I got a review copy of a handy guide called Genealogy at a Glance: German Genealogy Research, part of the Genealogical Publishing Company’s At A Glance series, and I really like it.
So far, I have not come across anything more Germanic than “Miner” in my surnames (and we suspect that is originally Dutch) but if I do, I will turn to this laminated four page guide first. This is an American-centric guide, outlining motivations and dates for German emigrations for the last 300 years or so, for economic, social, political and religious reasons, and pointing to where in the lower 48 states each tended to congregate.
However, it also gives you solid information on researching in Germany once you get “back to the boat”, even listing where certain surnames and given names most likely originate.
The bibliography at the back of four good German genealogy references and six good online resources make this a good thing to take to the library, or on your travels.
At $7.95, this is a good buy, in my opinion.