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 Here is one of the finest lists of genealogically helpful books you have ever read and videos you have ever seen.  We are featuring the detailed books and videos of Dr. George K. Schweitzer.   We have thirteen of his speeches, delivered before a live audience, captured on video so you can watch the video to get inspired and focused and then read the book for the details and addresses you will need before you really launch any further into your active genealogical research. 

 
Dr. Schweitzer's formats produce the books that will help you find your ancestors.  He has assembled for you a list of the must-be-checked book titles, which are in many large libraries, and he gives location data for specialized sources.   Publications which are data-specific to the areas under research may not be as readily available, but they do need to be checked before you can say you have looked behind every tree and searched beneath each boulder.  And, if your ancestors are anything like mine, those sources are the ones you may need to check, but have not previously even known existed.  You can not search for a book you don't even know exists!
 
This man, who has more degrees behind his name than a thermometer, really tells you how it is and where it is, too.  He reminds you of all the sources that are just waiting out there for you to discover them and use them to find out more about your ancestors than you ever even hoped to!  The books are a study in how to get the job done and build a family tree based on facts and not fancy.  His books are filled with how and where to find little snippets of information that turn your ancestors into real, once-alive people to whom things happened and who made things happen in their world.   Once you know where to look, it is up to you to write the letter and then wait and anticipate your answer!  Think of all the goodies you could get!
 
RESEARCHING MILITARY SOURCES
 
He has written three books on the early major wars of our country because military conflict changes men, women, children, their lives, the countryside, the boundaries of their world, and the times in which they lived.  Military conflicts left lots of records we can find today thanks to the kind-hearted archivists in this country who keep track of these records, sorting, filing and indexing all the multitude of records that are kept in times of war. 
 
Never before in this country have there been so many records available to genealogists, so many indexes for you to check.  But they don't do you a bit of good if you don't know they exist! 
 
His videos are done in costume and presented with a sense of humor that will make you glad you watched them. After you have seen them, you will be ready to launch yourself into all the records he has told you about.  Ready to find your ancestors and record their part in this nation's history and eventually back into the history of another nation-one maybe still unknown to you.
 
A trip through one of his books opens your eyes to the possibilities that are out there -- if you only knew where to find them.   It would also be nice to know how to find them.  You WILL know when he's through sharing with you what he has learned through decades of dedicated digging! 
 
After all, as a practicing chemistry professor for many years, he knows what things can be synthesized to make a different thing, and he is quite adept at figuring out what a life is made of, and how to identify those parts and pieces.  His use of a microscope has prepared him to examine a man's life one event at a time for clues to where he came from and where he will go next.  His love of history has made a reader of him, and he seldom forgets what he has noted as important. Here he puts all these skills together to make a genealogist's fondest dream come true-a guidebook that points out what roads to follow, what clues to look for, what sources to use and how to blend it all together into the real story of our ancestor's life with his family as he lived it.
 
Let's discuss his three military books first all of which have been recently updated:
 
REVOLUTIONARY WAR RESEARCH SOURCES
BOOK AND VIDEO AVAILABLE
 
BOOK 1:  REVOLUTIONARY WAR GENEALOGY by George K. Schweitzer, privately published, 1997, 110 pages, wrappers, $9.  This book contains 407 sources for tracing your ancestor into, through, out of and after the Revolutionary War.  There are seven chapters which detail the history of the war, what you can find in the National Archives and in State Archives and in the AMHI.  Don't know what that last one is?  Now you know why you need this book!
 
Following that are lists of national publications, books in print and in manuscripts that will lead you to even more information. 
 
There are lists of information published by state sources   Included throughout this book.  Also included, where they are pertinent to the subject, are the titles of D.A.R. and S.A.R. publications.
 
After that come the local sources which may contribute more knowledge of your ancestor, where he was born, enlisted, died and where he was buried, plus what primary record sources may contain this information. 
 
The next chapter contains all kinds of histories from individual to state and group which will help you identify your fellow or gal and learn more about his or her place in the family, the county, the state, and the country or countries, as the case may be! 
 
I, personally, like the last of his seven chapters best, for in this chapter he lists historic sites of interest, state by state, so you can be sure to stop at the ones that are on your way from where you are to where you have to go.  Remember that you may never pass that way again.  It would be a shame to miss a special site that would make a battlefield come alive for you, or a site that would make history come right off the page and into the hearts and minds of your children.
 
Near the back of the book he lists a collection of books [with explanations of their particular value to such a collection] which could be considered for a personal library on this war which would undoubtedly bring you much pleasure in the reading and a real feeling of closeness to the ancestor who actually experienced it.
 
Be sure to check Dr. Schweitzer's videotape of the speech, also.  Watching this video will enhance your use of this $9 book.  He has a gift for teaching that includes humor, so you enjoy the experience.  In each video, he portrays a resident of that place or a participant of that war in authentic costume and occasionally with accent to match.
 
[REVOLUTIONARY WAR GENEALOGY VIDEO TAPE #1]   REVOLUTIONARY WAR VIDEO TAPE.  By Dr. George K. Schweitzer, in full-color costume, taped at a seminar.  A VCR format, which plays easily on your TV at home, and takes only one hour of your time, will delight you as his gentle humor and intelligence lead you through the maze of information presented on these tapes.  The REVOLUTIONARY WAR GENEALOGY videotape is priced at $25.  All books and all videos are available through us, so call 1-800-419-0200 to order.
 
WAR OF 1812 RESEARCH SOURCES


BOOK 2: WAR OF 1812 GENEALOGY by Dr. George K. Schweitzer.  Privately published, 2004, 75 pages, wrappers, with maps. $9.  The organization of this book is similar to the other two.  The addition of the several maps and the section on the geography of the war are very helpful.  A visual idea of the scope of the geography that this conflict covered is important.  The number of men involved helps us to understand the real likelihood of one of our ancestors leaving records for his service in this war.  It is greater than one would have thought. 
 
A little bit of background helps us to better understand the importance of this conflict to the United States.  This war left records concerning the 280,000 military men who made up this far-flung force.  There were actually three separate battle fronts and three separate "opponents" in this war and it shaped the new United States in a way many historians do not realize.  It also shaped the records that were left for us to find.  His video explains this graphically. In high school my teachers didn't know much of this, and neither did my college professors!  They assumed that it was not an important war. But we, as genealogists, need to know how very important this war really was to the development of this country to properly understand the nature of the records left behind for us to find.
 
Again, the author does a masterful job of selecting the books that tell you the most about the war and the men who fought it.  He gives you what you need to know about the book and in most cases where it may be found.  For this war there were benefits for the servicemen who served in this war, pensions and bounty lands.  Both of these benefits produced records which lead us to more information about our ancestor and his movements about our country. 
 
The local sources are listed next followed by the list of historical sites, memorial sights, statues, graveyards, parks, monuments, museums, libraries, etc. erected to honor the men who bravely fought and the cities which bear the battle scars that add so much to our visual memory of where and when this war took place.  This book concludes with lists of importance to the British and Canadian participants in this conflict and where to locate their records as well.
 
Your knowledge of this little-studied war -- its causes, its battles and its results -- will be enhanced by the use of this book.  It could be termed a compendium of sources for the understanding of this war and its importance to us today.  War of 1812 book is priced at $9
 
The video that can be ordered of the speech that complements this book is a real eye-opener!  And he will introduce you to some new concepts of the real purposes of this war and its effects on the United States.  Further information about this videotape is found below.
 
VIDEOTAPE 2:  WAR OF 1812 GENEALOGY VIDEOTAPE by Dr. George K. Schweitzer in costume taped at a seminar.  The VCR format plays easily on your TV at home.  Do you know what they called the hats the men wore during the War of 1812?  Do you know the cognizance of the emblem that crowns that hat?  You will, after you watch the tape!  This tape will add to your knowledge of this little-known war and your understanding of its effects on life today.  This WAR OF 1812 videotape is priced at $25.
 
CIVIL WAR GENEALOGY SOURCES
 
BOOK 3:  CIVIL WAR GENEALOGY by Dr. George K. Schweitzer.  Privately published, 2003, maps, 110 pages, wrappers.  Price $9.  This book gives you information on the Civil War similar to that found in the above books on the two prior wars.  Included is a matchless list of current information sources with proper bibliographic information for each source.  With this book you need never walk into a library again and fumble while asking for the book you want because you can't remember the title, the author, or the publisher.  Everything you need to know to locate or request a book is right here in this book. 
 
The author has designed the book with an underline in front of each resource listed, perfect for you to use for a small checkmark /source number when you have located the book in a library.
 
There are three blank pages in the back of the book where you can cite the location of these books found in distant libraries in case you would want to study them again when you come across another ancestor who served.  A simple number placed beside the library at the back and the book notation at the front would allow you to construct your own finding aid for these volumes.  This is not a book you would read once and file on a bookshelf.  This is a book that you will use time and time again in any and every situation in which you come across an ancestor who was alive and of military age 14 to 70, during this time period of the early 1860s.  The diligent search of as many of these volumes as possible will enable you to document that war record of your Civil War soldier in far less time and with more thoroughness than you had previously thought possible. 
 
It is not that we genealogists aren't willing to check these reference books out.  It is more that we don't know which ones to check and where the nearest copy is located.  Once this bibliography of books is in hand, you will know which ones should be checked, and where they are and that is half of the job! 
 
Now that so many libraries have their catalogs on line, it is easy to check for the exact book you need when you have the exact reference to it that is printed in his books.  When you have located the book, it is often a very simple step to hire someone to check it for you if time and distance prevent you from checking it out yourself!  [Unfortunately in these days of high gas prices, it is usually far cheaper to hire someone at the local level to check a specific name in the index for you and copy the pages relevant to your ancestor's unit.]  But we all agree that is not the way that is the most fun for you.  The opportunity for discovery is why we pursue this hobby!  We are all detectives, but doing genealogy avoids our getting shot!  Well, I guess that depends on what we fine out and who we tell about it!!
 
And the possibility that you would find additional material in one of these books you had not previously thought to check means you may find information you had no idea even existed.  This genealogy hobby is never finished as long as one book remains to be checked.  You have 316 books listed in this volume, 316 opportunities to find your fellow's record, and now you know exactly where to look!  You can find that ancestor and you can find him quicker and cheaper with this book and video to help. 
 
The review of the videotape for this book, which presents both sides of the conflict in a unique and entertaining way, is found here.

VIDEO TAPE 3: CIVIL WAR GENEALOGY VIDEO TAPE.  By Dr. George K. Schweitzer, in costumes, was recently taped at an actual seminar.  This VCR format is easy to play on your TV+VCR at home.  Did you know on this video tape you get a rare treat?  For the first time you will get a look at this bitter and bloody war from the point of view of both the North and the South.  You come away with mixed feelings for both sides had admirable goals.  They just saw things differently, and it took a horrible war to batter one side down.  There had to have been a better way to solve their differences!   This CIVIL WAR videotape is also priced at $25.
 
With these books to guide you through the use of military records in genealogical research, you are going to find what is there to extract from your ancestor's records.  Don't be lost in a sea of information without an oar or a boat!  Get the information you need to conduct the search before you have dabbled at researching these records on your own for years without success.  These books and videotapes will furnish you with the knowledge of what to look for and where to find it.  They will save you hours of time and many dollars.  But best of all they will give you the route to the documentation you need to prove your family was involved in the wars that settled problems and helped to create a nation out of the diverse peoples that came to her shores!
 
GERMAN GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH SOURCES
 
BOOK 4:  GERMAN GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH:  Dr. Schweitzer's BRAND NEW EDITION of his newly revised and printed book on German Genealogical Research. This book, just copyrighted in 2003, is full of hints, tips and information on the many sources which may be used to assist you in a successful search for your ancestor who immigrated to America from the part of the world now known to us as Germany.  This land underwent many name changes and jurisdictional changes over the years and these must be known as record keeping changes vary greatly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

But don't worry you have a very competent guide to the complex problems of searching overseas.  He will guide you as you make your way back in time and place searching for your ancestor.  A trip to Germany nearly every year keeps him up-to-date on the changes that are occurring over there as rapidly as they are here.
 
Dr. Schweitzer has two videos that focus on research in Germany.  The first is titled, "Tracing Ancestors Back Across the Atlantic."  This video focuses on the "who, what, when, why and how" of European "flight" to what became the United States during the 1500s to 1900s.  "Where they came and when they came are the keys to figuring out why they came and from where they came!  It is not simple, but it is certainly doable. 
 
[Editor's musings]  Worthwhile research on your ethnic background may explain a lot of your little idiosyncrasies to you.  You may find that a little bit of the old country came with you when you were born. Many times you may find yourselves identifying with your ethnic group in ways that have nothing to do with logic or training.  It's all in the genes?  The jury is still out on that question.  More research is needed.  Better get started! 
 
Maybe someday we will be able to blame all of our faults on our ancestry.  [But then we couldn't take credit for all of our virtues either, could we?]
 
VIDEO 4:  GERMAN GENEALOGY.  The second video, "German Genealogy" focuses on how best to do German family research from here because that is where most of us are.  Surprisingly, much of the research CAN be done quite well from here.  In this video, the good doctor will tell us how and in his book, he gives us the hints and tips we need to make the most of stateside information before we pay somebody  "over there," to do what may well be negative research if we haven't followed his lead to get it done right!
 
RESEARCH IN THE INDIVIDUAL STATES
 
Here is the list of the thirteen state-oriented books that are authored by Dr. George K. Schweitzer.  All are priced at $12 each.  They include Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia
 
The format of these books is similar, so we will take a close look at one of the books and you will appreciate that all the others are organized in a manner much the same. 
 
As you know if you have been following my reviews of his books, this author has a fine background in historical research.  He is a well-known speaker and is one of the busiest speakers in the business.  His speeches are done in costume and sometimes with a charming accent, also.  Fourteen of his speeches have been videotaped, and you can listen to him speak while eating your supper at home.  Now that IS painless learning!
 
INDIANA GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH
 
In the book reviewed here, titled, "INDIANA GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH," Dr. Schweitzer first examines the history of Indiana.  He gives a background of its geography and the tremendous effect this had on the growth and development of this state.  He is quick to point out the influence of Indiana's fine river system, shown by a map in Figure 3, which blankets the state and provides easy traffic movement throughout its borders.
 
Early on, the French held the Western and Northern portions of what later became Indiana, with their lucrative fur trade with the Indians.  The British were moving in from the eastern and southern directions for a similar reason and conflict was inevitable.  The tale of the conflict between the Indians, the French and the British is well reviewed in this book and will help you to better understand the evolvement of this area as a part of the United States.
 
The surveyors were at work in the various land areas using the rectangular land-surveying techniques that gave neat, mostly square, plots of land to be sold.  The Northwest Ordinance, passed in 1787 by Congress, provided a government for Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and part of Minnesota.  The territory now had a governor, three judges and a secretary.  A Government land office was set up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the land areas were quickly sold.
 
It is amazing how rapidly Indiana was settled and attained statehood.  People flooded into the new Territory and statehood rapidly followed. 
 
[In the Indiana Territorial Period, religion became a prime mover of people westward.  Details of this religious explosion in the west are available on one of the most interesting videos that Dr. George Schweitzer has taped, "The Frontier Religious Explosion and its Genealogical Effects.  This video will explain the common brotherhood of many of today's religions and how that has shaped the character of the frontiersman and his family.]
 
There was a period of time that Indiana was a part of the Northwest Territory before it became its own Indiana Territory.  Early Indiana statehood was to be expected after the territorial census of 1815 indicated over 50,000 voters were in residence and statehood (60,000 was the threshold to be reached to attain statehood) was granted in 1816.  Indiana became the 19th state.
 
In 1825 the capital of Indiana was moved from Corydon in the south-central region to Indianapolis in the central region, where it remains today.  This move reflected the settlement of Indiana upwards in moving from the southernmost part to the influx of settlers from Ohio into the central portion and then to the influence of the Great Lakes migration to the north.  Its central location makes this city an ideal capital, with roads and railroads going in every direction like spokes from the hub of a wheel.
 
The extension of the National Road all the way through the state from Richmond on the eastern boundary to Terre Haute on the western boundary [This route now covered by Interstate 70] opened the state from east to west.  The building of the Michigan Road, from Louisville, Kentucky, to Chicago, Illinois, [now Interstate 65] opened up the state from north to south.  Economic impact on Indiana was almost instantaneous and dynamic. 
 
Coupled with the religious fervor of the recent immigrants, the changes brought Indiana vigorous new growth.  Indiana was well on its way in only about twenty years with small landowners and farmers and the businesses and governmental entities to support them.
 
The Civil War disrupted Indiana to a lesser degree than the Southern or the Northern states where fighting actually took place, but contributions were made to the war effort with men and supplies.
 
[My great-grandfather was a southern Civil War soldier listed as captured by the North, one day before being listed as a deserter by the South.  He was brought to Indianapolis as a prisoner-of-war and taken to Camp Morton, just north of Indianapolis.  Upon signing a paper saying he would no longer participate in the war effort on behalf of the Southern States, he was released to work in Indianapolis since he could not go back home to Marietta, Georgia, until after the war was over. 
 
In the Bemis Bag Company of Indiana he made shirts for the war effort.  There he met the lady who was to become my great-grandmother.  Her daughter, my grandmother, would tell me that her Mom had told her stories about the workers who would all sew blue shirts for the northern troops one week and the following week they would work on grey shirts for the southern boys.] 
 
In 1854, Indianapolis became the site of a coalition of advocates of an anti-democrat, pro-temperance, anti-slavery mindset.  Out of this meeting evolved the Republican Party.  Its support and rapid growth enabled it to win the national election of 1860.
 
Fascinating details of Indiana's rapid growth from its earliest times to after the Civil War are given in this book. 
 
There are now 92 counties in Indiana.  The first beginnings of county development started with Knox County, Indiana, and Hamilton County, Ohio, set up by the Ohio Territory in 1790, and developing from there to #92, Newton County, set up in 1859.  The several maps showing the development of Indiana for each of the census years 1800 through 1860 show the development from south to north better than words ever could.
 
This review of pertinent facts fills 36 pages at the beginning of this book, leaving you with a background of information that explains much of what occurred in Indiana prior to 1900.
 
As Dr. Schweitzer continues, his focus moves from facts to records.  The next 148 pages will fill you in on what records are of genealogical help, where they are located and how you can find them and get copies of them.
 
He discusses in Chapter 2 the following types of records:  Bible records, biographies, birth records, cemetery records, census records, church records, city directories, city and county histories, court records, DAR records, death records, divorce records, emigration and immigration records, ethnic records, gazetteers, maps and atlases, genealogical compilations and indexes, genealogical periodicals, genealogical and historical societies, land records, [and I am only down to the Ms!]
 
Starting again, he writes about manuscripts, marriage records, military records, Revolutionary War, Military Records, 1812-1848, Military Records of the Civil War, mortuary records, naturalization records, newspaper records, published genealogies, regional publications, tax lists, wills and probate records, and the massive WPA records.  These records are, each kind, covered in a considerable amount of detail.
 
Now in Chapter 3, he zeroes in on the records locations and he covers in greater detail each of the following depositories:  the Indiana State Library, the Indiana State Archives, the Indiana Historical Society, the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN, the Public Library of Cincinnati, OH, the Family History Library and its branch Family History Centers, the National Archives, regional libraries, local repositories, and large genealogical libraries.
 
But he really saves the best for last!  Chapter 4 is my favorite part of his books as they always make me feel so knowledgeable about the locality my ancestors came from when I get there to do research.  County by county, he lists what you need to know to be a better researcher concerning each county.  All the basic information about each county is right with that county name:  date formed/organized, parent counties, county seat name and zip code of courthouse, notes regarding losses of county records, if any, and a listing of published records available outside the county.  Then follows a listing of precisely what records will be found, followed by the names of libraries in the county essential for your research and then, genealogical societies and historical societies in the area which may be able to help you if you are unable to go there for yourself.  Many of these libraries and societies have certain records that have never been copied in any form and exist only in that locality or in that one facility.       Today individual county websites are appearing all
throughout the state sponsored by local historical and genealogical societies.
 
This book contains over 1,040 titles or addresses for help with your genealogical brick walls and problem children.  I can think of no other place where you can even begin to get this much help for just $12!
 
Dr. George K. Schweitzer has to be the most organized man alive.  His book is so easy to use, so quick a reference tool to carry with you or keep on your desk!  You will make progress with your genealogical search if you follow the hints and tips in this book and contact the source locations he lists for you.  Keep the following list of his books and videos.  You may not be researching in all of these places right now, but you never can tell when you are going to need some help with your research in a new state!
 
This same kind of help is available for these thirteen states:
 
STATE PAGES YEAR SOURCES PRICEAdd to Cart
GEORGIA 242 1995 1,303 $12.
ILLINOIS 289 1997 1,544 $12.
INDIANA 187 1996 1,044 $12.
KENTUCKY 171 1995 1,191 $12.
MARYLAND 242 1998 1,246 $12.
MASSACHUSETTS 299 1999 1,709 $12.
MISSOURI 233 1997 1,342 $12.
NEW YORK 252 1997 1,426 $12.
NORTH CAROLINA 169 1996 1,233 $12.
OHIO 212 1999 1,241 $12.
PENNSYLVANIA 201 1997 1,309 $12.
SOUTH CAROLINA 190 1993 1,107 $12.
TENNESSEE  146 1999 1,073 $12.
VIRGINIA 223 2005 1,273 $12.
 
Remember his War Books also available:
TITLEPAGESYEARSOURCESPRICEAdd to Cart
REV. WAR BOOK 117  1997  407 $ 9
REV. WAR VIDEO $25
WAR OF 1812 BOOK97 2994  289  $ 9
WAR OF 1812 VIDEO$25
CIVIL WAR BOOK 1152003316  $ 9
CIVIL WAR VIDEO $25
  
 
Also available:
TITLEPAGESYEARSOURCESPRICEAdd to Card
GERMAN BOOK2861984$15
GERMAN VIDEO$25

 
HANDBOOK OF GENEALOGICAL SOURCES 252 1996 WOW! $12

This book describes all major and many minor sources of genealogical information with precise and detailed instructions for obtaining data from them.  This book covers 132 different categories of records with numerous sources and site locations.
 
Other videos [VCRs], all about one hour in length and in living color of Dr. Schweitzer's exciting, crowd pleasing speeches are:
1.)  Rivers to Roads to Canals to Steamboats to Railways [How Transportation Influenced Settlement Patterns.]  $25
2.)  Migration Routes and Settlement Patterns.  $25
3.)  Finding Your Ancestor's Parents.  $25
4.)  Frontier Religion and Genealogy.  $25
5.)  New York Genealogical Research.  $25
6.)  Illinois Genealogical Research.  $25
7.)  Virginia Genealogical Research [special bonus offer, this video also includes Finding Your Ancestors 'Parents. Still only $25]
8.)  Ohio Genealogical Research. $25
9.)  German Genealogical Research.  $25.
10.)  Tracing Your Ancestor Across the Atlantic.  $25
Don't forget the three Military Videos: 
11.)  Revolutionary War.  $25
12.)  War of 1812.  $25
13.) Civil War.  $25 . Would you believe he fights both sides of this war in a little over an hour!  This is one incredible speech and one incredibly talented man!

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