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Roots & Branches is an award-winning, weekly newspaper column begun in 1998 that currently is published in the Lebanon Daily News and Altoona Mirror. It’s the only syndicated column on genealogy in Pennsylvania!

Search "roots branches" at LDNews to view an archive of the column.


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The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide

Beidler’s new book The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Germanic Ancestry in Europe is hot off the press from Family Tree Books. The book gives researchers the tools to research their German-speaking ancestors "back to the boat" and then beyond into the Old Country. This in-depth genealogy guide will walk you step by step through the exciting journey of researching your German heritage, whether your ancestors came from lands now in modern-day Germany or other German-speaking areas of Europe, including Austria, Switzerland, and enclaves across Eastern Europe.

Posted April 23, 2014 by  |  No Comments

Genealogy “quick sheets” – laminated 11 x 17 folded reference sheets that are great to carry when researching – have proliferated in the publishing world the last few years.

Genealogical Publishing Company has a series called “Genealogy at a glance” and Millenia has brought out “Legacy Quick Guides.” In the German genealogy world, the Sacramento German Genealogy Group upped the ante with an accordion-like folded laminated piece called “Searching for Our German Ancestors.”

Legacy Quick Guide editor Thomas MacEntee brought me aboard to do a German sheet for his series and it’s about ready for digital and print publication. Writing it was an exciting experience … especially trying to trim 10 pounds of good information to fit in a 5 pound bag! :-)

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