James M. Beidler is an award-winning writer for his Roots & Branches column featured in the Altoona Mirror. He also is a freelance genealogy lecturer and researcher specializing in Pennsylvania ancestry, newspapers, and land records. View his upcoming speaking engagements.


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This informative publication shows researchers how to explore their Germanic heritage from the comfort of their computer. This book highlights important German genealogy resources on popular websites, including Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org as well as lesser-known sites like Archion.de. Readers will 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. Additionally, readers will learn the best websites to consult to help answer 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 book has the tools you need to take your German genealogy research to the next level.