For those just beginning to explore their ancestral roots in another county, Alan Smith's recent article, "Exploring German Ancestries
," takes a look at some of the first steps. The more general principles discussed would apply to research in any foreign country, beginning with an exploration of the political, geographical, and cultural history. Determining who was in power at any given time and how areas were divided and records maintained is the key to successful research abroad and at home.
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