The following book review was written by Bobbi King:
Mr. Beidler writes in his introductory pages:
Just five years ago, devoting an entire book to online sources for genealogists with German-speaking ancestors wouldn’t have been a particularly fulfilling exercise. Relatively few genealogical problems could be solved “beginning to end” on either German- or American-based websites.
But oh, what a difference those five years have made. Whether it’s the “big kahunas” of the online genealogy world, such as FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com, adding more German content, the digitization of church registers that play such an important role for this ethnic group, or any of the other solutions the Web has provided to the myriad genealogy questions that arise– the availability of Internet sources for German research has come of age.
Boy, he hit that nail on the head. The Internet is now a robust genealogical research tool with an abundance of credible records and scanned documents convincing the researcher that nowadays, online research is definitely worth the effort and expense.
Mr. Beidler is the Big Kahuna of German research and writing. He’s led research tours to Germany, acquiring along the way a broad base of knowledge and experience, and combined with his knack for good composition, his books are strongly written, flow smoothly from point to point, and make German research learning easier than you realize even as you’re doing it.
The book has three sections:
Part One: German Genealogy Basics covers the starting points for German research, researching German Genealogy on the Internet, and Untangling German Place Names and Surnames.
Part Two: Top German Genealogy Websites covers FamilySearch, Ancestry, Genealogy.net, MyHeritage, and Archion.
Part Three: Answers to Your Research Questions cover How Do I Identify My Ancestors’ Place of Origin?, Where Else Can I Access Church Records?, How Do I Contact People and Places In Germany?, and other topics of research interest.
Interspersed throughout the book are sidebar text boxes with helpful tidbits of instruction. Graphics illustrate the content, and maps locate Catholic Dioceses, LÄNDER with German and English names, and Germany in 1871. The book is well-produced, with crisp text, easy-to-read font, and plenty of spacing.
Mr. Beidler’s German Roots Online is the premier online German research guidebook, and with no other references out there to its equal, likely will be so for quite some time.
Trace Your German Roots Online by James M. Beidler is available from Family Tree Books at http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=3155 as well as from Amazon at https://goo.gl/rQEBzD.