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James M. Beidler

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James M. Beidler came by his German genealogy expertise honestly – it took him more than 20 years of searching to find any ancestry that wasn’t from Germany! Beidler is a columnist for German Life magazine and is considered a go-to person for German genealogy articles and lectures. He has written two books on researching the genealogy of German-speaking peoples. He also has expertise in the genealogy of the people of his native Pennsylvania, newspapers, and land records.

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Trace Your German Roots Online,

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This informative publication shows researchers how to explore their Germanic heritage from the comfort of their computer. This book highlights important German genealogy resources on popular websites, including and as well as lesser-known sites like Readers will learn how to use each site to its fullest potential for German genealogy, including how to get around language barriers and navigate the various German states that have existed throughout the centuries. Additionally, readers will learn the best websites to consult to help answer key German genealogy questions, from unpuzzling place-names to locating living relatives in the old country. An ideal companion to author James M. Beidler's Family Tree German Genealogy Guide, this book has the tools you need to take your German genealogy research to the next level.

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Roots & Branches

Read Roots & Branches, the only syndicated weekly column on genealogy in Pennsylvania – featured in the Altoona Mirror.

The Best of Roots & Branches5th Edition Now Available. The book offers practical information regarding methodology, case studies, websites, record groups, DNA, newspapers, and more. It’s organized by category—perfect for small snippets of reading time or a cover-to-cover binge.

Family Tree University

FTU is an online education program from the publishers of Family Tree Magazine, America’s No. 1 family history magazine. For more than 10 years, they have been publishing magazines and books designed to help genealogists explore their family history.

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  • Lebanon Daily News
  • Genealogical Society of PA
  • German Life Magazine
  • Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society