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German Genealogy Resources on the Internet


Basic Research Guide for German Genealogy [on this website]
An outline for beginners to intermediate researchers, showing the basic steps to developing a German genealogy research project. With links to helpful webpages both on this site and elsewhere on the web.

Online German Genealogy Records and Databases [on this website]
Includes emigration, church, land, nobility and military records (WWI & II). The "Finding Passenger Lists" Series [on this website]
Tips for finding your ancestor's passenger arrival record.

Germany GenWeb
Part of the World GenWeb, this site covers Germany. Each German state has its own webpage (see example below) with genealogy information. St. Louis Genealogy Resources [on this website]
The German Roots Webmaster has St. Louis roots. This brief page will show you where to find St. Louis genealogy resources on the Internet.

The German Genealogy Records Series
A series of articles for finding records in Germany - includes: "Tips for Finding Your German Immigrant Ancestor's Hometown in Germany," "Tips for Finding German Genealogy Records for Your German-American Ancestor" and "How I Found Some Genealogy Records for My German Ancestors."

German Genealogy Bookstore [on this website]

German Search Engines [on this website]
Links to the major search engines for finding German websites. Tip: do a search for your surname at AltaVista.de followed by the German word, genealogie. Or try typing in the name of a German town or village.

Google Translate
Here you can have text or a webpage "machine" translated from German to English or English to German for free. Other languages are also supported.

Germany Letter Writing Guide from the Family History Library

German-English Online Dictionary

German Names
Robert Shea's extensive directory with links to websites about German names, their history and meaning. Very useful.

How to Get Aerial Photos of Your German Ancestral Home [on this website]
Instructions on how to order aerial photographs of German towns from the U.S. National Archives.

German Genealogy
An informational site for those doing German research. Contains tips on researching by region (including former German lands now outside of Germany).

Hegensdorf, A Small German Village [on this website]
A complete website for this village in Nordrhein-Westfalen. Includes photographs, history, list of emigrants to America, genealogies and more.

Five Views of Siddinghausen [on this website]
Photographs of a small German village

Catholic Churches in Germany (this site is in German)

Germans from Russia Links [on this website]
Tracing Germans from Russia is a specialized research area. If any of your ancestors fall into this group you might find this webpage helpul.

Polish Roots: the Polish Genealogy Source
If your German ancestors came from older parts of Germany now in Poland you might find this site useful for sorting out the confusing boundary changes.

Ahnenforschung.net (this site is in German)
A web directory with genealogy resources in German.

Geborener Deutscher
Online newsgroup for German born adoptees.




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