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A Handbook for Your Visit to the Homeland of Your Ancestors

by Roger P. Minert, A.G., Ph.D., and Shirley J. Riemer. Lorelei Press, Sacramento, 2001; 254 pages; illustrated; indexed; ISBN: 0-9656761-5-3; $18.00 ($15.50 plus $2.50 s/h), plus $1.20 CA tax

Researching in Germany is the only book ever published for the express purpose of preparing German-ancestor hunters to travel abroad in search of their German roots.

Overview of the book

Researching in Germany is made to order for family historians who have long dreamed of visiting the villages of their German ancestors, but have not felt knowledgeable about how to proceed.

This goldmine of information serves as an essential aid for

1) German family historians who do not speak German,

2) travelers who feel insecure about getting around in a country whose ways are strange to them,

3) German family history researchers with little or no experience in making use of research repositories in German-speaking areas.

In addition, included in this book are the many suggestions for taking advantage of the many sight-seeing and recreational activities available to the traveler in Germany.

Researching in Germany places emphasis on

1) step-by-step preparation needed before the traveler leaves home,

2) descriptions of what to expect and how to deal with the details of everyday living abroad,

3) packing for the trip and

4) measures to take to ensure the greatest possible success in conducting family research at archives, parish offices, and libraries.

Although the title names "Germany" as the research site, the book includes research and travel information pertaining to other German-speaking areas of Europe, including Austria, Switzerland, and Alsace-Lorraine. Information is included as well for archival research in the Czech Republic, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Poland, and Slovenia.

Five helpful appendices

Five appendices provide aids for solving practical problems of research and for overcoming problems for travelers who do not speak German:

"English-German Vocabulary"

"German-English Vocabulary"

"Vital Records Vocabulary"

"Reading German Handwritten Church Records"

"Letters to Germany in Preparation for the Trip"

The book is fully indexed.

About the authors

Roger P. Minert, A.G., Ph.D., author of 15 books on German research, is nationally recognized for his expertise in German family history research. He is called upon frequently to share his intimate knowledge of German archives, as well as his understanding of research procedures based on well over 1,000 hours of professional research experience in European archives. He lived in Germany and Austria for several years and returns to Europe annually to conduct research in those countries as well as in the Czech Republic, Slovenia, and Switzerland.

Shirley J. Riemer, author of The German Research Companion, has traveled annually to Germany for more than 30 years. By traveling alone on most of her trips, by taking lodging almost esclusively in guesthouses and private homes, by exploring areas which other tourists ignore, and by keeping detailed log-records of almost every move, she has gained the travel insights that she shares in this book. She is the author of The German Research Companion