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Mining the Über-sites for German Ancestors by James M. Beidler - Digital Download

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While there’s a galaxy of Internet sites that can help you with your German genealogy, some stars shine brighter than others – and it’s not just Ancestry and FamilySearch, although those two 500-pound canaries both have huge assets for those seeking Deutsch ancestors.

This was presented to a live webinar audience on May 18, 2016. 1 hour 46 minutes, plus 1 page of handouts.

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Viewers' comments:
  • Absolutely chock full of information! Both speaker and host were wonderful!
  • As having 2/3rd German ancestry, all of these webinars on German Genealogy are great. Legacy has the best webinars.
  • Excellent suggestions for searching German genealogy. Loved the after party!
  • Excellent webinar! Thanks so much!
  • extremely lots of sites to check
  • FUN! Just the right amount of information for one webinar. Great afterparty too.
  • Gave me some great ideas/hints for my research
  • Getting over the language barrier was the biggest hurdle. Feel more comfortable doing German Research now.
  • Glad to have heard James Beidler - his insights and explanations on Uber sites for searching German Ancestors which will help me in my search. Thank you!
  • Great information! Doing the 4 sites in depth was just the right amount of information, and I appreciate the step by step demo's! Thank you! Looking forward to a possible in-depth webinar on Meyer's Gazetteer.
  • Great resources. It was really helpful that you clicked on the links and WENT there, as opposed to some webinars when the lecturer simply lectures. Thank you once again.
  • Great webinar on German research websites.
  • Great Webinar!! Can't wait to start researching these sites.
  • He was a very good speaker & knew his stuff.
  • I Can Do This!! Thank you for so much pertinent information.
  • I had not looked at the German online resources for a couple year, so it was great to hear what was current.
  • I hope that my I can get across the ocean now. Thanks for the tools.
  • I'm anxious to look at some of the German records now that I know how to translate them.
  • James Biedler is tops for German genealogy - and his presentation is clear, helpful, specific, and I love his humour and attitude! Makes it more fun for us all. And the after-party is always a top part of any webinar, these days! :) Thank you so much for these webinars - education with humour and skills.
  • James is always good. Love the German Webinars. Thank you so much for all you do for us out here.
  • Jim is so knowledgeable--he takes a very complex and daunting subject and makes it easier to understand.
  • Jim was excellent, not too technical, not too fast, well organized. and very interesting.
  • Learn more every time I see his webinars a great webinar. Off to search, thanks so much! :)
  • Learned SO much about my German heritage! Thank you, James!
  • Lots of new information, I can hardly wait to try out these websites. I didn't realize that Ancestry has so many digitized German records available!
  • loved the German wordlist that was found on FamilySearch wiki and shared after the talk, thank you!
  • My first webinar with Legacy, enjoyed it and learned from it. Thanks!
  • Now I have hope of finding family without having to hire someone who lives in Germany! Thank you.
  • So many good ideas, presented in a good voice, easy to understand and makes me want to go for it right now!
  • Thank you for another well run webinar. I learned a good deal about the various websites and I appreciate the extra suggestions from the participants.
  • Thanks for all the wonderful information, especially Archion,.de and that records for Thuringia might be coming available.
  • The presenter is extremely knowledgeable about the subject. He presents it logically and clearly. Graphics are relevant to the presentation. He gives good troubleshooting advice.
  • The sites he suggested for deeper German resources are " right on " !
  • this one was especially interesting to me & gave me many good ideas for extending my research. Had fun at the after party too!
  • Today's webinar showed me a couple of new stepping stones that will help me find my own past. Thank you Geoff and James for today's session. It was my first webinar of what I know will be many more to come as I break down the walls of my family's history and discover where I came from.
  • Using one of Jim's tips I broke down one of my brick walls that has stumped my family for years! I will have to re-watch though, because I think I blacked out for the second half!
  • Well-presented (as always) with just enough information to start researching effectively without being overwhelmed.
  • What a fabulous webinar! A++++++

About the author:

About the author
James M. Beidler is the author of The Family Tree German Genealogy Book as well as writes Roots & Branches, an award-winning weekly newspaper column on genealogy that is the only syndicated feature on that topic in Pennsylvania. He is also a columnist for German Life magazine and is editor of Der Kurier, the quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society. He was the President of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors from 2010 to 2012, and is the former Executive Director for the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. He served as national co-chairman for the 2008 Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Philadelphia. Beidler is also frequent contributor to other periodicals ranging from scholarly journals such as The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine to popular-interest magazines such as Ancestry Magazine and Family Tree Magazine. He also wrote the chapter on genealogy for Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth, published jointly by the Penn State Press and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. As a lecturer, he was a part of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council’s acclaimed Commonwealth Speakers program from 2002 to 2009, and has been a presenter at numerous conferences. In addition to being a member of numerous genealogical, historical, and lineage societies, Beidler also sits on Pennsylvania’s State Historic Records Advisory Board as well as the selection committee for the Pennsylvania Digital Newspaper Project. He is a Senior Tax Advisor for an H&R Block franchise and previously was a copy editor for 15 years for The Patriot-News newspaper in Harrisburg, PA. Beidler was born in Reading, PA, and raised in nearby Berks County, where he currently resides and is an eighth-generation member of Bern Reformed United Church of Christ. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hofstra University in Long Island, NY, with a BA in Political Science in 1982.

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