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[[Image:Brandenburger Tor Blaue Stunde reduced.jpg|left|430px|Brandenburger Tor Blaue Stunde.jpg]] Welcome to the Germany page!
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*[[Germany Getting Started|Getting Started]]  
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*[[Germany Gathering Information|Gathering Information]]
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*[[Germany Finding Records|Finding Records]]
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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 [[FamilySearch Wiki:Feedback|feedback]] are essential!  
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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]
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''View [https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?fq=place%3A%22Germany%22 the German Research online tutorials] from FamilySearch Learning Center.''
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*[[Germany Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]
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*[[Germany Biography|Biography]]
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*[[Germany Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
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*[[Germany Census|Census]]
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*[[Germany Church Directories|Church Directories]]
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*[[Germany Church History|Church History]]
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*[[Germany Church Records|Church Records]]
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*[[Germany Cities and Towns]]
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*[[Germany Civil Registration|Civil Registration]]
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*[[Germany Court Records|Court Records]]
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*[[Germany Finding Cultural Areas|Cultural Areas]]
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*[[Germany German Funerary Customs and Practices|Customs]]
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*[[Germany Digital Resources|Digital Resources]]
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*[[Germany Directories|Directories]]
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*[[Germany Dwellings|Dwellings]]
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*[[Germany Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
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*[[French Influence on German Research|French Influence]]
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*[[Germany Gazetteers|Gazetteers]]
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*[[Germany Genealogy|Genealogy]]
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*[[Germany Heraldry|Heraldry]]
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*[[Germany Historical Geography|Historical Geography]]
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*[[Germany History|History]]
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*[[Germany Jewish Records|Jewish Records]]
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*[[Germany Jurisdictions|Jurisdictions]]
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*[[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 Minorities|Minorities]]
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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 Newspapers|Newspapers]]
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*[[Germany Nobility|Nobility]]
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*[[Germany Obituaries|Obituaries]]
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*[[Germany Occupations|Occupations]]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Ortssippenb%C3%BCcher_in_Baden Ortssippenbücher]
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*[[Germany Periodicals|Periodicals]]
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*[[Germany Population|Population]]
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*[[Germany Probate Records|Probate Records]]
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*[[Germany Schools|Schools]]
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*[[Germany Societies|Societies]]
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== Getting started with German research  ==
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Here you can help others, post your questions and look for answers and helpful links, as well.<br>
  
Welcome to the Germany page!
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=== States<br> ===
  
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 [[FamilySearch Wiki:Feedback|feedback]] are essential!
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(after 1949)<br>
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*Baden-Württemberg<br>
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*Bavaria<br>
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*Berlin<br>
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*Brandenburg<br>
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*Bremen<br>
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*Hamburg<br>
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*Hesse<br>
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*Lower Saxony<br>
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*Mecklenburg-Vorpommern<br>
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*North Rhine-Westphalia<br>
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*Rhineland-Palatinate<br>
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*Saarland<br>
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*Saxony<br>
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*Saxony-Anhalt<br>
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*Schleswig-Holstein
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*Thuringia
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=== Constituent States of the Empire ===
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*Prussia (Preußen)
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*Württemberg
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Grand Duchies <br>
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*Baden
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*Oldenburg
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*Anhalt
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*Saxe-Altenburg (Sachsen-Altenburg)
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*Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha)
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*Saxe-Meiningen (Sachsen-Meiningen)
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*Lippe
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*Reuss-Gera (Junior Line)
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*Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
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*Sondershausen
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===== Free Hanseatic cities <br>  =====
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*Bremen
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''View [http://script.byu.edu/german/en/welcome.aspx the German Research online tutorials] from FamilySearch Learning Center.''
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*Alsace-Lorraine (Elsass-Lothringen)<br>
  
 
== Nobility &amp; Government Areas  ==
 
== Nobility &amp; Government Areas  ==
  
 
*[[Anhalt - Herzogtum (duchy)|Anhalt - Herzogtum (duchy)]]  
 
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*[[Baden Grossherzogtum (grand duchy)|Baden Grossherzogtum (grand duchy)]]  
 
*[[Baden Grossherzogtum (grand duchy)|Baden Grossherzogtum (grand duchy)]]  
 
*[[Bayern (Bavaria) – Königreich (kingdom)|Bayern – Königreich (kingdom)]] (Bavaria)  
 
*[[Bayern (Bavaria) – Königreich (kingdom)|Bayern – Königreich (kingdom)]] (Bavaria)  
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**[[Prussia - Schleswig-Holstein|Schleswig-Holstein]] (Sleswick-Holsatia)  
 
**[[Prussia - Schleswig-Holstein|Schleswig-Holstein]] (Sleswick-Holsatia)  
 
**[[Prussia - Westfalen|Westfalen]] (Westphalia)  
 
**[[Prussia - Westfalen|Westfalen]] (Westphalia)  
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**[[Prussia - Westpreußen|Westpreußen]] (Westpreussen, West Prussia)  
 
*[[Sachsen (Saxony) – Königreich (kingdom)|Sachsen - Königreich]] (Kingdom of Saxony)  
 
*[[Sachsen (Saxony) – Königreich (kingdom)|Sachsen - Königreich]] (Kingdom of Saxony)  
 
*[[Schaumburg-Lippe – Fürstentum (principality)|Schaumburg-Lippe – Fürstentum]]  
 
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**[[Thuringia - Schwarzburg Sonderhausen – Fürstentum (principality)|Schwarzburg Sondershausen – Fürstentum (principality)]]  
 
**[[Thuringia - Schwarzburg Sonderhausen – Fürstentum (principality)|Schwarzburg Sondershausen – Fürstentum (principality)]]  
 
**[[Thuringia - Reuss ältere Linie – Fürstentum (principality)|Reuss ältere Linie – Fürstentum (principality)]] (Older line)  
 
**[[Thuringia - Reuss ältere Linie – Fürstentum (principality)|Reuss ältere Linie – Fürstentum (principality)]] (Older line)  
**[[Thuringia - Reuss jüngere Linie – Fürstentum (principality)|Reuss jüngere Linie – Fürstentum (principality)]] (Younger line)
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**[[Thuringia - Reuss jüngere Linie – Fürstentum (principality)|Reuss jüngere Linie – Fürstentum (principality)]] (Younger line)  
 
*[[Waldeck - Fürstentum (principality)|Waldeck - Fürstentum (principality)]]  
 
*[[Waldeck - Fürstentum (principality)|Waldeck - Fürstentum (principality)]]  
 
*[[Württemberg – Königreich (kingdom)|Württemberg – Königreich (kingdom)]] (Wuerttemberg)
 
*[[Württemberg – Königreich (kingdom)|Württemberg – Königreich (kingdom)]] (Wuerttemberg)
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'''Modern German States'''<br>
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*[[Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany|Baden-Württemberg]]<br>
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*Nordrhein-Westfalen (North Rhine-Westphalia)<br>
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== Featured Content  ==
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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.  
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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. [http://www.germanicimmigrants.com view immigration records] 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  ===
 
=== New portal for German Church Records on the Internet  ===
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=== Berlin Evangelical Central Archive Inventory Online  ===
 
=== Berlin Evangelical Central Archive Inventory Online  ===
  
[http://www.matricula.findbuch.net/php/main.php?ar_id=3670 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 Historical Records)|Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Censuses (FamilySearch]]  
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[http://www.matricula-online.eu 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 Historical Records)]]  
  
 
'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''  
 
'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''  
  
*[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Germany,_Baden_Church_Book_Duplicates_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29 Germany, Baden Church Book Duplicates (FamilySearch Historical Records)]  
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*[[Germany, Anhalt, Dessau, City Directories (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
*[[Germany, Bavarian Archives Miscellaneous Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Germany, Bavarian Archives Miscellaneous Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Germany, Anhalt, Köthen, Miscellaneous City Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
*[[Germany, Bavaria, Dinkelsbuhlühl Miscellaneous City Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Germany, Bavaria, Dinkelsbuhl Miscellaneous City Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Germany, Baden Church Book Duplicates (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Germany Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Germany Birth and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Germany, Bavaria, Deggendorf Miscellaneous City Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
*[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Germany,_Bavaria,_Neumarkt_Miscellaneous_City_Records_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29 Germany, Bavaria, Meumarkt Miscellaneous City Records (FamilySearch&nbsp;Histoarical Records)]  
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*[[Germany, Bavaria, Dinkelsbühl Miscellaneous City Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Germany Brandenburg Church Book Duplicates (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Germany Brandenburg Church Book Duplicates (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Germany, Bavaria, Fürth, Emigration Records and City Directories (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
*[[Germany, Bremen Name Card Index to Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Germany, Bremen Name Card Index to Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Germany, Bavaria, Passau, Miscellaneous City Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
*[[Germany Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Germany Deaths anf Burials (FamilySearch HIstorical Records]])
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*[[Germany, Bavaria, Mindelheim Miscellaneous City Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Germany, East Prussia, Königsberg, Index to Funeral Sermons and Memorials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Germany, East Prussia, Konigsberg, Index to Funeral Sermons and Memorials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Germany, Bavaria, Neuburg an der Donau Miscellaneous City Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
*[[Germany, Hessen, Darmstadt City Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Germany, Hessen, Darmstadt City Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Germany, Bavaria, Neumarkt Miscellaneous City Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Germany Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Germany Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Germany, Bavaria, Nördlingen Miscellaneous City Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
*[[Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Censuses (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Censuses (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Germany, Bavaria, Straubing, Miscellaneous City Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Germany, Bavaria, Traunstein, Family Group Sheets (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Germany Brandenburg Church Book Duplicates (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Germany, Brandenburg, Berlin, Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Germany, Brandenburg, Bernau bei Berlin, Jewish Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Germany, Brandenburg, Wittenberge, City Directories and Citizen Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Germany, Bremen Passenger Departure Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Germany, Bremen Name Card Index to Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Germany Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Germany, East Prussia, Königsberg, Index to Funeral Sermons and Memorials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Germany, Hesse, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Germany, Hesse, Civil Registers and Church Books (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Germany, Hesse, Darmstadt City Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Germany Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Germany, Hesse, Darmstadt, Civil Registration of Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Censuses (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[Germany, Saxony, Bautzen, Citizen Rolls (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Germany, Saxony, Bautzen Citizen Rolls (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[Germany, Saxony, Bautzen, Citizen Rolls (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Germany, Saxony, Bautzen Citizen Rolls (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[Germany, Pomerania Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Germany, Pomerania Church Records (FamilySerch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Germany, Pomerania Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
*[[Germany, Saxony, Freiberg Funeral Sermons (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Germany, Saxony, Freiberg Funeral Sermons (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Germany, Prussia, Brandenburg, Angermünde, Miscellaneous City Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
*[[Germany, Westfalen, Minden Citizen Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Germany, Westfalen, Minden Citizen Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Germany, Prussia, Brandenburg and Posen, Church Book Duplicates (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
*[[Germany, Württemberg, Schwäbisch Hall Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Germany, Wurttemberg, Schwabisch Hall Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Germany, Prussia, Brandenburg, Cottbus, Miscellaneous City Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Germany, Prussia, Brandenburg, Cottbus, Miscellaneous City Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Germany, Prussia, Brandenburg, Heegermühle, Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Germany, Prussia, Brandenburg, Landkreis Ostprignitz-Ruppin, Miscellaneous Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Germany, Prussia, East Prussia, Königsberg, Index to Funeral Sermons and Memorials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Germany, Prussia, Pomerania, Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Germany, Prussia, Pomerania, Labes, Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Germany, Prussia, Pomerania, Stralsund, Church Book Indexes (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Germany, Prussia, Saxony, Halle, Miscellaneous City Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Germany, Prussia, Saxony, Nordhausen, City Directories (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Germany, Prussia, Saxony, Various Protestant Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Germany, Rhineland-Palatinate Church Record Extractions and Family Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Germany, Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach, Jena, City Directories (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Germany, Saxe-Meiningen, Saalfeld an der Saale, Miscellaneous City Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Germany, Saxony, Bautzen Lutheran Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Germany, Saxony, Bautzen, Citizen Rolls (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Germany, Saxony, Dresden, Citizens' Documents and Business Licenses (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Germany, Saxony, Leipzig, Miscellaneous City Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Germany, Saxony, Meissen Miscellaneous City Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Germany, Westfalen, Minden Citizen Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Germany, Westfalen, Minden, Index to Funeral Sermons (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Germany, Württemberg, Albstadt Miscellaneous City Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Germany, Württemberg, Schwäbisch Hall Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
 
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In order to make this wiki a better research tool, we need your help! Many tasks need to be done. You can help by:<br>  
  
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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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States

(after 1949)

  • Baden-Württemberg
  • Bavaria
  • Berlin
  • Brandenburg
  • Bremen
  • Hamburg
  • Hesse
  • Lower Saxony
  • Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
  • North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Rhineland-Palatinate
  • Saarland
  • Saxony
  • Saxony-Anhalt
  • Schleswig-Holstein
  • Thuringia


Constituent States of the Empire

Kingdoms
  • Prussia (Preußen)
  • Bavaria (Bayern)
  • Saxony (Sachsen)
  • Württemberg

Grand Duchies

  • Baden
  • Hesse (Hessen)
  • Mecklenburg-Schwerin
  • Mecklenburg-Strelitz
  • Oldenburg
  • Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach)
Duchies
  • Anhalt
  • Brunswick (Braunschweig)
  • Saxe-Altenburg (Sachsen-Altenburg)
  • Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha)
  • Saxe-Meiningen (Sachsen-Meiningen)
Principalities
  • Lippe
  • Reuss-Gera (Junior Line)
  • Reuss-Greiz (Senior Line)
  • Schaumburg-Lippe
  • Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
  • Sondershausen
  • Waldeck-Pyrmont
Free Hanseatic cities
  • Bremen
  • Hamburg
  • Lübeck
Imperial territory
  • Alsace-Lorraine (Elsass-Lothringen)

Nobility & Government Areas

Modern German States

Featured Content

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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)

Research Tools

  • Listing of all records collections for Germany available on FamilySearch.org.
  • Join a Facebook or Skype Germany Genealogy Research Community
  • German Research Websites
  • 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, Part 2 of 2, 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. view immigration records 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 Historical Records)

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