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Friday, January 29, 2010

Searching for German ancestors pre 1800

Linda's Question:
May I ask, how best to search for an ancestor from Germany or Prussia before 1800's.

Olive Tree Answer: Dear Linda: The best place to start learning about German genealogy is at

There are many how-tos, valuable maps, gazetteers, explanations of the political boundaries at different historical periods.

A warning, though. One which holds true for doing research in any country other than the one you are in: Get everything you can in your own country first. You will need precise dates and locations. Do not expect to be able to find country-wide vital record indices, do not expect helpful resources akin to the SSDI, and do not expect records (or websites) to be in English.

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