Category Archives: Germany

TGP 57: Marcel Elias – Central Europe Genealogy

Featured Guest

Marcel Elias of Avis Genealogy

Marcel Elias

Marcel Elias, the owner of Avis Genealogy, was born in Slovakia and studied at universities in Czech Republic and Germany. He majored in Medieval History and has lived in Germany since 2008. He works as an on-site genealogist for Bavaria, Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia since 2012. He performs genealogical research for those looking for their Central European ancestors as well as heir research. He has also catalogued WWII graves in Nuremberg and answers request regarding those graves from descendants.

Contact Links

Facebook Page – Avis Genealogy

Links Mentioned

Genealogy Bavaria Facebook Group –

Thing You were Most Afraid of

If I will be good enough.”

Best Advice You Received from Someone Else

To continue and to learn.

Recommended Book

The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy by Bettinger

Professional Genealogy edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills

Why the West Rules for Now by Ian Morris

Sapience: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari


No matter what you are doing, do it with your heart. You will learn every day. Whether you fail or you succeed, you will learn.”

Action Item

Here’s a simple action item for you today. Find a group on Facebook that focuses on one of your areas of expertise. Join the group and be sure to read the group rules before participating. I would even go so far as to check who the group admin is – and determine whether they are a fellow professional. Regardless respect the rules and remember it’s their group not yours. Then spend some time over the coming weeks participating in the group, giving freely of your knowledge without expecting anything in return and without dropping the name of your company. Focus on sharing your expertise and building your recognition and reputation.


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TGP 27 Andrea Bentschneider goes Beyond History

Featured Guest

Andrea Bentschneider

Andrea Bentschneider has been actively conducting systematic genealogical research for Andrea Bentschneiderover 20 years. Founding her company Beyond History in 2004 was the beginning of turning her passion into her profession.

Since then, with her teams she has worked on hundreds of successful research projects for national and international private persons, companies and institutions. She is a sought after expert in the area of genealogy for the media and the exclusive researcher in Germany for the company “Ancestry”, the world’s largest family history website. She has also research for the international television episodes of Who Do You Think You Are? in countries such as Germany, Australia, America, Norway, the Netherlands and England. She appeared in two episodes in Australia in 2009 as well as 2013 on TLC in the episode with Chelsea Handler.
Last, but not least, she is an active member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (USA) and the Chairwoman of the Association of German Speaking Professional Genealogists.

Her substantial knowledge is a combination of a great wealth of experience and the knowledge of countless historical sources and archives. Each family research calls for an individual approach. This is a challenge that Andrea Bentschneider and her team approach each day anew with enthusiasm.

Contact Links

Andrea Bentschneider on Twitter – @ABentschneider on Twitter

Andrea Bentschneider ‘s Beyond History – German Genealogy Services

Beyond History on Google+

Beyond History Blog

Beyond History website

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

Join APG, know what your strengths are and where your clients are.

Recommended Book

Who Moved My Cheese by Kenneth Blanchard


Know who your clients are and their expectations. Communicate with them clearly

Action Item

Andrea talked about her company being more than a genealogy company. It’s a business that helps people to fulfill their dreams. In this case, by reconnecting them with their ancestral homeland – Germany. Your business does more than research or educational services too!


Think about your business beyond the specific tasks that you provide. How does what you do impact your clients? Does it inspire them, educate them, help them grow, fulfill their dreams? Start thinking about your business in a different way so that you can see the change and impact that you have on your clients or stakeholders.

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Education – Webinar Practicum

TGP Webinar Practicum

Want to add webinars to your speaking repertoire? In part one of this webinar practicum you will learn best practices for conducting webinars. In part two you will work one-on-one with Marian Pierre-Louis to record your very own webinar!

More details here.






TGP 34 – Ursula Krause of Rootseekers

Featured Guest

Ursula Krause

Raised in the tradition of story telling, a custom which has been cultivated in her family for centuries, Ursula Krause began to become interested in the history of her ancestors as a child.

Ursula Krause on the Genealogy Professional podcast
photo by Matthew White

Influenced by the emigration of her great-great-great-grandfather and her own long stays in the USA and Sweden, she has intensely studied and investigated the subject of emigration. As a result, she put the story of her family to paper, as seen from a socio-historical and psychological perspective.

Little by little she began to research and document the stories of other emigrant families. They are stories that give descendants and family members a picture of the country where their roots lie.

Ursula is based in Berlin, Germany and is the owner of Rootseekers, a business that recreates ancestral stories for people of German descent.

Contact Links

Facebook – Rootseekers

Twitter – Ursula Krause @Rootseekers

Rootseekers Website

Other Links

Article featuring Ursula Krause in RecordClick: “Genealogy Storytelling and Story Writing – Once Upon a Time in Germany. . .

Article on Historical Maps

Article: An Underestimated Village Chronicle

The Upside Down Book website

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

You will know when the time is right to start your business. It will come to you.

Recommended Book

German-English Genealogical Dictionary by Ernest Thode

Productivity Tool

Excel Spreadsheets


Focus on tracking statistics of where your customers come from.”

Action Item

It’s the New Year! We need to stop and take a moment think about our goals for 2015 and come up with a plan to achieve them.


This week’s action item is simple. Write down your goals for 2015.  Don’t leave them in your head! Write them down and post them on the wall near your computer or where ever you spend most of your time. Look at your goals each day, figure out how you are going to achieve them, and work toward them a little bit every day.

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Two Workshops Coming up in January!

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iSetting Business & Marketing Goals 2015 Workshop Setting Business & Marketing Goals 2015 Workshop
Friday, January 23, 2015 Saturday, January 23, 2015


Ursula Krause on the Genealogy Professional podcast