Can’t find any male relatives who inherited your maternal grandfather’s Y-DNA? Cast your net wider by climbing further up your family tree. See if that grandfather had brothers who had sons, or if his father (your great-grandfather) had brothers who had sons.
Broaden your horizons – seek out others who are researching your surnames and in the same time periods and locations.
Prepare a Timeline to determine the missing information or “brickwalls” of your ancestor.
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Registrations of births, marriges, and deaths first began for some areas in Germany in 1792 when the French invasion of the area west of the Rhine brougt that region under their administration.
Develop a research plan.
Always check with the librarian if you want to use a personal scanner or phone camera to take pictures of a book page or other document.