Book Review: In Search of Your German Roots

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

In Search of Your German Roots

by Angus Baxter.
This Fifth Edition was updated and revised by Marian Hoffman.
Genealogical Publishing Co. 2015. 125 pages.

Angus Baxter wrote the first through the fourth editions of In Search of Your German Roots. His daughter Susan Baxter updated the fourth edition (2008), and Marian Hoffman updated this fifth edition. Mr. Baxter died in 2005, and his name remains as author.

This is not a large book, but it’s dense with information about Germans, Germany, and German records research. Chapters and sections are:

  • The Germans and Germany
  • The Records of FamilySearch
  • Jewish Records
  • Church Records
  • Immigration
  • Vital and Other Records
  • Archives in Germany
  • Genealogical Associations in Germany
  • German Genealogical Associations in North America
  • Online Resources
  • Continuation
  • Bibliography and Index

I would say this would be a perfect book for beginning German researchers. There are brief descriptions of the history of the Germans and Germany, their migrations, and their cultures from about the eighth century on. There are extensive lists of German websites and books for reference.

The nice thing about German Roots is that there is not so much minutiae to overwhelm the researcher, but there is enough robust material to provide solid grounding for beginning German research.

In Search of Your German Roots is available from the publisher, Genealogical Publishing Co., at as well as from Amazon at:

One Comment

my family moved from poland to germany. spent some yrs. there and then sailed to america from there. would their records be incl in this book?


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