Beyond History Blog

Filtered by category Literature Reset filter

German Library Day

24. October 2018, Heike Leiacker - Genealogy, General, Germany, Hamburg, Historical Documents, Literature

„Hamburg. Ansichten von der Freien und Hansestadt“ from 1923 and „Bauer’s Neues Kochbuch“ from 1935.

Since 24 October 1995 Library Day is celebrated in Germany. It is supposed to bring attention to the countless libraries in Germany and all they have to offer. Many libraries organize special events for this day.  For us as genealogists, books are important sources. This is why we would like to highlight this day by going on a little treasure hunt within our private company library.

German Library Day

Literature tip: “Credentials for Genealogists: Proof of the Professional” by Paul Gorry

10. October 2018, Heike Leiacker - Genealogy, General, Germany, Knowledge, Literature

Cover of “Credentials for Genealogists”.

In his new book, the long-standing professional genealogist Paul Gorry addresses credentials for professional genealogists worldwide. It is a resource for accrediting bodies, those seeking professional credentials and of course also potential clients who would like to know more on how to find a trustworthy professional genealogist.

Literature tip: “Credentials for Genealogists: Proof of the Professional” by Paul Gorry

Kurt Vonnegut and Germany

11. April 2017, Heike Leiacker - Emigration, German-American, Germany, Historical Events, Literature, Personalities, WWII

United States Army portrait of Kurt Vonnegut Jr., by United States Army [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AKurt-Vonnegut-US-Army-portrait.jpg)

On 11 April 2017, author Kurt Vonnegut died in New York. Born on 11 November 1922 as the youngest of three siblings in Indianapolis, Vonnegut was a fourth-generation German-American. Both of his parents, his father Kurt Vonnegut Sr. and his mother Edith Lieber, descended from German emigrants, that arrived in America in the 19th century.

Kurt Vonnegut and Germany

Literature tip: „Sie kam aus Mariupol“ by Natascha Wodin (German language)

26. March 2017, Heike Leiacker - Family, General, Germany, Literature, Personalities

Cover of the book „Sie kam aus Mariupol“ by Natascha Wodin, copyrights by Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

In February 2017 the German publisher Rowohlt released the new book of writer Natascha Wodin. “Sie kam aus Mariupol” not only tells the moving story of her mother but also describes her ancestry research as such vividly. The literary biography was rightly awarded with the Leipzig Book Fair Prize 2017. We hope it will be translated into English one day.

Literature tip: „Sie kam aus Mariupol“ by Natascha Wodin (German language)