Online Telephone Books and People Finding Tools|
People Searching - Finding Living and Recently Deceased People in the USA online tools for adoptees, genealogists and other missing persons searchers
German telephone book that has an English language interface
German Phone Directories, 1915-1981 (at Ancestry/requires payment) for Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Leipzig, and Munich (München) coverage varies by city
Telephone Directories on the Web
A useful listing of telephone books worldwide (including the USA and Germany) that are accessible online
Cities and Places
Here you can type in a place name and you will be shown its location on a map. Google Maps can be helpful for locating German, European, USA and other cities, towns and villages.
Rootsweb's Town Search (USA)
Enter a town and state, and the county it is in will be given. Or try: Geographic Nameserver (USA) from MIT
German Town Locator [this site is in German]
An online database that gives the location of German towns.
German Postal Codes
When you get there click on "PLZsuche." Type in the name of a town and the German postal code is returned. Very helpful when writing letters to Germany.
Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-Lexikon des Deutschen Reichs by Raymond S. Wright III
Commonly know as the Meyers Gazetteer, these books describe approximately 210,000 cities, towns, hamlets and dwelling places in the German Empire prior to World War One. Originally published in Leipzig, Germany in 1912-13. You may be able to order a reprinted edition from the Genealogical Publishing Company in a 3 volume set (very expensive/may be out of print). It is also available on Microfiche from many Family History (FamilySearch) Centers (most carry it on hand so you don't have to order it from Salt Lake City), and it can now be searched online (see links below). Please be aware that the Meyers Gazetteer is printed in the old German Gothic font which can be difficult to read.
An online database with more than 56,000 locations for places East of the Oder and Neisse Rivers. The following provinces are included: Eastprussia, Westprussia, Brandenburg, Posen, Pommerania and Silesia. You can search by current Polish, Russian or Lithuanian name, or the former German name.
Includes Bavaria, East & West Prussia, Hohenzollern, Hessen-Darmstadt, Hessen-Nassau, Mecklenburg & Waldeck. Gives locations of closest Catholic and Protestant churches, and civil records offices.
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.