Presentation „Leaving a Paper Trail“ by Andrea Bentschneider now available online
From 15 to 17 June 2019, Andrea Bentschneider was at the International German Genealogy Conference (IGGC) 2019 in Sacramento as a speaker. After making the audio recording of the first presentation available online some time ago, it is now also possible to hear the second presentation in full length on our website, too. This time, the topic is "Leaving a Paper Trail: German Sources Besides Church Documents and Civil Records".
When you think about genealogy in Germany, the first sources that come to mind are church books and civil registry records. If you can find the persons you are looking for there, you are able to gather the most important data comparatively easy and fast. Maybe the documents also contain interesting details like addresses, professions, illegitimate births or divorces. However, if the research is stuck or if you are looking for even more detail, it is often necessary to use other, maybe not so well known sources. But what sources are there in Germany and where can you find the documents? This lecture will give you some tips for a start.
Of course, there are also recommendations on how to start your research in a German archive and what you should be aware of. For example there are periods of protection that you need to keep in mind and there will be tips on how to verify the information you find.
If you like to learn more, you can listen to the lecture here.
- Link to the lecture "Leaving a Paper Trail: German Sources Besides Church Documents and Civil Records" by Andrea Bentschneider, given in Sacramento on 16 June 2019
- Further information on the International German Genealogy Conference (IGGC)
- Our blog post "Top 10: Sources for genealogy"
- Our blog post on the periods of protection applying to archive material