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Genealogical Guides and Handbooks: Austrian and German

Brandt, Bruce, compiled with the assistance of Edward Reimer Brandt.
Where to look for hard-to-find German-speaking ancestors in Eastern Europe: index to 16,372 surnames. Minneapolis, MN (1327th Ave. SE, Minneapolis 55414-3101): B. Brandt, 1992. v, 96 p.
LC call number: CS2549.E852B7 1992
LC control number: 92248822

Index of German surnames found in five major works of German genealogy that focus on German families in Eastern Europe.


Brandt, Edward R., et al.
Germanic genealogy: a guide to worldwide sources and migration patterns. With a chapter on Jewish genealogy by George E. Arnstein. St. Paul, MN: Germanic Genealogy Society,1995. x, 370 p., maps.
LC call number: CS614.G47 1995 LH&G
LC control number: 95076669

Includes information concerning German settlements outside present-day Germany, especially territories further east.


Senekovic, Dagmar.
Handy guide to Austrian genealogical records. Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, 1979. v, 97 p., maps.
LC call number: CS504.S46 LH&G
LC control number: 80112621

Detailed listing of repositories for vital records in Austria, with dates of coverage noted. Includes Catholic and Lutheran parish records and records of Jewish communities.


Thode, Ernest.
Address book for Germanic genealogy. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Pub., 1997. 196 p., ill., maps.
LC call number: CS611.T48 1997 LH&G
LC control number: 96079326

Lists addresses for relevant areas outside the borders of modern-day Germany. Describes archives, genealogical societies and publishers, German-language newspapers, and museums, both in Europe and in North America.


Thode, Ernest.
German-English genealogical dictionary. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub., 1992. xxxv, 286 p., ill., map.
LC call number: CS6.T48 1992 LH&G
LC control number: 92070580

Phrase book helpful also for areas and time periods in which German was merely the administrative language.


Wegweiser für Forschungen nach Vorfahren aus den ostdeutschen und sudetendeutschen Gebieten. English. Genealogical guide to German ancestors from East Germany and eastern Europe. Edited by Arbeitsgemeinschaft ostdeutscher Familienforscher e.V. Translated by Joachim O.R. Nuthack and Adalbert Goertz. Neustadt/Aisch, Germany (West): Degener, 1984. 158 p., maps.
LC call number: CS684.W4413 1984 LH&G
LC control number: 84188380

Recent events have overtaken the practical advice offered in this guide. Many printed sources remain reliable research tools. Lists available primary sources for German communities of eastern Europe. Traces boundary changes in detail. A new German-language edition of this work appeared in 1995.

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