Roger P. Minert, Ph.D., A.G.
Title Silesia Indexes: Identifying Place Names Using Alphabetical & Reverse Alphabetical Indexes
Book Condition Soft-cover, 127 pp., 2006,
Seller ID SilMI
For the first time, a reverse alphabetical index is available to the public. Such indexes have been known and valued among researchers in the Family History Library for some time, but none have been available in print or microform. The Reverse Alphabetical Index allows the researcher to determine the name of a town when the first part of the name (whether one or more letters) is missing. This is a common problem caused by torn or moldy pages, ink blots, tight bindings, poor microfilm quality, etc. By using this index, the researcher can also determine the official spelling for towns when variant spellings occur in old records. The book includes a regular alphabetical index of all the towns in the province as well as regular and reverse alphabetical listings of over 8,350 names of German kingdoms, duchies, principalities, counties, rivers, mountain ranges, and other geopolitical and topographical entities. Experts in the field have this to say about the Place Name Indexes series: "The Reverse Alphabetical Index is indispensable. We need one for every German Province." (Larry Jensen); "A remarkable tool . . . a real time-saver. How did we ever do research without it?" (Daniel Schlyter); "The Reverse Alphabetical Index is the only new technology in the deciphering of names!" (Shirley J. Riemer)