I'm getting ready to do some research on my Hoy (de la Hoye), Schaurer, Petillion, and Wolff families; all emigrating to America from the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany. Getting back to looking at the old German church records has me a bit nervous. So, when I am uncertain about something, I seek out information. Check out the latest topic additions to the German Ancestral Studies Research Group forum; pinned for convenience so they always stay on top! There is:
- Assistance with Reading German Records (The first link provides the most comprehensive listing; I included the other two as they could be a good mini-introduction to birth and marriage.)
- German Genealogical Word Lists (I selected the ones that I felt provided the most comprehensive list of commonly used terms in old records. Some of the sites also have assistance with reading the records, including examples and what you can find in the records.)
- German Occupations (Ron has put together a really great list here)
- German characters on an English keyboard (Another Ron contribution to be able to create proper names in German)
This is preparation for our trip to Germany later in the year as we hope to enjoy some time learning more about our families and their environs. Now to dive into some records and find family!