German Genealogy

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Need help finding family overseas? Let a local be your guide. This year’s Family Tree 40 list highlights the top blogs for tracing roots around the globe.
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Deutsch nicht sprechen? You're not alone. While many of us have German ancestors, few of us speak the same language as our forefathers. Check out this excerpt from Family Tree Magazine's German Genealogy Guide to help you understand the basics of the German language and learn about some common naming practices that can help in researching your Deutsch ancestors.
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To better research your German-speaking ancestors, learn these common terms auf Deutsch.
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Old German handwriting can be hard to read, let alone translate. Check out these seven resources for deciphering Fraktur, the Gothic script used in German genealogy records.
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Access the best websites, books and organizations for researching your German roots.
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Your ancestor may appear in genealogical records by his given or middle name, or a shortened form of the name. Here are some common German names and nicknames.
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Expert advice on researching nobles in your German ancestry.
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You've got questions about discovering, preserving and celebrating your family history; our experts have the answers.
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