Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Review: "Genealogy at a Glance: German Genealogy Research," by Ernest Thode

The Genealogical Publishing Company in Baltimore has published another in its series of "Genealogy at a Glance" laminated research guides - this time for German Genealogy Research, Updated Edition by Ernest Thode.

This "Genealogy at a Glance" booklet has four laminated pages on one 11" x 17" paper (folded). It is designed to give the user the basic elements of genealogy research in the allotted space. They provide an overview of the facts a researcher needs to know in order to begin and proceed successfully with research in the subject.

The description of the German Genealogy Research  booklet includes:
The wonder of German genealogy expert Ernest Thode’s Genealogy at a Glance: German Genealogy Research—one of our most popular At a Glance guides—is that it manages to provide all the information you’ll ever need on how to get started and proceed with your genealogy research in just four pages. Thode’s guide, originally published in 2011, has now been updated to contain the most current URLs for online genealogy sites, as well as some additional tips and suggested resources for German genealogy researchers.
It is said that more Americans are of German origin than any other nationality, yet Germany wasn’t created as a sovereign state until 1871. Germanic origins are therefore quite diffuse, covering most of the German-speaking regions of central Europe, including Austria, Switzerland, portions of Belgium, Denmark, Poland, and parts of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Genealogical research into German origins is thus understandably complex, but Genealogy at a Glance: German Genealogy Research. Updated Edition can help set you on the right path. With information on German emigration to America, surnames and given names, places of origin, church records, civil registration, and censuses, as well as citations to the best books and online sources, you’ll have all the key elements of a research strategy right at your fingertips.
The booklet has these sections:
  • Contents
  • Quick Facts
  • German Emigration
  • Emigration Waves
  • Passenger Lists
  • Unlocking German Family History
  • German Places
  • Surnames
  • Given Names
  • Dates
  • German Record Sources
  • Vital Records
  • German Center for Genealogy
  • Berlin Document Center
  • Village Heritage Books and History
  • Military Archives
  • Censuses
  • References
  • Other Online Resources
This booklet is designed primarily for the person who has little experience and understanding of German Genealogy Research and provides an overview of the basics of finding German genealogy resources.

For someone like me that teaches and talks about genealogy a bit, it is invaluable because I can pull it out and provide some guidance to my student or colleague interested in the subject.

The beauty of these "Genealogy at a Glance" booklets is that they are very light and portable in a briefcase or laptop case. They are fixtures in my research case.

This four-page laminated booklet costs $9.95,  plus postage and handling. You can order it through the Genealogical Store, or use the link for the German Genealogy Research booklet and click on the "Add to Cart" link.  I recommend buying these at seminars and conferences where they are offered in order to avoid the shipping costs.


Disclosure: Genealogical.com contacted me recently and asked me to provide a review of this booklet. They mailed me a review copy for my personal use as remuneration for this review.

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