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Zigzagging through German Church Records - Digital Download

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You will learn about the methodology of using the baptismal, confirmation, marriage and burial records from German church registers most effectively. By utilizing the different bits of information found in each, researchers can zigzag their way to adding centuries to a pedigree.

This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on February 11, 2015. 1 hour 29 minutes, plus 2 pages of handouts.

Viewers' comments:
  • A nice basic introduction to what German church records look like with regional & temporal variations. I liked the social/historical commentary. Easy to listen to, would like to hear more from James.
  • Excellant as always. Love having one in the evening.
  • Excellent--Jim gave me lots of leads to follow for my German ancestors! Thank you!
  • Good descriptions of types and time periods for records. Samples of records seemed to represent the various quality of records to be found.
  • Good overview of getting into German church records.
  • Great summary of what we might find in various types of German records
  • It really gave me some good clues as to where and how to search for my German ancestors.
  • Jim is the best teacher when it comes to German records. This was a good refresher before ordering more microfilm from the FHL as I dread getting cross-eyed trying to decipher the handwriting. He has given me new enthusiasm for diving into the church records again.
  • Legacy has the BEST genealogical webinars ever.
  • Really learned a lot and got a great push to research my German roots!
  • Very informative. Especially enjoyed the explanation of the formats within the records. Jim knows his material and kept me interested.

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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