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German Genealogy 101 or “How we saved our clients THOUSANDS of $!”

CAVEAT RESEARCHOR:  OK, so you’ve heard it a hundred times, but I must reveal it as a German genealogy research pre-requisite:  Exhaust all home & family sources prior to doing online or onsite genealogical research.

Usually in German-American research–even if you are aware of the precise name of the parish of origin in the Old World–it is generally wise to exhaust the various interesting & informative USA county, state & federal records & immigration resources. 

Also, there’s usually not much sense in “jumping across the pond” to Germany to do your German genealogy research in any country of Europe that had Germans–until you’ve ascertained the name of the parish of origin!  Yes, that is much easier said than done, of course. 

Two decades ago, I wrote an article for the Genealogy Helper Magazine. Thesis: by doing comprehensive USA, immigration and German ancestral & genealogical research, aka Deutsche Ahnenforschung, you’ll be so much more pleased with what you have for the data, documentation & image presentation of the family’s history!  You’ll also more than likely be much more prepared to get into the thick of Germanic research in the Old Country.

We refer to not only the resources of which you are aware, but also those about which a professional German researcher or global Germanic genealogist.  Our having inspected the foundations of numerous clients’ allegedly firm foundations, we found cracks & crevasses (OK, crevices, too{;>). 

COST, EFFORT & TIME-SAVING RESULTS:  Prevented our clients from having dug at the wrong roots (or no roots at all!)

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2006:  “Karl Sala!  We’re going to have to clone you!” 

Mike Moran, Call Center HR Leader, speaking about Karl’s Expert Research Team consultative sales, service & research skills that surpassed teammates, as per David Johnston, “5 to 1.”  Mike also chose Lynell & Karl Sala to assist with an Seniors Fair booth in Sandy, Utah. 

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Jason Wood   July 10, 2008  recommended Karl on

     “I worked with Karl indirectly[,] managing the quality of the lines [inbound & outbound telephone calls] that the [customer service & sales] agents took. Over a period of many months I listened to a number of Karl’s calls. His knowle[d]ge of genealogy was unsurpassed and was able to pass his excitement and passion along to those he consulted.”
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In 2006, Asst. Manager, Benjamin Tyler: Karl-Michael Sala hand-picked as VERY FIRST Expert Genealogy Research Team Member!

“It was a pleasure to work with Karl on the Ancestry genealogy research team. He possesses an uncanny knack for rooting out the hard-to-find results. His unmatched tenacity coupled with his broad scope of knowledge and research skill fuel his success.” July 10, 2008   Benjamin Tyler, Assistant Manager, Member Services, The Generations Network managed Karl at

 Recommendations for Benjamin Tyler, Manager,

“Ben ably passionately led & motivated me [Karl] & others on the Paid Expert Research Team. I was the very first person Ben selected for the Research Team. My wife was second. Hands-on? Well, it was from Ben that I could count on several impromptu high fives, for he believed in me & what our team could accomplish. He let us work in small workgroups to solve some research cases. I regret that opted to deem the Research Team as not scalable. I miss working with this caring coach.” June 9, 2008  Karl-Michael Sala, Ancestry Genealogist, Researcher, reported to Benjamin Tyler at
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One of numerous clients lauds Karl Sala having found online family historical images NOBODY else could ever find!

Paul Johnson & Maria Helena Sala Johnson!
Paul & Maria Helena Sala Johnson, Karl's 1stborn! Parents of Karl's gorgeous grandsons! (View the social networking profile of the person behind, Karl-Michael Sala, to include endearing endorsements by 14+ associates, clients, partners & managers!)

Another Recommendation For Karl-Michael Sala, Owner of NO FIND? NO FEE! ANCESTRY, GENEALOGY, FAMILY HISTORY MYSTERY!

“I’ve known Karl Sala for 8 years now and can vouch for him as an outstanding and hard-working professional who has made the difference in countless lives with his excellent genealogical research and work ethic. I feel lucky to have met him with high kudos & honors to have had work done for me by him. He’s proven to be very results-oriented in all of his endeavors and is highly driven to succeed with his clients. You can tell that he really cares about everything that he sets his mind to achieve–and that makes all the difference in the world with the impact he has on both his peers and clients alike.”   June 29, 2008   
Paul Johnson, VP of Technology, Brewer Caldwell Property Management
was with another company when working with Karl-Michael at No Find? No Fee! Genealogy!
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January 2008: Successful digital documentation creation; parish register research on-site in Schlieben, Sachsen, Germany (east of Leipzig)

In January 2008, in Kassel, Hessen, Germany, my sweet mother was struggling with the ravages & vestiges of kidney cancer & was on her near-deathbed. Lynell & I opted nonetheless to take a short visit to our client’s target ancestral village (Schlieben, Sachsen) in order to outright exhaust the parish registers of all ancestral family members’ birth, marriage & death entries. We took digital photographs of each pertinent ancestral family member’s entry.

The Grants Pass, Oregon client, Betty Barry, & her Roseburg, Oregon sister were elated that they were able to get all this digitally-documented research for about the price of just one round-trip ticket from Salt Lake City to Frankfurt, Germany!

No, we don’t get the marriages of every sibling–just the target ancestral sibling.

However, we do get each of their births, for the family history research is not only more complete, but the birth record of a child is often the source of ascertaining the parish of origin of the mother, that is, if from a different place.

We returned in time to help escort Mom over to the Other Side. Apparently, her mother & also beloved half-sister, Irmgard Boll Muessler were there on the Other Side to greet her. Mom, in her final minute of life, markedly energized, tried in vain to pull herself out of bed and called out “Mama!” and “Irmel!”

It is interestingly supportive to note that Mom had not mentioned Irmel’s name in several months. Although this event frightened my adult “little” sister, Lynell & I knew and taught my sister what had happened. She might now have a seed of faith.

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Krysten Baca, Coach/Manager, co-hired Karl 2005, now endorses Karl-Michael Sala, 2008!

Karl-Michael Sala, Paid Expert Ancestry Genealogist, Researcher aka The Generations Network


“It was a great joy working with Karl! His immense knowledge in the genealogy field always amazed me, he always put great thought and care into his work, and never overlooked the details. It was refreshing to work with Karl, as he always presented himself in a professional manner. Karl was a dedicated, passionate member of my team, I wish him the best in all of his endeavors.” June 6, 2008

Krysten Baca, Public Relations Associate, The Generations Network, managed Karl at

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2005: Dave Johnston, Coach / Manager, co-hired Karl Sala, Research Genealogist! Dave’s Endorsement of Karl on!

International Research Consultant at, aka The Generations Network


“Karl Michael Sala is a competent research genealogist whom I hired to work with customers on the telephone to improve customer research experience during their 14-day trial. The customers he assisted were thrilled with his down-to-earth instruction and with the results he helped them find. As a result of his help, they were more likely to convert from a trial to a full-fledged customer.


During testing of a paid telephone research hotline for customers, Karl consistently outsold all other phone research agents on the team at least 5 to 1.


He often received by-name referrals as his reputation for finding elusive ancestors and breaking down walls, especially in Germany, became known.


Karl is a top-notch professional in every sense of the word. I recommend him very highly to anyone who needs a reliable, capable, honest family history researcher capable of tackling tough research situations, especially with regards to German or European “brick wall” ancestors.”


Service Category: Research Genealogist       Year first hired: 2005    Top Qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity” July 15, 2008

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So, was it France, Alsace-Lorraine, Elsass=Lothringen, France, Germany or Prussia? Alphabet, cursive & print.

German handwritingSuccessful Mainland Euro-Germanic Connections!

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Anyone can provide a Euro-Germanic question &/or an answer here on this group but please do not give general solutions like: “Google it.”

“Germany,” per se, is a long story not suited to be totally explained here! Suffice it to say that “Germany” did not really exist as a bona fide British or American term for the modern country of that name until after WW1.

There were Germans all over Europe, to include the former Czechoslovakia, Denmark, England, France, Hungary, Poland, Romania & Russia.

Prussia or Preussen extended as far east as Russia (province: a part of East Prussia or Ostpreussen)!

Germany” also once (generally pre-WW1) had portions of land in Bohemia (Boehmen; Czech Republic; Cechy); Moravia (Maehren or Moravske); Denmark (Daenemark or Danmark or Oldenburg); Alsace-Lorraine (in modern-day France; known to Germans as Elsass-Lothringen); Poland (provinces: Posen {Poznan}, East Prussia {Ostpreussen} & West Prussia).

One client said, “Karl, different censuses claim my ancestor was born in Alsace, Elsass, France, Germany & Prussia. Which one is it?” NEWSFLASH: Depending on what language & time-period you are considering, each one of those names is correct for that target ancestor!

Mentor: Karl-Michael Sala, Ancestral Euro-Germanic Genealogist since 1979! (aka, Karl is the very 1st person hand-picked for the highly successful, but short-lived Expert Research Team. His wife, Lynell (Pierce) Sala, was 2nd!

Karl was later selected for the[utschland or Germany] Team to field the majority of Euro-Germanic research-oriented calls from not only Germany, but also all over the world.

Provo, Utah International Team Manager) & Brett Bouchard (Munich or Muenchen, Bavaria [Bayern}, Germany Manager) & Matt Pinkston for & Amy Denter for!

Please understand that there were Germanic citizens in various countries of the world, but mostly within various countries of Europe!

Totally confused now?  Don’t feel alone–so are most people. This is one reason many Germanic cases are not solved. There are other reasons… Group Coach, Counselor, Leader @

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Karl-Michael Sala cracked & solved numerous difficult cases for callers & emailers from all over the globe.

Witnesses & senior teammates were John Erbstoesser (International Manager)

14+ other excellent quality endorsements & recommendations from associates, coaches, managers, etc. can be found on 

Since 1979, Karl-Michael & Lynell Sala are very proud to have found data, documents & images on THOUSANDS of ancestral family members for hundreds of international clients!

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Blowing our HORN & KREUDER client ancestry! More ancestral findings for our client–this time in Hessen, Germany!

EUREKA! REINHOLD HORN FOUND IN ONLINE TIRSCHTIEGEL BIRTH REGISTER! BINGO!  KREUDER (pronounced Kroider) FOUND!  OK, so we had to order the microfilms, but we got our man!

After having cracked the HORN case in Poland, i.e. Posen (Poznan), Preussen, the client authorized Lynell & me (not “I,” English fans) to work on another target ancestral family surname: KREUDER from Gruenberg, Hessen, Germany.   When doing German (or any countries’) research, ’tis not always the case that we find the target ancestor having been born on the day the client thought.  In this case, it was on the mark. 

Due to the recession, we had offered everyone a 50% discount, so she is getting twice as much bang for her buck! 

We also offer a NO FIND? NO FEE! ANCESTRY, GENEALOGY & FAMILY HISTORY MYSTERY! option.  We could accept, reject or counter-offer anyone.  Email your request today to KARLMSALA@MSN.COM.  If Karl does not return your email within 48 business hours, please email again.  If that fails, call the dude on his 24-hr toll-free line 1-888-4KM-SALA (456-7252) & leave a message.

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