Alexander Tolksdorf will make this presentation which is designed to help those new to researching German records. It will focus specifically on how/where to locate the records and how to interpret the records. This ranges from using FamilySearch’s catalog to using German repositories like Archion.de to contacting local archives.
Additional attention will be provided to historical geopolitics of what is today Germany, handwriting styles, as well as useful Germany reference materials. Lastly, the class also covers territorial regions formerly included in the German Empire (i.e. Alsace-Lorraine and eastern Prussian provinces).
Alexander Tolksdorf is a genealogist and speaker, specializing in German, Dutch, and Eastern European research. He began his personal journey in high school, inspired by a trip to Ellis Island and through a correspondence with his great uncle in Germany, who also was an active family historian. All four of his grandparents immigrated to the United States in the 1950s following the Second World War; as such, the majority of his research experience and focus is in European sources.
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