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German Genealogy FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about German Genealogy.

This FAQ about German Genealogy was compiled and written by Jim Eggert EggertJ@crosswinds.net with numerous contributions by others.

-01 How can I start researching my German or German-American family?
Beginners should do two things first: interview elderly or ...
-02 What introductory or general books should I read? (genealogy - German)
Here is a list of some useful books. Most of these works ...
-03 Can you help me with surname ABCDEF? (genealogy - German)
Simple surname queries without any supporting information ...
-04 Where can I register/find my surnames? (genealogy - German)
Surnames are best registered on the Internet in several fora:...
-05 What are the rules for given names? (genealogy - German)
Different areas/times/families had different naming conventions....
-06 Where is the town/village Xyz? (genealogy - German)
The best places to look are:...
-07 How do I find an address or phone number? (genealogy - German)
For German phone numbers, the best resources are CD-...
-08 How can I find out what village my ancestor came from?
This is sometimes easy, sometimes quite difficult, and ...
-09 What about the German census?
The German central government conducted censuses in 1871, every ...
-10 How about German cemeteries?
German cemeteries are not as useful for genealogical purpose ...
-11 What does my German surname mean?
The meaning of a German surname can often be found in a German-...
-12 Is my family from a town with a name like their surname? (genealogy - German)
Assuming that the family name is a place name perhaps with ...
-13 How can I learn about German noble families?
The standard series of books on German nobility is the ...
-14 Where can I find German military records?
All personnel rosters and card indices (Stammrollen ...
-15 How do I write to a German Standesamt, parish, or archive?
For archive addresses, see the question on archive addresses....
-16 How do I find German postal codes?
German postal codes (Postleitzahl or PLZ, equivalent to US ...
-17 I don't know German. What should I do?
The best overall solution is to learn German. Often such a ...
-18 I can't read German handwriting. What should I do?
There is of course no one German handwriting, but often ...
-19 What is the basic German genealogical vocabulary?
-20 What are the German umlauts and genealogical symbols?
Umlauts, etc.:...
-21 How can I send money to Germany?
The most convenient and economical way to send money overseas ...
-22 What is the IGI?
The International Genealogical Index is maintained by the FHL ...
-23 Where can I find passenger lists or ship information? (genealogy - German)
Ship passenger lists appear in two basic types: embarkation ...
-24 What is "Germans to America"?
Germans to America is a book series devoted to ...
-25 What German archives and/or genealogical organizations are there?
Andreas Hanacek maintains a list of German archives ...
-26 How do I find a book about abc or xyz? (genealogy - German)
If you know the title and author, go to your favorite library ...
-27 Should I buy a surname/crest/family history book sold by mail? (genealogy - German)
Be careful. Some unscrupulous firms offer books that are ...
-28 Where do I go on the Internet for German genealogy?
The first place to go is the German genealogy server ...
-29 What are soc.genealogy.german, soc.genealogy.surnames.german, and de.sci.genealogie?
The two Usenet newsgroups of interest to German ...
-30 Are there other online resources for genealogy?
Lots. Here are a few excellent starting points:...
-31 How can I possibly repay you for all your help? (soc.genealogy.german)
Please repay help freely given by helping other ...
-32 Acknowledgements (soc.genealogy.german)
Thanks go to the following people: Nate Blaylock, Henning Boettcher, ...









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