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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. Please visit the help page to learn more about using the site. The Germany Page is a work in progress, your contributions and feedback are essential!
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Lists of major German communities by state and county - includes contact information to local tourist bureau [large towns] or town hall [small towns]
www.genealogy.net/genealogy - German genealogy web portal - English front page
German states in 1871 - listing with some links to state/region pages
Meyers Gazetteer of Germany online - click on desired volume, choose a letter, then browse pages
Ravenstein's Atlas of the German Empire - download in sections, includes a gazetteer
Kartenmeister - gazetteer of localities east of the Oder-Neisse border, includes name changes
Geogen - creates maps showing absolute and relative surname distribution in Germany today
German archives in the Internet - link list compiled by the Archive School in Marburg
http://www.roots-in-germany.de/ - links to resources for finding emigrant origins, by current German state
19th Century encyclopedias - including Meyer's Konversationslexikon (1888), the Brockhaus, and others
Lists of localities for Jewish Synagogues in Germany and other Jewish information
Photos and maps of localities around the worldA link to help you locate your ancestral home in Germany and other countries, as well. You and others may upload photos of locations at this site, also.
Link list for German Research on the Internet - arranged by topics
All about batch numbers (text in German)
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Did you know?
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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