German Genealogist's Guide to E-book

Take advantage of what the Internet's largest genealogy website can offer German genealogists. This e-book has step-by-step guides to key record databases on and tips for navigating the Card Catalog and user family trees.
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You'll love this eBook if:

  • You want to drill down and use the Web's best German genealogy websites to find your ancestors
  • You're overwhelmed by the vast and ever-changing
  • You want to know how German genealogists can take advantage of the number-one genealogy website

Ask most genealogists what the most useful genealogy website is, and they're almost certain to say The Internet's largest genealogy website keeps expanding, offering its subscribers new features (such as AncestryDNA and AncestryAcademy) and millions of new genealogy records each year. German genealogists, especially, can benefit from many of's resources, and this e-book outlines them all. Whether you're just starting your first search or you've been looking for German ancestors on the site for years, this guide will walk you through which databases are the most valuable and how to have research success on

What's Inside

The German Genealogist's Guide to eBook features:

  • Information about the most important German resources on, including those that are free and those that are only available to paying subscribers
  • Step-by-step guides to crucial databases: Meyer's Gazetteer and the Hamburg Embarkation Lists
  • Tips and strategies for using's many features (such as the Card Catalog and other users' family trees) in German genealogy research

Excerpt: Sample Tips

Here are some tips you'll find in the German Genealogist's Guide to eBook:

  • Manually browse's records even if they've been indexed. Indices can contain spelling or transcription errors that might exclude records from keyword search results. Consider manually paging through collections from relevant times and places to avoid missing your ancestors due to these mistakes.
  • Check for free records first. While has many unique resources, some of its collections are available for free on other sites that may not charge subscription fees. Before you commit to a paid subscription (or to the more expensive World Explorer or All Access subscription tiers), learn what these plans offer and where you might be able to find those records elsewhere.

The German Genealogist's Guide to eBook comes in PDF format and can be printed out or viewed on your tablet, laptop, or desktop computer for easy reference while working with your family memories.

About The Author: James M. Beidler

James M. Beidler came by his German genealogy expertise honestly: It took him more than twenty years of searching to find any ancestry that wasn't from Germany. Beidler is the author of The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide (Family Tree Books, 2014), a columnist for German Life magazine, and a go-to expert for German Genealogy articles and educational articles.

Jim writes the award-winning weekly newspaper column “Roots & Branches”—the only syndicated genealogy feature in Pennsylvania—and edits Der Kurier, the quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society. Jim is a frequent contributor to periodicals ranging from The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine to Family Tree Magazine. His speaking credits include all the nation's largest genealogical conferences, as well as the Pennsylvania Humanities Council's acclaimed Commonwealth Speakers program (2002–2009). Jim also teaches online courses and webinars for Family Tree University.

Note: This eBook contains portions of the larger book Trace Your German Roots Online, which also discusses how to use Web resources to find your German ancestors. Learn more about the full book.

Additional Info
Additional Info
SKU R2363
Author/Speaker/Editor James M. Beidler
File Type PDF
Product Type E-book
Skill Level Beginner, Intermediate
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