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If you want to do research in German archives be aware that some are charging fees for using their research facilities. Doing research in archives might not be free of charge! For further information please click [http://wiki-de.genealogy.net/DAGV/Archivgebühren here]  
 
If you want to do research in German archives be aware that some are charging fees for using their research facilities. Doing research in archives might not be free of charge! For further information please click [http://wiki-de.genealogy.net/DAGV/Archivgebühren here]  
  
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*[[Germany Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]] 
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*[[Germany Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]
*[[Germany Biography|Biography]] 
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*[[Germany Biography|Biography]]
*[[Germany Cemeteries|Cemeteries]] 
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*[[Germany Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
*[[Germany Census|Census]] 
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*[[Germany Census|Census]]
*[[Germany Church Directories|Church Directories]] 
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*[[Germany Church Directories|Church Directories]]
*[[Germany Church History|Church History]] 
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*[[Germany Church History|Church History]]
*[[Germany Church Records|Church Records]] 
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*[[Germany Church Records|Church Records]]
*[[Germany Cities and Towns]] 
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*[[Germany Cities and Towns]]
*[[Germany Civil Registration|Civil Registration]] 
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*[[Germany Civil Registration|Civil Registration]]
*[[Germany Court Records|Court Records]] 
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*[[Germany Court Records|Court Records]]
*[[Germany Finding Cultural Areas|Cultural Areas]]  
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*[[Germany Finding Cultural Areas|Cultural Areas]]  
*[[Germany German Funerary Customs and Practices|Customs]] 
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*[[Germany German Funerary Customs and Practices|Customs]]
*[[Germany Digital Resources|Digital Resources]] 
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*[[Germany Digital Resources|Digital Resources]]
*[[Germany Directories|Directories]] 
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*[[Germany Directories|Directories]]
*[[Germany Dwellings|Dwellings]] 
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*[[Germany Dwellings|Dwellings]]
*[[Germany Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]] 
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*[[Germany Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
 
*[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/French_Influence_on_German_Research French Influence]  
 
*[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/French_Influence_on_German_Research French Influence]  
*[[Germany Gazetteers|Gazetteers]] 
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*[[Germany Genealogy|Genealogy]] 
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*[[Germany Genealogy|Genealogy]]
*[[Germany Heraldry|Heraldry]] 
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*[[Germany Historical Geography|Historical Geography]] 
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*[[Germany Historical Geography|Historical Geography]]
*[[Germany History|History]] 
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*[[Germany Jewish Records|Jewish Records]] 
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*[[Germany Jurisdictions|Jurisdictions]] 
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*[[Germany Jurisdictions|Jurisdictions]]
*[[Germany Land and Property|Land and Property]] 
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*[[Germany Language and Languages|Language and Languages]] 
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*[[Germany Maps|Maps]] 
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*[[Germany Military Records|Military Records]] 
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*[[Germany Names, Personal|Names Personal]] 
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*[[Germany Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]] 
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*[[Germany Obituaries|Obituaries]] 
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*[[Germany Societies|Societies]]
 
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== Getting started with German research  ==
 
== Getting started with German research  ==
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Welcome to the Germany page!  
 
Welcome to the Germany page!  
  
FamilySearch Wiki is a community website dedicated to helping people throughout the world learn how to find their ancestors. Through the Germany page you can learn how to find, use, and analyze Germanic records of genealogical value. The content is variously targeted to beginners, intermediate, and expert researchers. The Germany Page is a work in progress, your [[FamilySearch Wiki:Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections pages|<font color="#0066cc">contributions</font>]]&nbsp; and [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/FamilySearch_Wiki:Feedback <font color="#0066cc">feedback</font>] are essential!&nbsp;
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FamilySearch Wiki is a community website dedicated to helping people throughout the world learn how to find their ancestors. Through the Germany page you can learn how to find, use, and analyze Germanic records of genealogical value. The content is variously targeted to beginners, intermediate, and expert researchers. The Germany Page is a work in progress, your [[FamilySearch Wiki:Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections pages|contributions]] and [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/FamilySearch_Wiki:Feedback feedback] are essential!
  
''View [http://script.byu.edu/german/en/welcome.aspx the German Research&nbsp;online tutorials] from FamilySearch Learning Center.''  
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''View [http://script.byu.edu/german/en/welcome.aspx the German Research online tutorials] from FamilySearch Learning Center.''  
  
== Nobility &amp; Government Areas &nbsp;  ==
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== Nobility &amp; Government Areas ==
  
*[[Portal:Anhalt - Herzogtum (duchy)|<font color="#0066cc">Anhalt - Herzogtum (duchy)</font>]]&nbsp;
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*[[Portal:Anhalt - Herzogtum (duchy)|Anhalt - Herzogtum (duchy)]]
*[[Portal:Baden – Herzogtum (duchy)|<font color="#0066cc">Baden – Herzogtum (duchy)</font>]]&nbsp;
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*[[Portal:Baden – Herzogtum (duchy)|Baden – Herzogtum (duchy)]]
*[[Portal:Bayern (Bavaria) – Königreich (kingdom)|<font color="#0066cc">Bayern – Königreich (kingdom)</font>]] (Bavaria)&nbsp;
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*[[Portal:Bayern (Bavaria) – Königreich (kingdom)|Bayern – Königreich (kingdom)]] (Bavaria)
*[[Portal:Braunschweig (Brunswick) – Herzogtum (duchy)|<font color="#0066cc">Braunschweig (Brunswick) – Herzogtum (duchy)</font>]]&nbsp;
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*[[Portal:Braunschweig (Brunswick) – Herzogtum (duchy)|Braunschweig (Brunswick) – Herzogtum (duchy)]]
*[[Portal:Elsass-Lothringen (Alsace Lorraine – Provinz (province)|<font color="#0066cc">Elsass-Lothringen ( – Provinz)</font>]] (Alsace-Lorraine province, 1871-1918)&nbsp;
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*[[Portal:Elsass-Lothringen (Alsace Lorraine – Provinz (province)|Elsass-Lothringen ( – Provinz)]] (Alsace-Lorraine province, 1871-1918)
*[[Portal:Hessen – Herzogtum (duchy)|<font color="#0066cc">Hessen – Grossherzogtum (Grand duchy)</font>]]&nbsp;
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*[[Portal:Hessen – Herzogtum (duchy)|Hessen – Grossherzogtum (Grand duchy)]]
*[[Portal:Lippe – Fürstentum (principality)|<font color="#0066cc">Lippe – Fürstentum (principality)</font>]]&nbsp;
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*[[Portal:Lippe – Fürstentum (principality)|Lippe – Fürstentum (principality)]]
*[[Portal:Mecklenburg-Schwerin – Herzogtum (duchy)|<font color="#0066cc">Mecklenburg-Schwerin – Herzogtum (duchy)</font>]]&nbsp;
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*[[Portal:Mecklenburg-Strelitz – Herzogtum (duchy)|<font color="#0066cc">Mecklenburg-Strelitz – Herzogtum (duchy)</font>]]&nbsp;
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*[[Portal:Mecklenburg-Strelitz – Herzogtum (duchy)|Mecklenburg-Strelitz – Herzogtum (duchy)]]  
*[[Portal:Oldenburg – Herzogtum (duchy)|<font color="#0066cc">Oldenburg – Herzogtum (duchy)</font>]]&nbsp;
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*[[Portal:Oldenburg – Herzogtum (duchy)|Oldenburg – Herzogtum (duchy)]]
*[[Bremen, Germany|<font color="#0066cc">Bremen</font>]]&nbsp;
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*[[Bremen, Germany|Bremen]]
*[[Hamburg, Germany|<font color="#0066cc">Hamburg</font>]]&nbsp;
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*[[Hamburg, Germany|Hamburg]]
*[[Freie Stadt Lübeck|<font color="#0066cc">Lübeck</font>]]&nbsp;
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*[[Freie Stadt Lübeck|Lübeck]]
*'''Preussen (Prussia &amp; Preußen) – Königreich (kingdom)'''&nbsp;
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*'''Preussen (Prussia &amp; Preußen) – Königreich (kingdom)'''
**[[Prussia - Brandenburg|<font color="#0066cc">Brandenburg</font>]]&nbsp;
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**[[Prussia - Brandenburg|Brandenburg]]
**[[Prussia - Hannover|<font color="#0066cc">Hannover</font>]]&nbsp;
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**[[Prussia - Hannover|Hannover]]
**[[Prussia - Hessen-Nassau|<font color="#0066cc">Hessen - Nassau</font>]] (Hesse-Nassau)&nbsp;
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**[[Prussia - Hessen-Nassau|Hessen - Nassau]] (Hesse-Nassau)
**[[Prussia - Hohenzollern|<font color="#0066cc">Hohenzollern</font>]]&nbsp;
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**[[Prussia - Hohenzollern|Hohenzollern]]
**[[Prussia - Ostpreußen|<font color="#0066cc">Ostpreußen</font>]] (Ostpreussen, East Prussia)&nbsp;
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**[[Prussia - Ostpreußen|Ostpreußen]] (Ostpreussen, East Prussia)
**[[Prussia - Pommern|<font color="#0066cc">Pommern</font>]] (Pomerania)&nbsp;
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**[[Prussia - Pommern|Pommern]] (Pomerania)
**[[Prussia - Posen|<font color="#0066cc">Posen</font>]] (Poznan)&nbsp;
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**[[Prussia - Posen|Posen]] (Poznan)
**[[Prussia - Rheinland|<font color="#0066cc">Rheinland</font>]] (Rhineland)&nbsp;
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**[[Prussia - Rheinland|Rheinland]] (Rhineland)
**[[Prussia - Provinz Sachsen|<font color="#0066cc">Provinz Sachsen</font>]] (Province of Saxony)  
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**[[Prussia - Provinz Sachsen|Provinz Sachsen]] (Province of Saxony)  
**[[Prussia - Schlesien|<font color="#0066cc">Schlesien</font>]] (Silesia)&nbsp;
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**[[Prussia - Schlesien|Schlesien]] (Silesia)
**[[Prussia - Schleswig-Holstein|<font color="#0066cc">Schleswig-Holstein</font>]] (Sleswick-Holsatia)&nbsp;
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**[[Prussia - Schleswig-Holstein|Schleswig-Holstein]] (Sleswick-Holsatia)
**[[Prussia - Westfalen|<font color="#0066cc">Westfalen</font>]] (Westphalia)&nbsp;
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**[[Prussia - Westfalen|Westfalen]] (Westphalia)
**[[Prussia - Westpreußen|<font color="#0066cc">Westpreußen</font>]] (Westpreussen, West Prussia)  
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**[[Prussia - Westpreußen|Westpreußen]] (Westpreussen, West Prussia)  
*[[Sachsen (Saxony) – Königreich (kingdom)|<font color="#0066cc">Sachsen - Königreich</font>]] (Kingdom of Saxony)&nbsp;
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*[[Sachsen (Saxony) – Königreich (kingdom)|Sachsen - Königreich]] (Kingdom of Saxony)
*[[Schaumburg-Lippe – Fürstentum (principality)|<font color="#0066cc">Schaumburg-Lippe – Fürstentum</font>]]&nbsp;
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**[[Portal:Thuringia - Sachsen Altenburg – Herzogtum (duchy)|<font color="#0066cc">Sachsen Altenburg – Herzogtum (duchy)</font>]]&nbsp;
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**[[Portal:Thuringia - Sachsen Coburg - Gotha – Herzogtum (duchy)|<font color="#0066cc">Sachsen Coburg-Gotha – Herzogtum (duchy)</font>]]&nbsp;
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**[[Portal:Thuringia - Sachsen Meiningen – Herzogtum (duchy)|<font color="#0066cc">Sachsen Meiningen – Herzogtum (duchy)</font>]]&nbsp;
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**[[Portal:Thuringia - Sachsen Weimar - Eisenach – Herzogtum (duchy)|<font color="#0066cc">Sachsen Weimar - Eisenach – Herzogtum (duchy)</font>]]&nbsp;
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**[[Portal:Thuringia - Schwarzburg Rudolstadt – Fürstentum (principality)|<font color="#0066cc">Schwarzburg Rudolstadt – Fürstentum (principality)</font>]]&nbsp;
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**[[Portal:Thuringia - Schwarzburg Sondershausen – Fürstentum (principality)|<font color="#0066cc">Schwarzburg Sondershausen – Fürstentum (principality)</font>]]&nbsp;
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**[[Portal:Thuringia - Schwarzburg Sondershausen – Fürstentum (principality)|Schwarzburg Sondershausen – Fürstentum (principality)]]
**[[Portal:Thuringia - Reuss ältere Linie – Fürstentum (principality)|<font color="#0066cc">Reuss ältere Linie – Fürstentum (principality)</font>]] (Older line)&nbsp;
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**[[Portal:Thuringia - Reuss ältere Linie – Fürstentum (principality)|Reuss ältere Linie – Fürstentum (principality)]] (Older line)
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*[[Portal:Waldeck - Fürstentum (principality)|<font color="#0066cc">Waldeck - Fürstentum (principality)</font>]]&nbsp;
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*[[Portal:Waldeck - Fürstentum (principality)|Waldeck - Fürstentum (principality)]]
*[[Portal:Württemberg – Königreich (kingdom)|<font color="#0066cc">Württemberg – Königreich (kingdom)</font>]] (Wuerttemberg)
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*[[Portal:Württemberg – Königreich (kingdom)|Württemberg – Königreich (kingdom)]] (Wuerttemberg)
  
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== Featured Content ==
  
== Featured Content &nbsp;  ==
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[[Image:Village in Thueringen.jpg|right|335px]] As a result of wars and political realignments, the internal and external boundaries of Germany have changed several times. A Web site that lists links to various maps of areas found in the German Empire is... [[Germany Historical Geography|(Read More)]]
  
[[Image:Village in Thueringen.jpg|right|335px]] As a result of wars and political realignments, the internal and external boundaries of Germany have changed several times. A Web site that lists links to various maps of areas found in&nbsp;the German Empire&nbsp;is... [[Germany Historical Geography|<font color="#0066cc">(Read More)</font>]]&nbsp;
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== Research Tools ==
  
== Research Tools &nbsp;  ==
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*Join a [https://www.facebook.com/pages/German-Genealogy-Research-Community/127231670710853?sk=wall Facebook] or [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Join_a_Skype_Research_Community Skype] Germany Genealogy Research Community
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*[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/German_Research_Websites German Research Websites]
  
*Join a [https://www.facebook.com/pages/German-Genealogy-Research-Community/127231670710853?sk=wall Facebook] or [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Join_a_Skype_Research_Community Skype] Germany Genealogy Research Community<font color="#0066cc"></font>
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*[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/images/c/c4/Localities.pdf Pdf Archive Inventory] Part 1 of 2: Church records in Archives" - an inventory  of localities and the location or archive where the records  should be found.
*[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/German_Research_Websites <font color="#0066cc">German Research Websites</font>]
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*The list of archives with addresses which correspond to the localities list, can be found at this link [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/images/f/f7/Archive_Add_.pdf Archive Addresses]  Please note that in the second column, with the heading of "key" matches the Archive "number" in the first link which contains the database.
  
*[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/images/c/c4/Localities.pdf <font color="#0066cc">Pdf Archive Inventory</font>] Part 1 of 2: Church&nbsp;records&nbsp;in&nbsp;Archives" - an inventory&nbsp; of localities and the location or archive&nbsp;where the records &nbsp;should be found.
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== Related Content ==
*The list of archives with addresses which correspond to the localities list, can be found at this link [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/images/f/f7/Archive_Add_.pdf <font color="#0066cc">Archive Addresses</font>]&nbsp;&nbsp; Please note that in the second column, with the heading of "key" matches the Archive "number" in the first link which contains the database.
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== Related Content &nbsp;  ==
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*[[Germans from Russia|Germans from Russia]]
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*[[Hamburg Passenger Lists|Hamburg Passenger Lists]]
  
*[[Germans from Russia|<font color="#0066cc">Germans from Russia</font>]]&nbsp;
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== Did you know? ==
*[[Hamburg Passenger Lists|<font color="#0066cc">Hamburg Passenger Lists</font>]]
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== Did you know? &nbsp;  ==
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[[Image:Muehlhausen Thueringen .jpg|right|335px]]
  
[[Image:Muehlhausen Thueringen .jpg|right|335px]]&nbsp;
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German-Americans are the largest ancestral group in the United States. According to the 2005 US census, an estimated 49.2 million Americans identify German as their ancestry. In the 1990 U.S. census, 58 million Americans reported they were solely or partially of German descent. The first significant numbers arrived in the 1680s in New York and Pennsylvania and some eight million German immigrants have entered the United States since that time. In 1745, there were an estimated 45,000 Germans living in Pennsylvania alone. German immigration continued in substantial numbers during the 19th century with the largest number of arrivals in the 1840–1880 time frame. Today, California and Pennsylvania have the largest populations with German ancestry, with over six million German Americans residing in the two states alone, although the highest density of German Americans reside in North Dakota and Wisconsin.
  
German-Americans are the largest ancestral group in the United States. According to the 2005 US census, an estimated 49.2 million Americans identify German as their ancestry. In the 1990 U.S. census, 58 million Americans reported they were solely or partially of German descent. The first significant numbers arrived in the 1680s in New York and Pennsylvania and some eight million German immigrants have entered the United States since that time. In 1745, there were an estimated 45,000 Germans living in Pennsylvania alone. German immigration continued in substantial numbers during the 19th century with the largest number of arrivals in the 1840–1880 time frame. Today, California and Pennsylvania have the largest populations with German ancestry, with over six million German Americans residing in the two states alone, although the highest density of German Americans reside in North Dakota and Wisconsin.&nbsp;
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=== New portal for German Church Records on the Internet ===
  
=== New portal for German Church Records on the Internet &nbsp;  ===
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The new [http://www.kirchenbuchportal.de/inhalt.htm Kirchenbuchportal] (church book portal) has been created by the Association of Church Archives to facilitate access to German-language church records. As of July 2010 several archives have posted detailed inventories of the parish registers in their collections. Details about the participating archives, including links to posted inventories, are found [http://www.kirchenbuchportal.de/visit.htm here]. A database of all inventoried records, arranged by archive, is found [http://www.kirchenbuchportal.findbuch.net/php/main.php?ar_id=3708 here]. For details see "Germany- Church Records"
  
The new [http://www.kirchenbuchportal.de/inhalt.htm <font color="#0066cc">Kirchenbuchportal</font>] (church book portal) has been created by the Association of Church Archives to facilitate access to German-language church records. As of July 2010 several archives have posted detailed inventories of the parish registers in their collections. Details about the participating archives, including links to posted inventories, are found [http://www.kirchenbuchportal.de/visit.htm <font color="#0066cc">here</font>]. A database of all inventoried records, arranged by archive, is found [http://www.kirchenbuchportal.findbuch.net/php/main.php?ar_id=3708 <font color="#0066cc">here</font>]. For details see "Germany- Church Records".&nbsp;
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=== Germany Relaxes Access to Civil Registration Records ===
 
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=== Germany Relaxes Access to Civil Registration Records &nbsp;  ===
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As of 1 Jan 2009 the German rights-to-privacy laws with regard to to post-1875 civil registration birth, marriage and death certificates have been relaxed. Under the new law, births are available after 110 years, marriages after 80 years and deaths after 30 years, as long as all persons mentioned in the record are dead. The law also provides for older records to be transferred from the local civil registration office to an archive for easier access. For details, see: [[Germany Civil Registration#Recent_Changes_in_Rights-to-Privacy_Laws|Recent Changes in Rights-to-Privacy Laws]].  
 
As of 1 Jan 2009 the German rights-to-privacy laws with regard to to post-1875 civil registration birth, marriage and death certificates have been relaxed. Under the new law, births are available after 110 years, marriages after 80 years and deaths after 30 years, as long as all persons mentioned in the record are dead. The law also provides for older records to be transferred from the local civil registration office to an archive for easier access. For details, see: [[Germany Civil Registration#Recent_Changes_in_Rights-to-Privacy_Laws|Recent Changes in Rights-to-Privacy Laws]].  
  
=== Jewish Records online &nbsp; &nbsp;  ===
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=== Jewish Records online ===
  
In March 2009 the Landesarchiv&nbsp;Baden-Wuerttemberg&nbsp;made&nbsp;images of [https://www2.landesarchiv-bw.de/ofs21/olf/einfueh.php?bestand=5632 <font color="#0066cc">Jewish records</font>] available on the Internet. Previously this&nbsp;collection could only be viewed&nbsp;on microfilm at the State Archive in Stuttgart. The collection includes birth, marriage, and death registers, family books,&nbsp;and other lists, mostly from the 19th Century. See [[German Jewish Records#Jewish_Records_available_on_the_Internet|Jewish Records available on the Internet]] for details. See also [[Jewish Genealogy Research]] for many how-to-research instruction pages on the Wiki.  
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In March 2009 the Landesarchiv Baden-Wuerttemberg made images of [https://www2.landesarchiv-bw.de/ofs21/olf/einfueh.php?bestand=5632 Jewish records] available on the Internet. Previously this collection could only be viewed on microfilm at the State Archive in Stuttgart. The collection includes birth, marriage, and death registers, family books, and other lists, mostly from the 19th Century. See [[German Jewish Records#Jewish_Records_available_on_the_Internet|Jewish Records available on the Internet]] for details. See also [[Jewish Genealogy Research]] for many how-to-research instruction pages on the Wiki.  
  
=== &nbsp;Berlin Evangelical Central Archive Inventory Online &nbsp;  ===
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=== Berlin Evangelical Central Archive Inventory Online   ===
  
[http://www.matricula.findbuch.net/php/main.php?ar_id=3670 <font color="#0066cc">The Matricula&nbsp;site</font>]&nbsp;includes inventories of many&nbsp;Lutheran church records from&nbsp;Eastern areas, including Ostpreussen, Schlesien, Posen, Brandenburg, Pommern and Westpreussen. This data was contributed by the&nbsp;Evangelical&nbsp;Central Archive of Berlin (EZAB). &nbsp;As of January 2010 only the EZAB&nbsp;inventory has been posted, not the actual records. The site contains some&nbsp;digitized&nbsp;church records from other&nbsp;German and Austrian archives.&nbsp;&nbsp; [[Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Censuses (FamilySearch Historical Records)|<font color="#0066cc">Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Censuses (FamilySearch</font>]]  
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Getting started with German research

Welcome to the Germany page!

FamilySearch Wiki is a community website dedicated to helping people throughout the world learn how to find their ancestors. Through the Germany page you can learn how to find, use, and analyze Germanic records of genealogical value. The content is variously targeted to beginners, intermediate, and expert researchers. The Germany Page is a work in progress, your contributions and feedback are essential!

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As a result of wars and political realignments, the internal and external boundaries of Germany have changed several times. A Web site that lists links to various maps of areas found in the German Empire is... (Read More)

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  • Pdf Archive Inventory Part 1 of 2: Church records in Archives" - an inventory of localities and the location or archive where the records should be found.
  • The list of archives with addresses which correspond to the localities list, can be found at this link Archive Addresses Please note that in the second column, with the heading of "key" matches the Archive "number" in the first link which contains the database.

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German-Americans are the largest ancestral group in the United States. According to the 2005 US census, an estimated 49.2 million Americans identify German as their ancestry. In the 1990 U.S. census, 58 million Americans reported they were solely or partially of German descent. The first significant numbers arrived in the 1680s in New York and Pennsylvania and some eight million German immigrants have entered the United States since that time. In 1745, there were an estimated 45,000 Germans living in Pennsylvania alone. German immigration continued in substantial numbers during the 19th century with the largest number of arrivals in the 1840–1880 time frame. Today, California and Pennsylvania have the largest populations with German ancestry, with over six million German Americans residing in the two states alone, although the highest density of German Americans reside in North Dakota and Wisconsin.

New portal for German Church Records on the Internet

The new Kirchenbuchportal (church book portal) has been created by the Association of Church Archives to facilitate access to German-language church records. As of July 2010 several archives have posted detailed inventories of the parish registers in their collections. Details about the participating archives, including links to posted inventories, are found here. A database of all inventoried records, arranged by archive, is found here. For details see "Germany- Church Records"

Germany Relaxes Access to Civil Registration Records

As of 1 Jan 2009 the German rights-to-privacy laws with regard to to post-1875 civil registration birth, marriage and death certificates have been relaxed. Under the new law, births are available after 110 years, marriages after 80 years and deaths after 30 years, as long as all persons mentioned in the record are dead. The law also provides for older records to be transferred from the local civil registration office to an archive for easier access. For details, see: Recent Changes in Rights-to-Privacy Laws.

Jewish Records online

In March 2009 the Landesarchiv Baden-Wuerttemberg made images of Jewish records available on the Internet. Previously this collection could only be viewed on microfilm at the State Archive in Stuttgart. The collection includes birth, marriage, and death registers, family books, and other lists, mostly from the 19th Century. See Jewish Records available on the Internet for details. See also Jewish Genealogy Research for many how-to-research instruction pages on the Wiki.

Berlin Evangelical Central Archive Inventory Online

The Matricula site includes inventories of many Lutheran church records from Eastern areas, including Ostpreussen, Schlesien, Posen, Brandenburg, Pommern and Westpreussen. This data was contributed by the Evangelical Central Archive of Berlin (EZAB). As of January 2010 only the EZAB inventory has been posted, not the actual records. The site contains some digitized church records from other German and Austrian archives. Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Censuses (FamilySearch

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