James M. Beidler
A Top Expert on German Genealogy
James M. Beidler is the author of The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide and Trace Your German Roots Online and writes “Roots & Branches,” a weekly newspaper column on genealogy that is the only syndicated feature on that topic in Pennsylvania. He is also a columnist for German Life magazine and is editor of Der Kurier, the quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society.
He is also an instructor for the online Family Tree University and contributes to periodicals ranging from The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine to Family Tree Magazine. He served as President of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors from 2010 to 2012.
He sits on the Pennsylvania Digital Newspaper Project and Pennsylvania’s State Historic Records Advisory Board.
Beidler was born in Reading, PA, and raised in nearby Berks County, where he currently resides. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hofstra University in Long Island, NY, with a BA in political science in 1982.