Were your German ancestors really German? A unified nation called Germany did not exist until 1871, so you may have to extend your search to include Dutch, Danish, and Polish records. Learn how to identify your ancestor’s “Heimat” and discover the importance of the “Ortsippenbuch”. Identify resources that will help you further your research beyond Ancestry.com. Compare German “Fraktur” to modern handwriting as a helpful tool for translating documents. A packet including a brief German history, historical maps, German genealogy terms, occupations, “Fraktur” charts, German family history websites and a bibliography will be distributed to all participants.
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