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German Genealogy Databases Online -Find your German Family

German Genealogy Databases Online -Find your German Family

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For many German-Americans, tracing their history is not so easy. Records were lost or destroyed, and the old script can be difficult to read. While I am by no means an expert, I have found some German Genealogy Databases online that can help you find a little more about your German Ancestry.

I’ve also included links to a few groups who help Germans with American Fathers connect with their family in the US.

Finally, there is an online Bulletin board for family searches… you can input your information, and hopefully it will help you find the person you lost.

If you know of any websites or pages that would be helpful, please let me know in the comments, or email me at Germangirlinamerica@gmail.com.

 

German Genealogy Databases Online

German Genealogy Site
http://gedbas.genealogy.net/

Online German Genealogy Records and Databases

– Lists a number of websites including, emigration lists, grave records, Casualty lists, Hamburg Passenger lists, Historical Address books. Also lists some sites that are specific to different German States.

http://www.germanroots.com/germandata.html

Online Family Tree
Register in German or English… provides some useful search tools
http://www.verwandt.de/Start.action
http://www.dynastree.com/Start.action

The German Genealogy Group
http://www.germangenealogygroup.com/

My Heritage (German Site)
You do need to sign up for this one
https://www.myheritage.de/

Top 100 Geneaology Websites
Lists 100 different Genealogy websites to use…. both paid and free (as of 2015)
http://www.genealogyintime.com/articles/top-100-genealogy-websites-of-2015-page02.html

Billion Graves
A site that is logging all of the Graveyards and headstones around the world. Free to join and participate.
https://billiongraves.com/

 

German Immigrants and Immigration

-German immigration to the United States
https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Germany_Emigration_and_Immigration

-German Genealogy Resources including Archives and Atlases… Also includes specific immigration information for Australia
http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/resources/family-history/german

Germany Births and Christenings
-the site also has tips to help you in your search
https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Germany_Births_and_Baptisms_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)

Early Immigration Records
-Castle Garden has records of had an immigrants who came to New York after 1820 and before 1892
http://familyhistorydaily.com/free-genealogy-resources/the-11-million-free-immigration-records-you-may-have-completely-overlooked

-More about Castle Garden- https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/ny-castle-garden-ellis-island/

German Script Experts

-Ute Brandenburg worked as a German research specialist for a nationally recognized company. Today she focuses on transcription and translation, as well as research projects in German church records.
http://germanscriptexperts.com/

Using German Church Records

-good tips for making sense of the Old German Alphabet and many of the symbols used in old Church Records.
http://narafriends-pittsfield.org/gechurch.htm

Sites to help with German Script

German Gothic Letters
http://feefhs.org/guides/German_Gothic.pdf

Omniglot- German Writing
http://www.omniglot.com/writing/german.htm

Sutterlin ScripT
http://www.suetterlinschrift.de/Englisch/Sutterlin.htm

Facebook Groups that Help with Genealogy Research

German Genealogy Records Transcription
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1454015278205406/

Genealogy Translations
https://www.facebook.com/groups/genealogytranslation/

The Germanna Foundation

https://www.facebook.com/GermannaFoundation

 

The German American Heritage Museum
https://www.facebook.com/GAHMuseum

Geneaology East and West Prussia
https://www.facebook.com/groups/327850620697083/

International Pommeranian Mailing List
http://list.genealogy.net/mm/listinfo/pommern-l

 

Stasi Records

This site is in English and German. Not all records are available to everyone.
http://www.bstu.bund.de/EN/Home/home_node.html

Maps of Germany / Find Places in Germany

-The borders of Germany have changed over the years… these older maps may have the cities you are looking for. Be aware, that some of the names of the towns were changed with the borders… I’ve included links to find those as well.

Detailed Maps of Germany
Germany in 1914- http://www.lib.k-state.edu/depts/spec/rarebooks/geography/atlas-1914-p73.jpg
Germany in 1938- http://www.probertencyclopaedia.com/photolib/maps/Map_of_Germany_1938.htm

Map of Surname Distribution
Where does your surname appear currently in Germany?
http://www.verwandt.de/karten/

German Place Names That Were Changed After WW2

Kartenmeister
Included in this database are the following provinces: Eastprussia, including Memel, Westprussia, Brandenburg, Posen, Pomerania, and Silesia.
http://kartenmeister.com/preview/databaseuwe.asp

Germany/Poland
http://polandpoland.com/names_german_polish.html

http://www.der-familienstammbaum.de/pommern/orte-deutsch-polnisch-a.php

Germany/Czechoslovakia
http://czechgenealogy.nase-koreny.cz/2011/10/german-and-czech-names-of-places-towns.html

Germany/Russia
http://www.odessa3.org/collections/refs/link/volgavl.txt

Database of German POWs in Soviet POW Camps WW2

DOCUMENTATION CENTER DRESDEN
These databases are not complete… but it might help find lost relatives. The site is in German, but you can translate by clicking the squares on the right end of the URL bar in the Chrome Browser
https://www.dokst.de/main/content/Datenbanken/datenbanken

The Memorial Society Archive
This group maintains the databases for all the Soviet Camps. Inquiries can be sent to them.
http://old.memo.ru/library/arh_eng.pdf

Records From Bordering Countries

Records from 19th century marriage records from the historic Greater Poland (then Prussian Province of Poznan)
http://poznan-project.psnc.pl/index.php?lang=en

A lot of Catholic Germans and traders would cross border to The Netherlands. So one brother would be off to The Netherlands and on to the States. This might give you a clue in your searches.
(This site is in Dutch, but you can translate it if you are using Chrome… tap the two squares at the right end of the URL bar)
https://www.wiewaswie.nl/

 

Information About Specific Cities/States

Bremen
Information about families in Bremen… Lots of information here.
http://die-maus-bremen.de/

Schleswig-Holstein
This genealogical web site is for researching your families and ancestors  on the Island of Fehmarn, Großenbrode, and Heiligenhafen in Schleswig Holstein. The four church parishes in the city of Burg and the villages of Bannesdorf, Landkirchen, and Petersdor
http://fehmarn-genealogy.com/

Street names in Breslau that changed from German to Polish
(this site is in German)
http://www.polish-online.com/polen/staedte/breslau-alte-strassennamen.php

Lüben – Pictures, History and Documents
(this site is in German)
http://www.lueben-damals.de/index.html

Bad-Neuheim
A German site that lists the dead who are buried in the Alten Friedhof Sterberegister der Bad Nauheimer Kirchenbücher.
http://www.alterfriedhof-badnauheim.de/die-toten-auf-dem-alten-friedhof/

Information About the Original 13 German Families that Settled Germantown

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~original13/settlers.htm

Finding People in Germany TODAY

German Red Cross Tracing Service

History of the Red Cross Tracing Service- https://www.drk-suchdienst.de/en/about-us/history-grc-tracing-service

Submit a trace to the Red Cross- https://www.drk-suchdienst.de/en/initiate-tracing-requests

US Embassy Website- How do I find my Relatives and Friends in Germany
-lists current information, as well as some historical information
https://de.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/finding-relatives-and-friends-in-germany/?_ga=2.43364899.729197554.1513631670-1463598444.1513631670

German Phone book White Pages
https://www.dastelefonbuch.de/

These are Sites to help German Children Find their American Father/Relatives

German children search for their father in the US

https://www.facebook.com/groups/518593074889754/

 

US Army Germany Searching
-us army Germany searching for lost relatives and friends

https://www.facebook.com/groups/USArmyGermanysearching/

 

National Geographic Geno 2.0

One of the more interesting Genetic Testing results kits comes from National Geographic. With this kit it’s all about where you come from, with information going back 60,000 years (that’s a long time!)
My parents uses this kit, an were delighted with the amount of anthropological info they got.

National Geographic DNA Test Kit: Geno 2.0 Next Generation (Ancestry) - Powered by HelixNational Geographic DNA Test Kit: Geno 2.0 Next Generation (Ancestry) – Powered by Helix

 

Military Records

Military Indexes
This website is a directory of links to online military indexes and records for USA genealogy research. Included are rosters, databases of soldiers, draft card databases for World War I and II, and listings of military and war casualties.
http://www.militaryindexes.com/

FindMyPast has a special collection of Military records from English Speaking countries… Australia, England, the US and more…
http://www.findmypast.com/articles/anzac-day-stories/resources-search-military-records

Locating Lost Family Bulletin Board

-Use this bulletin board to search for lost relatives and missing people by name or keyword and check to see if someone is looking for you by posting a query.

http://www.yourfamily.com/lost_family.html

Legal Terms in Genealogy Records

Genealogy and the Law
Often you will come across legal terms or abbreviations…. this page has definitions for all of these terms
https://www.justgreatlawyers.com/genealogy-and-the-law

Books to help you with your Search

Tools to help you keep it organized.

germany genealogy searchIn Search of Your German Roots. Fourth Edition, Updatedgermany genealogy searchA collection of upwards of thirty thousand names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and other immigrants in Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776…germany genealogy searchThe Family Tree Guidebook to Europe: Your Essential Guide to Trace Your Genealogy in Europegermany genealogy searchFinding Your German Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide (Finding Your Ancestors)

Our Family Tree: A History of Our Familygermany genealogy searchStammbaum Schmuckbildgermany genealogy searchFamily History Kit G

 




Comment(6)

  1. My grandparemts came to USA in1870 and 1880. GF William Ernest Haas was born Weil im Schonbuch born 2 Feb 1863. Grand mother Sophie Barbara Rein born 3 Dec 1868 in Frickenhausen.. Any free information would be appicated, I do know what they
    here in America.

    Thank you,
    Barbara H. Boyer

  2. Need a beginners guide to German ancestry. All the festivals and names of stuff leaves me dazed and confused to say the least. Any websites or guides out there anyone knows of? Seems like I need to learn German to navigate my way through a lot of sites.

  3. AM INTERESTED IN AUSTRIAN ANCESTORS IN THE HEHENBERGER FAMILY. IN WISCONSIN, USA (AMERICA) SOME OF THESE HAVE CHANGED THEIR NAME TO HEMBERGER.

  4. I’m looking for any information of the Voeller family from Selz, Kutschurgan, South Russia.

    Barbara Voeller married Michael Deibert. They immigrated to USA in 1885 and settled in Zeeland, North Dakota. They later resided in Odessa & Aberdeen SD.

    I have not been able to find any of Barbara’s family (parents, siblings).

    Also, I have not been able to find the Deibert family in Russia (Jacob Deibert) or earlier in Germany.

    Would appreciate any info or direction to a web site.

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