Tracing Immigrants Origin Societies
Genealogical and historical societies can help you find an ancestor's place of origin. They are usually helpful if a request takes into account the staff's (usually volunteers) limited services, budget, and time. Through a society, you can find living relatives, others researching the same family, and records or indexes revealing your ancestor's place of origin.
Some societies, such as the Institut für pfälzische Geschichte und Volkskundemaintain files of emigrants from the area the society is interested in. Important directories of societies include—
Johnson, Keith A., and Malcolm R. Sainty, eds. Genealogical Research Directory...and Guide to Genealogical Societies.
Thode, Ernest. Address Book for Germanic Genealogy. 4th ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1991. (FHL book 943 D27t.)