23    May 20072 comments

German ancestors? Some essential resources

If your ancestors come from Germany, there are many resources available as you gather information from locating your ancestral town to investigating what records are available, including church records, and immigration records as your ancestors moved around.

Recommended guidelines are always to work back from what you know. Utilize information from passenger arrival and citizenship records, among others, to determine your family's original name and towns.

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German Empire (1871)

Once you discover the original family name and place, you will be able to discover much more information. And don't forget about the specialized discussion groups where you can post questions and receive help from experts.

Links include maps and geography, dictionaries, online databases, archive information and much more. And don't forget to use MyHeritage's search engine for more information.

I look forward to reading your questions and comments. Let me know if you need more information.

GERMAN RESOURCE GUIDE

GUIDE TO GERMAN GENEALOGY

GERMAN SURNAME MEANINGS AND ORIGINS

GERMAN BIRTH, MARRIAGE AND DEATH RECORDS

GERMAN PASSENGERS INTO US PORTS

GERMAN WORLD LIST FOR GENEALOGY

GERMAN MAPS AND GEOGRAPHY

GERMANY'S CHANGING BORDERS
An excellent map

DISCUSSION GROUPS AND FORUMS
German genealogy forums and discussion lists

GERMAN ARCHIVES

GERMAN CHURCH RECORDS

BEGINNERS FAQ
Excellent beginners FAQ

ONLINE GERMAN GENEALOGY HANDBOOK
German genealogy online handbook

GERMAN LETTER WRITING GUIDE

Guide for linguistically-challenged researchers who need to write to Germany, Austria, or parts of Switzerland to request records.

GOTHIC HANDWRITING GUIDE
Good guide to Gothic letters and handwriting in early German records.

NAMING AND CUSTOMS GUIDE

JEWISH GERMAN GENEALOGY
JEWISHGEN
Many Infofiles, links and the GerSIG discussion group.

YAD VASHEM online databases

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Comments (2) Trackbacks (0)
  1. Is it true that you aren't allowed to base an employment decision on information obtained from these services? I'm pretty sure it mentions that in a lot of these websites terms and conditions. Something about the fact that the records might not be completely accurate, so you might be making a false judgement. I think these rules need to be made more clear, thoughts?
  2. In most cases I do not make comments on blogs, but I would like to mention that this post really forced me to do so. Really nice post!

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