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This lesson will help you understand the development of Germany during the 15th through 21st Centuries and how major historical events may have affected your ancestors’ lives. You will be introduced to the concept of using timelines as a tool for placing your ancestor within a historical context. Knowing something about the history of your research area can help you find records for your ancestors.
This lesson will help learn to verify your ancestor’s locality information by using maps and gazetteers. Once you have solid locality information you can use the Family History Library Catalog to locate records. The lesson utilizes two case studies to demonstrate the use of these tools. You will also find links to online resources included within the lesson.
In this presentation, you will learn to use Kevan Hansen’s “Map Guide to German Parish Registers” series to find the Lutheran or Catholic parish for a given town, determine whether or not the Family History Library has records for a given parish, and determine which parishes should be included in an area search.
This class discusses online village lineage books which can be found online at Genealogy.net. Village lineage books include information from the church records and sometimes other local sources putting families together from these sources.