German Genealogy Books

compiled by Joe Beine

if you click on a title (or cover) you will be taken to Amazon.com or the publisher's website where you can make a purchase -- these books were chosen for their usefulness for German genealogy research (all titles are in softcover unless otherwise noted)

This book contains English translations of thousands of German, Latin and other terms found in various German records. It also contains lists of German names, the German alphabet with script variations, days of the week and month, numbers and various symbols you might encounter in your search. Can be helpful for doing German genealogy research.

German-English Genealogical Dictionary

German-English Genealogical Dictionary

In Search of Your German Roots
A Complete Guide to Tracing Your Ancestors in the Germanic Areas of Europe
by Angus Baxter

New revised 4th edition published in 2008



Ancestors in German Archives
A Guide to Family History Sources (paperback, 2 volumes)
by Raymond S. Wright III, Nathan S. Rives, Mirjam J. Korkham, Saskia Schier Bunting

This book is a directory of 2000 archives in Germany where you can find genealogy-related records, including church, emigration, census and military records; and civil registrations of births, marriages and deaths. The name and address, and sometimes the website URL (if available) is given for each archive (if a URL is not given in the book you can try typing the name of the archives into Google to see if there is a website). You might find this book helpful when you need to look beyond the microfilmed records of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.



German American Names
by George F. Jones

An A-Z list of about 18,000 German surnames briefly discusses their meanings, while the book's introduction discusses the origin of surnames and the Americanization of German names. This new 3rd edition was published in 2006.



Dictionary of German Names
(The Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies Translation)
by Hans Bahlow, Edda Gentry (Translator)

Revised 2nd edition published in 2002

This is Hans Bahlow's German surname dictionary, Deutsches Namenlexicon, translated into English. The meanings and history of over 15,000 German surnames (with spelling variations) are given, many with general locations of where the names appeared.




Polish Roots
Korzenie Polskie
by Rosemary A. Chorzempa

A useful guide for finding Polish roots. The book also contains helpful information if you have German ancestors from former Prussian/German territories now in Poland. Included is a guide to writing letters to archives and churches in Poland.



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