How to Research Ancestors from German-Speaking Countries


Patricia Reaves, who is employed at Riverside/Brookfield High School will teach how to investigate your German-speaking heritage. Included in this German Genealogy presentation will be types and examples of sources, maps and geography, German scripts and guidelines for translations.

Patricia Reaves was born in Hamburg, Germany, and she came to the United States when she was eleven years old. She has always been interested in history and has been able to use that interest in her profession as a German teacher, ESL coordinator, and history teacher. She has published a German Genealogical Primer, which helps people research their German ancestry and is a compilation of her lecture notes and helpful hints on how to begin the search.

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