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German: Chronological Considerations
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In the beginner and other intermediate level German courses that you have tackled, you have learned primarily about the things that are distinctive about researching this ethnic group as a whole—mainly, the similarities that virtually every researcher of German-language ancestors will encounter. In this course, you will start learning more about the contrasts that lead to differentiations within ethnic German research depending upon the time period and geographic place. And even though your history teachers may have said they would rather you learn concepts than specific dates, for better or worse this course places a value on both.

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Module 1
Points of German History, Part 1
Note about Web Addresses
Introduction
Germanic vs. German
Charlemagne, a National Symbol
Early Holy Roman Empire
Protestant Reformation
Thirty Years War
Later Empire and 1700s Wars

Module 2
Points of German History, Part 2
Imperial Twilight
Reichsdeputationshauptschluss and Napoleon
Congress of Vienna
German Confederation
Revolutions of 1848
Prussia’s Wars of Unification
Second Reich Period and Civil Registration
World War I and Aftermath
World War II and Aftermath
Today’s Germany

Module 3
Determining Noble Jurisdictions
Websites
Introduction

Reviewing sources for finding the village of origin
  • Home Sources
  • Passenger Lists
  • Naturalization Papers
  • Embarkation Records
  • Look at Internet Sources
  • Published Compilations
  • Unpublished Compilations
  • Obituaries and Tombstones

    Germany’s current political subdivisions and archives
  • German Names for Government Divisions

    States and administrative divisions in the Second Reich and before
    Types of resources for determining jurisdictions
    Meyers Gazetteer
    Decoding information from Meyers

    Finding church records of non-parish villages
  • Geographic Areas Covered by German Gazetteers

    Historical and present-day maps
    Recommended Reading

    Module 4
    Impact on Particular Records
    Websites
    Introduction: a moving target

    Rundown of effect on different records
  • What Information the German vital records contain
  • Civil registration
  • Church records
  • Courts
  • Tax lists and Manumissions
  • Other records

    Using the Heimatdorf Karte for a village
  • Heimatdorf Karte: Step-by-step fill in with explanations
  • Heimatdorf Karte: Some examples

    Recommended Reading

    Module 5
    Germans From Outside Germany
    Websites
    Introduction
    Switzerland
    Austria

    Places part of Second Reich
  • Poland

    Resources for formerly German areas
    Places never part of German Empire
    Profiles of Enclaves
    Using HdK with “Germans outside Germany”

    Putting It All Together
    Calendars
    French Republican Calendar
    Mapping and the Heimatdorf Karte
    Recommended Reading

    Appendix
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