfeld Bremen
  • Neuenland Bremen
  • Neuhof Lübeck
  • Nieder Blockland Bremen
  • Niederbüren Bremen
  • Niemark Lübeck
  • Niendorf Lübeck
  • Nienhausen Lübeck
  • Nüsse Lübeck
  • Ober Blockland Bremen
  • Oberneuland Bremen
  • Oberneuland‑Rockwinkel Bremen
  • Oslebshausen Bremen
  • Osterholz Bremen
  • Ostfeuerberg Bremen
  • Padelügge Lübeck
  • Poggensee Lübeck
  • Pöppendorf Lübeck
  • Rablinghausen Bremen
  • Reecke Lübeck
  • Reeckerheide Lübeck
  • Ritzerau Lübeck
  • Rockwinkel Bremen
  • Roggenhorst Lübeck
  • Rönnau Lübeck
  • Rothebeck Lübeck
  • Schattin Lübeck
  • Schevemoor Bremen
  • Schlutup Lübeck
  • Schönböck Lübeck
  • Sebaldsbrück Bremen
  • Seehausen Bremen
  • Siems Lübeck
  • Sierksrade Lübeck
  • Steffensweg Bremen
  • Steinruder Hof Lübeck
  • Strecknitz Lübeck
  • Strom Bremen
  • Strömerdeich Bremen
  • Struckenberg Bremen
  • Teutendorf Lübeck
  • Timmersloh Bremen
  • Tramm Lübeck
  • Travemünde Lübeck
  • Utbremen Bremen
  • Utecht Lübeck
  • Vahr Bremen
  • Vegesack Bremen
  • Verenmoor Bremen
  • Volskuhle Bremen
  • Vorrade Lübeck
  • Walle Bremen
  • Warturm Bremen
  • Wasserhorst Bremen
  • Wesloe Lübeck
  • Westend Bremen
  • Wilhelmhöhe Lübeck
  • Woltmershausen Bremen
  • Wulfsdorf Lübeck

Bundle of 5 Popular German Genealogy Research Guides – 40% Off

Family Roots Publishing has for the first time bundled our five most popular Germanic research guides – and is offering them as a bundle to the public at 40% off (that’s full wholesale – what the dealer’s pay).

These books are perfect for the beginner in German research, as well as anyone wishing to have a variety of German resources at their fingertips.

The bundle is made up of the following items:

Value of the five books making up this bundle is $87.85. We are discounting the bundle by 40%, making it just $52.71 (plus $8 USA p&h). Click here or on the illustration to order. This sale ends July 20, 2017.

Don’t need all five of these books? We still have a deal for you. We are discounting each of the items by 25% purchased as less-than-the-bundle. Click on their links to go to their individual pages. Use your back arrow to return to this page and purchase the bundle.

Following are full descriptions of each of the five items:

Tracing Your Germanic Ancestors; by Leland K. Meitzler from the Publishers of Your Genealogy Today, Internet Genealogy & History Magazine; 2016; 8.5×11; saddle-stapled; 66 pp; Item #: FR0121

This book is also available in PDF format.

It’s a pleasure to announce this newest edition to the Tracing Your Ancestors series. German ancestral research represents one of the largest areas of interest in the USA

  • Find Your Germanic Place of Origin!
  • Passenger and Immigration Records
  • German Parish & Civil Registers
  • German Maps and Gazetteers
  • Census Records of Germany
  • Online German Research
  • Surname Distribution Maps

Contents

  • Finding The Place Of Origin; Locate your Germanic ancestors’ home villages
  • Genealogical “Hail Mary!” Search; Using German surname distribution maps
  • German Maps & Gazetteers; Don’t overlook these important resources
  • Passenger & Immigration Records; Trace your ancestors’ travels to their new homeland
  • Online German Research; We show you the key online resources for researching your Germanic ancestors
  • German Parish & Civil Records; Where to locate the vital records for the birth, marriage, and death of your ancestors
  • German Census Records; We look at where to locate German census records and the best way to access them

German Census Records, 1816-1916: The When, Where, and How of a Valuable Genealogical Resource; by Roger P Minert, Ph.D., A.G.; 2016; 260 pp; 8.5×11; Softbound; Written in English; ISBN: 9781628590777; Item #: FR0650

After wondering for several years why American researchers know very little about German census records, my good friend, Dr. Roger Minert, found an opportunity to live in Europe for six months to investigate them. He was sure that many existed, but he could find very little information about them. While in Europe, he learned that even German researchers know very little about their census records! How could such a potentially important resource be lost to obscurity? In a new book, written in English, researchers can now learn where and when German census records were compiled, as well as why and how. The author also describes state by state the content of census records and explains how surviving census documents can be located. This is groundbreaking information, of enormous value to anyone researching their German roots.

Would you like additional information about your family in old country? The information found in the parish registers is key to your research, but there’s often even more family information to find in the German census records.

The following Table of Contents is found in the volume:

  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: A History of Census Records in the German States
  • Chapter 2: The Census of 1867: The Great Transition
  • Chapter 3: Census Records during the German Empire 1871-1918
  • Chapter 4: Census Records in the German States from 1816 to 1864
  • Chapter 5: Anhalt
  • Chapter 6: Baden
  • Chapter 7: Bayern [Bavaria]
  • Chapter 8: Brandenburg
  • Chapter 9: Braunschweig [Brunswick]
  • Chapter 10: Bremen (Hansestadt Bremen)
  • Chapter 11: Elsaß-Lothringen {Alsace-Lorraine]
  • Chapter 12: Hamburg (Hansestadt Hamburg)
  • Chapter 13: Hannover [Hanover]
  • Chapter 14: Hessen [Hesse]
  • Chapter 15: Hessen-Nassau [Hesse-Nassau]
  • Chapter 16: Hohenzollern
  • Chapter 17: Lippe
  • Chapter 18: Lübeck (Hansestadt Lübeck) [Luebeck]
  • Chapter 19: Mecklenburg-Schwerin
  • Chapter 20: Mecklenburg-Strelitz
  • Chapter 21: Oldenburg
  • Chapter 22: Ostpreußen [East Prussia]
  • Chapter 23: Pommern [Pomerania]
  • Chapter 24: Posen
  • Chapter 25: Reuß älterer Linie [Reuss Elder Line]
  • Chapter 26: Reuß jüngere Linie [Reuss Younger Line]
  • Chapter 27: Rheinprovinz [Rhineland Province]
  • Chapter 28: Sachsen-Altenburg [Saxe-Altenburg]
  • Chapter 29: Sachsen-Meiningen [Saxe-Meiningen]
  • Chapter 30: Königreich Sachsen [Kingdom of Saxony]
  • Chapter 31: Sachsen-Meiningen [Saxe-Meiningen]
  • Chapter 32: Provinz Sachsen [Province of Saxony]
  • Chapter 33: Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach [Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach]
  • Chapter 34: Schaumburg-Lippe
  • Chapter 35: Schlesian [Silesia]
  • Chapter 36: Schleswig-Holstein
  • Chapter 37: Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
  • Chapter 38: Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
  • Chapter 39: Waldeck
  • Chapter 40: Westfalen [Westphalia]
  • Chapter 41: Westpreußen [West Prussia]
  • Chapter 42: Württemberg [Wuerttemberg]
  • Chapter 43: German Census Records from 1816-1916: What Do We Know Now?
  • Chapter 44: Conclusions
  • Appendix A: Writing to Archives in Germany, France, and Poland
  • Appendix B: Conducting Census Research in Archives in Germany, France and Poland
  • Appendix C: Interesting Documents Relating to German Census Campaigns
  • Appendix D: The States of Germany in 1871
  • Bibliography
  • Index

The German Research Companion, Third Edition, by Shirley J. Riemer, Roger P. Minert & Jennifer A. Anderson. 2010; 706 pp; softbound; ISBN 0-9656761-6-1; Item #M0025.

Roger Minert, Shirley J. Riemer, and Jennifer Anderson spent hundreds of hours in adding additional material to their earlier Second Edition, editing, and layout of this book, making a good volume even better.

The German Research Companion is often referred to as “the Bible of German family history.” It provides a wide range of helpful information on virtually hundreds of topics related to German research, most indexed for easy reference. It is published in a handy 5.5 x 8.5 inch format, making it an ideal book to accompany the German family historian on research trips to libraries, archives, seminars, and even the “old country.”

Although not intended as a “how to do German research” volume, genealogists will find it one of the most complete books on German research produced. Concentrating on German research sources, it is in fact the only book in print that deals with the wide range of material needed by those who are searching their German lines. Written in English, the genealogist needs no knowledge of the German language to use the volume. Any German words and phrases found in The German Research Companion are either translated or clarified in English.

The German Research Companion contains useful details on hundreds of German genealogical topics. The following is directly from the Table of Contents:

Section 1: German land, past and present

  • Germany’s political and jurisdictional organization
  • The three empires
  • Populations, capitals, and geography
  • The courts and the constitution
  • The rulers, the flag and the colonies
  • The major turning points and markers of German history

Section 2: The Tools, Contacts, and Resources

  • Resources for utilizing the Family History Library and its branches
  • Uses of the Family History Library Catalog for German Research
  • Credentialed researchers, societies, home-area sources
  • The search for the German immigrant’s place of origin
  • Communicating with Germany
  • Sending euro abroad
  • Village photographs and conference audiotapes
  • Choosing between Du and Sie
  • German organizations and institutes
  • Frequently used resources

Section 3: Emigration and Immigration

  • Immigration laws in the United States
  • Emigration laws in Germany
  • Naturalization records
  • The immigration process and Ellis Island
  • The Statue of Liberty
  • Immigration laws
  • Passport applications
  • German immigrant aid societies
  • Pennsylvania societies, archives, and libraries
  • Basic resources for researching Germans from Russia
  • Basic resources for researching the Danube Swabians
  • Basic resources for researching the Wends (Sorbs)
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Pennsylvania
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Alsace-Lorraine
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in the Austro-Hungarian Empire
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Sudetenland
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Bukovina
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Canada
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Czechoslovakia
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Galatia
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Liechtenstein
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Lithuania
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Netherlands
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Poland
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Silesia
  • Basic resources for researching Germans in Switzerland

Section 4: United States Resources

  • U.S. Cemeteries and burial records
  • National Archives and Records Administration
  • Social Security history and research
  • U.S. Railroad and Retirement Board
  • U.S. vital records
  • The WPA
  • The U.S. Census
  • Land and property records
  • The Homestead Act
  • U.S. Libraries and publishers
  • American military records
  • Germans who fought in the American Civil War
  • Hessian soldier research
  • The Turnverein in America
  • Fraternal organizations

Section 5: Language and Vocabularies

  • History and characteristics of the German alphabet and language
  • German dialectics and high, middle, and low German
  • The old German script
  • Abbreviations in German and Latin
  • German genealogy vocabulary
  • Occupations, trades and titles in German and Latin
  • Medical terms, illnesses, and causes of death, in German
  • German family relationships vocabulary
  • Christenings, marriages, and deaths vocabularies
  • Latin genealogy vocabulary
  • Roman numerals
  • Latin vocabularies for calendar dates, tombstone expressions, and old cities of Europe
  • French genealogy vocabulary
  • Fraktur
  • Yiddish

Section 6: German Resources

  • German church and civil registration records
  • Church inventories
  • Citizen books
  • The German privacy law
  • City registers
  • German cemeteries
  • Abbreviations keys to Meyers Orts- und Verkehrslexikon & Müllers grosses deutsches Ortsbuvh
  • Reverse alphabetical place name indexes
  • Maps
  • German phonetics
  • Indexes of German surnames
  • Periodicals
  • Place names
  • Researchers
  • Queries in German publications
  • Village lineage books
  • Postal code directories
  • The Ahnenpass
  • Telephone directories
  • Dictionaries

Section 7: Archives

  • German archive terminologies
  • German federal and state archives
  • County archives
  • Ecclesiastical archives and organizations
  • Central office for genealogy in Leipzig
  • The Berlin Document Center
  • The “Gauck” files
  • Specialized archives
  • Recommendations for working in a German archive
  • Genealogy related organizations in Germany
  • Historical societies in Germany

Section 8: Life in Our Ancestor’s Times

  • Names and naming patterns
  • Patronymic names
  • Given names of Germanic and foreign origin
  • “Name days”
  • Old measurements
  • Monetary units
  • Records of guilds and tradesmen
  • Calendars through the ages
  • The perpetual calendar
  • Feast days
  • Holidays and observances
  • History and customs of Christmas
  • The church in modern Germany
  • Religions: Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and pietist, with resources
  • German Universities and academic degrees
  • Heraldry
  • German nobility
  • Military church-books, cemeteries, archives & records
  • German expellees following World War II
  • German prisoners of war in Americas

Section 9: Newspapers, Libraries, Museums and other Information

  • City directories and manuscript collections
  • German and German-American newspapers
  • Special interest publications
  • Emigration records in newspapers
  • Sister City arrangements
  • German museums, libraries, and publishers
  • American universities in Germany
  • U.S. Embassy offices in Germany
  • Academic and cultural organizations
  • Cooking measurements and ingredients
  • Folk dress (Trachten)
  • Greetings in German
  • Formalities of letter-writing
  • Telephone cards

The Appendix

  • The appendix includes maps, tables, charts, and pictures that help to illustrate Germanic research.

In Conclusion

Simply said, if you’re an English-speaking person doing German research, you will profit by a copy of this new Third Edition of The German Research Companion.

Deciphering Gothic Records – Useful hints for helping you read “Old German” Script!; Compiled by Fay S. Deardon; 1996; 4.25×9; Spiral Bound; 13 pp; Item #FR0122

This booklet was created to give the researcher the most common alphabet variations, German words, names, Latin terms, and abbreviations used in Gothic records. The volume is printed in its entirety on card stock, with easy-to flip spiral binding at the top. It’s ideal for use when deciphering German Gothic script when working in the library or at home.

The following items are found in the booklet:

  • Gothic Alphabet Variations
  • Symbols Commonly Used in Gothic Records
  • Words found in Birth Records
  • Words Found in Marriage Records
  • Words Found in Death Records
  • Abbreviations (Gothic & Latin) Commonly Found in Old German Records
  • Latin Terms Found in Old German Records
  • Illnesses Found in Old German Death Records
  • Titles & Occupations Found in Old German Records
  • Common German Names

Understanding Meyers Orts – Translating Guide for the Directory of the Towns and Places of the German Empire; Compiled by Fay S. Deardon; 2013; 8.5×5; Spiral Bound; 20 pp; ISBN: 9781933194899; Item # FR0198

The book is a guide to reading Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-Lexicon, which was published in 1912, and is a gazetteer of the Old German Empire., covering about 200,000 places. The gazetteer is extremely useful, but it’s very difficult to read, as it’s written in old Gothic German. The Meyers Orts set of three volumes, available at Ancestry.com in its entirely. The volumes are also partially translated at http://www.meyersgaz.org/. For those portions of each entry not translated, this guide will come in very handy.

This small booklet is made up of the following

  • An introduction to the importance of Meyers Orts.
  • Examples of the Gothic typeface used in Meyers Orts and how it differs from other Gothic alphabets.
  • How to Read Meyers Orts Entries – with examples, and sample translations
  • Common Abbreviations Used in the Meyers Orts Gazetteer – these make up the bulk of the booklet

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Databases Posted at FamilySearch May 1 through June 1, 2017

The following databases were published or updated at FamilySearch between May 1 and June 1 2017:

Title – Number of Indexed Records – Last Updated

Argentina, Entre Ríos, Catholic Church Records, 1764-1983 – 601,470 – 30 May 2017
Canada, New Brunswick, Saint John, Burial Permits, 1889-1919 – 28,555 – 17 May 2017
Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2015 – 251,775 – 10 May 2017
Cook Islands, Civil Registration, 1846-1989 – Browse Images – 03 May 2017
Czech Republic, School Registers, 1799-1953 – Browse Images – 03 May 2017
Denmark, Copenhagen City, Civil Marriages, 1739-1964, Index 1877-1964 – 85,071 – 12 May 2017
El Salvador Civil Registration, 1704-1990 – 875,969 – 02 May 2017
France, Dordogne, Censuses, 1856 – 530,703 – 16 May 2017
Germany, Saxony-Anhalt, Halberstadt Kreisarchiv, Ahnenpäße (Ancestor Passports) – Browse Images – 18 May 2017
Italy, La Spezia, Catholic Church Records, 1838-1857 – Browse Images – 22 May 2017
Mexico, Tabasco, Catholic Church Records, 1803-1970 – 30,805 – 23 May 2017
Namibia, Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1956-1984 – 29,076 – 23 May 2017
Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997 – 498,265 – 02 May 2017
Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939-1998 – 68,565 – 17 May 2017
Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996 – 1,967,704 – 18 May 2017
Peru, Moquegua, Civil Registration, 1850-1996 – 1,554 – 18 May 2017
Russia, Simbirsk Poll Tax Census (Revision Lists), 1782-1858 – Browse Images – 17 May 2017
Spain, Province of Asturias, Municipal Records, 1470-1897 – 62,165 – 11 May 2017
Spain, Province of Teruel, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2013 – Browse Images – 01 May 2017
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1880 – 10,443 – 18 May 2017

UNITED STATES DATABASES
Florida Marriages, 1830-1993 – 1,699,231 – 01 May 2017
Iowa, Poweshiek County Land Records, 1855-1934 – Browse Images – 08 May 2017
Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954 – 1,317,764 – 19 May 2017
Kentucky Marriages, 1785-1979 – 1,493,817 – 19 May 2017
Louisiana, Parish Marriages, 1837-1957 – 1,093,880 – 01 Jun 2017
Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921 – 2,045,611 – 02 May 2017
Missouri, Reports of Separation Notices, 1941-1946 – 367,825 – 01 Jun 2017
New Hampshire, Civil War Service and Pension Records, 1861-1866 – 250,441 – 16 May 2017
New York Book Indexes to Passenger Lists, 1906-1942 – 13,611,543 – 09 May 2017
Utah, Birth Certificates, 1903-1914 – 99,172 – 17 May 2017
Utah, Weber County Marriages, 1887-1941 – 92,337 – 16 May 2017

MISC.
Family Group Records Collection, Archives Section, 1942-1969 – Browse Images – 16 May 2017

BillionGraves Index – 20,861,710 – 01 May 2017

New Book – German Genealogy Research in Pomerania

Donna Schilling just wrote a delightful new full-color book entitled: German Genealogy Research in Pomerania – With Specific Examples of Kreis Schlawe Research. The book is now shipping.

Family Roots Publishing is discounting it by 15%. Normally $27.95, FRPC has an introductory price of just $23.76 thru June 7 – that’s 15% off. Click on the link or illustration to order.

Were your ancestors from Pomerania? Pommern was part of Germany prior to World War II. Today, the area lies in two countries. This book is written to help guide researchers who wish to research their ancestors who lived in what is now Northeastern Germany and Northwestern Poland. Suggestions on how to access the records of the area are given. Genealogical research in this area can be a most difficult task, but nevertheless fascinating and rewarding, just as it has been for the author and her family.

The author’s family was from Kreis Schlawe, located at the Northeastern tip of what was Pomerania, close to Danzig on the beautiful Baltic Sea. Kreis Schlawe serves as an example of how to find more family history information on this part of what was Germany. Although much of the information is specific to Kreis Schlawe, the same research concepts and the guidelines found within the book apply to any research done within this area.

Found within this volume:

  • Detailed information about location, cities, climate, demographics & infrastructure of Kreis Schlawe.
  • History of Pomerania – including detailed timelines, World War II, and the expulsion of the Germanic Pomeranians.
  • Culture and customs of Pomerania.
  • Kreis Schlawe’s cities, towns, churches and historic sites.
  • Research in the U.S.A., leading to finding your Pomeranian ancestors.
  • Specific guidelines and aids for researching Kreis Schlawe records.
  • Detailed bibliography.

The following is from the Table of Contents:

Dedication Statement

Acknowledgements

Maps Found in This Volume

Pictures Found in This Volume

Chapter 1 Kreise (County) of Schlawe -Pomerania

  • Location of Schlawe, Pomerania, now in Northern Poland
  • Kreis Schlawe’s Major Cities
  • Kreis Schlawe’s Climate and Topography
  • Demographics of Pomerania
  • Present Day Infrastructure in Kreis Schlawe

Chapter 2 History of Pomerania

  • Early Historical Events in Pomerania and Kreis Schlawe (with*)
  • Rapid Growth of Pomerania after 1181 A.D.
  • Immigration to America and the Napoleonic Era
  • Review of Division in Pomerania 1155-1815, Dukes and Duchies
  • First partition 1155-1264
  • Second partition 1295-1368
  • Third partition 1368-1376
  • Fourth partition 1376/1377 – 1478
  • Fifth partition 1531-1569
  • Sixth partition 1569-1625
  • Province of Pomerania 1815-1945
  • World War I
  • The Economy in Pomerania and Nazism
  • Pomeranian Administrative Divisions Before World War II
  • Farther (or Hinter, Eastern) Pomerania-Barth
  • Vorpommern (Western Pomerania)
  • Posen-West Prussian Government Region
  • Northwest Government region of Stralsund Neuvorpommern
  • World War II in Pomerania and its Aftermath
  • Three Trips to Berlin – Before, During and After “the Wall”
  • Prisoners of War in America and in Germany
  • Camp Algona System in Iowa, an Example
  • Life in an American Prisoner of War Camp
  • Life in a Prisoner of War Camp in Germany, a Comparison
  • A Lasting Legacy to America from Algona POWs
  • Expulsion of Pomeranians

Chapter 3 Culture and Customs of Pomerania

  • Everyday Customs of Pomerania
  • Municipal Codes in Treptow in 1683
  • Farm Life Before and After 1930
  • Guilds in Pomerania
  • Pomeranian Food and Drink
  • Pomeranian Clothing (Tracht)
  • Buildings in Pomerania
  • Pomeranian Names
  • Annual Celebrations and Traditions
  • Easter
  • Erntefest (Harvest Festival)
  • Advent and Christmas in Pomerania
  • Special Events
  • Weddings in Pomerania
  • Christening Celebrations
  • Confirmations
  • Reflections of East German Life in the 1980s

Chapter 4 More About Kreis Schlawe’s Four Major Cities

  • Town of Schlawe and Alt Schlawe (Slawno and Slawko)
  • Location of Alt Schlawe and Stadt Schlawe
  • Brief History of Stadt Schlawe and Alt Schlawe
  • Notable People from Stadt Alt Schlawe or Schlawe
  • Attractions of Stadt Schlawe
  • Rügenwalde (now Darlowo, Poland) The Royal City of Darlowo
  • Location of Rügenwalde
  • Short History of Rügenwalde
  • Eight Main Sites and Attractions
  • Castle of King Eric
  • Saint Mary’s Church
  • Saint Gertrude’s Church
  • Saint Georges Chapel
  • The Town Hall
  • The Fountain—a Fisherman’s Monument
  • Stone Gate—known as High
  • Lighthouse
  • Zanow (now Sianów, Poland)
  • Location of Zanow
  • Historical Fact for Zanow
  • Attractions
  • Pollnow (now Polanow, Poland)
  • Location of Pollnow
  • History of City of Pollnow
  • Main Attractions
  • Notable People from Pollnow

Chapter 5 First Research in the U.S.A.

  • Church Records in the U.S.
  • County Records in America
  • State Historical and Other State Department Records
  • Cemetery Records
  • Funeral Parlor Records
  • Court and Courthouse Records in the U.S
  • DNA
  • Online sites about German Culture and Genealogy
  • Networking Online
  • Importance of Sources of Information Found
  • Primary Sources
  • Secondary Sources

Chapter 6 Specific Guidelines for Kreis Schlawe

  • Learning, Practicing and Reading Old German Records
  • Catholic Records in Germany
  • Lutheran Church Records in No. Poland; Formerly Schlawe, Pomerania
  • Standesamt in Kreis Schlawe, now in Northern Poland; (Registry Offices for Civil records less than 100 years old)
  • Amtsbezirk also in Kreis Schlawe Northern Poland; (District Offices with records over 100 years old)
  • Amtsgericht in Schlawe (Court records for Kreis Schlawe)
  • Sources on the Internet for German Genealogy & Kreis Schlawe specifically
  • Practicing different German scripts, e.g. Sutterlin
  • Hints for Traveling to Kreis Schlawe (This is the most thrilling part!)

Bibliography

Click on the following link to order:
German Genealogy Research in Pomerania – With Specific Examples of Kreis Schlawe Research; By Donna Schilling; May 2017, 156 pages; 8.5×11; Soft Cover, Perfect Bound; ISBN: 978-1-62859-094-4; Item #: FR0720; MSRP: $27.95; On sale for just $23.76 thru June 7, 2017.

FREE 5-Day Western European Family History Conference – Both Online and On-Site in Salt Lake City

Oh, Wow! FamilySearch is doing another week-long series of FREE classes – all dealing with Western European research. It looks like classes are being offered dealing with research in Germany, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, and Switzerland. Check out the class titles below. If you can make the time, I’d highly advise stopping and taking those classes that look interesting to you. These classes are available as streaming webinars, or as on-site classes in the classrooms at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Patty and I took a series of similar classes when they were offered last fall, and learned all kinds of things. The following is from FamilySearch:

Salt Lake City, Utah (26 March 2017), FamilySearch’s world-renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, will be offering its free Western European Family History Conference, May 15 to May 19, 2017. Guests can attend classes in person or online. The conference will focus exclusively on select Western European research and is intended for beginning and intermediate researchers. Classes are free, but registration is required due to class size and webinar bandwidth limitations. For more information or to register, go to FamilySearch Wiki. Easily find and share this news release online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.

Classes will be taught by the Family History Library’s staff of experts and guest genealogists. Content will focus primarily on how to research records from Germany, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Belgium. Topics addressed will include census, church, immigration, and vital records.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Use the following links to register for deisired conference classes online or in the library: in-person guests or webinar guests.

DATE / TIME – CLASS (SKILL LEVEL) – WEBINAR | CLASSROOM

  • Mon, 15-May, 9:00 AM – Finding German Places of Origin (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Mon, 15-May, 10:15 AM – Spelling Variations in German Given and Place Names (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Mon, 15-May, 11:30 AM – Meyers German Gazetteer Now Online, Indexed and Fully Searchable (Beginner) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Mon, 15-May, 2:00 PM – German Church Records and Beyond: Deepen Your Research – Using a Variety of Town Records (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Mon, 15-May, 3:15 PM – Elusive Immigrant: Methods of Proving Identity (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Tue, 16-May, 9:00 AM – Finding Your French Ancestors Online Part 1 (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Tue, 16-May, 10:15 AM – Finding Your French Ancestors Online Part 2 (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Tue, 16-May, 11:30 AM – Finding Your French Ancestors Online Part 3 (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Tue, 16-May, 2:00 PM – Out of the Ashes of Paris (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Tue, 16-May, 3:15 PM – Research in Alsace-Lorraine (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Wed, 17-May, 9:00 AM – Latin for Researchers (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Wed, 17-May, 10:15 AM – Calendar Changes in France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Low Countries (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Wed, 17-May, 11:30 AM – Gazetteers and Maps for Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Wed, 17-May, 2:00 PM – Beginning Research in Luxembourg (Beginner) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Wed, 17-May, 3:15 PM – Beginning Research in Belgium (Beginner) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Thur, 18-May, 9:00 AM – Names in Belgium and the Netherlands (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Thur, 18-May, 10:15 AM – WieWasWie, Past the Index: What to do Next (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Thur, 18-May, 11:30 AM – Dutch Provincial and City Research (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Thurs, 18-May, 2:00 PM – Dutch Research Before 1811 (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Thu, 18-May, 3:15 PM – Finding Your Family in the Amazing Online Amsterdam City – Archives (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Fri, 19-May, 9:00 AM – Beginning Swiss Research Part 1 (Beginner) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Fri, 19-May, 10:15 AM – Beginning Swiss Research Part 2 (Beginner) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Fri, 19-May, 11:30 AM – Swiss Archives Online Records (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Fri, 19-May, 2:00 PM – Swiss Census Records (Beginner) – Webinar| Main B/C
  • Fri, 19-May, 3:15 PM – Swiss Chorgericht Records (Intermediate) – Webinar| Main B/C

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New Historic Records Databases Posted at FamilySearch the Week of March 20, 2017


The following is from FamilySearch:

Salt Lake City, Utah (March 25, 2017), Hundreds of thousands of free indexed records from all over Italy are featured in these newly published online collections. Additionally, find newly searchable records from Canada, Ecuador, Germany, The Netherlands, Peru, Sweden and the United States. Search these new free records and more at FamilySearch by clicking on the links in the interactive table below.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011 – 73,853 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Germany, Baden, Church Book Duplicates, 1800-1870 – 39,041 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Italy, Prato, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1866-1923 – 15,463 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Italy, Rieti, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1840-1945 – 1,525 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Italy, Enna, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1866-1944 – 108,603 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Italy, Grosseto, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1851-1907 – 155 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Italy, Viterbo, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1870-1943 – 168 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Italy, Mantova, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1496-1906 – 0 – 111,726 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Miscellaneous Records – 2,532,170 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Ontario, County Marriage Registers, 1858-1869 – 42,862 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Peru, La Libertad, Civil Registration, 1903-1998 – 28,563 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939-1998 – 2,668 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Sweden, Norrbotten Church Records, 1612-1923; index 1658-1860 – 6,531 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Sweden, Kopparberg Church Records, 1604-1900; index 1628-1860 – 7,194 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Find A Grave Index – 3,390,197 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

UNITED STATES DATABASES

Alaska, Vital Records, 1816-1959 – 18,844 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

New Hampshire, Civil War Service and Pension Records, 1861-1866 – 72,842 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

New York State Census, 1865 – 18,804 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Pennsylvania, Eastern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1795-1931 – 61,584 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/indexing.

9,686 Nazi SS Commanders & Auschwitz Guards Names & Photos Posted Online

The Polish Institute of National Remembrance (INR) has posted the names of nearly 10,000 Nazi SS commanders and guards who helped in the extermination of more than a million Jews at Auschwitz. It’s been claimed that many of the guards were Poles – and the INR set about disproving this theory.

Upon seeing the notice of the website, I immediately checked to see if any Meitzlers or Damms were listed, and was relieved to find none. Many of my German cousins fought in both the first and second World Wars.

The following teaser is from an article posted January 31, 2017 at the DailyMail.com website.

Faces of Nazi guards who helped oversee the death of more than a million Jews at Auschwitz revealed as Poland publishes details of 10,000 of Adolf’s men

Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance has published details of 9,686 guards who worked at Auschwitz

Nearly all of them are German and the INR is seeking to dispel claims that Auschwitz was staffed by Poles

Auschwitz-Birkenau held Polish prisoners from 1940 but 1.1 million Jews died there between 1942 and 1945

The names of almost 10,000 Nazi SS commanders and guards who helped in the extermination of more than a million Jews at Auschwitz have been posted online for the first time. The huge searchable database, which includes hundreds of photographs, has been uploaded by Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance (INR) in an attempt to dispel false claims that many of the guards were Polish. The list of 9,686 names are predominantly German and their pre-war occupations are listed as farmers, butchers, teachers, cobblers and all manner of jobs.

Read the full article.

Go directly to the Polish Institute of National Remembrance’ Auschwitz Guard database & website.

Bundle of the NEW Tracing Your Germanic Ancestors & German Census Records 1816-1916 – on Sale for 20% Off thru Dec. 17

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A short time back I wrote a booklet for Moorshead Magazines, titled Tracing Your Germanic Ancestors. It has sold very well. FRPC published and has been shipping Dr. Roger Minert’s new German Census Records 1816-1916 since June, and have good stocks of the volume in both soft and hard bindings.

We’ve again created a bundle of the two new publications, and discounted the bundle a full 20%. The bundle is valued at $44.90, but is on sale for only $35.92 – Now through December 17, 2016. We ran this promo earlier, and it proved to be one of the most popular sales we’ve ever run. So – we’ve added it to the 2106 FRPC Twelve Days of Christmas Sale. Click on this link to order. P&h would normally be $10 if purchased separately, but is only $5.50 as a bundle for this promotion! So that’s a savings of $13.48! Again, click on the link – or the illustration – to order.

You may also purchase either of the publications separately at 15% off during the promotional period. Click on their individual links to purchase.

Tracing Your Germanic Ancestors, by Leland K Meitzler
German Census Records 1816-1916, by Roger P. Minert, Ph.D., A.G.

Would you like more information on these books?

Click on the following links to read in-depth info on each of them, including their Table of Contents, and other details.

German Census Records Blog Post – July 28, 2016

Tracing Your Germanic Ancestors Blog Post – July 28, 2016

Click on this link or on the illustration to order the bundle of the two new books.

All Alphabetical & Reverse German Place Name Indexes – 30% off During the 12 Days of Christmas Sale – ending December 17, 2016.

Family Roots Publishing now publishes all 21 volumes of Roger Minert’s invaluable Alphabetical & Reverse German Place Name Indexes. We’re running a 30% off sale on all volumes during the 2016 Twelve Days of Christmas sale – ending December 17, 2016.

What really makes these Place Name Indexes stand out from a typical gazetteer is that they index the town both in alphabetical order and in reverse alphabetical order. Anyone who has done any research in the German parish registers has run across instances where they can read the last letters of a place (such as: place of birth, previous residence, place of marriage, etc.), but the first or second letters are illegible, making the place-name impossible to decipher. Roger’s indexes take care of that problem.

I’ve used Roger’s Reverse Indexes since he first came out with them, and wouldn’t attempt to do research in German parish registers without them. In many cases I’m able to make out the end letter of a place found in the records – but not the initial letter or two. These books quickly take care of that issue. Years ago, prior to Roger’s Indexes, I had the name of a city right in front of me, but couldn’t make it out. The first letter of the word was a mess. My friend, Kevan Hansen, having many more years experience reading German than I, was able to work out what the word was – and it took my research back another generation into Hesse – not the Pfalz where the record was found. If I’d had these indexes available to me, I’d have been able to make that leap myself. So, okay – I no longer have any excuses!

The German reverse alphabetical indexes are key to doing research in the parish registers of the German states. The Reverse Alphabetical Index allows the researcher to determine the name of a town when the first part of the name (whether one or more letters) is missing. This is a common problem caused by torn or moldy pages, ink-blots, tight bindings, poor microfilm quality, etc. By using this index, the researcher can also determine the official spelling for towns when variant spellings occur in old records. The book includes a regular alphabetical index of all the towns in the province as well as regular and reverse alphabetical listings of the German kingdoms, duchies, principalities, counties, rivers, mountain ranges, and other geopolitical and topographical entities.

The following “Identifying Place Names Using Alphabetical and Reverse Alphabetical Indexes” Published by Family Roots Publishing, are available.

    Alsace-Lorraine-50pw

  • Alsace-Lorraine Place Name Indexes
  • Indexing over 6,350 Alsace-Lorraine place names.

    The Reverse Alphabetical Index allows the researcher to determine the name of a town when the first part of the name (whether one or more letters) is illegible or missing. An Alphabetical index of all places is included.
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  • Baden Place Name Indexes
  • Indexing over 2050 Baden place names.
    The Reverse Alphabetical Index allows the researcher to determine the name of a town when the first part of the name (whether one or more letters) is illegible or missing. An Alphabetical index of all places is included.
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  • Bavaria Place Name Indexes
  • Indexing over 29,300 Bavaria place names.

    The Reverse Alphabetical Index allows the researcher to determine the name of a town when the first part of the name (whether one or more letters) is illegible or missing. An Alphabetical index of all places is included.
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  • Brandenburg Place Name Indexes
  • Indexing over 5,900 Brandenburg place names.

    The Reverse Alphabetical Index allows the researcher to determine the name of a town when the first part of the name (whether one or more letters) is illegible or missing. An Alphabetical index of all places is included.
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  • Braunschweig/Oldenburg/Thuringia Place Name Indexes
  • Indexing over 1550 Braunschweig, 3050 Oldenburg, and 1400 Thuringia place names.

    The Reverse Alphabetical Index allows the researcher to determine the name of a town when the first part of the name (whether one or more letters) is illegible or missing. An Alphabetical index of all places is included.
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  • East Prussia Place Name Indexes
  • Indexing over 8,450 East Prussia place names.

    The Reverse Alphabetical Index allows the researcher to determine the name of a town when the first part of the name (whether one or more letters) is illegible or missing. An Alphabetical index of all places is included.
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  • Hanover Place Name Indexes
  • Indexing over 8250 Hanover place names.

    The Reverse Alphabetical Index allows the researcher to determine the name of a town when the first part of the name (whether one or more letters) is illegible or missing. An Alphabetical index of all places is included.
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  • Hesse Place Name Indexes
  • Indexing over 1750 Hesse place names.

    The Reverse Alphabetical Index allows the researcher to determine the name of a town when the first part of the name (whether one or more letters) is illegible or missing. An Alphabetical index of all places is included.
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  • Hesse-Nassau Place Name Indexes
  • Indexing over 4,200 Hesse-Nassau place names.

    The Reverse Alphabetical Index allows the researcher to determine the name of a town when the first part of the name (whether one or more letters) is illegible or missing. An Alphabetical index of all places is included.
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  • Mecklenburg Place Name Indexes
  • Indexing over 2,950 Mecklenburg place names.

    The Reverse Alphabetical Index allows the researcher to determine the name of a town when the first part of the name (whether one or more letters) is illegible or missing. An Alphabetical index of all places is included.
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  • Palatinate Place Name Indexes
  • Indexing over 1,650 Palatinate place names.
    The Reverse Alphabetical Index allows the researcher to determine the name of a town when the first part of the name (whether one or more letters) is illegible or missing. An Alphabetical index of all places is included.
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  • PDF EBook: Palatinate Place Name Indexes
  • Indexing over 1,650 Palatinate (Pfalz) place names.

    This Reverse Alphabetical Index is in the form of a PDF ebook. It allows the researcher to determine the name of a town when the first part of the name (whether one or more letters) is illegible or missing. An Alphabetical index of all places is included.
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  • Pomerania Place Name Indexes
  • Indexing over 7,000 Pomerania place names.

    The Reverse Alphabetical Index allows the researcher to determine the name of a town when the first part of the name (whether one or more letters) is illegible or missing. An Alphabetical index of all places is included.
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  • Posen Place Name Indexes
  • Indexing over 5,750 Posen place names.

    The Reverse Alphabetical Index allows the researcher to determine the name of a town when the first part of the name (whether one or more letters) is illegible or missing. An Alphabetical index of all places is included.
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  • Rhineland Place Name Indexes
  • Indexing over 4,950 Rhineland place names.

    The Reverse Alphabetical Index allows the researcher to determine the name of a town when the first part of the name (whether one or more letters) is illegible or missing. An Alphabetical index of all places is included.
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  • Kingdom of Saxony Place Name Indexes
  • Indexing over 3,650 Kingdom of Saxony place names.

    The Reverse Alphabetical Index allows the researcher to determine the name of a town when the first part of the name (whether one or more letters) is illegible or missing. An Alphabetical index of all places is included.
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  • Province of Saxony Place Name Indexes
  • Indexing over 4,950 Province of Saxony place names.

    The Reverse Alphabetical Index allows the researcher to determine the name of a town when the first part of the name (whether one or more letters) is illegible or missing. An Alphabetical index of all places is included.
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  • Schleswig-Holstein (with Bremen/Hamburg/Lübeck) Place Name Indexes
  • Indexing over 6,750 Schleswig-Holstein, Bremen, Hamburg, and Lübeck place names.

    The Reverse Alphabetical Index allows the researcher to determine the name of a town when the first part of the name (whether one or more letters) is illegible or missing. An Alphabetical index of all places is included.
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  • Silesia Place Name Indexes
  • Indexing over 8,350 Silesia place names.

    The Reverse Alphabetical Index allows the researcher to determine the name of a town when the first part of the name (whether one or more letters) is illegible or missing. An Alphabetical index of all places is included.
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  • West Prussia Place Name Indexes
  • Indexing over 5,100 West Prussia place names.

    The Reverse Alphabetical Index allows the researcher to determine the name of a town when the first part of the name (whether one or more letters) is illegible or missing. An Alphabetical index of all places is included.
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  • Westphalia (with Hohenzollern/Lippe/Schaumberg-Lippe/Waldeck) Place Name Indexes
  • Indexing over 7,050 Westphalia, Hohenzollern, Lippe-Schaumberg, and Lippe-Waldeck place names.

    The Reverse Alphabetical Index allows the researcher to determine the name of a town when the first part of the name (whether one or more letters) is illegible or missing. An Alphabetical index of all places is included.
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  • Württemburg Place Name Indexes
  • Indexing over 7,250 Württemburg place names.

The Reverse Alphabetical Index allows the researcher to determine the name of a town when the first part of the name (whether one or more letters) is illegible or missing. An Alphabetical index of all places is included.

Other Books By Roger Minert:

New Historic Records Databases Posted at FamilySearch.org the Week of October 31, 2016

The following is from FamilySearch:

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You can now access newly published indexed death records in Oregon, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Also, check out the indexed German civil registrations as well as the millions of new digital images available for GenealogyBank obituaries, North Carolina estate files, and Revolutionary War rosters. See the interactive table below for these and more free searchable historic records added this week at FamilySearch.org.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Germany Bavaria Nuremberg Civil Registration 1803-1886 – 1,235,779 – 0 – New indexed records collection

UNITED STATES DATABASES

Kentucky Death Records 1911-1961 – 30,383 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

North Carolina Estate Files 1663-1979 – 0 – 702,958 – Added images to an existing collection

Oregon Deaths 1877-1952 – 90,302 – 114,661 – New indexed records and images collection

Tennessee Death Records 1914-1955 – 146,760 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

United States GenealogyBank Obituaries 1980-2014 – 0 – 13,793,533 – Added images to an existing collection

United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors 1775-1783 – 0 – 18,557 – Added images to an existing collection

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/indexing.

FamilySearch Database Collections Added or Updated the Weeks of October 3 & 10, 2016

The following is from FamilySearch:

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WEEK OF OCTOBER 10 RECORDS ADDED OR UPDATED

FamilySearch added significant historic records online for Belgium, Maine, New Zealand, and Tennessee, and Revolutionary War records for Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and North Carolina. Special thanks to the volunteer indexers continuing work on the United States Marriages project. You can see the fruits of your labors this week with the newly published Tennessee County Marriages collection. See the interactive table below for these and more historic records added this week at FamilySearch.org.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Argentina Mendoza Catholic Church Records 1665-1975 – 136857 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Belgium Antwerp Civil Registration 1588-1913 – 2451 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Belgium Limburg Civil Registration 1798-1906 – 7995 – 57091 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

Belgium East Flanders Civil Registration 1541-1914 – 851 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Belgium Liège Civil Registration 1621-1914 – 64333 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Colombia Catholic Church Records 1576-2014 – 1189 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Germany Hesse Civil Registration 1874-1927 – 7093 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Germany Baden Stebbach Church Book Extracts 1675-1951 – 0 – 194 – New browsable image collection.

Germany Prussia Westphalia Minden Miscellaneous Collections from the Municipal Archives 1574-1912 – 0 – 403 – Added images to an existing collection

New Zealand Archives New Zealand Probate Records 1843-1998 – 134 – 219990 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

New Zealand Archives New Zealand Civil Records Indexes 1800-1896 – 857382 – 0 – New indexed records collection

Philippines Civil Registration (National) 1945-1984 – 0 – 427 – Added images to an existing collection

UNITED STATES DATABASES

Alaska Vital Records 1816-1959 – 0 – 2106 – Added images to an existing collection

Iowa State Census 1915 – 55431 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Maine Vital Records 1670-1921 – 576750 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Maine Revolutionary War Bounty Land Applications 1835-1838 – 4952 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Massachusetts Revolutionary War Bounty Land Applications 1805-1845 – 616 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

New Hampshire Revolutionary War Records 1675-1835 – 83366 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

North Carolina Revolutionary Pay Vouchers 1779-1782 – 48887 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Ohio County Marriages 1789-2013 – 0 – 121 – Added images to an existing collection

Tennessee County Marriages 1790-1950 – 71496 – 4251 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

WEEK OF OCTOBER 3 RECORDS ADDED OR UPDATED

This week’s collection update is well worth the wait, containing almost 3.5 million newly published indexed records and 2.3 million additional digital images from Australia, Denmark, England, Ghana, Nicaragua, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the US (Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma, Utah, and the Revolutionary War). See the interactive table below for these and more historic records added this week at FamilySearch.org. Join our online indexing volunteers anytime and help make more of these exciting collections discoverable to more people. Find out how at FamilySearch.org/Indexing.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

BillionGraves Index – 155,369 – 155,369 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Australia Victoria Inquest Deposition Files 1840-1925 – 101,646 – 903,420 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Australia Tasmania Civil Registration of Births 1899-1912 – 69,290 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Denmark Probate Indexes 1674-1851 – 82,878 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

England Warwickshire Parish Registers 1538-1963 – 61,201 – 54,925 – Added images to an existing collection

Ghana Census 1984 – 30,138 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Great Britain War Office Registers 1772-1935 – 204 – 3,617 – New indexed records collection

Nicaragua Civil Registration 1809-2013 – 0 – 580,218 – New browsable image collection.

Poland Lublin Roman Catholic Church Books 1784-1964 – 5,253 – 0 – New indexed records and images collection

Poland Radom Roman Catholic Church Books 1587-1966 – 16,352 – 0 – Added images to an existing collection

Spain Diocese of Ávila Catholic Church Records 1502-1975 – 11,671 – 0 – New indexed records collection

Spain Diocese of Santander Catholic Church Records 1538-1985 – 63,919 – 4,551 – New indexed records and images collection

Sweden Uppsala Church Records 1308-1901; index 1613-1860 – 67,400 – 0 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

Sweden Älvsborg Church Records 1642-1897; index 1681-1860 – 39,335 – 0 – New indexed records collection

Sweden Södermanland Church Records 1604-1900; index 1640-1860 – 61,471 – 387 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

UNITED STATES DATABASES

Arkansas Church Marriages 1860-1976 – 542 – 2,050 – Added images to an existing collection

California County Marriages 1850-1952 – 6,019 – 0 – New indexed records and images collection

Florida County Marriages 1830-1957 – 706,891 – 528,618 – New indexed records and images collection

Georgia Church Marriages 1787-1962 – 182 – 0 – New browsable image collection.

Georgia Church Marriages 1754-1960 – 1,535 – 3,012 – New indexed records and images collection

Illinois Cook County Obituaries ca. 1970-1990 – 293,091 – 35,504 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Minnesota Passenger and Crew Lists 1912-1956 – 31,305 – 34,589 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

New York New York City Police Census 1890 – 1,479,855 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Oklahoma Church Marriages 1852-1948 – 314 – 0 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

Utah Birth Certificates 1903-1914 – 13,249 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Washington County Marriages 1855-2008 – 0 – 14,958 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

Applications for Enrollment and Adoption of Washington Indians 1911-1919 – 0 – 6,392 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

United States Revolutionary War Pension Payment Ledgers 1818-1872 – 156,667 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/indexing.

German Census Records 1816-1916

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After wondering for several years why American researchers know very little about German census records, my good friend, Dr. Roger Minert, found an opportunity a few months ago to live in Europe for six months to investigate them. He was sure that many existed, but he could find very little information about them. While in Europe, he learned that even German researchers know very little about their census records! In fact, while visiting dozens of archives, on several occasions, Roger found that when asked about census records, he was told there weren’t any. Checking the card catalogs, within minutes Roger found found numerous census records. How could such a potentially important resource be lost to obscurity? In his new book, researchers can now learn where and when German census records were compiled, as well as why and how. The author also describes state by state the content of the census records and explains how surviving census documents can be located. This is groundbreaking information, of enormous value to anyone researching their German roots.

Would you like additional information about your family in old country? The information found in the parish registers is key to your research, but there’s often even more family information to be found in the German census records. It requires some research, but it’s certainly worth the time, as you may locate documents that will tell you much about your family.

German Census Records, 1816-1916: The When, Where, and How of a Valuable Genealogical Resource is available for immediate shipment.

This book is also available in a hardbound edition. Click on this link to be directed to that page at the FPRC website.

The following Table of Contents is found in the volume:

  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: A History of Census Records in the German States
  • Chapter 2: The Census of 1867: The Great Transition
  • Chapter 3: Census Records during the German Empire 1871-1918
  • Chapter 4: Census Records in the German States from 1816 to 1864
  • Chapter 5: Anhalt
  • Chapter 6: Baden
  • Chapter 7: Bayern [Bavaria]
  • Chapter 8: Brandenburg
  • Chapter 9: Braunschweig [Brunswick]
  • Chapter 10: Bremen (Hansestadt Bremen)
  • Chapter 11: Elsaß-Lothringen {Alsace-Lorraine]
  • Chapter 12: Hamburg (Hansestadt Hamburg)
  • Chapter 13: Hannover [Hanover]
  • Chapter 14: Hessen [Hesse]
  • Chapter 15: Hessen-Nassau [Hesse-Nassau]
  • Chapter 16: Hohenzollern
  • Chapter 17: Lippe
  • Chapter 18: Lübeck (Hansestadt Lübeck) [Luebeck]
  • Chapter 19: Mecklenburg-Schwerin
  • Chapter 20: Mecklenburg-Strelitz
  • Chapter 21: Oldenburg
  • Chapter 22: Ostpreußen [East Prussia]
  • Chapter 23: Pommern [Pomerania]
  • Chapter 24: Posen
  • Chapter 25: Reuß älterer Linie [Reuss Elder Line]
  • Chapter 26: Reuß jüngere Linie [Reuss Younger Line]
  • Chapter 27: Rheinprovinz [Rhineland Province]
  • Chapter 28: Sachsen-Altenburg [Saxe-Altenburg]
  • Chapter 29: Sachsen-Meiningen [Saxe-Meiningen]
  • Chapter 30: Königreich Sachsen [Kingdom of Saxony]
  • Chapter 31: Sachsen-Meiningen [Saxe-Meiningen]
  • Chapter 32: Provinz Sachsen [Province of Saxony]
  • Chapter 33: Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach [Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach]
  • Chapter 34: Schaumburg-Lippe
  • Chapter 35: Schlesian [Silesia]
  • Chapter 36: Schleswig-Holstein
  • Chapter 37: Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
  • Chapter 38: Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
  • Chapter 39: Waldeck
  • Chapter 40: Westfalen [Westphalia]
  • Chapter 41: Westpreußen [West Prussia]
  • Chapter 42: Württemberg [Wuerttemberg]
  • Chapter 43: German Census Records from 1816-1916: What Do We Know Now?
  • Chapter 44: Conclusions
  • Appendix A: Writing to Archives in Germany, France, and Poland
  • Appendix B: Conducting Census Research in Archives in Germany, France and Poland
  • Appendix C: Interesting Documents Relating to German Census Campaigns
  • Appendix D: The States of Germany in 1871
  • Bibliography
  • Index

German Census Records, 1816-1916: The When, Where, and How of a Valuable Genealogical Resource; by Roger P Minert, Ph.D., A.G.; 2016; 260 pp; 8.5×11; Softbound; ISBN: 9781628590777; Item #: FR0650.

The following reviews might be of interest:

What a happy ending! After all these years, family historians are no longer discouraged by futile searches into that formerly hidden and unorganized body of German censuses. Let’s sit back and listen to the cheers –from both sides of the water!
Shirley J. Riemer, author of “German Research Companion” and editor of “Der Blumenbaum”

Dr. Minert’s stupendous work has opened up a new world for German researchers.  No longer must one lament that census records are inaccessible or even “non-existent.”   He has made census records known and accessible.  All German genealogists should have this book and make it a standard reference in their research. Dr. Fritz Juengling, Research Specialist, Family History Library

This is truly a groundbreaking work! Roger Minert refutes the conventional knowledge that censuses were not taken in most German lands, with numerous examples proving that they do exist. He not only describes censuses taken in the German Empire, state by state, but gives pointers on where to obtain them. This opens a whole new realm to explore. Ernest L. Thode, author and lecturer in Germanic family history

Das Werk macht Historiker wie Genealogen auf vielfach völlig unbekannte Quellen aufmerksam, die zwischen 1816 und 1916 für das gesamte spätere Gebiet des ehemaligen Deutschen Reiches (1871 – 1916) und davor abdecken. Mit anderen Worten die Zeit nach dem Wiener Kongress bis zur Mitte des Ersten Weltkrieges. Ein unglaublich wertvoller Schatz für die Forschungen des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts. Roger Minert führt ein in die historische Entwicklung und Gestalt der Volkszählungsakten. Roger Minert hat damit Neuland betreten, das er sich angeschickt hat, zu vermessen. Ein großer Schritt für die Genealogie in Deutschland. Er gibt damit Anstoß und ermutigt, diese Quellen auszuwerten und Interessierten zugänglich zu machen.“ Dirk Weissleder, Vorsitzender der Deutschen Arbeitsgemeinschaft genealogischer Verbände e. V. (DAGV) [Translation below]

This book draws the attention of historians and genealogists to almost totally unknown resources. This is an amazing treasure for research in the German Empire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Roger Minert introduces researchers to the development and nature of census records and he encourages us to seek out and utilize those records. This is a gigantic step for genealogy in Germany. Dirk Weissleder, President of the Federation of German Genealogy Societies

German Census Records, 1816-1916: The When, Where, and How of a Valuable Genealogical Resource; by Roger P Minert, Ph.D., A.G.; 2016; 260 pp; 8.5×11; Softbound; ISBN: 9781628590777; Item #: FR0650.