Trace Your German Roots Online E-book

Discover your German ancestors with this step-by-step guide to finding and using genealogy resources on the Internet. This e-book will help you utilize the Web's best sources for German records, language, and history.
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Explore your Germanic heritage from the comfort of your own computer. Trace Your German Roots Online highlights important German resources on popular genealogy websites including and, as well as lesser-known resources such as With this guide's helpful illustrated step-by-step instructions, you'll learn how to use each site to its fullest potential for German genealogy, including how to get around language barriers and navigate the various German states that have existed throughout the centuries. In addition, this e-book contains links to the best websites to consult when answering key German genealogy questions, from unpuzzling place names to locating living relatives in the old country.

An ideal companion to author James M. Beidler's Family Tree German Genealogy Guide, this e-book has the tools you need to take your German genealogy research to the next level. Whether your ancestors came from Bavaria, Baden, Berlin, or Bremen, this comprehensive guide will help you find your German ancestors on the Internet.

Who Should Get This E-book

You'll love Trace Your German Roots Online if:

  • You want to learn as much as possible about your German-speaking ancestors without traveling to the old country for research
  • You want to make the most of German genealogy websites
  • You need resources to help you break down brick walls in your German research

What's Inside

Trace Your German Roots Online features:

  • Tips to find and use German databases, records, and research tools on,, and other popular genealogy websites
  • Guidance for helpful German-focused research websites, including translation help for foreign-language sites
  • Recommended websites for accomplishing key German research tasks
  • Worksheets to log research progress and at-a-glance guides to help you identify important terms and resources

Excerpt: Sample Tips

Here are some tips you'll find in Trace Your German Roots Online:
1. Remember that Germany is not America. Stateside researchers can forget that some of their assumptions about records in the United States don't apply to the Old World. Because of its decentralized history and frequently changing borders, Germany has left behind fewer "national" records. Instead, be prepared to primarily look for records at the state (Land) and local levels.
2. Know which resources are free. The Web has opened up incredible possibilities for researchers, but remember that not all online resources are free. Some sites require you to have a paid subscription, while others require you to pay per record. Before you invest in a subscription, make sure you can't get the same material for free from another resource.
3. Double-check translation sources. While the advent of automated translation services on the Internet has been exciting for genealogists digging through foreign-language records, take the time to fact-check translations you find. Even if provided by a German records repository, translations online may not be completely accurate and can lead to incorrect information in your family tree. Check your translations with multiple sources to minimize these kinds of errors.
4. Put yourself out there. The Internet is nothing if not collaborative. Take advantage of this fact by reaching out to other researchers via social media and joining German genealogy groups on Facebook. You just might find that other researchers have faced (and conquered) research brick walls similar to your own.

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.

Contents of Trace Your German Roots Online

  • Part 1: German Genealogy Basics
  • Chapter 1: Beginning Your German Research
  • Chapter 2: Researching German Genealogy on the Internet
  • Chapter 3: Untangling German Place Names and Surnames
  • Part 2: Top German Genealogy Websites
  • Chapter 4: The Largest Free Genealogy Website
  • Chapter 5: The Ultimate Über-site
  • Chapter 6: Two Websites in One
  • Chapter 7: MyHeritage: A Forest of Family Trees
  • Chapter 8: Archion: Protestant Church Records Galore
  • Part 3: Answers to Your Research Questions
  • Chapter 9: How Do I Identify My Ancestors' Place of Origin?
  • Chapter 10: Where Else Can I Access Church Records?
  • Chapter 11: How Do I Contact People and Places in Germany?
  • Chapter 12: What Organizations and Archives Can Help My Research?
  • Chapter 13: How Can Social Media Sites Help?
  • Chapter 14: What Else Should I Add to My Toolbox?
  • Appendixes
  • Appendix A: Maps
  • Appendix B: Website Index
  • Index
Additional Info
Additional Info
SKU S7763
Author/Speaker/Editor James M. Beidler
File Type PDF
Product Type E-book
ISBN 13 9781440345234
Number Of Pages 208
Skill Level Beginner, Intermediate
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