This is a great article on how to organize, print, and backup photos - especially if you have photos sitting around from years ago up to the present. The lady goes through storing digital copies and physical copies. Very simple, but good and motivating.
Guide to Finding German Ancestors: Many German ancestors did not reside in present day Germany. Boundaries have fluctuated & the hardships associated w/ political power changes sometimes caused Germans to settle in non-Germanic neighboring countries.