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German: Compiled Sources***NEW***
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German genealogical research should include a careful and detailed review of “compiled sources.” Compiled sources are simply defined as the findings of previous researchers. Today they exist as personal websites, online family trees, genealogical articles in periodicals, book-length family histories, genealogical compendia, and even as manuscript collections. What is surprising to most researchers is that these types of records exist for German families. What is perhaps even more unexpected is that there are millions of Germans and their families named in such records. Moreover, many are reasonably well-indexed, and not all that difficult to access, even for researchers who don’t read German well.

In this course we will explore various compiled sources including Collections and Databases, Family Histories and Bibliographies, Lineage Books, Periodicals, Biographical and Local Sources.

COURSE CONTENT

Module 1
Collections & Databases
Note about Web Addresses
Websites
Introduction
Nature of Compiled Sources
Collections & Databases
Finding Resources

FamilySearch Catalog & Books
  • FamilySearch Catalog
  • Searching the Catalog
  • Terminology
  • Catalog Partners
  • Ordering Microforms through FamilySearch

    Family History Books
  • Family History Books Search & Advanced Search
  • Family History Books Advanced Search

    WorldCat

    Online Family Trees
  • GedBas
  • Geneanet
  • MyHeritage

    Pedigree Collections (Ahnenstammkarti)
  • Ancestral List (Ahnenlistenumaluf)

    Manuscript & Card Files
    Locating Other Researchers
    Exercise

    Module 2
    Family Histories & Bibliographies
    Websites
    Introduction
    Book Family Histories
    German Family Archive (Deutsches Familienarchiv)

    Bibliographies & Indexes
  • General Genealogical Bibliographies
  • Local History Bibliographies

    Exercise

    Module 3
    Lineage Books
    Websites

    Lineage Books
  • German Lineage Books (Deutsches Geschlechterbuch)
  • Nobility Lineage Books

    Exercise

    Module 4
    Periodicals
    Websites

    Periodicals
  • Nature of German Periodicals
  • Nature of North American German Periodicals

    Periodical Source Index (PERSI)
    Indexes to German Periodicals

    Module 5
    Biographical Sources
    Websites
    Introduction
    Book Biographies
    Collective Biographies
    Identifying Biographical Sources
    German Biographical Archive
    Funeral Sermon Collections (Leichenpredigten)
    Exercise

    Module 6
    Local Sources
    Websites
    Introduction

    Village Lineage Books (Ortssippenbuch/Ortsfamilienbuch)
  • Online Ortsfamilienbücher
  • Coverage of Village Lineage Books

    Local Histories (Ortschronik)
  • Accessing Histories

    House Chronicles (Hausbücher)
    Exercise
    Conclusion

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