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German Genealogy Online

German Genealogy Databases & Records on the Internet


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, military and other genealogy records. While many German records are not available online, these German genealogy databases are a good place to begin researching your German family tree. Many of the records of my German mother-in-law's family are online - maybe your ancestors are as well!

1. FamilySearch: German Historical Record Collections

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If you know what you are looking for, or are willing to go beyond searching to browsing digitized images and indexes, then don't miss the superb collection of free digitized records available online at FamilySearch. Scroll through the list to find records ranging from city directories and church books, to emigration records and civil registers. Records are available from Anhalt, Baden, Bavaria, Brandenburg, Hesse, Hessen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Prussia, Saxony, Westfalen, Württemberg, and other localities.

2. Germany Births & Baptisms, 1558–1898

A free, partial index to births and baptisms from around Germany, compiled primarily from the LDS record extraction project previously found in the International Genealogical Index (IGI). While not all baptisms and births in Germany from the covered time period are included, over 32,877,879 records are available, including a large number from Baden, Bayern, Hessen, Pfalz, Preußen, Rheinland, Westfalen and Württemberg, Germany.

3. Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850–1934

An index and digitized images of passenger manifests for ships departing the German port of Hamburg between 1850 and 1934 from Ancestry.com (available by subscription only). Only the years 1877–1914 have been indexed so far, but you can access the remaining years by browsing the handwritten indexes and digitized images.

4. National German Military Grave Registration Service

This free German genealogy database contains the names of more than two million German soldiers dead or missing from WWI or WWII. The site is in German, but you can find the words you need to fill in the database in our German Genealogy Word List or use Google Translation to navigate the site.

5. Bremen Passenger Lists, 1920–1939

While most of the Bremen, Germany passenger departure records were destroyed -- either by German officials or during WWII -- 2,953 passenger lists for the years 1920 – 1939 have survived. The Bremen Society for Genealogical Investigation, DIE MAUS, has put transcriptions of these surviving Bremen passenger records online. An English version of the site is also available - look for the little British flag icon.

6. German Marriages, 1558–1929

Over 7 million marriage records from across Germany have been transcribed and are available in this free online index from FamilySearch. This is only a partial listing of the many German marriages recorded, with the bulk of the records coming from Baden, Bayern, Hessen, Pfalz (Bayern), Preußen, Rhineland, Westfalen and Württemberg.

7. German Deaths & Burials, 1582–1958

This fairly small collection of indexed burial and death records from around Germany, is available free on FamilySearch.org. Over 3.5 million records are searchable, including deaths and burials from Baden, Bayern, Hessen, Pfalz (Bayern), Preußen, Rhineland, Westfalen and Württemberg.

8. Berlin City Directories

Browse digitized images of city directories from Berlin, from the period 1799–1943. Some directories are arranged alphabetically by the name of the head of house, while others are arranged street names and house numbers.

9. Lower Saxony – Emigration from the Former County of Delmenhorst 1830 - 1930

This free searchable database compiled in collaboration with the museums of the city of Delmenhorst, includes details on about 1,000 individuals from the former county of Delmenhorst.

10. Online Ortsfamilienbücher

Explore over 330 online local community heritage/lineage books containing the names of over 4 million people living in Germany. Typically, these privately published books list all of the families who lived in the village built on church records, court records, tax records, land records, etc.

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