March Webinar – Ute Brandenberg
Topic: Hidden Gems in German And Polish Archives and How To Find Them
Parish and civil registration records are the workhorse of German genealogy. Many researchers are unaware that there are manifold resources ranging from probate and court records to mortgage registers, tax lists, registers of settlers, and more, held by local and regional German archives. In addition, Polish archives are of great importance when researching Germans in the former Eastern Prussian provinces, for which church records sometimes have not survived. Archival materials can help you fill in blanks in your family tree but might also provide details not found in parish records, allowing you to gain a deeper understanding of your ancestors’ life experience. Many archives have been making great strides with digitizing inventories. It is now easier than ever to locate records of interest. This webinar will provide samples of records from different areas of Germany and Poland, analyze their value, and show how they were found.