The full text of this article is available to Plus members only.
For full access to all of our articles, please Join or Log In.
Not a Plus Member?
Out of Bounds
8/27/2010
Just because your relatives spoke German doesn't mean they came from Germany. Learn how to research the millions of Germans from Slovakia, Romania, Russia and other places beyond Deutschland's borders.


Your family says Great-grandpa Henry spoke German, but your research says he came from Russia. Or maybe a Deutscher forebear's town is frustratingly absent from any map marked Germany. What's a genealogist to do? Two words: Look east. That's because Germany was a fatherland whose “children” included enclaves scattered throughout Central and Eastern Europe in areas that never were part of any German empire.

To continue reading this article
Share |
BOOKMARK PRINT
Did you enjoy this article?
Please share it!
Recent Blog Posts »
Recent Articles »

Genealogist's Google Earth Premium Collection

With the free online program Google Earth, you can follow your forebears across the planet from the comfort of your personal computer.

Only available in April, this collection has a retail value of $123.99, but is yours this month only for $59.99!

Copyright © 2014 by F+W Media.