BYU Independent Study - Online Courses

Germanic Family, Local, and Social History Research

HIST 351


$ 549.00

Instructor: Charles Fritz Juengling
Credits: 3.00

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HIST 217 (The Family Historian's Craft) or equivalent.


Records, geographical-historical background, paleography, and methodologies for reconstruction of individual families and development of family history studies in Germanic areas of Europe.

Course Content:

  1. The German Alphabet; Gothic Script and Printing
  2. Primary and Secondary Sources; The German Empire (1871 to 1918); The Family History Library Catalog
  3. Primary Sources, Part 1: Protestant (Lutheran) Parish Registers
  4. Primary Sources, Part 2: Catholic Parish Registers; The Family Register; Status Animarum; The Civil Registry
  5. Primary Sources, Part 3: Minister Lists; Anniversaries; Registers of Other Religious Groups
  6. Primary Sources, Part 4: Emigration and Immigration Records; The Hamburg Passenger Lists
  7. Primary Sources, Part 5: Census Records; Birth Certificates; Citizenship Lists; Household Registers
  8. Primary Sources, Part 6: Tax Lists; Land Registers; Wills; Inventories
  9. Primary Sources, Part 7: Guild Records; Guardianship Records; Military Records; Other Useful Records
  10. Selected Secondary Sources: German Lineage Books; Local Lineage Books; Other Useful Sources; Gazetteers
  11. Naming Practices; Boundary Changes; Tracing an Ancestor from America to Germany; The International Genealogical Index (IGI)
  12. Practice and Review

Online Courses:

Course materials are accessed online, and all assignments must be submitted online. Optional course readings may be available but do not include the self-check assignments or graded assignments.