Deciphering Records in German:–

  • If you have never tried researching your German Ancestory before you will definitely find this link Useful

The German Genealogy Network –

  • Addressbooks, A database with transcribed information out of historical addressbooks

The German Heritage and Genealogy Home Page –

  • Research your German ancestry among surname queries, ship arrivals, coat of arms,

Archives in Germany

  • The archives are sorted by “Bundesländer” and their administrative subdivisions and by the area of responsiblity. Within the “Landkreise” the “Kreisarchiv” (if known or existent) is listed first, the other archives are listed alphabetically by their location

Catholic Church Archives Germany and Archives of the Evangelic Church

  • The Church Archives are listed alphabetically by their locations. Many churches permitted the Family History Library in Salt Lake City to make microfilm copies of their registers specifically so that genealogical researchers could use these microfilms and not distract the incumbents from their pastoral duties with genealogical requests. Remember to check the Family History Library records before contacting the local Church.

National German Military Grave Registration Service

  • This free German genealogy database contains the names of more than two million German soldiers dead or missing from WWI or WWII. Over 4,5 million loss messages are at present callable. The database is constantly supplemented. This site is all in German so you will need to use a translator like Yahoo babblefish Click Here and enter the web address to translate this link

Kartenmeister –

  • Welcome to the most comprehensive database of its kind in the world. It contains 85275 locations with over 34.125 name changes once, and 5,500 twice and more. All locations are EAST of the Oder and Neisse rivers and are based on the borders of the eastern provinces in Spring 1918. Included in this database are the following provinces: Eastprussia, including Memel, Westprussia, Brandenburg, Posen, Pomerania, and Silesia. It currently list most towns or points, points being: Mills, some bridges, battlefields, named trees, cenotaphs etc. As more information becomes available, (books, maps, your input etc) this database will be updated. I would also ask to advise me of any mistakes you may find at:

German Emigration to America

  • Passenger Lists, Hamburg 1850-1934, ship passenger lists. Castle Garden, America’s first immigration center, passenger ship arrival list database, 1830-1892. (29 March 2007) The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, passenger ship arrival list database, 1892-1924. (29 March 2007) US Passport applications, 1795-1924, a catalog of microfilms of records held by the National Archives (30-Oct-1998)

Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e.V.

  • The German Military Grave Registration Service. Maintains 2 million war graves in over 640 cemeteries. Assists in grave identification and restoration. Provides assistance in determining the fate of German war dead.

New England Naturalization Petitions 1791 – 1906

  • This is a subset of the New England Petitions for naturalization, and is predominantly of German Nationals who immigrated to New England.

Beyond History : A Journey to Your Heritage

  • Hamburg-based professional genealogical research service for Germany with a special focus on emigration research in the Hamburg passenger departure lists.