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.

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  • 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.

Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Free City of Hamburg – is now shipping

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After months of intense research and production, Volume 56 of the Map Guide to German Parish Registers series is now shipping. The volume is very different from most of the German Map Guides, in that totally different techniques must be used to find your family in the big cities of Germany.

Published by Family Roots Publishing Company, Volume 56 of the German Map Guide series was published in August of 2016. This volume is made up of the Free City of Hamburg, which includes 184 historic stadtteile, or city sections, found in Hamburg. Information on the nearby port city of Cuxhaven is also included. 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-sixth of a series covering all of Germany. These places are as of about 1870 to 1900. If the city section existed prior to that date, it will most likely be listed. If the city section was named well after after those dates, the chances drop. The Free City of Hamburg 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.

The final volumes of the Map Guide to German Parish Registers series (Vol. 56 on) will all deal with the large and free cities of the German Empire. The “cities” books will be published as time permits in 2016 and 2017.

The following is from the Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • Historical Background of the Free City of Hamburg
  • Historical Background of the city of Cuxhaven
  • Rulers of the Free City of Hamburg
  • Overview Map of the Free City of Hamburg
  • Free City of Hamburg Civil Registration
  • Map and Key to Modern Civil Districts
  • Helps in determining proximity of one area to another
  • Hamburg Early to Modern District Keys
  • Where to Write for Civil Registration Records
  • Map and Key to Modern Stadtteile (City Sections)
  • Finding the Modern District from the Stadtteil
  • 1900 Hamburg Civil District Street Guide
  • Hamburg Parish Registers
  • Lutheran Parishes
  • Minority Religions
  • Hamburg Lutheran Parish Key & Map – 1900
  • Cuxhaven Lutheran Parish Key and Map – 1900
  • Parish Street Index – By Street
  • Parish Street Index – By Church (Reverse Index)
  • Other Genealogical Resources

Map Guide To German Parish Registers Vol. 56 –Free City of Hamburg, by Kevan Hansen, 186 pp; Library of Congress Control Number: 2016946281; Soft Cover ISBN: 978-1-62859-085-2; Hard Cover ISBN: 978-1-62859-086-9
Click on the appropriate link below to order.
German Map Guide Volume 56 – Soft Cover (Item #FR0123)
German Map Guide Volume 56 – Hard Cover (Item #FR0124)

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

Achterschlag – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Allermöhe – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Alsterdorf – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Alstertal – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Altengamme – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Altenwerder – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Altona – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Alt-Rahlstedt/Rahlstedt – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Altstadt – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Alvesen – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Appelbüttel – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Arensch – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Bahrenfeld – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Barmbek-Nord – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Barmbek Süd-West – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Beckedorf, Kreis Harburg – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Berensch, Landkreis Hadeln – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Bergstedt – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Berne – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Billbrook – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Billhuder Insel – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Billstedt – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Billwärder an der Bille – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Blankenese – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Boberg – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Bojewiese – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Borgfelde – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Braak – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Bramfeld – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Bullenhausen – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Canzlershof – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Cranz – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Curslack (Hamburg) – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Curslack (Prussia) – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Cuxhaven – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Dockenhuden – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Domhorst, Kreis Stormarn – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Duvenstadt – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Ehestorf, Kreis Harburg – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Eidelstedt – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Eilbek – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Eimsbüttel – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Eissendorf – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Eppendorf – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Farmsen – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Farmser Zoll – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Finkenwerder (Prussia) – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Finkenwärder – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Fischbek – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Francop – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Friesenwerder Moor, Kreis Harburg – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Fünfhausen – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Fuhlsbüttel – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Geesthacht – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Glinde, Kreis Stormarn – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Gross Borstel – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Gross Flottbek – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Grosshansdorf, Kreis Stormarn – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Gross Moor, Kreis Harburg – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Gudendorf, Landkreis Hadeln – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Gut Moor – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Hamm – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Hammerbrook – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Harburg – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Harvestehude – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Hasselwerder – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Havighorst, Kreis Stormarn – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Heimfeld – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Hinschenfelde – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Hoheluft – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Hohenfelde – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Hoisbüttel – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Holte, Landkreis Hadeln – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Höltigbaum – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Horn – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Hummelsbüttel – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Jenfeld – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Kattwyk – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Kirchwerder (Prussia) – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Kirchwärder-Nord (Hamburg) – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Kirchwärder-Sud (Hamburg) – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Klein Borstel – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Klein Flottbek (east half) – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Klein Flottbek (west half) – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Klein Moor – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Kleiner-Grasbrook – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Krankenhaus (Hospital) Barmbek – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Langenbeck – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Langenfelde – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Langenhorn – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Lauenbruch – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Lemsahl – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Lohbrügge – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Lohe – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Lokstedt – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Lürade – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Lurup – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Marmstorf – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Meckelfeld, Kreis Harburg – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Meiendorf – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Mellingstedt – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Moorburg – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Moorfleth – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Moorwärder – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Mühlenberg – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Mühlenbeck – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Nettelnburg – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Neu Boberg – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Neuenfelde – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Neuengamme – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Neugraben – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Neuhof – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Neuland – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Neumühlen – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Neu Rahlstedt – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Neustadt – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Neuwerk – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Neuwiedenthal – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Niendorf – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Nienstedten – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Nincop – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Oberbillwärder – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Ochsenwerder – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Oejendorf – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Oevelgönne – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Ohlenburg – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Ohlsdorf – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Ohlstedt – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Oldenfelde – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Osdorf – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Ost Krauel – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Oststeinbek, Kreis Stormarn – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Othmarschen – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Ottensen – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Overhaken – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Oxstedt, Landkreis Hadeln – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Peute – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Poppenbüttel – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Reitbrook – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Rissen – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Rönneburg – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Rotheburgsort – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Sahlenburg – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Sande – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
St. Georg – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
St. Pauli – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
St. Pauli-Nord – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Sasel – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Schleeme – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Schmalenbeck, Kreis Stormarn – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Schnelsen – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Seefeld – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Sinstorf – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Spadenland – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Spangen, Landkreis Hadeln – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Stapelfeld, Kreis Stormarn – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Steenkamp – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Steilshoop – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Steinbek – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Steinfurt – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Steinwärder – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Stollau, Kreis Stormarn – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Stellingen – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Stemwarde, Kreis Stormarn – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Stickenbüttel – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Struckhold – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Sülldorf – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Tatenberg – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Tonndorf/Tonndorf-Lohe – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Uhlenhorst – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Unterbillwärder (Billbrook) – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Vahrendorf – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Veddel – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Volksdorf – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Waltershof – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Wandsbek – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Wellingsbüttel – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
West Krauel – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Wilhelmsburg – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Willinghusen, Kreis Stormarn – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Winterhude – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Wilstorf – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Wohldorf – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg
Zollenspieker – Stadtteil of the Free City of Hamburg

Map Guide To German Parish Registers Vol. 56 – Free City of Hamburg, by Kevan Hansen, 186 pp; Library of Congress Control Number: 2016946281; Soft Cover ISBN: 978-1-62859-085-2; Hard Cover ISBN: 978-1-62859-086-9

Click on the appropriate link below to order.
German Map Guide Volume 56 – Soft Cover (Item #FR0123)
German Map Guide Volume 56 – Hard Cover (Item #FR0124)

Bundle of 3 German Genealogy Guides on Sale for 30% Off Thru Thursday, August 18

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Since German guides are so popular, we’ve put together another bundle – and discounted it 30%. Reg. $41.89 plus $10 p&h if ordered separately, the sale price makes them just $29.33, plus $5.50 p&h – a $17.06 savings!.

Do you already have some of these? These items are currently discounted 15% at their respective pages.

The bundle is made up of 3 popular German research guides. They are:

Deciphering Gothic Records, by Fay S. Dearden

The Family Tree Guide to German Genealogy, by James M. Beidler

Tracing Your Germanic Ancestors, by Leland K Meitzler

Click on any of the links to view the item at its own page. Click on your back arrow to return to this page.

Order the bundle today! Sale price good through August 18, 2016.

German Immigrants in American Church Records – the Series

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I am excited to be able to announce that Family Roots Publishing just signed contracts to continue the publication of what was Picton Press’s German Immigrants in American Church Records series of books.

Under the direction of Lewis Rohrbach, these volumes have been printed at the rate of just under 2 per year since 2005. They are amazing books, listing the names, relationships and German homeland birthplaces of thousands upon thousands of German settlers in the Midwest United States. Under the direction and editorship of my friend, Roger Minert, these records have been meticulously extracted by students at BYU, then formatted and indexed to make for some of the finest German birthplace aids in existence today.

For those who may not know, Mr. Rohrbach was one of the premier genealogists and genealogy publishers in the country, specializing in Swiss research – but also known for his quality publications – both in content as well as appearance. Lewis passed away last January, and Picton Press closed it’s doors. Read his obituary at Dick Eastman’s blog. Seventeen volumes of the series were shipped to customers. I personally know of 74 libraries that have nearly the entire series. The manuscript for Volume 18 was sent to Picton just prior to Lewis’s death and was never shipped, although I suspect it may have been printed. I understand that Lewis’s widow plans to donate his inventory to various libraries, and I am in hopes that those 74 libraries (plus others I am sure) will get Volume 18 during that process. Because of contractual and copyright issues, neither Roger, nor Family Roots Publishing has access to any of volumes one through eighteen at this time – other than ten copies of Volume 5, one copy of Volume 4, and one copy of Volume 8.

German Immigrants in American Church Records – Volume 19: Missouri (Excluding St. Louis County) will ship in September 2016. We will be posting it at the Family Roots Publishing website in the near future. If you or your library wish to be placed on a standing order for the volumes as they come out, email me at Lmeitzler@gmail.com and I’ll forward you a standing order form to get the book at a substantial discount.

Note that Family Roots Publishing is very interested in maintaining the superior quality of this hard-bound series, and like Mr. Rohrbach, will ensure that all volumes will be hardbound and printed on 60# acid-free paper for long-lasting shelf life.

Tracing Your Germanic Ancestors

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It’s a pleasure to announce this newest edition to the Tracing Your Ancestors series. I’ve long had an interest in German research, and have written various items on the subject in the past. This last year, I was asked by Ed Zapletal, of Moorshead Magazines, to write a booklet for their Tracing Your Ancestors series. After several stops and starts, I settled in and wrote steadily from March until June 14, when I sent the manuscript off for publication. I’d thought that I had already had much of the copy on hand, but when I began to write, I realized that very little of what I had on hand was fully up-to-date. Much has been added to German research sources and techniques in the last several years. So a lot of new information is to be found in this booklet. German ancestral research represents one of the largest areas of interest in the USA, and I’m proud to be able to make my contribution.

The Following Table of Contents in found in the volume:

  • 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

Following is a List of Headings and Tables found throughout the book. I haven’t attempted to include the subheadings.

  • Cousins and Finding the Place of Origins in Family Papers
  • Find Your Ancestor’s Place of Origin in Books and Newspapers
  • Immigration and Naturalization Records and Passenger Lists Used for Place of Origin
  • Place of Origin Found in American Church Records
  • Place of Origin Found in Federal, State and County Records
  • Place of Origin Found Through Other Online Sources
  • Geogen Surname Mapping
  • Ancestry.de Namensforschung
  • Verwandt.de German Surname Maps
  • Why Maps and Gazetteers?
  • Places with the Same Name
  • Anglicization of German Place Names
  • Name Variations Due to Border Changes
  • Maps for Many Purposes
  • What you will find in German Maps & Facts for Genealogy
  • Online Maps and Gazetteers
  • Meyers Orts- Gazetteer
  • Immigrants Often Traveled With Friends
  • Early Colonial Passenger Lists
  • Philadelphia Was the Arrival Port – Southwest Germany Was the Homeland
  • Why go to America? (Up Until 1850)
  • Passenger Lists Beginning in 1820
  • Why Go to America? (From 1850 to 1860)
  • Passenger Lists Beginning in 1850 – The Port of Bremen
  • Table of Online Indexed Passenger Ship Lists
  • Internet Access to the Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850-1834
  • Microfilm Access to the Hamburg Passenger Lists
  • Interpreting Column Headers in the Hamburg Passenger Lists
  • Port of Le Havre, France
  • Castle Garden 1855-1890
  • The Barge Office
  • Ellis Island 1892-1954
  • Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935
  • Naturalization Records
  • Manumission Records
  • FamilySearch.org German Databases
  • Indexed Databases at FamilySearch.org
  • Browsable Databases at FamilySearch.org
  • FamilySearch.org International Genealogical Index (IGI) Online
  • Using Ancestry.com for German Ancestry Research
  • Free Records at Ancestry.com [Over 700 Databases!]
  • Other German Databases Found at Ancestry.com
  • American Records Dealing with Germans found at Ancestry.com
  • Translating Online German Websites
  • Ortsfamilienbücher – Town Genealogies
  • 30 Helpful Online German Research Resources
  • You Have the Place – Now Where Did They attend Church?
  • Using the Map Guide to German Parish Registers
  • Researching Protestant German Church Records at Archion.de
  • Timeline For German Church & Civil Vital Records Research
  • Civil Registration of Vital Records
  • Guide to Terminology Used in German Vital Records
  • Words Commonly found in German Vital Records with English Equiv.
  • Words Meaning Cause of Death, Illnesses & Diseases in German Vital Records
  • Understanding Latin, Symbols, & Abbreviations found in Parish Records
  • Months or Signs of the Zodiac Found in Church Records
  • Symbols found in Parish Registers
  • German Abbreviations Found in Parish Registers
  • Censuses of the German States & Free Cities – From 1816 to 1864, 1867 National & 1871-1916 Federal [with a listing of all German census years by state or free city from 1816 to 1916]

This book is also available in PDF format.

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; Regularly $9.95; on sale for 15% off for a limited time: Just $8.46

Please note that we’re also running a bundle promotion on this volume, as well as the new German Census Records 1816-1916 at 20% off, and an additional $4.50 postage savings through the sale period. Click on this link to purchase the bundle (for a total savings of $13.48). Click here to read the blog about the bundle promotion.

An Exciting New Meyer Orts- Gazetteer Website is Now Available for Online Your German Research.

A new Meyers Orts- website is now available to search at http://www.meyersgaz.org/index.aspx. We’ve been using a free site of the imaged German gazetteer at the Ancestry.com for the last several years, and will continue to do so. However, the new site allows things we were not able to do before.

The user can enter the name of any place found in Meyers Orts- and with one click get the Meyers Orts- entry, with an English translation of critical portions including:

  • what type of place it is,
  • the Kingdom or State,
  • the Regierungsbezirk,
  • where the Bezirksamt (district office) is found,
  • where the Amtsgericht (lower district court) is found,
  • where the Bezirkskommando (district military command) is found,
  • where the Standesamt (civil registration office) is located,
  • and church information.

The home page includes a map, which when clicked on changes to an historic map from the David Rumsey collection.

By clicking on the ecclesiastical tab, the user gets a list of churches and the distances (in miles) to them. When I searched for churches near Kriegsfeld (where my ancestor is from), I found that churches within a 20-mile radius are listed, including 13 Jewish congregations! Two hundred-nineteen places are listed (with links) that include churches. The columns are for Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and “Other.”

Another exciting feature is the social tab. You can enter your email address and surnames of interest for any given place. If someone else is searching the entry for that place and clicks on the social tab, they will see your entry. I added the surname MEITZLER for Kreigsfeld, and DAMM for Albisheim.

Although the items listed above are extracted in translated form, the site doesn’t attempt to translate the full entry for any given place, so you still need to spend the time to do that. You’ll still need to read gothic German to get all the info found in the entry.

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Do you need help in reading the full Meyers Orts- entry? Consider purchasing Faye Dearden’s Understanding Meyers Orts – Translating Guide For The Directory Of The Towns And Places Of The German Empire.

Trace Your German Roots Online, A Complete Guide to German Genealogy Websites

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My good friend, Jim Beidler, just wrote a new book for us titled Trace Your German Roots Online, A Complete Guide to German Genealogy Websites. I got a few hours to read the volume, and I’m recommending it to anyone doing German genealogy research.

Jim knows how to write – and write so we can all understand the topic. This brand new book, focusing specifically on online research tools for German genealogy, features step-by-step guides to accessing online resources. I spend a lot of time on German research and I found resources mentioned, and in some cases detailed, that I didn’t know existed.

Click here to order.

The following is from the Table of Contents:

INTRODUCTION

PART ONE: GERMAN GENEALOGY BASICS

CHAPTER 1 BEGINNING YOUR GERMAN RESEARCH Kick-start your genealogical journey with this chapter’s information about the basics of German research and the Bundesrepublik Deutschland.

CHAPTER 2 RESEARCHING GERMAN GENEALOGY ON THE INTERNET Learn the dos and don’ts of online German genealogy. This chapter will outline key Web resources and help you set realistic expectations for your research.

CHAPTER 3 UNTANGLING GERMAN PLACE NAMES AND SURNAMES Decode your ancestors’ garbled name and place of origin with these translation tools and keys to understanding botched German spelling and phonetics.

PART TWO: TOP GERMAN GENEALOGY WEBSITES

CHAPTER 4 FAMILYSEARCH.ORG: THE LARGEST FREE GENEALOGY WEBSITE Explore the Internet’s largest free resource for family records. This chapter unpacks the more than 50 million German records housed by FamilySearch.org.

CHAPTER 5 ANCESTRY.COM: THE ULTIMATE ÜBER-SITE Pinpoint your ancestors’ records in the vast collection of databases held by Ancestry.com and its a affiliate sites. This chapter unpacks what the world’s largest genealogy website can do for you.

CHAPTER 6 GENEALOGY.NET: TWO WEBSITES IN ONE Discover what the German (Genealogy.net) and English (GenWiki) versions of this valuable resource can offer you.

CHAPTER 7 MYHERITAGE: A FOREST OF FAMILY TREES Scour MyHeritage’s vast collection of family trees for information about your own German ancestors.

CHAPTER 8 ARCHION: PROTESTANT CHURCH RECORDS GALORE Master Archion’s invaluable collection of Protestant church records from across modern Germany.

PART THREE: ANSWERS TO YOUR RESEARCH QUESTIONS

CHAPTER 9 HOW DO I IDENTIFY MY ANCESTORS’ PLACE OF ORIGIN? Trace your ancestors to the homeland. This chapter contains passenger lists and emigration databases that will help you follow your family to the old country.

CHAPTER 10 WHERE ELSE CAN I ACCESS CHURCH RECORDS? Seek out even more birth, marriage, and death records created by your ancestors’
place of worship with the resources in this chapter.

CHAPTER 11 HOW DO I CONTACT PEOPLE AND PLACES IN GERMANY? Reach out to researchers on the other side of the Atlantic. This chapter gives you tips for contacting professional genealogists, heads of archives, and even long-lost relatives in Germany.

CHAPTER 12 WHAT ORGANIZATIONS AND ARCHIVES CAN HELP MY RESEARCH? Obtain key records left behind by your ancestors and learn more about their lives through German archives and historical and genealogical societies. This chapter details how and where to search and write for more information.

CHAPTER 13 HOW CAN SOCIAL MEDIA SITES HELP? Delve into the world of likes and hashtags with this guide to using social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter in your German research.

CHAPTER 14 WHAT ELSE SHOULD I ADD TO MY TOOLBOX? Broaden your research horizons with these resources you might not have thought to check.

APPENDIX A MAPS

APPENDIX B WEBSITE INDEX

INDEX

Trace Your German Roots Online, A Complete Guide to German Genealogy Websites; by James M Beidler; Paperback; 238 pp; 7×9; Published: 2016; ISBN: 9781440345180; illustrations; Item # FNW13 Click on the link to order.

The Reviews Are In. German Census Records 1816-1916 Gets Raves

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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

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New FamilySearch Collections Update: May 9, 2016

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A variety of small collection updates this week including Ecuador Catholic Church Records 1565‐2011, Germany Prussia East Prussia Königsberg Funeral Sermons 1597‐1794, Guam Judicial Land Obituaries and Census Records 1712‐2000, Ontario District Marriage Registers 1801‐1858, and can you believe, Zimbabwe Death notices 1904‐1976! See the table below for other additions this week.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Ecuador Catholic Church Records 1565‐2011 – 206,594 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Germany Mecklenburg‐Schwerin Census 1867 – 3 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Germany Prussia East Prussia Königsberg Funeral Sermons 1597‐1794 – 0 – 31,607 – New browsable image collection
Ontario District Marriage Registers 1801‐1858 – 0 – 2,738 – New browsable image collection
Zimbabwe Death notices 1904‐1976 – 10,358 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

United States Databases
Montana Meagher County Records 1866‐2012 – 1,030 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Texas World War I Records 1917‐1920 – 6,271 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Guam Judicial Land Obituaries and Census Records 1712‐2000 – 22,418 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

German Census Records 1816-1916 – A Groundbreaking New Genealogy Resource

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I need to first make a sincere apology. For years I have been telling people that there were very few German censuses taken – with a small number of exceptions. I didn’t know what I was talking about. I guess I could make the excuse that I didn’t know what I didn’t know, but I learned years ago that excuses aren’t worth anything. Actually, many German censuses were taken, some as early as the 1700s, but with most starting in 1816. And yes – many are accessible to researchers today.

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, 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.

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

Note – 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

Map Guide To German Parish Registers Vol. 55 – Province Of Silesia lII, RB Oppeln – Now Shipping

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We picked up Volume 55 of the German Map Guide series at the bindery today – March 2, 2016. This volume includes a total of 1632 places – mostly towns, found in the Kingdom of Prussia, Province of Silesia, Regierungsbezirk Oppeln. This book also includes a master index to Volumes 53 through 55, which covers all of Silesia. 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-fifth of a series covering all of Germany. 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 final volumes of the Map Guide to German Parish Registers series will all deal with large and free cities of the German Empire. The “cities” books will be published as time permits in 2016 and 2017. We are currently compiling a volume on Homburg, which became part of the Bavarian Palatinate (Pfalz) in 1815. The format of the city volumes will be very much like Volume 23 on the City of Berlin.

Each volumes 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.

Map Guide To German Parish Registers Vol. 55 – Kingdom Of Prussia, Province Of Silesia lII, Regierungsbezirk Oppeln, with full index of included towns, by Kevan Hansen, 212 pp

German Map Guide Volume 55 – Soft Cover (Item #FR0109):

ISBN-13: 978-1-62859-067-8 ISBN-10: 162859067X

German Map Guide Volume 55 – Hard Cover (Item #FR0110):

ISBN-13: 978-1-62859-068-5 ISBN-10: 1628590688

Library of Congress Control Number: 2015950405

The following places are found in this volume.

  • Achthuben
  • Adamowitz
  • Albrechtsdorf
  • Albrechtsthal
  • Alt Berun
  • Alt Budkowitz
  • Alt Chechlau
  • Altdorf
  • Alt Dubensko
  • Altendorf
  • Altenstein
  • Altewalde
  • Alt Gleiwitz
  • Alt Grottkau
  • Althammer
  • Alt Karmunkau
  • Alt Kosel
  • Alt Kuttendorf
  • Alt Patschkau
  • Alt Poppelau
  • Alt Repten
  • Alt Rosenberg
  • Alt Schalkowitz
  • Altstadt
  • Alt Tarnowitz
  • Alt Tschapel
  • Alt Ujest
  • Alt Wiendorf
  • Alt Wilmsdorf
  • Altzülz
  • Amaliengrund
  • Anhalt
  • Annaberg
  • Antonia
  • Antonienhof
  • Antonienhütte
  • Antoschowitz
  • Arnoldsdorf
  • Arnsdorf
  • Auchwitz
  • Autischkau
  • Babinitz
  • Babitz
  • Badewitz
  • Baingow
  • Balzarowitz
  • Bankau
  • Baranowitz
  • Bärenhof
  • Barglowka
  • Barkow
  • Barlowka
  • Basau
  • Baucke
  • Bauerwitz
  • Baumgarten
  • Bauschweitz
  • Bechau
  • Beigwitz
  • Beinkowitz
  • Belk
  • Belkawe
  • Belschnitz
  • Beneschau
  • Berndau
  • Berthelschütz
  • Berun
  • Beuthen
  • Biadacz
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