Vol. MMXIVNovember 01, 2014

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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.

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Barry Becker and Jim Beidler at the grave of John T. Humphrey

Barry Becker, Jim Beidler at John Humphrey’s grave

Sunday was a perfect day in terms of weather – mid-70s, a breeze and clouds that looked painted in the sky. Add that a view of the Blue Mountain in Northampton County and you have … well, a sacred time I’ll never forget visiting the grave of John T. Humphrey, who died suddenly less than 2 years ago.

John’s cousin Barry Becker was kind enough to guide my girlfriend Terri Bridgwater and I to the grave on Plainfield Cemetery, just east of Wind Gap.

To say it was a moving experience is an understatement … and I’ll have more details later this week in “Roots & Branches.”

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