German Genealogy Reference Books
The following books may be useful to anyone researching German ancestry:
Atlantic Bridge to Germany
Books in the new Atlantic Bridge to Germany begin with a brief history of the region, as well as information on geography, books of interest, and more. Many large and small place names are listed in these volumes together with maps dating from the late 1800s. Names of counties (Kreise) and government districts (Bezirke) are given, as well as what church records are available at the Family History Library.
Deciphering Handwriting in German Documents
Analyzing German, Latin, and French in Vital Records Written in Germany, by Roger P. Minert, GRT Publications, 2001. This book contains many photos showing different styles of handwriting.
Encyclopedia of German-American Genealogical Research
Finding Your German Ancestors: A Beginner's Guide
Written by Kevan M. Hansen, Finding Your German Ancestors: A Beginner's Guide provides a valuable introduction for researchers who have not previously worked with German records, highlighting excellent sources for researchers who may have "cold feet" about researching in Germany or with German records.
Germanic Genealogy: A Guide to Worldwide Sources and Migration Patterns
German Immigration into Pennsylvania Through the Port of Philadelphia from 1700 to 1775, and the Redemptioners by Frank R. Diffenderffer.
The German Research Companion, by Shirley J. Riemer. Sacramento: Lorelei Press, 2000.
Encyclopedic coverage of a wide range of topics of interest to German researchers: historical German territories, emigraton and immigration, vocabulary, German records, German archives, and other resources.
Germany: a history, by John E. Rodes, Occidental College, New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1964.
Professor Rodes surveys German historical development from the early middle ages to the present day. The author profides a well-balanced examination of the past as a framework for his analysis of the present.
If I Can You Can Decipher Germanic Records, by Edna M. Bentz.
How to decipher old German script, with many examples.
In Search of Your German Roots: A Complete Guide to Tracing Your Ancestors in the Germanic Areas of Europe
System administrator's note: Please feel free to add more books to the above list. I suggest the list be kept in alphabetical order.