Introductory books to read

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What introductory or general books should I read?

Here is a list of some useful books. Most of these works have bibliographies that will lead you to other useful references.

  • Family History Library research outline, Germany, inexpensive and excellent 52-page guide, also the LDS site
  • Brandt et al., Germanic Genealogy: A Guide to Worldwide Sources and Migration Patterns, 2nd ed., an excellent 517-page guide
  • Riemer, The German Research Companion, also excellent
  • Baxter, In Search of Your German Roots, generally available, 3rd edition
  • Ribbe and Henning, Taschenbuch für Familiengeschichtsforschung, 12th edition 2001, a standard German reference work
  • Burghardt, Familienforschung
  • Friedrichs, How to Find My German Ancestors and Relatives
  • Jensen, A Genealogical Handbook of German Research, vols. I-II, also available on the LDS website
  • Palen, Genealogical Research Guide to Germany
  • Glenzdorfs Internationales Genealogen Lexikon, vols. I-III
  • Schweitzer, German Genealogical Research
  • Thode, Address Book for German Genealogy
  • Thode, German-English Genealogical Dictionary
  • Dearden & Dearden, The German Researcher: How to Get the Most out of an LDS Family History Center
  • Bentz, If I Can You Can Decipher Germanic Records, guide to reading handwriting and script
  • Smith, German Church Books: Beyond the Basics
  • Barth, Auf den Spuren des europäischen Amerika-Auswanderers
  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft Ostdeutscher Familienforscher, Wegweiser, 4. Aufl., for East Germany and former German lands in Eastern Europe. Also in English translation.
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