Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     Ernest Thode, well-known specialist in German genealogical research, recently completed the second edition of his work, HISTORIC GERMAN NEWSPAPERS ONLINE. Nearly 100 pages longer than his 2014 edition, the new enlarged version provides data about more than 2,000 German-language newspapers.

     The book’s coverage is literally worldwide. By far, the largest number of German-language newspapers is, naturally, published in Germany, followed by Austria, then present-day Poland. Surprisingly, German-language papers are also published in more than twenty-five other countries, including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, France, Georgia (the country), Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Norway, Paraguay, Russia, Samoa, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Tanzania, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United States.

     Thode’s publication helps researchers discover all German-language newspapers that are currently digitized and are available online. (In his introduction, the author points out that many American German-language newspapers are still available at libraries only in hard copies or microfilm, as are some European papers.) He furnishes the title and location of the periodicals and narrow downs the dates of the issues accessible online. All of the newspapers listed in the volume are at least fifty years old and many are older. Although a few are obtained only on subscription services, most can be found on free sites maintained by libraries, universities, museums, and other institutions.

     In general, the author lists only daily or weekly periodicals. However, he arbitrarily includes a few one-time, seasonal, or yearly publications if they are genealogically significant (for example, wartime casualty rosters). As he stated in the introduction, one of the most useful types of newspaper for genealogical research is the official government gazette, which published items such as applications to emigrate.

     As one can imagine, these combined newspapers refer to millions of individuals and can, therefore, be a gold mine of family information. As a result, HISTORIC GERMAN NEWSPAPERS ONLINE is a valuable guide to useful resources utilized by both genealogists and historians.

     The 329-page softbound publication has an informative introduction and arranges all information in chart form. To the book’s price of $35.00, buyers should add the cost for postage and handling charges. For U. S. postal mail, the cost is $5.50 for one book and $2.50 for each additional copy; for UPS, the cost is $7.50 for one copy and $2.50 for each additional book. The volume (item order #5760) may be purchased by check, MasterCard, or Visa from Genealogical Publishing Co., 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Suite 260, Baltimore, Maryland 21211 (for phone orders, call toll free 1-800-296-6687; fax 1-410-752-8492; website ).

Here are some birth announcements under the section, “Late Arrivals,” found on page 8 of THE TEXAS PHARMACEUTICAL ASSOCIATION BULLETIN, Volume 46, Number 1 (December 1925), published in Forney, Texas. (Surnames are capitalized for emphasis and some punctuation may be added for clarity.)

     Granville Darbin, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. TOOGOOD, August 3, 1925.

     Nicholas Calvin, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. N. C. BAUMANN, September 7, 1925.

     Betty Jean, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey L. HAYS, November 14, 1925.


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