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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.


Course Content

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• Unpublished Compilations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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