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Planning a Research Trip to Germany II

DearREADERS,
In "Planning a Research Trip to Germany Part I" I promised researcher Patc121@aol.com some more advice on preparing for her ancestral quest to Germany this fall, so here goes:

TOP FIVE things to do to prepare! 

  1. Print out and work through these research outlines created by the experts at the LDS Family History Library.  I've marked the most important with a star, though I'll admit it was hard to narrow the search.  

    Most notably, the outlines will advise you to determine the exact town of origin from the documents you'll find in the US concerning your ancestors.  
    This includes, but it not limited to: census, tax, land, military, pension, vital records, newspaper obits & social commentaries and probate records.

    For a complete list of Research Outlines available online, see my article "Best of the Internet for Genealogists: Research Outlines from the FHL" located at: http://www.dearmyrtle.com/00/ldsoutlines.htm 

    German Empire Map 1871-1918
    http://www.familysearch.org/sg/MGermanEmpire.html  

    German Genealogical Word List
    http://www.familysearch.org/sg/WLGerman.html  

    German Letter-Writing Guide
    http://www.familysearch.org/sg/LGGerman.html  

    Germany Research Outline
    http://www.familysearch.org/sg/Germany.html  

    Hamburg Passenger Lists, The (1850-1934)
    http://www.familysearch.org/sg/Hamburg_Pass_List.html 

    Tracing Immigrant Origins Research Outline
    http://www.familysearch.org/sg/Tracing_Immigrant_Origins.html  

    United States Research Outline
    http://www.familysearch.org/sg/Usout.html  

  2. Work through the Ancestral File, and the IGI to avoid duplication of research effort.  Its possible that someone else  has worked your ancestral lines, and submitted them to the Family History Library.
    You'll find these research outlines helpful for understanding the scope of these collections, whether online, on CD or in microfiche format (IGI only.)

    Ancestral File™ 
    http://www.familysearch.org/Search/searchaf.asp

    "Over 35 million names organized into families and pedigrees"

    Using Ancestral File™
    http://www.familysearch.org/sg/Usingaf.html   

    International Genealogical Index®
    http://www.familysearch.org/Search/searchigi.asp  

    "Over 600 million names extracted from vital records from throughout the world."

    Using the International Genealogical Index® (on compact disc)
    http://www.familysearch.org/sg/Igicd.html  

  3. Consult the FHLCatalog to view records, for two reasons:
    SURNAME SEARCH - Maybe someone has printed their compiled genealogy, and it includes a common ancestor.  If the book is well-documented (with sources cited) this may expedite your research.

    PLACE SEARCH  - As mentioned in part one of this series of articles, I read all sorts of microfilm of German church records right here in sunny Florida during the two-three years before my research trip.  This allowed me to spend my short three weeks in Germany focusing on those towns and churches where the records are not yet on microfilm.

    Family History Library Catalog™
    http://www.familysearch.org/Search/searchcatalog.asp

    "Over 2 million rolls of microfilm and hundreds of thousands of books and maps described and cataloged."

    Here's a copy of the category listings for Germany.  The catalog provides the following note: "German place names in this catalog are listed as they are spelled in the following gazetteer: Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-Lexikon des Deutschen Reichs / E. Uetrecht. 1912-1913. Call number 943 Microfilm numbers 496640-496641. E5mo "  If this lengthy list is just the "categories" then imagine how many tens of thousands of resources you'll find for Germanic studies!

    Germany - Almanacs
    Germany - Archives and libraries
    Germany - Archives and libraries - Bibliography
    Germany - Archives and libraries - Dictionaries
    Germany - Archives and libraries - Directories
    Germany - Archives and libraries - Handbooks, manuals, etc.
    Germany - Archives and libraries - History
    Germany - Archives and libraries - Indexes
    Germany - Archives and libraries - Inventories, registers, catalogs
    Germany - Archives and libraries - Periodicals
    Germany - Bibliography
    Germany - Bibliography - Periodicals
    Germany - Biography
    Germany - Biography - Bibliography
    Germany - Biography - Indexes
    Germany - Biography - Portraits
    Germany - Business records and commerce
    Germany - Business records and commerce - Directories
    Germany - Business records and commerce - History
    Germany - Business records and commerce - Periodicals
    Germany - Cemeteries 
    Germany - Cemeteries - Maps 
    Germany - Census 
    Germany - Census - Indexes 
    Germany - Centennial celebrations, etc. 
    Germany - Chronology 
    Germany - Chronology - Handbooks, manuals, etc. 
    Germany - Church directories 
    Germany - Church history 
    Germany - Church history - Archives and libraries 
    Germany - Church history - Bibliography 
    Germany - Church history - Inventories, registers, catalogs 
    Germany - Church history - Maps 
    Germany - Church history - Periodicals 
    Germany - Church history - Societies 
    Germany - Church history - Sources 
    Germany - Church history - Yearbooks 
    Germany - Church records 
    Germany - Church records - Bibliography 
    Germany - Church records - Dictionaries 
    Germany - Church records - Directories 
    Germany - Church records - Handbooks, manuals, etc. 
    Germany - Church records - History 
    Germany - Church records - Indexes 
    Germany - Church records - Inventories, registers, catalogs 
    Germany - Church records - Sources 
    Germany - Civil registration 
    Germany - Civil registration - Handbooks, manuals, etc. 
    Germany - Civil registration - History 
    Germany - Civil registration - Indexes 
    Germany - Civil registration - Inventories, registers, catalogs 
    Germany - Civil registration - Sources 
    Germany - Colonization 
    Germany - Concentration camps 
    Germany - Court records 
    Germany - Court records - Indexes 
    Germany - Description and travel 
    Germany - Description and travel - Guide-books 
    Germany - Directories 
    Germany - Dwellings 
    Germany - Dwellings - Bibliography 
    Germany - Emigration and immigration 
    Germany - Emigration and immigration - Bibliography 
    Germany - Emigration and immigration - Handbooks, manuals, etc. 
    Germany - Emigration and immigration - History - 18th century 
    Germany - Emigration and immigration - History - 19th century 
    Germany - Emigration and immigration - Indexes 
    Germany - Emigration and immigration - Inventories, registers, catalogs 
    Germany - Emigration and immigration - Law and legislation 
    Germany - Emigration and immigration - Maps 
    Germany - Emigration and immigration - Periodicals 
    Germany - Emigration and immigration - Sources 
    Germany - Encyclopedias and dictionaries 
    Germany - Ethnology 
    Germany - Ethnology - Bibliography 
    Germany - Ethnology - Periodicals 
    Germany - Folklore 
    Germany - Folklore - Dictionaries 
    Germany - Folklore - Periodicals 
    Germany - Gazetteers 
    Germany - Gazetteers - Bibliography 
    Germany - Genealogy 
    Germany - Genealogy - Almanacs 
    Germany - Genealogy - Bibliography 
    Germany - Genealogy - Bibliography - Periodicals 
    Germany - Genealogy - Collected works 
    Germany - Genealogy - Collected works - Indexes 
    Germany - Genealogy - Dictionaries 
    Germany - Genealogy - Directories 
    Germany - Genealogy - Handbooks, manuals, etc. 
    Germany - Genealogy - History 
    Germany - Genealogy - History - Collected works 
    Germany - Genealogy - Indexes 
    Germany - Genealogy - Indexes - Periodicals 
    Germany - Genealogy - Inventories, registers, catalogs 
    Germany - Genealogy - Names, Personal - Collected works 
    Germany - Genealogy - Periodicals 
    Germany - Genealogy - Periodicals - Bibliography 
    Germany - Genealogy - Periodicals - Indexes 
    Germany - Genealogy - Societies 
    Germany - Genealogy - Societies - Directories 
    Germany - Genealogy - Societies - Periodicals 
    Germany - Genealogy - Sources 
    Germany - Genealogy - Yearbooks 
    Germany - Handwriting 
    Germany - Handwriting - Handbooks, manuals, etc. 
    Germany - Heraldry 
    Germany - Heraldry - Bibliography 
    Germany - Heraldry - Collected works 
    Germany - Heraldry - Dictionaries 
    Germany - Heraldry - Directories 
    Germany - Heraldry - Encyclopedias and dictionaries 
    Germany - Heraldry - Handbooks, manuals, etc. 
    Germany - Heraldry - Indexes 
    Germany - Heraldry - Inventories, registers, catalogs 
    Germany - Heraldry - Periodicals 
    Germany - Heraldry - Periodicals - Indexes 
    Germany - Heraldry - Societies 
    Germany - Heraldry - Societies - Periodicals 
    Germany - Historical geography 
    Germany - Historical geography - Bibliography 
    Germany - Historical geography - Dictionaries 
    Germany - Historical geography - Maps 
    Germany - History 
    Germany - History - Almanacs 
    Germany - History - Bibliography 
    Germany - History - Dictionaries 
    Germany - History - Encyclopedias and dictionaries 
    Germany - History - Handbooks, manuals, etc. 
    Germany - History - Indexes 
    Germany - History - Maps 
    Germany - History - Newspapers 
    Germany - History - Newspapers - Indexes 
    Germany - History - Periodicals 
    Germany - History - Societies 
    Germany - History - Societies - Directories 
    Germany - History - Sources 
    Germany - History - Sources - 843-1273 
    Germany - History - Sources - Inventories, registers, catalogs 
    Germany - History - Yearbooks 
    Germany - Maps 
    Germany - Maps - Bibliography 
    Germany - Maps - Collected works 
    Germany - Jewish history 
    Germany - Jewish history - Bibliography 
    Germany - Jewish history - Sources 
    Germany - Jewish records 
    Germany - Jewish records - Indexes 
    Germany - Jewish records - Inventories, registers, catalogs 
    Germany - Land and property 
    Germany - Land and property - History 
    Germany - Land and property - Periodicals 
    Germany - Language and languages 
    Germany - Language and languages - Dictionaries 
    Germany - Language and languages - Handbooks, manuals, etc. 
    Germany - Language and languages - History 
    Germany - Language and languages - Periodicals 
    Germany - Law and legislation 
    Germany - Law and legislation - History 
    Germany - Manors 
    Germany - Maps - Indexes 
    Germany - Medical records 
    Germany - Migration, Internal 
    Germany - Military history 
    Germany - Military history - Bibliography 
    Germany - Military records 
    Germany - Military records - Indexes 
    Germany - Military records - Periodicals 
    Germany - Military records - Sources 
    Germany - Military records - World War, 1914-1918 
    Germany - Minorities 
    Germany - Minorities - Biography 
    Germany - Minorities - Business records and commerce 
    Germany - Minorities - Directories 
    Germany - Minorities - Emigration and immigration 
    Germany - Minorities - Genealogy 
    Germany - Minorities - Genealogy - Sources 
    Germany - Minorities - History 
    Germany - Minorities - History - Sources 
    Germany - Minorities - Law and legislation 
    Germany - Minorities - Occupations 
    Germany - Minorities - Periodicals 
    Germany - Minorities - Periodicals - Indexes 
    Germany - Minorities - Population 
    Germany - Minorities - Religion and religious life 
    Germany - Minorities - Societies - Bibliography 
    Germany - Minorities - Statistics 
    Germany - Names, Geographical 
    Germany - Names, Geographical - Dictionaries 
    Germany - Names, Geographical - Periodicals 
    Germany - Names, Personal 
    Germany - Names, Personal - Dictionaries 
    Germany - Names, Personal - Encyclopedias and dictionaries 
    Germany - Names, Personal - Indexes 
    Germany - Names, Personal - Periodicals 
    Germany - Native races 
    Germany - Naturalization and citizenship 
    Germany - Newspapers 
    Germany - Newspapers - Bibliography 
    Germany - Nobility 
    Germany - Nobility - Collected works 
    Germany - Nobility - Dictionaries 
    Germany - Nobility - Encyclopedias and dictionaries 
    Germany - Nobility - Genealogy 
    Germany - Nobility - Genealogy - Collected works 
    Germany - Nobility - Genealogy - Indexes 
    Germany - Nobility - Genealogy - Periodicals 
    Germany - Nobility - Genealogy - Sources 
    Germany - Nobility - Heraldry 
    Germany - Nobility - History 
    Germany - Nobility - Indexes 
    Germany - Nobility - Periodicals 
    Germany - Nobility - Portraits 
    Germany - Nobility - Societies - Yearbooks 
    Germany - Nobility - Yearbooks 
    Germany - Obituaries 
    Germany - Obituaries - Indexes 
    Germany - Obituaries - Indexes - Periodicals 
    Germany - Nobility - Bibliography 
    Germany - Nobility - Biography 
    Germany - Occupations 
    Germany - Occupations - Dictionaries 
    Germany - Occupations - Indexes 
    Germany - Officials and employees 
    Germany - Officials and employees - Genealogy - Sources 
    Germany - Pensions 
    Germany - Periodicals 
    Germany - Periodicals - Bibliography 
    Germany - Politics and government 
    Germany - Politics and government - Bibliography 
    Germany - Population 
    Germany - Population - History 
    Germany - Postal and shipping guides 
    Germany - Public records 
    Germany - Public records - Handbooks, manuals, etc. 
    Germany - Public records - Inventories, registers, catalogs 
    Germany - Religion and religious life 
    Germany - Religion and religious life - Bibliography 
    Germany - Religion and religious life - Periodicals - Inventories, registers, catalogs 
    Germany - Schools 
    Germany - Schools - Bibliography 
    Germany - Schools - Directories 
    Germany - Schools - Heraldry 
    Germany - Slavery and bondage 
    Germany - Slavery and bondage - History 
    Germany - Social life and customs 
    Germany - Social life and customs - Periodicals 
    Germany - Societies 
    Germany - Societies - Handbooks, manuals, etc. 
    Germany - Societies - History 
    Germany - Societies - Periodicals - Indexes 
    Germany - Societies - Yearbooks 
    Germany - Taxation 

    To understand more about using the catalog of the Family History Library, and how local FHCenters figure in, you'll enjoy reading:

    Family History Library Catalog™ (on compact disc)
    http://www.familysearch.org/sg/FSFHLC.html  

    Family History Library Catalog™ (on microfiche)
    http://www.familysearch.org/sg/fhlc_on_microfiche.html  

    Family History Library™ and Family History Centers™
    http://www.familysearch.org/sg/FHL_and_FHC.html   

    Family History Centers™
    http://www.familysearch.org/Search/searchfhc2.asp  

    Locate the nearest Family History Center where you can access microfilm described in the Family History Library Catalog™..."

  4. Study the county histories where your ancestors settled.  They'll often report on the settlement and migration patterns which give clues as to places of origin.  To locate these consult:

    FHLCatalog http://www.familysearch.org/Search/searchcatalog.asp  Click "Place Search" and go from there.

    PERSI - Periodical Source Index (Available in book format at many public libraries as well as on CD and online through Ancestry.com
    www.ancestry.com  

    P. William Filby's Bibliography of American County Histories, available through Genealogical Publishing Company. www.genealogybookshop.com 

    I also recommend consulting My. Filby's project created in collaboration with Ira A. Glazier Germans to America. Its a multi-volume set indexing passenger arrivals from 1850 forward. 
  5. Study the siblings of your ancestors for clues about the homeland.  I've seen where the older sister of my US born ancestor reported on the trip crossing the plains, coming over from the boat, and how things were in the family's hometown in England.  You may find the sibling of your direct line ancestor is the one who inherited the family bible, or took a trip back "home." Sometimes you won't find the town of origin listed in the obituary for your ancestor, but someone may have provided it in the death certificate or newspaper report on your ancestor's brother or sister.

For Further Reading:

DearMYRTLE.  Planning a Research Trip to Germany Part I.

DearMYRTLE. Planning a Research Trip to Germany Part III.

DearMYRTLE. Planning a Research Trip to Germany Part IV.

Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Daily Genealogy Columnist
America Online Keyword: roots or myrtle
www.dearmyrtle.com
  

 

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