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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. The newest edition of The Best of Roots & Branches has just been published. He has recently written a new guide 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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The Best of Roots & Branches Fourth Edition, published May 2015. 

The Best of Roots & Branches

Articles from Pennsylvania's only syndicated family history newspaper column.

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Roots & Branches

Read Roots & Branches, the only syndicated weekly column on genealogy in Pennsylvania – featured in the Lebanon Daily News.

Search roots branches at LDNews to view an archive of the column.

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