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Donna Schilling wrote a delightful full-color book this last year, entitled: German Genealogy Research in Pomerania – With Specific Examples of Kreis Schlawe Research.

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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

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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 $20.96.

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This volume deals with the Germanic heraldry of families whose name was one of the most common in Germany – that of Müller. In English, we’d write that Miller, Muller, or Mueller. Many surnames are occupational – with Müller being a prime example. A Müller was one who ground grain. “The origin of the name comes from Mühle meaning mill. The mill, whether powered by water, by wind, or occasionally animals, was an important center in every medieval settlement.”

“Because the Müller surname has become widespread, not only in German-speaking lands, but throughout central and eastern Europe, many different spellings have arisen over the centuries. In English and other European languages, including Yiddish and Dutch, the name is also spelled Mueller, Muller, Mueler, Muler, Miller, Moeller, Muellner, Milner, Molner, Moehle, Muehle, Muehler, Mullner, Mulder, Moller, Millner, Molnar, and much more.”

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

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

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

  • Over 2,200 historical and modern geographical locales of the Holy Roman, German and Austrian Empires, as well as Switzerland;
  • Supplementary material for major current and past political states and regions; with links to a catalog of genealogical records by FamilySearch;
  • Colorful illustrations of 35 coats-of-arms along with genealogical and geographical information on 94 Muller families.

The following is from the Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

CHAPTER 1 – Synthesizing Heraldry and Genealogy for a Practical Research Tool

  • What is Heraldry?
  • Common aspects of Genealogy
  • Heraldry and the family historian
  • Geography as a fundamental tool for integrating heraldry and genealogy
  • Associating a coat-of-arms with your ancestor

CHAPTER 2 – A Brief Introduction to German Heraldry

  • Historical Background of Germanic Heraldry
  • Components of the Germanic Coat-of-Arms
  • Modern German Heraldry

CHAPTER 3 – Heraldic Symbolism

  • Introduction to heraldic symbolism
  • Symbolism of the colors, furs, lines, divisions, and ordinaries
  • Symbolism of the common charges

CHAPTER 4 – An Introduction to the Müller Surname

  • Origins and meanings of the name
  • Variations of the Muller surname
  • Location and distribution of the surname
  • Some historical documentations of Müller

CHAPTER 5 – A Survey of Müller Armorial Bearings: Defining the Elements

  • Introduction to the geographical territory
  • Bearer(s) of the coat-of-arms
  • Particular geographical locale(s) associated with the bearer(s)
  • Description of the coat-of-arms
  • Interpreting the coat-of-arms
  • Other Muller arms bearers of this geographical territory
  • Additional geographical and genealogical resources

CHAPTER 6 – Müller Heraldry and Genealogy: A Geographical Perspective

  • Alsace-Lorraine
  • Austria
  • Baden-Württemberg
  • Bavaria
  • Berlin
  • Brandenburg
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • East Prussia
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Hamburg
  • Hesse
  • Hungary
  • Latvia
  • Lower Austria
  • Lower Saxony
  • Mecklenburg-Vorpommeran
  • The Netherlands
  • North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Pomerania
  • Prussia
  • Rhineland-Palatinate
  • Saxony
  • Saxon-Anhalt
  • Schleswig-Holstein
  • Silesia
  • Styria
  • Switzerland
  • Thuringia
  • Tyrol
  • Upper Austria
  • Vienna
  • West Prussia

CHAPTER 7 – Interpreting the Heraldry of Müller

  • Charges associated with the meaning of the surname
  • Coats-of-arms that display symbols of the bearer’s religious faith
  • Armorial achievements that illustrate a military theme
  • Arms that address a significant accomplishment of the bearer
  • Charges that identify an occupation of the bearer or his ancestors
  • Symbols of honorable characteristics
  • Discerning marital union or inheritance
  • Curious and uncommon charges

APPENDIX A – Glossary of Heraldic Symbolism

APPENDIX B – Online Genealogy Research by Location

APPENDIX C – Gallery of Müller Coats-of-Arms

INDEX – Historical and Modern Geographical Locales

To purchase a copy at the Family Roots Publishing website, click on the link below:

Muller/Mueller Heraldry and Genealogy: A Geographical Perspective; by Frederick George Siler; 2017; 167 pp; 8.5×11; paperback; ISBN: 978-1-62859-130-9; Item #: FR0700.

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German Immigrants in American Church Records Vol 21 – Missouri (St. Louis II) – Now Shipping

We now have German Immigrants in American Church Records Vol. 21 in stock – and are now taking orders and shipping. Click on the links to order.

Note: There is a full 5,016 Surname Index, compiled from 14,958 entries found in German Immigrants in American Church Records, Vol. 21 at the end of this blog.

German Immigrants in American Church Records – Vol. 21: Missouri (St. Louis II); Edited by Roger P. Minert; Ph.D., A.G.; 2017; 612 pp; Hard Cover; Every-name index; Acid Free Paper; ISBN 978-1-62859-175-0; Item #FR0655. $109.95

Dr. Minert and a team of researchers at BYU are currently involved in a project wherein they read and extract Americans’ German vital records from historic local church vital records. These church records often pinpoint German origins in the “old country.” Places and dates of birth, marriage, and previous residence in Germany are commonly found in these records. Dr. Minert estimates that 65-76 percent of historic local church records give an immigrant’s exact place of birth. Entries found in the volumes include people born in Switzerland.

This volume includes data from the following St. Louis churches:

  • Carondelet German Evangelical Lutheran Church, St. Louis, St. Louis Co.
  • St. Peter’s Evangelical and Reformed Church, St. Louis, St. Louis Co.

Typical entries from Carondelet German Evangelical Lutheran Church, of St. Louis, St. Louis Co., Missouri are as follows:

  • Richard Henry Stickfort b. Gehrde, Hannover 26 July 1859; d. St. Louis, MO 28 Nov 1932; bur. St. Louis 1 Dec 1932; m. Marie Dierkerr. He immigrated in 1875. Ref: p. 146.
  • August Voigt b. Stettin, Pommern 8 July 1853; d. St. Louis, MO 23 Jan 1933; bur. St. Louis 25 Jan 1933; m. Annie Bohne. Ref: p. 147.
  • David Adler b. Breslau, Schlesien 17 April 1868; d. St. Louis, MO 27 Jan 1933; bur. St. Louis 30 Jan 1933; m. Bertha Huster. Ref: p. 147.
  • Fred Rohlfing b. Rahden, Westfalen 21 Jan 1864; d. St. Louis, MO 12 Feb 1933; bur. St. Louis 16 Feb 1933; m. Elizabeth Walter. Ref: p. 147.

The first 18 volumes of this ongoing series were published by Lewis Rohrbach of Picton Press. Following his death, Family Roots Publishing contracted with Dr. Minert to continue publication of the series – starting with volume 19, which also deals with Missouri church vital records.

The follow is the table of contents (excluding page numbers) for the volume.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Introduction
  • How to Use This Book
  • Sample Entries from Missouri church records

German Immigrants in Missouri

  1. St. Louis, St. Louis Co., Carondelet German Evangelical Lutheran Church
  2. St. Louis, St. Louis Co., St. Peter’s Evangelical and Reformed Church

The following 5,016 Surnames are compiled from the 15,149 entries found in German Immigrants in American Church Records, Vol. 21.

Databases Added or Updated at FamilySearch.org From August 1 1 thru October 20

The following databases have been added or updated at FamilySearch.org between the dates of August 11, 2017 and October 20, 2017.

DATABASE – NUMBER OF RECORDS – DATE
BillionGraves Index – 22,500,536 – 26 Sep 2017
Find A Grave Index – 162,479,125 – 12 Sep 2017

Austria, Upper Austria, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1919 – 82,850 – 12 Oct 2017
Argentina, Entre Ríos, Catholic Church Records, 1764-1983 – 732,843 – 11 Oct 2017
Argentina, Santa Fe, Catholic Church Records, 1634-1975 – 574,876 – 11 Oct 2017
Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981 – 1,114,946 – 11 Oct 2017
Argentina, National Census, 1895 – 3,908,397 – 21 Aug 2017
Australia, South Australia, Immigrants Ship Papers, 1849-1940 – 201,371 – 27 Sep 2017
Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration (District Registers), 1839-1938 – 70,861 – 09 Oct 2017
Australia, Victoria, Outward Passenger Lists, 1852-1924 – 1,862,984 – 15 Sep 2017
Austria, Upper Austria, Linz, Death Certificates, 1818-1899 – 23,132 – 19 Sep 2017
Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2014 – 4,178,250 – 28 Sep 2017
Brazil, Piauí, Civil Registration, 1875-2013 – 1,604,454 – 28 Sep 2017
Chile Civil Registration, 1885-1903 – 3,428,410 – 12 Oct 2017
China, Imperial Examinations and Related Papers (Han Yu-shan Collection), 1646-1904 – 455 – 09 Oct 2017
Denmark Census, 1930 – 3,641,393 – 16 Oct 2017
Denmark Census, 1925 – 3,627,893 – 16 Aug 2017
Denmark Census, 1921 – 3,356,935 – 12 Oct 2017
Denmark Census, 1906 – 2,525,146 – 19 Oct 2017
Denmark Census, 1901 – 2,328,066 – 18 Oct 2017
Denmark Census, 1890 – 2,138,072 – 17 Oct 2017
Denmark Census, 1880 – 1,952,203 – 18 Oct 2017
Denmark Census, 1870 – 1,760,360 – 16 Oct 2017
Denmark Census, 1860 – 1,752,392 – 16 Oct 2017
Denmark, Copenhagen City, Civil Marriages, 1739-1964, Index 1877-1964 – 129,886 – 19 Oct 2017
Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010 – 513,356 – 28 Sep 2017
England, Dorset, Parish Registers, 1538-1936 – 1,530,171 – 12 Sep 2017
England, Essex Parish Registers, 1538-1997 – 1,030,526 – 23 Sep 2017
England, Warwickshire, Parish Registers, 1535-1984 – 1,405,385 – 13 Oct 2017
Finland, Church Census and Pre-Confirmation Books, 1657-1915 – 33,404,934 – 04 Oct 2017
France, Saône-et-Loire, Census, 1856 – 577,964 – 12 Oct 2017
France, Seine-Maritime, Rouen, Indexes to Church Records, 1680-1789 – 73,453 – 14 Sep 2017
French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1843-1999 – 4,853 – 13 Sep 2017
Hungary Civil Registration, 1895-1980 – 701,765 – 03 Oct 2017
Ireland Civil Registration, 1845-1913 – 389,073 – 16 Oct 2017
Italy, Asti, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1803-1814, 1911-1935 – 59,527 – 29 Sep 2017
Italy, Benevento, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1810-1942 – 234,451 – 19 Oct 2017
Italy, Brescia, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1797-1815, 1866-1943 – 66,115 – 20 Sep 2017
Italy, Padova, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1621-1914 – 42,282 – 24 Aug 2017
Italy, Pescara, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1929 – 417,032 – 24 Aug 2017
Italy, Salerno, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1806-1949 – 28,521 – 29 Sep 2017
Italy, Taranto, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1926 – 297,383 – 24 Aug 2017
Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1796-1941 – 47,741 – 08 Sep 2017
Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Miscellaneous Records – 39,655,331 – 13 Oct 2017
New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1843-1998 – 384,626 – 12 Sep 2017
Nicaragua Civil Registration, 1809-2013 – 1,427,164 – 28 Sep 2017
Paraguay, Catholic Church Records, 1754-2015 – 673,323 – 14 Sep 2017
Peru, Cajamarca, Civil Registration, 1938-1996 – 30,272 – 28 Sep 2017
Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997 – 651,677 – 28 Sep 2017
Peru, Diocese of Huacho, Catholic Church Records, 1560-1952 – 343,377 – 21 Sep 2017
Peru, Junín, Civil Registration, 1881-2005 – 246,462 – 28 Sep 2017
Peru, Lambayeque, Civil Registration, 1873-1998 – 552,001 – 15 Sep 2017
Philippines Civil Registration (Local), 1888-1986 – 90,022 – 28 Aug 2017
Poland, Lublin Roman Catholic Church Books, 1784-1964 – 319,605 – 20 Oct 2017
Poland, Radom Roman Catholic Church Books, 1587-1966 – 63,471 – 20 Oct 2017
Portugal, Portalegre, Catholic Church Records, 1859-1911 – 9,781 – 01 Sep 2017
Slovenia, Ljubljana, Funeral Accounts, 1937-1970 – 9,718 – 08 Sep 2017
South Africa, Cape Province, Probate Records of the Master of the High Court, 1834-1989 – 155,877 – 12 Sep 2017
South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Deaths, 1895-1972 – 728,057 – 21 Aug 2017
South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950 – 214,778 – 04 Oct 2017
South Africa, Transvaal, Probate Records from the Master of the Supreme Court, 1869-1958 – 200,992 – 21 Aug 2017
Spain, Province of Asturias, Municipal Records, 1470-1897 – 115,907 – 01 Sep 2017
Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records, 1784-1956 – 495,704 – 06 Oct 2017
Sweden, Household Examination Books, 1880-1920 – 37,100,409 – 02 Oct 2017
Sweden, Kopparberg Church Records, 1604-1900; index 1628-1860 – 30,577 – 24 Aug 2017
Sweden, Kronoberg Church Records, 1589-1921; index 1612-1860 – 26,409 – 26 Sep 2017
Sweden, Norrbotten Church Records, 1612-1923; index 1658-1860 – 6,531 – 24 Aug 2017
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927 – 278,704 – 20 Sep 2017
Ukraine, Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates, 1734-1920 – 2,564,491 – 12 Sep 2017
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995 – 684,641 – 28 Aug 2017

UNITED STATES DATABASES
Iowa, Armed Forces Grave Registrations, ca. 1835-1998 – 289,493 – 17 Oct 2017
Kansas State Census, 1865 – 149,601 – 15 Aug 2017
Kansas State Census, 1875 – 618,774 – 15 Aug 2017
Kansas State Census, 1895 – 1,364,060 – 22 Aug 2017
Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1963 – 1,620,301 – 19 Oct 2017
Louisiana Deaths, 1850-1875, 1894-1960 – 776,611 – 22 Aug 2017
Massachusetts State Vital Records, 1841-1920 – 1,141,063 – 28 Sep 2017
Missouri, Reports of Separation Notices, 1941-1946 – 415,471 – 18 Oct 2017
New Jersey State Census, 1895 – 1,484,097 – 18 Oct 2017
New Jersey State Census, 1895 – 0 – 17 Oct 2017
Ohio, Crawford County Obituaries, 1860-2004 – 118,500 – 16 Aug 2017
Washington Marriage Index, 1969-2014 – 1,994,537 – 25 Aug 2017
Washington Divorce Index, 1969-2014 – 1,236,872 – 21 Aug 2017
West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971 – 195,562 – 11 Oct 2017

United States Mexican War Index and Service Records, 1846-1848 – 202,106 – 16 Oct 2017
United States, War Relocation Authority centers, final accountability rosters, 1942-1946 – 96,910 – 08 Sep 2017

The German Research Companion, 3rd Edition – 25% Off + a FREE New Book Thru Oct 31

The The German Research Companion third edition of Shirley Riemer’s classic The German Research Companion. is on sale until October 31 at 25% off – making it just $21 (plus $5.50 p&h). AND – put the word “Heritage” in the “Order Notes” box (NOT the OFFER CODE) at Checkout, and we’ll throw in a totally FREE copy of the new Heritage Travel, Tips, Tricks & Strategies booklet (valued at $9.95). It won’t be listed on your Order Confirmation, but you’ll get it. Again, click on the link – or the illustration – to order.

The book has always been one of the best places to look for sources of German research information. The page count is 706 pages, making it the huge value, and a go-to book for those of us researching our German ancestors. When compiling the volume, Shirley enlisted the help of two other well-known Germanic genealogists, Roger Minert, and Jennifer Anderson, who spent hundreds of hours in adding additional material, editing, and layout of the 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 the most complete book 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 Third Edition of The German Research Companion. The volume is immediately available by purchase from Family Roots Publishing Company, the primary sponsor of GenealogyBlog.com. The cost is usually just $28.00, less the FRPC discount – this week being 25%! A real deal…

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

Genetic Genealogy in Practice – by Blaine Bettinger & Debbie Wayne – 15% off thru Oct 31.

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In September of 2016, The National Genealogical Society (NGS) published Genetic Genealogy in Practice, the first workbook on genetic genealogy. Written by Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD, and Debbie Parker Wayne, CGSM, CGLSM, the book provides family historians and genealogists who have just begun to explore genetic genealogy practical, easy to understand information that they can apply to their research. As Wayne notes in her blog, Deb’s Delvings in Genealogy, “DNA can seem complex to many of us, but this book will guide you and help build your knowledge level one step at a time.”

At their own pace, readers learn the basic concepts of genetic genealogy. They then build on that knowledge as they study the testing, analysis, and application of Y-DNA, X-DNA, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), and autosomal DNA (atDNA) to reach and support genealogical conclusions. Each chapter includes exercises with answer keys for hands-on practice.

Through the end of October – or while supplies last, we’re discounting the price 15% (Reg. $29.95, on sale for just $25.46 – plus $5.50 p&h). We’re also making it available during the sale period in a bundle with Blaine Bettinger’s other new volume, The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, at 25% off off for the bundle (Reg 59.94 – on sale for just $44.96 – plus $8 p&h).

Click here to purchase Genetic Genealogy in Practice

Click here to purchase the bundle of Genetic Genealogy in Practice & The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy

The following is from the Table of Contents:

  • Preface
  • Chapter 1 – Basic Genetics
  • Chapter 2 – Genetic Genealogy, Standards, and Ethics
  • Chapter 3 – Genealogical Applications for Y-DNA
  • Chapter 4 – Genealogical Applications for mtDNA
  • Chapter 5 – Genealogical Applications for atDNA
  • Chapter 6 – Genealogical Applications for X-DNA
  • Chapter 7 – Incorporating DNA Testing in a Family Study
  • Chapter 8 – Incorporating DNA Evidence in a Written Conclusion
  • Appendix A: Charts for Exercises
  • Appendix B: Glossary
  • Appendix C: Reading and Source List
  • Appendix D: Chapter Exercise Answers

Blaine Bettinger is an intellectual property attorney in Syracuse, New York. The author of The Genetic Genealogist blog, he is a genealogy educator, a trustee of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, and organizer of the Shared cM Project, a crowdsourced project examining the associations between genetic data and genealogical relationships.

Debbie Parker Wayne is a professional genealogist who has conducted research for individuals as well as for the PBS series “Finding Your Roots” with Henry Louis Gates Jr. and other television shows. She is an award-winning author, the coordinator for genetic genealogy institute courses, and the DNA Project Chair for the Texas State Genealogical Society.

Genetic Genealogy in Practice; by Blaine T. Bettinger & Debbie Parker Wayne; Sept 2016; 8.5×11; 204 pp; ISBN: 978-1-935815-22-8; Item #: NGS25

New Website Honors the Tuskegee Airmen

A new website honoring the famed Tuskegee Airmen has launched. “The Tuskegee Airmen were America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel. They are best known for the extraordinary efforts in the air war of World War II, and for challenging the stereotypes that had kept black Americans from serving as pilots in the U.S. Armed Forces.”

Check out the new website.

Read an article about the launch at the wsfa.com website.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

Bundle of Tracing Your Germanic Ancestors & German Census Records 1816-1916 – on Sale for 30% Off thru Oct. 31

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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 of 2016, and have good stocks of the volume in both soft and hard bindings.

To celebrate the German tradition of Octoberfest, Family Roots Publishing has again created a bundle of our two best-selling German research publications, and discounted the bundle a full 30%. The bundle is valued at $44.90, but is on sale for only $31.43 (+$5.50 p&h) – Now through October 31, 2017. P&h would normally be $10 if purchased separately, but is only $5.50 as a bundle for this promotion! AND – put the word “Heritage” in the “Order Notes” box (NOT the OFFER CODE) at Checkout, and we’ll throw in a totally FREE copy of the new Heritage Travel, Tips, Tricks & Strategies booklet (valued at $9.95). It won’t be listed on your Order Confirmation, but you’ll get it. 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

Tracing Your Ancestors, Heritage Travel, Tips, Tricks & Strategies Blog Post – October 17, 2017.

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

New Genetic Associations of Parkinsons Disease Identified Thru DNA Testing

I was one of about 370,000 folks that participated in this study – one of the approximately 360,000 that did not have Parkinsons. Following is a teaser from the full article at the 23andMe blog. DNA testing is allowing thousands of us to make scientific contributions – a side benefit to having our DNA tested for family history purposes.

Researchers at 23andMe and Genentech have identified 17 new genetic variants associated with Parkinson’s disease, almost doubling the total number of known risk variants for the condition, which gives scientists hints at potential new targets for drugs to treat the disease.

The work is part of a multi-year collaboration between the two companies begun in early 2015 aimed at identifying new therapeutic targets for Parkinson’s.

Read the full article.

1K Historic Benson, Johnston County, North Carolina Photos Posted Online.

Digital North Carolina just announced that the last batch from a set of photos contributed by the Benson Museum of Local History is now up on DigitalNC. They embarked on the digitization project in 2015, and the complete set of over 1000 images is now available. Benson is a town located in Johnston County with a current population of around 170,000 people.

The photos range from pictures and portraits of people to those of church groups and businesses. Most date to around 1920, but some go as far back as 1870.

For more information, see the Digital North Carolina Blog.

Click here to browse through the collection.

Celebrate Your Wedding Anniversary By Moving!

As my readers know, about 6 weeks ago, Patty and I celebrated our 49th Wedding Anniversary. What you don’t know (but do now), is that we spent the day working out the details for the purchase of the old Heritage Quest building in Orting – and its attached 3-bedroom apartment. Since that time, we’ve moved about 1/2 mile into the 3-bedroom apartment that is at the back of the old building. When I say “old,” I mean just that. The front portion was built in 1912 as a church – and served that purpose until about 1986 or so. We bought the building once before and owned it from 1987 through about 1992, when we sold it to AGLL in Bountiful, Utah. They later sold it to my brother, and now Patty and I have it back.

Steve painted the building about 20 years ago, but it’s again in need of a good painting. So we’re scraping, sanding, and spot primering the entire building. See the picture for an idea of the extent we’re going to. We want the paint to last and to protect our old building – so a lot of effort is being put into it.

We have raised garden beds planned for the area just to the side of the building, and we’re covering the patio in back with fiberglass so Patty can continue to raise her plant babies in a greenhouse environment.

We’ve been working here for the last three years. We just didn’t live here. The print ship will continue operations where it is, and we’re redoing the offices, and storage areas.