I am excited to announce that I have a pre-recorded webinar that was released today at Legacy Family Tree Webinars. It is all about how to use the website hosted by the Verein für Computer Genealogie [Society for Computer Genealogy] called CompGen for short.
In the past, I have blogged about parts of this website. If you are serious about German research, the society’s website is a great tool to have in your back pocket. I consider it Germany’s main website for genealogical research. While it does not contain a lot of original records like U.S.-based mega genealogy sites, such as FamilySearch or Ancestry, it does contain a lot of valuable databases created by the society and partner societies. And it’s free!
Today’s webinar walks you through the main parts of CompGen’s website and explains in detail how some portions work. Don’t be intimidated by the fact that a lot of content is in the German language. Online translation tools, such as Google Translate, have greatly improved in recent months. Some portions of the website have an English-language version. Finally, a lot of the databases contain people’s names, which need no translation. So, you see? There’s no reason not to use this wonderful website!
When you go to my page on Legacy, you will find this new webinar, available to Legacy subscribers. If you are not a member, it’s a great value. When you join, you get access to the hundreds of genealogy-related videos in their library. New ones are added weekly.
I have a free live webinar coming up in August called “Untangle the Web of German Websites.” As with all of Legacy’s live webinars, it will be free for one week after it airs. After that, it becomes part of their library accessible to subscribers.
I hope you enjoy my new webinar!
2 thoughts on “Webinar: Germany’s Mega Genealogy Site”
Teresa, just watched this webinar and it was excellent. I have been on the CompGen site before but your overview gave me a better handle on how to navigate it. Syllabus in hand, I am going to do some exploring on several of my German families. Thank you, Jean Andrews, CG(R)
Thanks for the feedback, Jean. I’m happy you found it helpful!