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RESOURCES FOR GERMAN GENEALOGY
To guide you in acquiring the skills and information you need for German family research success, there is excellent help available. The information provided will answer many of your questions. All of these references can be of particular help to those who are new to German research or who just need new clues!

WEB-SOURCES

Cleveland Public Library
Cleveland Necrology File
Excellent resource for viewing Cleveland , Ohio obituary records.

Obituary Search Engine
Use the two convenient search windows to keyword search through thousands of donated, unclassifed obits from various times and states.

Baden-Württemberg Resources
Dedicated history site of former Kingdom
The focus of these pages is to help all people with genealogical interests to find more information about Baden-Württemberg, the former regions in this area and the people living there. Many of the things here has been created with the help and the information found on the Baden-Württemberg Mailing List on Rootsweb.

Baden-Württemberg
Official Site State of Germany
On these pages you will soon be able to see the regional state government's latest offering on the Internet, enabling you to learn more about the state of Baden-Württemberg and all that it has to offer.

GenLookups.com

Obituary Central
Surname Search Utility
Ortsfamilienbücher
List of books and a list of libraries where they may be found. Mostly in Germany but some can be found in the Harvard library.
Baden-Wuerttemberg Mailing List
Helpful LINKS for Baden-Wuerttemberg family researchers to: The Baden-Wuerttemberg Surname Index, The mailing list archives, History & maps of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Samples of emigration documents, The Baden-Wuerttemberg GENWeb Page, The Baden-Wuerttemberg Mailing List FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).
Baden-Wuerttemberg GENWeb Page
Excellent resource for B-W genealogy, maintained by Mike Pantel

Which "Baden" Is Which?
(Explanation of the difference between state of
Baden and town of Baden-Baden)

Genealogienetz
Helpful historical information on Baden-Wuerttemberg.

Baden Emigration Index
Research Access/Background for those
researching ancestors who emigrated specifically from the state of Baden.

soc.genealogy.german
Frequently Asked Questions List (FAQ) for answers to a wide variety of questions on German ancestors, history and
research

On the Trail of Germanic Ancestors
RootsWeb's Guide

Tracing Your Immigrant Ancestors
RootsWeb's Guide

Finding Where Your Ancestors Came From in Germany
Linda Herrick's
LDS Family History Library Ancestor Search
Look up your ancestors' names (free) in the immense collection of extracted data gathered by the LDS Library.

Cyndi's List for Germany
Cyndi Howell's amazing database of genealogy links.

Hessen Web Site
Excellent practical information of great value to all seekers of German ancestors, featuring the state of Hessen by Don Watson.
Immigration, Ships' Passenger Lists & Naturalization Research Guide
Excellent step-by-step advice by Arnie Lang.
Regional Research in German-Speaking Countries Links to German Research
Resources for German Genealogy
Basic Research Outline for German Genealogy
German Telephone Book Babel Fish Translator
If you want a rough transcription, you can try cutting and pasting the text into this web translator. It's not the most accurate but it can give you the gist of the message. I've used it quite a bit myself. by Pam
Community of Birkenfeld in Enzkreis, Germany
Graefenhausen is part of this community, according to
 
PRINT-SOURCES
A Genealogical Handbook of German Research
by Larry Jensen
There is a book with three chapters on learning to read old German script...There a method for learning the script
rather than having to compare everything to a list of sample alphabets. You will be doing some of that of course but regardless of how many alphabets you collect there will always be some unreadable words. Ever try reading
your doctor's prescription? You do not have to know the language to transcribe it but since you do have some knowledge it will be helpful. (Click on G in the alphabet at the top of the page and then scroll down to Germany.
You can download a PDF file and print out the parts you wish.)
Deciphering Handwriting in German Documents
by Roger P. Minert
If you are willing to spend the money there is a book that came out last year that is excellent. This one gives a review of development of German with examples. It also takes you through the various letters, those that you
should have no trouble with and those that are grouped together with similar structure. Example: lower case s, h and f are the only letters that extend as far above the line as they do below. When you know this it narrows your
choices down considerably. The Jensen book does give you all the basics such as this. The Minert book
takes you much father and steps your through the records. There is a genealogical word list for German, Latin and French words often found in church records. It is a mid-price book ($25.95) and well worth it if you are serious about working with German church records.
A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your Germanic Ancestors: How to Find and Record Your Unique Heritage (Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your Ancestors)
by Chris Anderson, et al (Paperback)
Finding Your German Ancestors: A Beginner's Guide
by Kevan M. Hansen (Paperback)
If I Can You Can Decipher Germanic Records
by Edna M. Bentz (Spiral-bound)
You can buy it direct from Edna's family for $21, inc S&H. Some people on the German lists have used that and found it helpful. I wasn't sure how much more helpful it would have been than the G-E Genealogical Dictionary with the FHL helps.
German Church Books: Beyond the Basics
by Kenneth L. Smith (Paperback)
Dictionary of German Names
by Hans Bahlow, et al (Paperback)
There are names listed in Thode's Dictionary.
In Search of Your German Roots A Complete Guide to Tracing Your Ancestors
by Angus Baxter
German-American Names 2nd Edition
by George F. Jones
Kleine Geschichte Baden-Württembergs
by Manfred Waßner
"I thought that members of the list that read German may be interested in a book on the history of Baden-Württemberg that came out last year in honor of the 50th anniversary of thefounding of the modern state of Baden-Württemberg. It was published by Konrad Theiss Verlag GmbH, Stuttgart, in 2002. I happened to come upon it last year when I visited Germany to find the birthplace of my great-grandfather, Gottlieb Wallenmaier, in Maubach, near Backnang. It has a number of historical maps in it," stated Tom Wallenmaier
Cassell German-English Dictionary Langenscheidt German-English Dictionary
   
ADDITIONAL-SOURCES

Helpful Online Resources for German Genealogy
sent via e-mail 27 Apr 2003 by Carla Heller.

To guide you in acquiring the skills and information you need for German family research success, there is excellent help available (absolutely FREE) at the following Web sites. The information provided will answer many of your questions, and can often be the source of answers that may not appear on the Baden-Wuerttemberg Mailing List. (If you like, you can print out any of the information and keep it for your reference).
All of these sites can be of particular help to those who are new to German research (or who just need new clues!):

soc.genealogy.german Frequently Asked Questions List (FAQ)
[Answers a wide variety of questions on German ancestors, history and
research]
http://www2.genealogy.net/gene/faqs/sgg.html

RootsWeb's Guide "On the Trail of Germanic Ancestors"
http://www.rootsweb.com/~rwguide/lesson26.htm

RootsWeb's Guide "Tracing Your Immigrant Ancestors"
http://www.rootsweb.com/~rwguide/lesson15.htm

Linda Herrick's "Finding Where Your Ancestors Came From in Germany"
http://origins.safeshopper.com/132/cat132.htm?978

LDS Family History Library Ancestor Search
[look up your ancestors' names (free) in the immense collection of
extracted data gathered by the LDS Library]
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/frameset_search.asp

GenHelp - Genealogy Help at Your Fingertips
[Many thanks to Ted Snediker for bringing the above site to our
attention!] :-)
Free interactive articles, research tips and genealogy tutorials.
Dedicated to freely helping all
genealogists, from novice to advanced, improve their research skills.
http://www.genhelp.org/

A Genealogical Handbook of German Research by Larry Jensen
[An entire book online, free, covering vital aspects of German research]

First go to:
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/RG/frameset_rhelps.asp

(When at that page, click with your mouse on the letter "G" shown in the
alphabetic guide at the top of the page. When the "G" listings appear,
scroll down to the individual link called "Germany: Genealogical
Handbook of German Research." (Don't click on the part of this marked,
[Description], but rather on the link above that with the name of the
guide.) It will take you to a chapter-by-chapter set of links to the
complete text of Jensen's book. If you have Adobe Acrobat on
your computer, you can also download the PDF format printable version of
the book by clicking on the link at the same place under the title name
marked [PDF].
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Cyndi Howell's amazing database of genealogy links, Cyndi's List (for
Germany):
http://www.CyndisList.com/germany.htm

Don Watson's Hessen Web Site [featuring the state of Hessen]
(Excellent practical information of great value to all seekers of German
ancestors)
http://home.mmcable.com/bornagain/hessen/index.htm

Arnie Lang's Immigration, Ships' Passenger Lists & Naturalization
Research
Guide [excellent step-by-step advice]
http://home.att.net/~arnielang/shipgide.html

Regional Research in German-Speaking Countries
http://www.genealogienetz.de/reg/regio.htm

Links to German Research on the Internet
http://www.tc.umn.edu/~pmg/german.html#germany

Resources for German Genealogy on the Internet
http://home.att.net/~wee-monster/

Basic Research Outline for German Genealogy
http://home.att.net/~wee-monster/outline.html

The Baden-Wuerttemberg Mailing List "Home Page" on the Web at:
http://www.pantel-web.de/bw_mirror/bw.htm
contains helpful LINKS for Baden-Wuerttemberg family researchers to:

I. The Baden-Wuerttemberg Surname Index
II. The mailing list archives
III. History & maps of Baden-Wuerttemberg
IV. Samples of emigration documents
V. The Baden-Wuerttemberg GENWeb Page
VI. The Baden-Wuerttemberg Mailing List FAQ (Frequently Asked
Questions).

Baden-Wuerttemberg GENWeb Page (Excellent resource for B-W genealogy,
maintained by Mike Pantel)
http://www.rootsweb.com/~deubadnw/

Which "Baden" Is Which? (Explanation of the difference between state of
Baden and town of Baden-Baden)
http://home.earthlink.net/~mscarlah/

Baden-Wuerttemberg Page at Genealogienetz (Helpful historical
information)
http://www.genealogienetz.de/gene/reg/BAD-WUE/hist.html#Gesch-B

Research Access/Background for the Baden Emigration Index (for those
researching ancestors who emigrated specifically from the state of
Baden)
http://www.geocities.com/wingedpig.geo/

 
Thanks to Celia Mitschelen & Pam & Fred H Held (BADEN-WURTTEMBERG-L@rootsweb.com) for literature reviews. Bill & Carla Heller & Celia Mitschelen (BADEN-WURTTEMBERG-L@rootsweb.com) for website links.

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