Germany Town Genealogies and Parish Register Inventories on the Internet

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*Large [http://wiki-de.genealogy.net/Kategorie:Ortsfamilienbuch alphabetical listing of town genealogies ] within the former German Empire and for German settlements in other countries
 
*Large [http://wiki-de.genealogy.net/Kategorie:Ortsfamilienbuch alphabetical listing of town genealogies ] within the former German Empire and for German settlements in other countries
  
==== Baden ====
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==== Baden ====
  
 
*[http://user.baden-online.de/~ksiefert/ http://user.baden-online.de/~ksiefert/] -- List of town genealogies published since 1951, with availability and ordering information
 
*[http://user.baden-online.de/~ksiefert/ http://user.baden-online.de/~ksiefert/] -- List of town genealogies published since 1951, with availability and ordering information
  
==== Bayern (Bavaria) ====
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==== Bayern (Bavaria) ====
  
 
*[http://www.genealogienetz.de/vereine/BLF/quellen/index.php?orte=h#liste http://www.genealogienetz.de/vereine/BLF/quellen/index.php?orte=h#liste] – Bibliography of town histories/ genealogies and histories of specific occupational groups in Bavaria  
 
*[http://www.genealogienetz.de/vereine/BLF/quellen/index.php?orte=h#liste http://www.genealogienetz.de/vereine/BLF/quellen/index.php?orte=h#liste] – Bibliography of town histories/ genealogies and histories of specific occupational groups in Bavaria  
 
*[http://www.heist.homepage.t-online.de/ifpg/kbfb.html http://www.heist.homepage.t-online.de/ifpg/kbfb.html] -OFBs and parish registers transcripts searchable at the Institut fuer pfaelzische Geschichte in Kaiserslautern
 
*[http://www.heist.homepage.t-online.de/ifpg/kbfb.html http://www.heist.homepage.t-online.de/ifpg/kbfb.html] -OFBs and parish registers transcripts searchable at the Institut fuer pfaelzische Geschichte in Kaiserslautern
  
==== Hannover ====
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==== Hannover ====
  
 
*[http://www.ogsa.us/osbs.shtml http://www.ogsa.us/osbs.shtml] - Bibliography of Ostfriesland OFBs with purchasing information in the U.S.  
 
*[http://www.ogsa.us/osbs.shtml http://www.ogsa.us/osbs.shtml] - Bibliography of Ostfriesland OFBs with purchasing information in the U.S.  
 
*[http://www.genealogy.net/vereine/UG/bibliothek.htm http://www.genealogy.net/vereine/UG/bibliothek.htm] - List of Ostfriesland OFBs published by the Upstalsboom Society in Germany
 
*[http://www.genealogy.net/vereine/UG/bibliothek.htm http://www.genealogy.net/vereine/UG/bibliothek.htm] - List of Ostfriesland OFBs published by the Upstalsboom Society in Germany
  
==== Oldenburg ====
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==== Oldenburg ====
  
 
*[http://www.genealogienetz.de/vereine/OGF/index.html http://www.genealogienetz.de/vereine/OGF/index.html] - Publication information for several OFB’s on CD-Rom
 
*[http://www.genealogienetz.de/vereine/OGF/index.html http://www.genealogienetz.de/vereine/OGF/index.html] - Publication information for several OFB’s on CD-Rom
  
==== Ostfriesland – see Hannover ====
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==== Ostfriesland – see Hannover ====
  
==== Posen ====
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==== Posen ====
  
 
*[http://bindweed.man.poznan.pl/posen/search.php http://bindweed.man.poznan.pl/posen/search.php] - Marriages extracted from Lutheran and Catholic parish registers 1820-1889 statewide
 
*[http://bindweed.man.poznan.pl/posen/search.php http://bindweed.man.poznan.pl/posen/search.php] - Marriages extracted from Lutheran and Catholic parish registers 1820-1889 statewide
  
==== Rheinland (Rhineland) ====
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==== Rheinland (Rhineland) ====
  
 
*[http://www.genealogienetz.de/vereine/wgff/aachen/pdf/Verkartungen_auf_CDs.pdf] - List of OFBs and parish register indexes available on CD-Rom for the Rheinland and adjoining areas  
 
*[http://www.genealogienetz.de/vereine/wgff/aachen/pdf/Verkartungen_auf_CDs.pdf] - List of OFBs and parish register indexes available on CD-Rom for the Rheinland and adjoining areas  
 
*[http://www.genealogienetz.de/vereine/wgff/aachen/pdf/Raum_Dueren-Juelich_Kirchenbuecher.pdf]- Inventory of parish registers and published source material for the Dueren-Juelich region
 
*[http://www.genealogienetz.de/vereine/wgff/aachen/pdf/Raum_Dueren-Juelich_Kirchenbuecher.pdf]- Inventory of parish registers and published source material for the Dueren-Juelich region
  
==== Schlesien (Silesia) ====
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==== Schlesien (Silesia) ====
  
 
*[http://www.vogel-soya.de/ortsfamilienbuecher_schlesien.htm http://www.vogel-soya.de/ortsfamilienbuecher_schlesien.htm] - Includes links to some online publications
 
*[http://www.vogel-soya.de/ortsfamilienbuecher_schlesien.htm http://www.vogel-soya.de/ortsfamilienbuecher_schlesien.htm] - Includes links to some online publications
  
==== Waldeck ====
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==== Waldeck ====
  
 
*[http://wiki-de.genealogy.net/Waldeckische_Ortssippenb%C3%BCcher] - List of town genealogies published up to the year 2008
 
*[http://wiki-de.genealogy.net/Waldeckische_Ortssippenb%C3%BCcher] - List of town genealogies published up to the year 2008
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=== Searchable Online Town Genealogies  ===
 
=== Searchable Online Town Genealogies  ===
  
==== Bayern (Bavaria) ====
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==== Bayern (Bavaria) ====
  
 
*http://www.genealogie-kiening.de/ - Reconstituted families from several parishes around Dachau, NW of Munich. Also listing of surnames found in most parishes of the area.
 
*http://www.genealogie-kiening.de/ - Reconstituted families from several parishes around Dachau, NW of Munich. Also listing of surnames found in most parishes of the area.
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*http://e-pese.de/ -Compiled genealogies for areas in the Pfalz, Saarland, and Elsass-Lothringen
 
*http://e-pese.de/ -Compiled genealogies for areas in the Pfalz, Saarland, and Elsass-Lothringen
  
==== Brandenburg ====
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==== Brandenburg ====
  
 
*http://grueneberg-lenzen.de/deutsch/Kirchbuch/start.html Links to „virtual parish registers” (extracted information from the respective parishes) for Koeltschen, Kriescht, Louisa, Woxfelde, and Vietz.
 
*http://grueneberg-lenzen.de/deutsch/Kirchbuch/start.html Links to „virtual parish registers” (extracted information from the respective parishes) for Koeltschen, Kriescht, Louisa, Woxfelde, and Vietz.
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*http://www.genealogienetz.de/reg/BRG/neumark/ - Pedigrees of several Huguenot families from the Uckermark region.
 
*http://www.genealogienetz.de/reg/BRG/neumark/ - Pedigrees of several Huguenot families from the Uckermark region.
  
==== Bremen ====
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==== Bremen ====
  
 
*http://www.genealogienetz.de/vereine/maus/datenbanken/index.php?lang=de – Online OFBs for several towns in the Bremen area, plus several other large databases; website includes a “Meta-search” feature.
 
*http://www.genealogienetz.de/vereine/maus/datenbanken/index.php?lang=de – Online OFBs for several towns in the Bremen area, plus several other large databases; website includes a “Meta-search” feature.
  
==== Elsass-Lothringen (Alsace-Lorraine) ====
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==== Elsass-Lothringen (Alsace-Lorraine) ====
  
 
*http://e-pese.de/ - Compiled genealogies for areas in the Pfalz, Saarland, and Alsace-Lorraine
 
*http://e-pese.de/ - Compiled genealogies for areas in the Pfalz, Saarland, and Alsace-Lorraine
  
==== Hessen ====
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==== Hessen ====
  
*[http://www.online-ofb.de/ CompGen] has published numerous town genealogies for Hessen-Nassau 
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*[http://www.online-ofb.de/ CompGen] has published numerous town genealogies for Hessen-Nassau   
 
*A [http://www.genealogienetz.de/vereine/HFV/Hessenkarte.pdf map ]of the modern state of Hessen showing where complete and partial town genealogies or parish register indexes exist
 
*A [http://www.genealogienetz.de/vereine/HFV/Hessenkarte.pdf map ]of the modern state of Hessen showing where complete and partial town genealogies or parish register indexes exist
  
==== Hessen-Nassau ====
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==== Hessen-Nassau ====
  
 
*[http://www.online-ofb.de/ CompGen] has published numerous town genealogies for Hessen  
 
*[http://www.online-ofb.de/ CompGen] has published numerous town genealogies for Hessen  
 
*A [http://www.genealogienetz.de/vereine/HFV/Hessenkarte.pdf map] of the modern state of Hessen showing where complete and partial town genealogies or parish register indexes exist
 
*A [http://www.genealogienetz.de/vereine/HFV/Hessenkarte.pdf map] of the modern state of Hessen showing where complete and partial town genealogies or parish register indexes exist
  
==== Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) ====
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==== Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) ====
  
 
*http://www.genealogienetz.de/vereine/NLF/f2.html - Index to Hemmendorf and Osterwald, Kreis Hameln-Pyrmont,
 
*http://www.genealogienetz.de/vereine/NLF/f2.html - Index to Hemmendorf and Osterwald, Kreis Hameln-Pyrmont,
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*http://www.genealogienetz.de/vereine/NLF/f2.html - Gerdau parish baptisms 1680-1683, 1723-1880
 
*http://www.genealogienetz.de/vereine/NLF/f2.html - Gerdau parish baptisms 1680-1683, 1723-1880
  
==== Pfalz (Palatinate) – see Bayern (Bavaria) ====
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==== Pfalz (Palatinate) – see Bayern (Bavaria) ====
  
==== Rheinland (Rhineland) ====
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==== Rheinland (Rhineland) ====
  
 
*http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pick/ - Over 500,000 names extracted from parishes in the Eifel region (alphabetically by town)
 
*http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pick/ - Over 500,000 names extracted from parishes in the Eifel region (alphabetically by town)
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*[http://www.online-ofb.de/hochwald/ Ortsfamilienbuch Südlicher Hochwald] - index to Familienbücher from the southern part of the Schwarzwälder Hochwald in Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate.
 
*[http://www.online-ofb.de/hochwald/ Ortsfamilienbuch Südlicher Hochwald] - index to Familienbücher from the southern part of the Schwarzwälder Hochwald in Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate.
  
==== Saarland – see Rheinland ====
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==== Saarland – see Rheinland ====
  
==== Schaumburg-Lippe ====
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==== Schaumburg-Lippe ====
  
 
*http://www.blume-gen.de/index-kb-eintraege.html - Parish register extracts for Bergkirchen, plus links to extracts from several other parishes in Schaumburg-Lippe
 
*http://www.blume-gen.de/index-kb-eintraege.html - Parish register extracts for Bergkirchen, plus links to extracts from several other parishes in Schaumburg-Lippe
  
==== Schleswig-Holstein ====
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==== Schleswig-Holstein ====
  
 
*http://www.genealogienetz.de/vereine/SHFam//publikationen/KBSuedb1.pdf - Familienbuch Suederbarup
 
*http://www.genealogienetz.de/vereine/SHFam//publikationen/KBSuedb1.pdf - Familienbuch Suederbarup
  
=== Schlesien (Silesia) ===
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=== Schlesien (Silesia) ===
  
 
*http://militsch.de/Militsch/ - Data bases of names and digital documents from Kreis Militsch, Niederschlesien
 
*http://militsch.de/Militsch/ - Data bases of names and digital documents from Kreis Militsch, Niederschlesien
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*http://militsch.de/Schlesien/ - Data bases of names and digital documents from Schlesien
 
*http://militsch.de/Schlesien/ - Data bases of names and digital documents from Schlesien
  
==== Westfalen (Westphalia) ====
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==== Westfalen (Westphalia) ====
  
 
*http://members.tripod.com/Stemweder/wehdem.html - Indexes to filmed Wehdem, Westfalen parish register
 
*http://members.tripod.com/Stemweder/wehdem.html - Indexes to filmed Wehdem, Westfalen parish register
  
==== Westpreussen (West Prussia) ====
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==== Westpreussen (West Prussia) ====
  
 
*http://www.mennonitegenealogy.com/prussia/ - Mennonite parish register indexes, extracts, and other extracted sources (i.e. census records, settlers’ lists etc.)
 
*http://www.mennonitegenealogy.com/prussia/ - Mennonite parish register indexes, extracts, and other extracted sources (i.e. census records, settlers’ lists etc.)

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Contents

What is an Ortssippenbuch or Ortsfamilienbuch?

An Ortssippenbuch (town lineage book) or Ortsfamilienbuch (town family book) includes birth, marriage, and death data for all persons found in the local records during a specified time period, compiled into families. Sources may include the local parish registers, civil registration records, court and land records, and sometimes published material. In the printed book, this information is then arranged in a standardized format, usually alphabetically by surname and chronologically by marriage date. Family entries are identified by sequential numbers. Town genealogies are known by various names, including “town lineage book,” “local heritage book,” “one-place-studies,” “Ortssippenbuch (OSB),” and “Ortsfamilienbuch (OFB).” This article will use the term “town genealogy” and the abbreviation OFB when referring to compilations that include all or a large part of a town’s population. "Häuserbűcher," or house books, are a variation on town genealogies. These books, which are usually arranged by house number or address, list successive home owners and their families. Renters and others who did not own their homes may not be included in such a compilation. A few house books have also been published on the Internet.

Online Resources

There are two categories of online resources: (1.) Bibliographies of printed and digital town genealogies and parish register indexes. Several major collections, grouped geographically, are listed below. (2.) Town genealogies and parish register indexes fully searchable online. Some are digital versions of previously printed books, but most were created for the Internet.

An online town genealogy may be a work in progress rather than a complete reconstitution of all local families. The preface usually explains the status of each compilation. Some books (i.e., the OFB Schlesisch Drehnow) have been created to provide a gathering place for information about families from a particular locality where few original sources, such as parish registers, survive. In this case, they function more like a database than a traditional town genealogy book. Users can add information to a book or make corrections by contacting the book administrator or webmaster.

Using town genealogies hosted at Online Ortsfamilienbücher

Over 340 online town genealogies are currently accessible at Online Ortsfamilienbücher. They follow a standard format. Books published on other websites often have very different formats, so the reader needs to study each individual publication. Usually, minimal knowledge of German is required. All town genealogies on this website are searchable for individuals by surname or place.

Step-by Step User's Guide

  • Access the home page on Online Ortsfamilienbücher
  • Choose the locality. Localities are listed from north to south, with separate sections for German communities in other countries, such as Hungary.
  • The main page includes geographical and historical information, a list of sources used, and a tool bar with three search options:
  1. Gesamtliste der Familiennamen – List of all surnames
  2. Geburtsorte auswaertiger Personen- Birthplaces of persons from other localities
  3. Sterbeorte weggezogener Personen – Death places of those who moved away
  • Click on a surname. A list of persons with birthdates (if known) comes up.
  • Click on a person of interest. This brings up the individual or family page.
  • Some entries may show cross-references to other online OFBs with a red notation “Es gibt (eine) aehnliche Person (en) im OFB (town name).”
  • “Keine Angaben!” means “no information given.”
  • A family page may include spouses, parents, children, other spouses, and additional information.

Bibliographies of Town Genealogies

General

Baden

Bayern (Bavaria)

Hannover

Oldenburg

Ostfriesland – see Hannover

Posen

Rheinland (Rhineland)

  • [1] - List of OFBs and parish register indexes available on CD-Rom for the Rheinland and adjoining areas
  • [2]- Inventory of parish registers and published source material for the Dueren-Juelich region

Schlesien (Silesia)

Waldeck

  • [3] - List of town genealogies published up to the year 2008

Searchable Online Town Genealogies

Bayern (Bavaria)

  • http://www.genealogie-kiening.de/ - Reconstituted families from several parishes around Dachau, NW of Munich. Also listing of surnames found in most parishes of the area.
  • http://e-pese.de/ -Compiled genealogies for areas in the Pfalz, Saarland, and Elsass-Lothringen

Brandenburg

  • http://www.genealogienetz.de/reg/BRG/neumark/ - Neumark database (A lot of parish registers in this area have been lost. This data base contains information from many other sources, such as pedigrees, town directories, histories etc.)

Bremen

Elsass-Lothringen (Alsace-Lorraine)

  • http://e-pese.de/ - Compiled genealogies for areas in the Pfalz, Saarland, and Alsace-Lorraine

Hessen

  • CompGen has published numerous town genealogies for Hessen-Nassau 
  • A map of the modern state of Hessen showing where complete and partial town genealogies or parish register indexes exist

Hessen-Nassau

  • CompGen has published numerous town genealogies for Hessen
  • A map of the modern state of Hessen showing where complete and partial town genealogies or parish register indexes exist

Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)

Pfalz (Palatinate) – see Bayern (Bavaria)

Rheinland (Rhineland)

  • http://e-pese.de/ -Compiled genealogies for areas in the Pfalz, Saarland, and Elsass-Lothringen

Saarland – see Rheinland

Schaumburg-Lippe

Schleswig-Holstein

Schlesien (Silesia)

Westfalen (Westphalia)

Westpreussen (West Prussia)