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Places to Find German Genealogy Records and Databases Online


General

FamilySearch Genealogy Records - Germany (requires free registration; to view some of the images you must be at an LDS Family History Center or a FamilySearch affiliated library). Includes some German baptism, marriage, death and burial indexes, and other items. FamilySearch also has some digitized microfilm of German genealogy records...
  • Do a "place search" in the FamilySearch Catalog for the village or place you're looking for. Select a topic (church records for example) for that place. Then look for the camera icon next to the listing for the microfilm roll you want. The camera icon indicates the microfilm roll has been digitized and is available for viewing online, however for the microfilm listings with a key above the camera icon, you have to be at a Family History Center, a FamilySearch affiliated library, or the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
  • FamilySearch also has some genealogy databases for individual German states and cities. Some of these are listed by German state below.
German Genealogy Records and Germany City Directories at Ancestry (requires payment) Ancestry's World Explorer collection of genealogy records includes 500 German city directories and address books (Adressbuch) with about 27 million total listings; and some German church books, German emigration indexes, German military records, and other items. Here are some highlights of Ancestry's German genealogy records collection... Archion German Digital Church Book Portal (requires payment) scanned church books for some German Evangelical (Protestant) churches (ongoing project)

Matricula Online (ongoing project) has some digitized Catholic church books for the Dioceses of Hildesheim, Magdeburg, Münster, Paderborn, and Passau; and from the Official Archives in Vechta for churches in the former state of Oldenburg (part of the diocese of Münster)

German Emigration Lists and Records [on this website] People who left Germany: this webpage contains links to online German emigration lists and indexes. National German Military Grave Registration Service (this site is in German)
This organization maintains a database of more than 2 million names of missing and dead German soldiers from both World Wars. You can search this database online or write to them for assistance. Notes for searching: Nachname=surname; Vorname=first name; supplying a date of birth or death is optional. Click on "Suche beginnen" to start your search. You then must register with your name and address to continue the search. On the registration form, the following items are required: Vorname (first name), Nachname (last name), Straße / Nr. (Street & Number), Land/Plz/Ort (Country/Postal or Zip Code/City). Then click on "Zur Ergebniseite" to continue. On the next screen click "Suchanfrage ausführen."

German War Memorial Website database of war casualties from memorial inscriptions and other sources

Online German Family Heritage Books - Ortsfamilienbücher (more than 100 listings including the example below) Historical German Address Books Online


Baden-Württemberg

Baden, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1502-1985 (at Ancestry/requires payment)

Baden, Church Book Duplicates, 1804-1877 at FamilySearch; indexes civil transcripts of church books from over 50 locations in Baden

Baden: Archdiocese of Freiburg im Breisgau, Catholic Church Records, 1678-1930 at FamilySearch

Mannheim, Germany, Family Registers, 1760-1900 (at Ancestry/requires payment); Ancestry also has Births, 1870-1900; Marriages, 1870-1920; and Death Records, 1870-1950 for Mannheim

Württemberg, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1985 (at Ancestry/requires payment)
Württemberg, Germany, Family Tables, 1550-1985 (at Ancestry/requires payment)

Göppingen, Württemberg, Germany and surrounding villages
This is a database from the Church books of Göppingen beginning in 1808.

Weil Schoenbuch, Wuerttemberg Lutheran Marriage Records 1591-1700

Kappel am Rhein Family Names from the Dorfsippenbuch for this village in Baden


Bayern (Bavaria)

digiPress: Digitized Historical Newspapers from the Bavarian State Library

Bavaria, Germany, WWI Personnel Rosters, 1914-1918 at Ancestry/requires payment

Ansbach, Germany, Lutheran Parish Register Extracts, 1526-1940 at Ancestry/requires payment

Ansbach, Middle Franconia, Brenner Collection of Genealogical Records, 1550-1900 at FamilySearch/free with registration; a digitized collection of family group sheets from the district of Ansbach, Mittelfranken, Bavaria

Berchtesgaden, Germany, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1876-1950 at Ancestry/requires payment

Nuremberg (Nürnberg), Germany, Deaths, 1876-1983 at Ancestry/requires payment; Ancestry also has Marriages, 1876-1925; and Births, 1876-1905 for Nuremberg

Bavaria: Nuremberg Civil Registration, 1803-1886 at FamilySearch (index is available online with free registration)

Roman Catholic Diocese of Passau Church Records digital images from the church books


Berlin

Berlin, Germany, Births, 1874-1899 at Ancestry/requires payment; Ancestry also has Marriages and Deaths, 1874-1920 for Berlin

Berlin Telephone Books, 1908-1991; and Address Directories, 1799-1943


Brandenburg

Brandenburg, Germany, Transcripts of Church Records, 1700-1874 at Ancestry/requires payment. Has transcripts of more than 650 sets of church records for the state of Brandenburg, Germany from the Brandenburgisches Landeshauptarchiv. Coverage varies by parish -- most are from 1795-1874. Most are for Protestant churches.

Landkreis Barnim, Germany, Deaths, 1874-1966 at Ancestry/requires payment; Ancestry also has Births, 1874-1906; and Marriages, 1874-1936 for Landkreis Barnim


Bremen

Bremer Adressbücher 1794-1955 (Bremen Address Directories)

Bremen, Germany, Military Lists, 1712-1914 at Ancestry/requires payment

Bremen, Germany Ships Crew Lists, 1815-1917 at Ancestry/requires payment; Ancestry also has: Bremen, Germany Sailors Registry (Bremer Seeleuteregister), 1824-1917.


East Prussia (Ostpreussen) now in Poland

See the first link in the West Prussia section below


Hamburg

Hamburg Generalregister Sterbefälle (General Register of Deaths), 1876-1983 PDF files

Hamburg, Germany, Marriages, 1874-1920 at Ancestry (requires payment) Ancestry also has Hamburg Births, 1874-1901, and Deaths, 1874-1950.

Hamburg Address Books


Hesse (Hessen)

Hessian Archive Documentation and Information System - Arcinsys includes Hessian Death Records 1876-1929, and other items Hessian Regional History Information System (LAGIS): Hessian Vital Records Search (by Standesamt) type in a standesamt (civil registration office) to see what digitized civil vital records are available online for that place

Hesse, Germany Births, 1851-1901 (at Ancestry/fee-based) coverage varies by civil registration office; Ancestry also has Lutheran church records, and civil marriage and death records for various places and time frames in Hesse

Hesse Records Online at FamilySearch (free with registration)... Adreßbuch von Kassel und Umgebungen (Address Books for Kassel and Surroundings)


Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Mecklenburg-West Pomerania)

Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census Records Online for 1819, 1867, 1890 and 1900 (at Ancestry/fee-based)
Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1900 at FamilySearch

Grevesmühlen, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany, Marriages, 1876-1920 (at Ancestry/fee-based) Ancestry also has Grevesmühlen Births, 1876-1901 and Deaths, 1876-1950; includes Grevesmühlen and the communities of Börzow, Diedrichshagen, Friedrichshagen, Roggenstorf, and Bössow.


Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)

Suche in den Online-Findbüchern des Niedersächsischen Landesarchivs general search engine for the Niedersachsen state archive (includes some emigration records)

Nienburg, Germany, Deaths, 1874-1974 at Ancestry/requires payment; Ancestry also has Nienburg, Germany, Births, 1874-1905

St. Martin Church of Hohnhorst, Schaumburg Province (Formerly Hessische Grafschaf Schaumburg), Lower Saxony index to church record extractions (marriages and confirmations)


Nordrhein-Westfalen (North Rhine-Westphalia)

NRW State Archive: Landesarchiv, Rhineland, Digitized Death Records includes duplicates of the civil death records from the Rhineland region of North Rhine-Westphalia, c.1870s-c.1930s; not yet complete; ongoing project; includes Aachen, Bonn, Duisburg, Dusseldorf, Essen and other places; coverage varies by place

Dortmund Civil Registration Death Records

Münster: Diocese of Münster Catholic Church Records (images online) listed by parish; not indexed

Minden, Germany, Deaths, 1874-1966 (at Ancestry/requires payment) Ancestry also has Minden Births, 1874-1905; Marriages, 1874-1935; and other records for Minden

Sauerländer Arbeitskreise für Familienforschung PDF files that can be downloaded with vital records for the following towns: Endorf, Eslohe, Hellefeld, Kallenhardt, Schönholthausen, Schliprüthen & Stockum

Kreis Viersen: Indexes for Civil Births, Marriages and Deaths

Wehdem Evangelical Church Records (includes the villages of Wehdem, Oppendorf, Westrup & Oppenwehe)

Index of Some Surnames of Windheim Parish (includes the villages of Windheim, Ilse, Joessen, Haevern, Rosenhagen, Neuenknick, Seelenfeld & Doehren)

Bergischer Datenpool (Data Pool) genealogy database with user contributed material for the Bergisches Land area including Wuppertal


Pommern (Pomerania) parts now in Poland

Pomeranian Genealogical Association Databases includes christenings, marriages, deaths and more

Germany, Prussia, Pomerania Church Records, 1544-1945 at FamilySearch (requires free registration)

Pomerania, Germany, Parish Register Transcripts, 1544-1883 at Ancestry/requires payment

Genealogy in Archives - sources for the history of the inhabitants of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship has a database with genealogy records for the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Province

Pommerndatenbank includes address books and some church records

Geneteka has indexes for some parish registers in Pomerania

Pomeranian Pedigree Database contains over 100,000 names input by the members of the Pommerscher Verein Freistadt (Pomeranian Society of Freistadt)

Die Vorfahren Surname Database of Pomerania & Surrounding Regions This index has about 127,000 names that have apppeared in Die Pommerschen Leute (German Pomeranian Newsletter) from 1982-2012.

Also see the "Eastern Prussian Provinces" link in the Westpreussen section below.


Posen (Poznan) now in Poland

Poznan Marriage Indexing Project index for 817,000 marriages from the Prussian province of Posen

Civil Registrations (Births, 1874-1877) for Bartschin, Kreis Schubin - now Barcin, (Szubin), Poland


Rheinland-Pfalz (Rhineland-Palatinate)

Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1556-1973 (at Ancestry/requires payment)

Ludwigshafen, Germany, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1798-1875 (at Ancestry/requires payment); Ancestry also has Births, 1876-1903; Marriages, 1876-1924; Deaths, 1875-1950; and Family Tables, 1730-1903 for Ludwigshafen.

Mainz, Germany, Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1798-1875 (at Ancestry/requires payment)
Also included with a fee-based Ancestry subscription:
  • Mainz, Germany, Birth Records, 1872-1900
  • Mainz, Germany, Marriages, 1876-1920
  • Mainz, Germany, Deaths, 1876-1950
  • Mainz, Germany, Emigration Register, 1856-1877
Speyer, Germany, Civil Registry Vital Records, 1798-1875 (at Ancestry/requires payment)

Steinfeld, Germany Deaths, 1683-1793 (at Ancestry/requires payment)

Trier... Births & Marriages in the Eifel Region of Germany

List of Palatines from Germany to England in 1709 (most went on to America)


Sachsen-Anhalt (Saxony-Anhalt)

Saxony, Prussia, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1760-1890 (at Ancestry/requires payment)

Birth, Christening, Marriage and Death Records of St. Michael's, Zeitz, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany 1799-1874

Also see the Thuringia section below.


Schleswig-Holstein

AKVZ-Databank Schleswig-Holstein Census Registers

Genealogy in Schleswig Holstein, Germany
Includes some census and emigration records for this German state.

Genealogy Records from the Parish of Erfde, Schleswig features downloadable PDF files of church records, graves, census records & emigrants - includes: Erfde, Tielen, Bargen, Scheppern, Pahlhorn & Tielenhemme

Schleswig-Holstein: Kreis Steinburg, Civil Registration Records, 1874-1983 at FamilySearch


Thüringen (Thuringia)

Saxony and Thuringia, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1591-1875 (at Ancestry/requires payment)

Weimar, Germany, Deaths, 1876-1950 (at Ancestry/requires payment) Ancestry also has Weimar Births, 1876-1903; and Weimar Marriages, 1876-1920.

Erfurt, Germany, Births, 1874-1901 (at Ancestry/requires payment) Ancestry also has marriages, 1874-1900; and death records, 1874-1935 for Erfurt
Erfurt, Germany, Transcripts of Church Records, 1806-1874 (at Ancestry/requires payment) Erfurt, Deutschland, Kirchenbuchduplikate, 1806-1874


Westpreussen (West Prussia) now in Poland

Eastern Prussian Provinces, Germany [Poland], Selected Civil Vitals, 1874-1945 at Ancestry/requires payment; coverage varies by place; includes some civil vital records from West Prussia, East Prussia, Silesia, Brandenburg, Pomerania and Posen-West Prussia

The West Prussian Land Register of 1772-1773

Familienforschung in Westpreussen database of about 100,000 residents with 12,700 surnames in 3 counties: Briesen, Graudenz and Strasburg (and adjacent districts)

Putzig, West Prussia Genealogy Records 1660-1890
Assorted birth, marriage and death records extracted from the Catholic Church records of Putzig, West Prussia -- today called Puck, Poland. Civil Registrations (Births) in West Prussia for the following towns...
  • Bankau, Kreis Schwertz - now Bakowo (Swiecie), Bydgoszcz, Poland
  • Borczyskowo, Kreis Schlochau - now Borzyszkowy (Chojnice), Bydgoszcz, Poland
  • Heidemuhl, Kreis Schlochau - now Borowy Mlyn (Chojnice), Bydgoszcz, Poland



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