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German Genealogy & Family History

Research your German ancestry with this collection of genealogy and family history records and resources, including tutorials on German genealogy research, German surnames and naming customs, German dictionaries and translation, the Palatine migration, Hamburg and other passenger lists and free online German genealogy databases.
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How to Research German Ancestors
Trace your German roots back to the old country and beyond with the steps outlined in this German genealogy guide. Takes you step by step through the process, from gathering information on your family, to locating your ancestor's German hometown, to accessing vital records, passenger records and church records in Germany.

German Genealogy Online
Research your German family tree online in this collection of online German genealogy databases and records. Available resources include German birth, death and marriage records, as well as census, immigration and other genealogy resources.

German Surname Meanings & Origins
Uncover the meaning of your German last name with this free guide to German surname meanings and origins. Includes links to related German genealogy resources.

German Vital Records - Births, Marriages & Deaths in Germany
Research your German ancestors with this guide to locating and accessing records of birth, marriage and death in Germany.

Researching Victims & Survivors of the Holocaust
Whether you're searching for information about relatives who disappeared or were killed during the Holocaust, or want to learn whether any relatives survived the Holocaust and may have living descendants there are a number of resources available to you.

10 Online Sources for Holocaust Research
From deportation records to lists of the martyred to survivor testimonies, the Holocaust has generated a vast amount of documents and records - many of which can be researched online!

German Genealogy Word List
Find English meanings for German words and terms commonly found in genealogical documents in Germany, including birth, marriage and death records, civil records, military records and census records.

Germans to America - Passengers Arriving at US Ports
Germans to America is a series of books which indexes passenger arrival records of ships carrying Germans to U.S. ports.

Archives in Germany
Comprehensive listing of contact information and Web site links for archives in Germany. Arranged by "Bundesländer" and their administrative subdivisions, and by the area of responsiblity.

Before Church Records
Lisa Petersen's article reports on a variety of information sources for German genealogical research before church records, based on her own research experiences.

Beginner FAQ for German research
Read questions often asked by people looking for their German roots, with the helpful answers and tips by Jim Eggert.

FamilySearch - German Gothic Handwriting Guide
Free guide introduces common Gothic letters, type, and handwriting used in early German records.

FamilySearch - German Letter Writing Guide
Guide for researchers who do not speak German but must write to Germany, Austria, or parts of Switzerland to request genealogical records. Teaches you how to write a letter, what to expect, and even provides a sample letter.

GEOserv - German Town Locator
A service for locating place names, locations, postal codes and other information on towns and villages in Germany today. The database of about 50000 entries, is based on the 'Postleitzahlenbuch' (post code book) of the German mail service.

German American Biographies
Biographical information on over 200 well-known German-Americans.

German Genealogy Translation Service - Transserv
Volunteers from the German Society for Computer Genealogy will help you translate genealogical documents in Czech, English, Dutch, French, German, and Polish. Free!

PA German Naming Customs
If you are interested in pursuing German genealogy, this interesting article by Charles Kerchner offers insight into naming patterns and customs commonly used by German families.

German Surnames
Search the FOKO research contacts database of more than 700,000 records for people researching your surname.

GenForum: Germany Genealogy Forum
This active, free genealogy message board at GenForum, is devoted to queries related to ancestors from Germany and Prussia.

Germany GenWeb
A wealth of resources, ranging from general information, to information about regions of Germany, historical maps, some passenger lists, and the Kingdom of Prussia.

FamilySearch - German Research Outline
Comprehensive genealogy guide for Germany introduces records and strategies that can help you learn more about your German ancestors.

German Red Cross Tracing Service
Learn about people tracing services provided by the German Red Cross for people lost and missing during wars. Answers to people search requests may take some time to fulfill.

Teleauskunft - German Telephone Directory
Find addresses and phone numbers for both residential and business listings in Germany. Available in German, English, and French.

The States (Bundesländer) of Germany
Bobby Bothmann explains how boundaries have changed during various periods of Germany's history, with the aid of maps.

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