The complexity of Germany's history, and its effect on genealogical sources, can be difficult obstacles for a family historian to overcome. This webinar is designed to familiarize genealogical researchers with German record sets, focusing specifically on German civil records and parish records, with emphasis on how/where to locate the records and how to interpret the records. This ranges from using FamilySearch's catalog to using German repositories like Archion.de to contacting local archives. Additional attention will be provided to historical geopolitics of what is Germany today, handwriting styles, as well as useful German reference materials. Lastly, this session also covers territorial regions formerly included in the German Empire (i.e. Alsace-Lorraine and eastern Prussian provinces). Alexander Tolksdorf is a genealogist and speaker, specializing in German, Dutch, and Eastern European research.