Offers step-by-step instructions on researching one's German heritage.
Explore your Germanic heritage from the comfort of your own computer! Trace your German roots online highlights important German resources on popular genealogy websites including Ancestry.com and FamilSearch.org, as well as lesser known resources such as Archion.de. With helpful illustrated step by step instructions, you'll learn how to use each site to its fullest potential for German genealogy, including how to get around language barriers and navigate the various German states that have existed throughout the centuries. In addition, this book contains links to the best websites to consult when answering key German genealogy questions, from unpuzzling place names to locating living relatives in the old country. The book features trips to find and use German databases, records, and research tools on Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org and other popular genealogy websites. Guidance for helpful German-focused research websites, including how to translate using foreign language sites. Recommended websites for accomplishing key German research tasks, worksheets to log research progress and at a glance guides to help you identify important terms and resources.
Finding Your German Ancestors is a brief but thorough introduction to German research. It presents the most up-to-date sources and resources for successful German research. Many German archives are accessible via the Internet, and Finding Your German Ancestors is the first reference work to include these vital contacts. And because identifying documents is key to German research, it contains sample illustrations of typical German documents, as well as contact sample information for major repositories of German records. With its straightforward approach and easy-to-read style, this book is sure to become a standard reference work for beginning German researchers.
Follow your family tree back to its roots on the Emerald Isle! Santry walks you through the exciting journey of researching your Irish heritage. You'll learn how to identify your immigrant ancestor, and locate key genealogical resources that will breathe life into your family tree.
There are more historical newspaper resources than you think--and they're easier to access than you know. When researched properly, no other type of record can beat historical newspapers in "taking the pulse" of their times and places, recording not just the names, but also information important to the community. This comprehensive how-to guide will show you how to harvest the "social media" of centuries past to learn about your ancestors and the times and places they lived in. With step-by-step examples, case studies, templates, worksheets, and screenshots, this book shows you what you can find in online (and offline) historical newspapers, from city dailies to weekly community papers to foreign-language gazetteers. The Family Tree Historical Newspapers Guide features: Tips and techniques for finding crucial genealogy records in newspapers, such as birth announcements, obituaries, and even news reports Step-by-step guides for using popular online newspaper databases such as GenealogyBank and Newspapers.com Case studies that will put information found in newspapers to use
This updated edition of “In Search of Your German Roots” is designed to help you trace your German ancestry; not only in Germany but in all the German- speaking areas of Europe, from the Baltic to the Crimea, from the Czech Republic to Belgium. Like all books by Angus Baxter, it shows you how to conduct your research by correspondence and e-mail; how to work in your own home, at your computer, using the resources of libraries and archives or the records of church and state.Thanks to the Internet, it's much easier to search for your German ancestors today than when the book was originally written. All of the major archives and many of the smaller ones, as well as church parishes, have websites containing contact information and information on their holdings. Correspondence can now often be handled more quickly and less expensively via e-mail. An ever increasing number of databases with information relevant to German ancestor-hunters—passenger lists, cemetery records, surname directories, etc.—has greatly improved opportunities for research.While these developments in no way alter the nature of the records or the research techniques described in this work, readers should be aware that the growing list of websites, online databases, and CD-ROMs devoted to German genealogy have made the task of locating your German ancestors immeasurably easier.This edition of the book includes website and e-mail addresses whenever possible, covers the newest facilities and records available to researchers, and lists the online resources that will be invaluable in your search.
Discover your Scottish roots! You take the high road, and I'll take the low--and your family tree will be in Scotland before you know it. This book will help you uncover your Scottish heritage, from identifying your immigrant ancestor to tracking down records in the old country. With help from Scottish genealogy expert Amanda Epperson, you'll learn about church records, civil registrations, censuses, and more, plus how to find them in online databases and in archives. Inside, you'll find: Basic information on how to start family history research, including identifying and tracing immigrant ancestors Step-by-steps for finding and using records from both the United States and Scotland Crash-course guides to Scottish history, geography, surnames, and naming conventions Whether your ancestors hail from the Highlands or the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, this book will help you grow your family tree in Scotland.
Discover your Italian roots! Say "ciao" to your Italian ancestors! This in-depth guide will walk you through the exciting journey of researching your Italian famiglia both here and in Italy. Inside, you'll find tips for every phase of Italian genealogy research, from identifying your immigrant ancestor and pinpointing his hometown to uncovering records of him in Italian archives. In this book, you'll find: Basic information on starting your family history research, including how to trace your immigrant ancestor back to Italy Strategies for uncovering genealogy records (including passenger lists, draft cards, and birth, marriage, and death records) from both the United States and Italy, with annotated sample records Crash-course guides to Italian history, geography, and names Helpful Italian genealogical word lists Sample letters for requesting records from Italian archives Whether your ancestors hail from the island of Sicily or the hills of Piedmont, The Family Tree Italian Genealogy Guide will give you the tools you need to track your family in Italy.
Trace your Eastern European ancestors from American shores back to the old country. This in-depth guide will walk you step-by-step through the exciting--and challenging--journey of finding your Polish, Czech, or Slovak roots. You'll learn how to identify immigrant ancestors, find your family's town of origin, locate key genealogical resources, decipher foreign-language records, and untangle the region's complicated history. The book also includes timelines, sample records, resource lists, and sample record request letters to aid your research. In this book, you'll find The best online resources for Polish, Czech, and Slovak genealogy, plus a clear research path you can follow to find success Tips and resources for retracing your ancestors' journey to America Detailed guidance for finding and using records in the old country Helpful background on Polish, Czech, and Slovak history, geography, administrative divisions, and naming patterns How the Three Partitions of Poland and the Austro-Hungarian Empire affect genealogical research and records Information on administrative divisions to help you identify where your ancestors' records are kept Sample letters for requesting records from overseas archives Case studies that apply concepts and strategies to real-life research problems Whether your ancestors hail from Warsaw or a tiny village in the Carpathians, The Family Tree Polish, Czech and Slovak Genealogy Guide will give you the tools you need to track down your ancestors in Eastern Europe.
Your passport to European research! Chart your research course to find your European ancestors with the beginner-friendly, how-to instruction in this book. This one-of-a-kind collection provides invaluable information about more than 35 countries in a single source. Each of the 14 chapters is devoted to a specific country or region of Europe and includes all the essential records and resources for filling in your family tree. Inside you'll find: Specific online and print resources including 700 websites. Contact information for more than 100 archives and libraries. Help finding relevant records. Traditions and historical events that may affect your family's past. Historical time lines and maps for each region and country. Tracing your European ancestors can be a challenging voyage. This book will start you on the right path to identifying your roots and following your ancestors' winding journey through history.
Break through brick walls in your genealogical research Learn how to use innovative methods to unearth hard-to-find ancestors. Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques shows you, step by step, how to uncover elusive details by taking advantage of specialized tools and software programs and using proven best practices for breaking through the brick walls that have hindered your progress. You’ll get professional advice on formulating a research strategy, understanding the details you discover, keeping careful track of your data, analyzing the evidence, and developing hypotheses. Real-world case studies demonstrate how you can apply the systematic procedures presented in this practical guide to your own research--and achieve success! Examine the brick wall in detail to find potential weak spots that can be exploited into a breakthrough Use brute force techniques that leave no stone unturned Obtain exact copies of original records rather than derivative sources Research the family, associates, and neighbors (FANs) of your brick wall ancestor Consult with your family, friends, and colleagues to get a fresh perspective on your research Use crowdsourcing--genealogy societies, online forums, social media, blogs, wikis, and podcasts Apply technological solutions, including DNA testing and specialized genealogical software Get tips on hiring a professional genealogical researcher with the appropriate credentials and references Revisit your brick wall problem after honing your research skills Review your evidence, develop a research strategy, and keep a meticulous research log
Provides historical maps of Europe from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries.
Discover your roots! The answers to all your genealogy questions in one place! This convenient, timesaving collection of genealogy hacks gathers the best resources, tips, lists, and need-to-know facts from the experts at Family Tree Magazine. Inside, you'll find fast facts about a variety of family history topics, such as important dates in US history, the different kinds of DNA tests, and how to use the best genealogy websites. Inside, you'll find: Key genealogy lists and statistics: common genealogy abbreviations and acronyms, a glossary of genetic genealogy terms, genealogy pitfalls to avoid, and more Strategies for tracking your ancestors in important documents (including census records, passenger lists, and military records) and performing important genealogical tasks (such as searching Ancestry.com) A size perfect for carrying with you wherever your research may lead
"When you learn your golf swing with a machete, you never look up." - Juan AquinoRecordings of an Immigrant: Is a non-fiction narrative which inspired an interdisciplinary project, including a book compiled from transcribed audio recordings. Partially funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation and Grand Central Art Center, the work includes a multimedia ebook, video and sound pieces, works on paper, sculpture and installations. This is a survival story of one man's journey from the genocide of Guatemala to the courtrooms of the United States. Juan Aquino wasn't planning to come to the U.S., but after witnessing his father's murder and watching this mother die from cancer two years later, he was forced to provide for his family. His journey began at the young age of fourteen.The boundaries of Juan's life and what they encompass reads more like an ancient epic of morality rather than a modern day story of immigration, poverty, violence and corruption. Yet this is a contemporary narrative amidst the U.S. immigration debate that also confronts taboo issues and explores how we as people judge one another.
Get Your Research in Order! Stop struggling to manage all your genealogy facts, files, and data--make a plan of attack to maximize your progress. Organize Your Genealogy will show you how to use tried-and-true methods and the latest tech tools and genealogy software to organize your research plan, workspace, and family-history finds. In this book, you'll learn how to organize your time and resources, including how to set goals and objectives, determine workable research questions, sort paper and digital documents, keep track of physical and online correspondence, prepare for a research trip, and follow a skill-building plan. With this comprehensive guide, you'll make the most of your research time and energy and put yourself on a road to genealogy success. Organize Your Genealogy features: Secrets to developing organized habits that will maximize your research time and progress Hints for setting up the right physical and online workspaces Proven, useful systems for organizing paper and electronic documents Tips for managing genealogy projects and goals The best tools for organizing every aspect of your ancestry research Easy-to-use checklists and worksheets to apply the book's strategies Whether you're a newbie seeking best practices to get started or a seasoned researcher looking for new and better ways of getting organized, this guide will help you manage every facet of your ancestry research.
Record Your Family History! From the editors of Family Tree Magazine, this workbook makes it easy to record and organize your family history. Family Tree Memory Keeper helps you keep track of basic genealogy information and special family memories, including traditions, heirloom histories, family records, newsworthy moments, family migrations and immigrations, old recipes, important dates, and much more. This book features: Dozens of fill-in pages to record all your essential family information. Convenient paperback format for writing and photocopying pages. Space for mounting photographs. Maps to mark your family's migration routes. Tips for researching your family history. A comprehensive list of additional resources. Use Family Tree Memory Keeper to log your genealogy research. Bring it to family get-togethers to gather and share information. Create an invaluable record of your ancestry for future generations.
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