Volume 12 No. 1 of the German Genealogical Digest contains the following articles and departments:
Cities Along the Rhine and their Records - Strasbourg. The records of the cities and villages along the Rhine reveal sources documenting the journey of many emigrants to America. This article features a brief history of Strasbourg, including an 1825 letter describing the cathedral, its schools, and people. Major genealogical sources including emigration, church, civil, and published sources are included.
Napoleon's conscripts from Hannover Who Stayed in Russia in 1812. Horst Reschke's translation of an earlier German article "Niedersachsen, die 1812 in Russland blieben," deals with the subject of Hannover soldiers in French service who did not return from Russia. This list chronicles the story of survivors, who either had sworn allegience to the Russian crown and joined "German-Russian" settlements or were known to have joined the Russian army.
Once There Was a Town. When Roger Minert traveled to Germany in search of the town of Silberhof, Bavaria, he found its residents had been evacuated and the town erased in order to establish a military training reserve. This article discusses the phenomenon of disappearing villages -- towns that have been removed from the maps and destroyed without a trace.
In Surnames, Sources, and Places we focus on emigrant lists from Ober-Floersheim, Hessen; Doerlinbach, Baden; Tolna County, Hungary; and Switzerland; family and village histories, genealogical sources for Germans in Galicia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia; new sources for research in Mecklenburg, Austria, and Brandenburg.
Books Reviews:The German American Family Album and German Professions of the 18th and 19th Centuries.
Ask the Experts. Roger P. Minert, Ph.D., A.G., answers questions submitted by our readers. This new Digest column gives our readers the opportunity to consult with professional genealogical researchers and German language specialists. Topics in this issue include: The Wiseman family from Hannover and sources for emigration from Hannover; Sources for research in Austria; and the regional church archive in Oldenburg.
Volume 12 No. 2 of the German Genealogical Digest contains the following articles and departments.:
Leipzig, Saxony - Genealogical Collections & Historical and Cultural Insights. The Melderegister and other police records for the Leipzig area provide valuable genealogical information on residents and foreigners. Laraine Ferguson describes these records and how to use them. Historical insights and cultural snapshots of Leipzig are also provided, as well as an 1894 map, a list of churches, suburbs, schools, and additional published sources and indexes.
The German Lineage Book - a Rich Genealogical Source. The Deutsches Geschlechterbuch series contains a myriad of German lineages from all parts of Germany. Checking this wonderful secondary source should be "standard procedure" for the German family researcher. Horst Reschke describes this source and its new general index, and he includes a helpful list of its 202 volumes grouped by region.
Society Fosters Preservation of Castles, Fortresses. The Deutsche Burgenvereinigung e.V. fosters research into the history of castles and palaces and the dissemination of the results of such research. Horst Reschke describes this organization and its services.
Marriage Records from Pomerania - 1877. Extracts from the marriage records of the significant trade and craft center of Stettin are continued in this issue.
In Surnames, Sources & Places we focus on new local histories and pedigrees of German families in various areas, emigrants from Hessen, Mecklenburg student and citizen lists, and Schlesien marriage extracts.
Microfilm Update helps keep you informed of new German filming acquisitions of the world's largest genealogical library - the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. New sources for Bavaria and Hessen are featured.
Ask the Experts... Roger P. Minert, Ph.D., A.G., answers questions submitted by our readers. This new German Genealogical Digest column gives our readers the opportunity to consult with professional genealogical researchers and German language specialists. Topics in this issue include: Locating the place of origin in Germany for a Schleswig-Holstein immigrant, Surname etymology sources, Silesien research sources for the Geihlich and Mettner families in Silesia, and the surname Hanno in the Dithmarschen area of Schleswig-Holstein.
Volume 12 No. 3:
Research Problems in Northern Germany. Possibly in no other German area are naming practices more perplexing than in Northwest Germany. Dr. Walter Schaub discusses family names, farm names and the patronymic naming system in Oldenburg, Hannover, East Friesland (Ost-Friesland) and surrounding areas. Numerous examples from actual research cases help clarify perplexing research problems in this area.
Emigrants to America from Schleswig-Holstein. Part 1 of this series features the names of emigrants from the district of Steinburg with places of residence.
Cultural Snapshots of Germany. Berlin is described by an American visiting the city in 1826. Marriage record extracts of St. Simeon Lutheran parish in Berlin are also listed for the year 1790.
Hessen in Print, Part 1. Laraine Ferguson provides a subject-locality index to valuable published sources for Hessen extracted from German genealogical periodicals. Resident lists for over 100 places in Hessen are included.
In Surnames, Sources & Places we focus on sources for German research in Hungary, Russia, Serbia, and Sweden. New emigration lists for Baden, Wuerttemberg, and Hessen are included as well as a new index to Hannover military church books and pedigree lists from Pomerania, Posen, and the Sudetenland.
Book Reviews include a History of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania and Coat of Arms for the Name Falck.
Ask the Experts... Roger P. Minert, Ph.D., A.G. answers questions submitted by our readers. This new Digest column gives our readers the opportunity to consult with professional genealogical researchers and German language specialists.