Family Tree Maker: Family Archives German Genealogy Research Guide

Family Tree Maker: Family Archives German Genealogy Research Guide

Family Tree Maker Archives German Genealogy Research Guide PC CD-ROM genealogy! 



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Family Tree Maker Archives German Genealogy Research Guide PC CD-ROM

This Family Archive will help you research your German roots. Effectively, a "how-to" guide to German family history research, it includes the searchable text of four popular research aids originally published by the Genealogical Publishing Company. These instructional volumes would cost US$90 when purchased separately as books, but you can purchase them all together on this Family Archive for a fraction of that price. The text of all four books is completely digitized and quickly searchable by keyword. What you'll find: Translations of German words, symbols, and abbreviations associated with genealogy Spellings, meanings, and variants of approximately 15,000 German-American names Guidance on conducting research from the USA into ancestors in all German-speaking areas of Europe; Addresses of German archives, libraries, societies, religious organizations, and other institutions Europe and in the USA. Genealogists working on German-speaking countries can't go wrong with these four excellent research guides! German-English Genealogical Dictionary by Ernest Thode, German-American Names by George F. Jones, In Search of Your German Roots: A Complete Guide to Tracing Your Ancestors in the Germanic Areas of Europe by Angus Baxter, and Address Book for Germanic Genealogy by Ernest Thode.

The CD contains text from the books rather than the actual pages; users can search for any word (Family Tree Maker 4.0 or higher users can search for up to four words at once, while Family Tree Maker 3.4 and earlier users can search for two words at once), or go to a specific section (book), chapter, or page. Text can be copied and pasted into another document such as a word processor.

The German-English Genealogical Dictionary was designed for researchers who find themselves at a loss when confronted with German documents. More than just a German-English dictionary, this volume focuses on words specific to genealogical documents. A list of abbreviations is also included. For example: Personalangaben - personnel data; Personalausweis identity card.

German-American Names contains approximately 15,000 entries of names, meanings, and variations. Information is also given to explain the significance and origin of given names, origin of surnames and Christian names.

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