Germany Goals:  1: Research   2: Archives and Libraries   3: Church and Cemetery Records   4: Civil Registration   5: Emigration and Immigration   6: Military Records   7: Maps and Gazetteers   8: Newspapers   9: Websites   10: Search Records   11: Get Help        SEARCH


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Goal 1: Get started with German research.


A. Explore German research.

  1. Learn the basics of researching German ancestors.
    FS—Getting Started—15:00
    | AC—German Research, Beginning—24:43
  2. Learn about researching German ancestors in these articles.
    AB—Researching German Ancestors
    | Basic Research Outline for German Genealogy
  3. Use the Gathering Information article to help with German research.
    FS—Gathering Information
  4. See also the Place of Origin Wiki article.
    FS—Place of Origin
  5. Use the Germany Record Finder to understand record types for research.
    FS—Wiki: Germany Record Finder
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B. Learn about German genealogy terms and surname patterns.

  1. Study common German genealogy terms in these articles.
    AB—Genealogy Word List
    | FS—Genealogy Word List
  2. Learn about German surname origins in these articles.
    AB—What Does Your German Last Name Mean?
    | FS—Germany Names
  3. Learn about spelling variations in German names.
    FS—Spelling Variations in German Given and Place Names—57:42
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C. Use effective research methods for your German ancestors.

  1. Explore online databases and sites for German research.
    AB—German Genealogy Online
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  3. Explore the website for help with researching German ancestors.
  4. Explore the site for research records.
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  6. Watch this BYU Webinar to learn more about available online resources for German research.
    BYU—German Online Resources—40:59
  7. Learn strategies for research in the eastern provinces of Germany.
    Strategies and Sources for Eastern Provinces—56:14

D. Learn how to interpret old German handwriting and scripts.

  1. Improve your skills in reading German handwriting on records. Learn about German letters, German words, and German documents.
  2. See examples of how to read German records.
    AC—Reading German Documents
  3. Explore the BYU German Script Tutorial.
  4. Explore this Moravian German script tutorial.

Goal 2: Learn about Germany archives and libraries.


A. Learn about Germany archives and libraries.

  1. Learn about German archives and libraries in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Germany Archives and Libraries
  2. Learn how to do effective reserch in German archives.
    FS—Research in German Archives—53:50
  3. Explore the Archives in Germany site.
  4. Explore the Archives Portal Europe site.
  5. Explore the Archives section of the German Websites Wiki page for additional information.
  6. See also the online collections section at the end of the page.
  7. Explore the Books We Own site for books that can be checked out or researched for you by others.

Goal 3: Learn to use German church, religious, and cemetery records.


A. Learn about German church records.

  1. Learn about Germany church records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Germany Church Records
  2. Explore the Churches section of the German Websites page for additional information.
  3. Learn about the website and its Protestant church record resources.
    FTM—German Resource Spotlight:
  4. Explore the following record collections:
    Wurtemburg Marriages
    Plauschwarren East Prussia Marriages
    Ludwigsburg Church Recs
    Zeitz BMDs
  5. Learn more about finding German parish records.
    FS—Map Guide to German Parish Registers, Part 1

    FS—Map Guide to German Parish Registers, Part 2
  6. Learn about connections between German church and town records.
    FS—German Church Records and Beyond—62:34
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  8. Explore Jewish genealogy in Germany in this guide from the Center for Jewish History site.
  9. Explore the Jewish Genealogy Encyclopedia for Jewish resources in Germany.

B. Explore Germany cemetery records.

  1. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
  2. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.

Goal 4: Learn about German civil registration and census records.


A. Learn how to use German civil registration records.

  1. Learn about German civil registration in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Germany Civil Registration
  2. Learn about German vital records in this article.
    AB—Germany Vital Records
  3. See an example of a German civil registration record in this Ancestry article.
    AC—German Civil Registrations—4 pgs.
  4. Learn about German census records from 1816-1916.
    FS—German Census Records, 1816-1916—51:45


Goal 5: Learn about German emigration and immigration.


A. Learn about German emigration and immigration.

  1. Learn about Germany emigration and immigration in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Germany Emigration and Immigration
  2. Learn about Germans coming to America in this article.
    AB—Germans to America
  3. Get tips for finding your German immigrant ancestor's hometown, in this blog post on the Genealogy Roots Blog site.
  4. Learn about record types that can help you trace immigration.
    FS—Finding German Places of Origin—56:42
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B. Explore German emigration resources.

  1. Explore the Emigration from Southwest Germany website.
  2. Explore the German Immigrants Database website.
  3. Explore the Bremen Passenger List website.
  4. Learn about the Hamburg Passenger Lists.
    FTM—Hamburg Passenger Lists
  5. Explore the Hamburg Passenger Lists on the site.
  6. Explore German and Swiss immigration to the U.S. and Canada in the Olive Tree Genealogy site.
  7. Explore resources in the Germans to America online database.
  8. Explore the Emigration and Immigration section of the FamilySearch German Websites page for additional information.
  9. Explore the Immigrant Ship site. Select a Volume, then choose Germany as the departure or arrival location.

C. Explore the series of German Immigrants websites.

Goal 6: Learn about Germany military records.


A. Learn about German military records.

  1. Learn about Germany Military Records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Germany Military Records

B. Explore German military resources.

  1. Explore Wold War I military records.
  2. Explore Hessian solder military records for the U.S. Revolutionary War.

Goal 7: Learn about Germany maps and gazetteers.


A. Learn about Germany maps and gazetteers.

  1. Learn about Germany maps in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Germany Maps
  2. Explore the Maps section of the German Websites page for additional information.
  3. Watch this video to learn more about using maps and websites to locate towns of origin for your German ancestors.
    FS—Maps, Gazettes, Websites, Towns of Origin—48:00
  4. Learn about Germany gazetteers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Germany Gazetteers

B. Explore Germany map resources.

  1. Explore the Perry-Castaneda map collection for Germany.
  2. Explore the David Rumsey collection of German maps.
  3. Explore old maps of Germany in the 1900 Collection.
  4. Explore the Ravenstein atlas for Germany.
  5. Use the Kartenmeister database to search for places in Germany.
  6. Learn about the Meyers Orts and Germany Topographical Maps. AC—Meyers Gazetteer of the German Empire
  7. Explore the Old Maps Online site for Germany maps.

Goal 8: Learn to use German newspapers in your research.


A. Learn about using German newspapers.

  1. Learn about using German newspapers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: German Newspapers

B. Explore German newspapers for ancestor research.

  1. Search German newspapers in the site.
  2. Search German newspapers in the site.
  3. Search German newspapers in the ABYZ News Links site.

Goal 9: Explore additional websites for research.


A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for German research.

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  2. Explore links in Kindred Trails.
  3. Explore links in
  4. Explore links in the GermanRoots website.
  5. Explore surname distribution (a map where certain surnames are prevalent) in Germany.

Goal 10: Search records from Germany.


A. Use links to quickly search the most common record collections for Germany.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. Click a link in the first section to search a FamilySearch collection.
  2. Click a link in the second section to search an Ancestry collection.

B. Explore additional record collections.

  1. 1. Explore the FamilySearch page for German online record collections.
  2. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast or MyHeritage), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.

C. Explore GenealogyInTime for German records.

  1. Explore the Europe page of the GenealogyInTime website. Record collections are listed and described in order from newest to oldest additions, including FamilySearch, Ancestry, and many other sources.

Goal 11: Get help with your Germany research.


A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the German Genealogy Facebook page.
  2. Visit the German Genealogist Facebook page.
  3. Visit the Central Europe Genealogy Research Community on Facebook.
  4. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for Germany.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for Germany research.

  1. Search the RootsWeb site for Germany research mailing lists.
  2. Explore the Germany research mailing lists on Cyndi's List.
  3. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about Germany research.

C. Learn about Germany genealogy societies.

  1. Learn about Germany genealogy societies in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Germany Societies
  2. Explore Germany genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.


FamilySearch   All Historical   Catalog
Births and Baptisms: 1558-1898
Marriages: 1558-1929
Deaths and Burials: 1582-1958
Church Book Duplicates:
Brandenburg & Posen   Baden   Frankfurt Civil Registration: 1811-1814, 1833-1928
Frankfurt Civil Registration Deaths: 1928-1978
Germans to America Index 1850-1897
Mecklenburg-Schwenn Census:     1900
Nuremberg Civil Registration: 1803-1886
Pomerania (Prussia) Church Records: 1544-1945
Schleswig-Holstein Civil Registration: 1874-1983

Ancestry    All Germany
Hamburg Passenger Lists: 1850-1934
Hamburg Passenger Lists, Index: 1855-1934
Bavaria WWI Personnel: 1914-1918
WWI Casualty Lists: 1914-1918
Berlin Selected Marriages: 1874-1920
Berlin Selected Deaths: 1874-1920
Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census: 1919
Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census: 1900
Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census: 1867
Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census: 1819
Lubeck Personal Index Cards: 1300s-1850

MyHeritage    Germans Immigrating to the U.S.: Search
West Prussia Church Books: Search
Prussia, Pomerania Church Records: 1544-1945
Hamburg Passenger Lists, Index: 1855-1934

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