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Have you ever wondered what life was like for your German ancestors? Have you ever tried to find a book on everyday village life? If so, you've probably already figured out that there aren't any books out there on the topic! But now, you can learn all about German village life in a book that is filled with information, but fun to read. "Our Daily Bread" uses a fictitious f ...more
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Published September 28th 2010 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars to Our Daily Bread: German Village Life, 1500-1850 -- a quick and informative read for anyone researching German family history.

This is a fictional account of what happens to a German family in a small town several hundred years in the past. It's meant to be an aide for people to understand what life was really like -- perhaps helping genealogists understand how records are recorded and where to find missing information.

1. It's a quick but compelling read -- you r
Katharine Ott
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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"Our Daily Bread: German Village Life, 1500-1850" - written by Teva J Scheer and published in 2010 by Adventis Press. This interesting book follows the life of an imaginary German family in southwestern Germany where my paternal ancestors lived before emigrating in the late 1870s. Scheer supports the story with lots of research which really gives a clear picture of how life in these tiny villages evolved and what pressures might have pushed inhabitants to leave. I did a lot of underlining and lo ...more
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a thoughtful Christmas gift from my husband due to my ancestral research I am so heavily involved in. It took me a year to read because that is how much time I spend pleasure reading these days and I didn't want to carry it with me on trips. If you want to 'KNOW' your german ancestors, this is a great way to become part of them. I don't have a great mind for memory, so much of the 'facts' were not stored in my brain but I got the general idea. Some parts (politics and religion) were a b ...more
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book for anyone with German ancestors in the southwest area of present day Germany. It is a non-fiction book that reads like fiction as the author uses a fictional family based on real families and their experiences throughout the 3 centuries covered. I came to understand the daily lives and trials of my ancestors and why so many German emigrants came from this area. America was definitely a place to own land and be free from stigma and heavy taxation among other woes the peop ...more
An excellent presentation of daily life in the German southwest during the 18th and 19th centuries, with occasional trips farther back when needed to clarify the reasons for something. She wove historical fact in with the story of a made-up village and its made-up people, which made it all seem much more real on a human level . . . and after all, that’s kind of the point of studying history. If you have any interest in this topic - particularly if you have ancestors who emigrated in this period ...more
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you are interested in learning what life was like in Germany during the time period above, it is a good read. The author provides a good story with several references to other sources. For those conducting genealogy, it will provide some insight into what occurred during this time period and what may have been recorded.
Jan 03, 2011 marked it as abandoned-kindle-sample
As an avid genealogist, I am forever looking for books which will help me understand my ancestors better. I have reached a point where I've pretty much hit a brick wall with all the branches in my tree in terms of finding new records or individuals. I have since been reading books on the everyday lives of certain cultures or times periods, to help me get a good understanding of the worlds my ancestors lived in. So I was very excited to find this book.

Unfortunately, upon reading the Kindle sampl
Kim. E.
Genealogy plays an important role in my family, first beginning the process as a teenager when I had a million questions about people in photos in our home that I had never met. German genealogy is the most challenging aspect of my research, with a large part of my family coming from areas of Europe that are or were once part of what was known as Germany.

I'm currently in the process of crossing the pond and look forward to this next phase. Our Daily Bread: German Village Life, 1500-1850 by Teva
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you are interested in developing a social imagination for the European past, and in particular if you are looking to understand how ancestors in "mainstream" Southern Germany lived, leading to the German-American emigration of the mid 1800s, this book is for you. This volume balances narrative, historical events, and cultural and social detail very well. You will come to understand the demands of feudal society, the development of Protestant religious culture, and in particular how the twin p ...more
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have been researching my German ancestors from the 1600s. So I really enjoyed learning about what their everyday life was like. Anyone interested in genealogy who has German ancestors should appreciate this book
Nancy Baker
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating book about German village life in the 1700 and 1800's. It interested me because my grandmother emigrated from Germany in 1896 when she was 7 years old and I knew nothing about her life in Germany. This book gave me some ideas of what her life might have been like. ...more
Sep 02, 2012 rated it liked it
) Found this on my Kindle and purchased it. Very interesting. Gave a glimpse into what life may have been like for my German ancestors. Many references used - should go back and read some of those someday.
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Very easy to read picture of the lives of most of our German ancestors before they came to America. If you have taken your family back to immigrants from this time period, or even a little later, you will enjoy being able to "flesh out" some of the day to day that they may have experienced.
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Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Warren Bittner
The best summary of German village life that I have read. A very interesting and quick read.
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very readable, interesting account of life in SW Germany.
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