Berlin Street Directories 1799-1943

The Berliner Adressbücher (Berlin Street Directories) that were published from 1799 until 1943, are an important source for topographical and biographical research. They are accessible online free of charge and as microfiches in several Berlin libraries (eg. Staatsbibliothek and Center of Berlin-Studies in the Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin). Apart from
the heads of a household registered for one address, you can find companies (industry, trade) and public facilities. It is possible to figure out to which postal or assessment area the address you are searching for once belonged

Beck / Henning (eds.): Archival Resources

The book “Archivalische Quellen” by Beck and Henning is a standard work and solid guidepost for ancillary sciences in the field of history an archival research: It has been out of print for a long time. Now, a fourth and revised edition has been published. It is extended by a chapter about New Media and the challenge of theirstorage for the long-run.

SLP 2000: Learning Sütterlin script (German handwriting) online

How to read and transcribe German handwriting? For reading and analyzing archival records from the 18th century onwards until the end of World War II knowledge of the development of German handwriting is essential. A significant part of the cultural heritage like literary manuscripts, diarys, letters, records of all kinds of administrration is written in Sütterlin.
The online-tutorial SLP 2000 – the result of a cooperation research program of the Universities of Potsdam and Saarbrücken – will help you to learn Sütterlin properly. After the installation of the Sütterlin character set, the online-tutorial will work without any problems on every computer.

Dr. Jürgen Udolph: The origin of surnames

Many inquiries are concerning the origin and meaning of family names. Therefore as this month’s tip we chose the homepage of the linguist Dr. Jürgen Udolph.
He daily answers questions to familiy names in the broadcasting program “Radio Eins am Vormittag” which also can be received via Internet.
Dr. Udolph’s homepage is very instructive as it offers a lot of valuable bibliograhical references related to the field of onomatology. You can also find links to websites that show the occurence of familiy names in single countries.