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''[[Europe]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''[[Germany Genealogy|Germany]]'''{{Germany-sidebar}}
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Guide to '''German ancestry, family history, and genealogy:''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Germany is a country in Western and Central Europe that borders [[Denmark Genealogy|Denmark]], [[Poland Genealogy|Poland]], the [[Czech Republic Genealogy|Czech Republic]], [[Austria Genealogy|Austria]], [[Switzerland Genealogy|Switzerland]], [[France Genealogy|France]], [[Luxembourg Genealogy|Luxembourg]], [[Belgium Genealogy|Belgium]], and the [[Netherlands Genealogy|Netherlands]]. The territory of Germany has varied considerably over the centuries. Until 1871 Germany consisted of numerous independent kingdoms, duchies, principalities, and states, whose borders often changed and merged. These changes often make it difficult to determine which archives may have the particular records you need. In 1871 all German-speaking states except the Austrian states were consolidated into the German Empire under the leadership of Preußen.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Germany," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany, accessed 23 March 2016.</ref>
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Place-names and county, province, and state jurisdictions have also changed, often more than once. Because of these changes, you may not be able to find the name of your German ancestor's town on a modern map. You may also have trouble determining the jurisdiction where their records were kept. Various resources are available to help you find that information.
  
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==Getting Started ==
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<h3>Getting Started with Germany Research</h3>
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Links to articles on getting started with German research.
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*[[Germany How to Guides|"How to" Guides]]
 
*[[Germany Getting Started|Getting Started]]  
 
*[[Germany Getting Started|Getting Started]]  
 
*[[Germany Gathering Information|Gathering Information]]  
 
*[[Germany Gathering Information|Gathering Information]]  
 
*[[Germany Locating Place of Origin|Locating Place of Origin]]  
 
*[[Germany Locating Place of Origin|Locating Place of Origin]]  
*[[Germany Finding Records|Finding Records]]  
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*[[Germany Research Tips and Strategies|Research Strategies]]
*[[Germany Resources|German Resources]]
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:[[Germany Genealogy#More Germany Research Strategies|''See More Research Strategies'']]
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<h3>Germany Research Tools</h3>
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Links to articles and websites that assist in United States research.
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*[[Germany Finding Records|Finding Records using gazetteers]]  
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*[http://wiki-en.genealogy.net/Main_Page The German Genealogy Wiki (GenWiki)] contains a lot of helpful information. The English-language version is dated and somewhat limited. For more information consult the German-language version. It can be navigated easily using an electronic translator, such as GoogleTranslate.
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*[[German Research Websites|German Research Websites]]
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:[[Germany Genealogy#More Germany Research Tools|''See More Research Tools'']]
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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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*[[Germany Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]
 
*[[Germany Biography|Biography]]
 
*[[Germany Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
 
*[[Germany Census|Census]]
 
*[[Germany Church Directories|Church Directories]]
 
*[[Germany Church History|Church History]]
 
*[[Germany Church Records|Church Records]]
 
*[[Germany Cities and Towns]]
 
*[[Germany Civil Registration|Civil Registration]]
 
*[[Germany Court Records|Court Records]]
 
*[[Germany Finding Cultural Areas|Cultural Areas]]
 
*[[Germany German Funerary Customs and Practices|Customs]]
 
*[[Germany Digital Resources|Digital Resources]]
 
*[[Germany Directories|Directories]]
 
*[[Germany Dwellings|Dwellings]]
 
*[[Germany Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
 
*[[French Influence on German Research|French Influence]]
 
*[[Germany Gazetteers|Gazetteers]]
 
*[[Germany Genealogy|Genealogy]]
 
*[[Germany Heraldry|Heraldry]]
 
*[[Germany Historical Geography|Historical Geography]]
 
*[[Germany History|History]]
 
*[[Germany Jewish Records|Jewish Records]]
 
*[[Germany Jurisdictions|Jurisdictions]]
 
*[[Germany Land and Property|Land and Property]]
 
*[[Germany Language and Languages|Language and Languages]]
 
*[[Germany Maps|Maps]]
 
*[[Germany Military Records|Military Records]]
 
*[[Germany Minorities|Minorities]]
 
*[[Germany Names, Personal|Names Personal]]
 
*[[Germany Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]]
 
*[[Germany Newspapers|Newspapers]]
 
*[[Germany Nobility|Nobility]]
 
*[[Germany Obituaries|Obituaries]]
 
*[[Germany Occupations|Occupations]]
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Ortssippenb%C3%BCcher_in_Baden Ortssippenbücher]
 
*[[Germany Periodicals|Periodicals]]
 
*[[Germany Population|Population]]
 
*[[Germany Probate Records|Probate Records]]
 
*[[Germany Schools|Schools]]
 
*[[Germany Societies|Societies]]
 
  
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'''If you already know the name of the town/city/village, you should consult a gazetteer for more details, especially the name of the Catholic or Evangelical parish it belonged to. See [[Germany Gazetteers#Meyers Gazetteer|''Meyer's Gazetteer]] or a [[Online German Gazetteers and Parish Register Inventories|''a regional online gazetteer'']].'''
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== Getting started with German research  ==
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*[[Germany Historic and Current States#Baden-Württemberg|Baden-Württemberg]]
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*[[Germany Historic and Current States#Bavaria|Bavaria]] (Bayern)
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*[[Berlin, Germany Genealogy|Berlin]]
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*[[Bremen, Germany Genealogy| Bremen]]
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*[[Hamburg, Germany Genealogy|Hamburg]]
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*[[Germany Historic and Current States#Hessen|Hessen]]
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*[[Germany Historic and Current States#North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen)|North Rhine-Westphalia]] (Nordrhein-Westfalen)
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*[[Germany Historic and Current States#Mecklenburg-Vorpommern|Mecklenburg-Vorpommern]] (Mecklenburg-Western Pommerania)
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*[[Germany Historic and Current States#Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen)|Lower Saxony]] (Niedersachsen)
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*[[Germany Historic and Current States#Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz)|Rhineland-Palatinate]] (Rheinland-Pfalz)
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*[[Germany Historic and Current States#Saxony (Sachsen)|Saxony]] (Sachsen)
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*[[Germany Historic and Current States#Saxony-Anhalt (Sachsen-Anhalt)|Saxony-Anhalt]] (Sachsen-Anhalt)
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Welcome to the Germany page!
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== The Unification of Germany 1864-1871 Map==
  
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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''View [http://script.byu.edu/german/en/welcome.aspx the German Research online tutorials] from FamilySearch Learning Center.''
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'''States'''
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== Nobility &amp; Government Areas  ==
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*[[Alsace-Lorraine, France or Germany Genealogy|Alsace-Lorraine]] (Elsass-Lothringen)
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*[[Anhalt Genealogy|Anhalt]]
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*[[Baden Genealogy|Baden]]
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*[[Bavaria Genealogy|Bavaria]] (Bayern)
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*[[Brunswick Genealogy|Brunswick]] (Braunschweig)
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*[[Hessen Genealogy|Hessen]]
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*[[Lippe Genealogy|Lippe]]
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*[[Mecklenburg-Schwerin Genealogy|Mecklenburg-Schwerin]]
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*[[Mecklenburg-Strelitz Genealogy|Mecklenburg-Strelitz]]
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*[[Saxony Genealogy|Saxony]] (Sachsen)
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*[[Schaumburg-Lippe Genealogy|Schaumburg-Lippe]]
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*[[Waldeck Genealogy|Waldeck]]
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*[[Württemberg Genealogy|Württemberg]]
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'''City/States'''
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*[[Anhalt - Herzogtum (duchy)|Anhalt - Herzogtum (duchy)]]
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*[[Bremen Genealogy|Bremen]]  
*[[Baden Grossherzogtum (grand duchy)|Baden Grossherzogtum (grand duchy)]]
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*[[Hamburg Genealogy|Hamburg]]  
*[[Bayern (Bavaria) – Königreich (kingdom)|Bayern – Königreich (kingdom)]] (Bavaria)
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*[[Lübeck Genealogy|Lübeck]]  
*[[Braunschweig (Brunswick) – Herzogtum (duchy)|Braunschweig (Brunswick) – Herzogtum (duchy)]]
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*[[Oldenburg Genealogy|Oldenburg]]  
*[[Elsass-Lothringen (Alsace-Lorraine – Reichsland (imperial province)|Elsass-Lothringen ( – Provinz)]] (Alsace-Lorraine province, 1871-1918)
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'''Prussian States'''
*[[Lippe – Fürstentum (principality)|Lippe – Fürstentum (principality)]]
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*[[Mecklenburg-Schwerin – Großherzogtum (grand duchy)|Mecklenburg-Schwerin – Großherzogtum (grand duchy)]]
 
*[[Mecklenburg-Strelitz – Großherzogtum (grand duchy)|Mecklenburg-Strelitz – Großherzogtum (grand duchy)]]
 
*[[Oldenburg – Herzogtum (duchy)|Oldenburg – Herzogtum (duchy)]]
 
*[[Bremen, Germany|Bremen]]  
 
*[[Hamburg, Germany|Hamburg]]  
 
*[[Freie Stadt Lübeck|Lübeck]]  
 
*'''Preussen (Prussia &amp; Preußen) – Königreich (kingdom)'''
 
**[[Prussia - Brandenburg|Brandenburg]]  
 
**[[Prussia - Hannover|Hannover]] (Hanover)
 
**[[Prussia - Hessen-Nassau|Hessen - Nassau]] (Hesse-Nassau)
 
**[[Prussia - Hohenzollern|Hohenzollern]]
 
**[[Prussia - Ostpreußen|Ostpreußen]] (Ostpreussen, East Prussia)
 
**[[Prussia - Pommern|Pommern]] (Pomerania)
 
**[[Prussia - Posen|Posen]] (Poznan)
 
**[[Prussia - Rheinland|Rheinland]] (Rhineland)
 
**[[Prussia - Provinz Sachsen|Provinz Sachsen]] (Province of Saxony)
 
**[[Prussia - Schlesien|Schlesien]] (Silesia)
 
**[[Prussia - Schleswig-Holstein|Schleswig-Holstein]] (Sleswick-Holsatia)
 
**[[Prussia - Westfalen|Westfalen]] (Westphalia)
 
**[[Prussia - Westpreußen|Westpreußen]] (Westpreussen, West Prussia)
 
*[[Sachsen (Saxony) – Königreich (kingdom)|Sachsen - Königreich]] (Kingdom of Saxony)
 
*[[Schaumburg-Lippe – Fürstentum (principality)|Schaumburg-Lippe – Fürstentum]]
 
*'''Thüringen (Thuringia)'''  
 
**[[Thuringia - Sachsen Altenburg – Herzogtum (duchy)|Sachsen Altenburg – Herzogtum (duchy)]]
 
**[[Thuringia - Sachsen Coburg - Gotha – Herzogtum (duchy)|Sachsen Coburg-Gotha – Herzogtum (duchy)]]
 
**[[Thuringia - Sachsen Meiningen – Herzogtum (duchy)|Sachsen Meiningen – Herzogtum (duchy)]]
 
**[[Thuringia - Sachsen Weimar - Eisenach – Herzogtum (duchy)|Sachsen Weimar - Eisenach – Herzogtum (duchy)]]
 
**[[Thuringia - Schwarzburg Rudolstadt – Fürstentum (principality)|Schwarzburg Rudolstadt – 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 jüngere Linie – Fürstentum (principality)|Reuss jüngere Linie – Fürstentum (principality)]] (Younger line)
 
*[[Waldeck - Fürstentum (principality)|Waldeck - Fürstentum (principality)]]
 
*[[Württemberg – Königreich (kingdom)|Württemberg – Königreich (kingdom)]] (Wuerttemberg)
 
  
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*[[Prussia Genealogy|Prussia]] (Preussen)
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**[[Brandenburg Genealogy|Brandenburg (Prussia)]] (Preussen)
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**[[East Prussia, Germany Genealogy|East Prussia (Prussia)]] (Ostpreussen)
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**[[Hannover Genealogy|Hannover (Prussia)]] (Preussen)
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**[[Hessen-Nassau Genealogy|Hessen - Nassau (Prussia)]] (Preussen)
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**[[Hohenzollern, Germany Genealogy|Hohenzollern (Prussia)]] (Preussen)
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**[[Pomerania Genealogy|Pomerania (Prussia)]] (Pommern, Ostpreussen)
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**[[Posen Genealogy|Posen (Prussia)]] (Preussen)
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**[[Province of Saxony, Germany Genealogy|Province of Saxony]] (Prussia) (Preussen)
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**[[Rhineland Genealogy|Rhineland (Prussia)]] (Preussen)
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**[[Schleswig-Holstein Genealogy|Schleswig-Holstein (Prussia)]]
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**[[Silesia Genealogy|Silesia (Prussia)]] (Schlesien, Preussen)
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**[[West Prussia Genealogy|West Prussia]] (Prussia) (Westpreussen)
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**[[Westphalia Genealogy|Westphalia (Prussia)]] (Preussen)
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'''Thuringian States'''
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[[Image:Village in Thueringen.jpg|right|335px|Village in Thueringen.jpg]] 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)]]  
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*[[Reuss Older Line Genealogy|Reuss Older Line  (Thuringia)]] (Reuss ältere Linie, Thüringen)
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*[[Reuss Younger Line Genealogy|Reuss Younger Line  (Thuringia)]] (Reuss jüngere Linie, Thüringen)
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*[[Sachsen-Altenburg Genealogy|Sachsen-Altenburg  (Thuringia)]] (Thüringen)
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*[[Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha Genealogy|Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha  (Thuringia)]]  (Thüringen)
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*[[Sachsen-Meiningen Genealogy|Sachsen-Meiningen  (Thuringia)]] (Thüringen)
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*[[Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach Genealogy|Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach  (Thuringia)]]  (Thüringen)
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*[[Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt Genealogy|Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt  (Thuringia)]] (Thüringen)
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*[[Schwarzburg-Sondershausen Genealogy|Schwarzburg Sondershausen (Thuringia)]]  (Thüringen)
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'''If you already know the name of the town/city/village, you should consult a gazetteer for more details, especially the name of the Catholic or Evangelical parish it belonged to. See [[Germany Gazetteers#Meyers Gazetteer|''Meyer's Gazetteer]] or a [[Online German Gazetteers and Parish Register Inventories|''a regional online gazetteer'']].'''
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== Research Tools  ==
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==Former Germany Territories==
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Germany's boundaries were impacted by their losses of World War I and World War II.  The treaties (1919 for World War I and 1945 for World War II) ending those wars had to deal with the disposition of lands annexed by Hitler, but also to resolve some disputes that had waged for the previous century.  Many of the border states of Germany had mixed populations (most notably Germans and Polish people). Frequently, the return of lands was accompanied by expulsion of German citizens from the area.
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*Records for a former German area are now kept in repositories of the new country.
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**Once you locate the state and town in a gazetteer, you should find a detailed map. Detailed maps, which are useful if you must expand your search to neighboring towns, will usually be found under the former German name.
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*Internet searches for maps could use either place name.
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*For microfilmed records in the [https://familysearch.org/catalog/search FamilySearch catalog], look under both the German place name or the current place name.
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*If the records you need are not microfilmed, you may need to write to a church or an archive for them.  Then you will use the locality's modern location to find an address.
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*See [[Finding Parish Registers for Germany Areas Now in Other Countries|'''Finding Parish Registers for Germany Areas Now in Other Countries''']].
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*For more detailed maps of territory reclaimed by Poland in 1945, see [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recovered_Territories ''Recovered Territories''].
  
*Listing of all [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=1927074 records collections for Germany] available on FamilySearch.org.  
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{{Former German Territories}}
*Join a [https://www.facebook.com/pages/German-Genealogy-Research-Community/127231670710853?sk=wall Facebook] or [[Join a Skype Research Community|Skype]] Germany Genealogy Research Community
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===List of Former German Territories, the Date of the Boundary Change, and the Current Country===
*[[German Research Websites|German Research Websites]]  
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[[Alsace-Lorraine, France or Germany Genealogy|'''Alsace-Lorraine (Elsass-Lothringen)''']], 1919:France<br>
*[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.
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'''East Prussia,''' 1945:
*The list of archives with addresses, Part 2 of 2, 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.
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*[[Poland Genealogy|Southern East Prussia, '''(Warmia) and (Masuria), and Soldau''']] became part of Poland.  
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*Northern East Prussia was divided between:
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**[[Russia Genealogy|the '''Kaliningrad (formerly Königsberg) Oblast''']]: Russia
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**the constituent counties of the [[Lithuania Genealogy|'''Klaipėda Region''']]: Lithuania
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***'''[[Lithuania Genealogy|Memel Territory]]''' : Lithuania
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::::Memel Territory, ''Memelland'' or ''Memelgebiet'', north of the Neman River and including the city of Klaipėda, occupied by Lithuania in 1923, occupied by Germany 1939-1945. <br>
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'''[[Belgium Genealogy|Eupen-Malmédy]]''', 1919: Belgium<br>
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'''[[Russia Genealogy|Free City of Danzig,]]''' 1945: Russia<br>
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'''[[Denmark Genealogy|North Schleswig,]]''' 1919: Denmark<br>
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'''Pomerania,''' 1945:
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*'''western Pomerania''' is in [[Pomerania, Germany Genealogy|Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany]]
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*[[Poland Genealogy|'''Pomeralia (Gdansk Pomerania, or East Pomerania''')]]: Poland
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[[Finding Parish Registers for Germany Areas Now in Other Countries|'''Posen,''']] 1919: Wielkie Księstwo Poznańskie, Poland<br>
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'''Silesia (Schlesien),'''1945:
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*mostly in [[Poland Genealogy|Poland]]
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*[[Czech Republic Genealogy|'''The Hlučín Area of Moravian-Silesian Region''']]: Czech Republic
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*the small [[Silesia, Germany Genealogy|'''Lusatian strip''' west of the Oder-Neisse line]]: Germany
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[[Poland Genealogy|'''Upper Silesia''']], 1919: Poland <br>
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[[Poland Genealogy|'''West Prussia''',]] 1919: Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland
  
== Related Content  ==
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==More Germany Research Strategies==
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Research strategies give guidance on how to research or what records to search for first.  Below are additional research strategy wiki articles for Germany.
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*[[Germany Resources|German Resources]]
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*[[Germans from Russia|Germans from Russia]]
  
*[[Germans from Russia|Germans from Russia]]  
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==More Germany Research Tools==
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Research tools can include resources that assist in locating correct records to search and determining the correct locality to search in.  Below are links and Wiki articles to research tools in Germany.
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*[[Media: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.
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*The list of archives with addresses, Part 2 of 2, which correspond to the localities list, can be found at this link [[Media: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.
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*[http://feefhs.org/links/germany.html Germany Genealogy Resources from Federation of East European Family History Societies (FEEFHS)]<br>
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*The [http://www.kirchenbuchportal.de/inhalt.htm Kirchenbuchportal] (church book portal) website was created by the Association of Church Archives to facilitate access to German-language church records in 2009. By July 2010 several archives had posted detailed [http://www.kirchenbuchportal.findbuch.net/php/main.php?ar_id=3708 inventories] of the parish registers in their collections. By September 2014 this plan had evolved into a project carried out by twelve Evangelical state churches in Germany. Their records are now accessible at a new fee-based site called [https://www.archion.de/ Archion].
 
*[[Hamburg Passenger Lists|Hamburg Passenger Lists]]
 
*[[Hamburg Passenger Lists|Hamburg Passenger Lists]]
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*Berlin Evangelical Central Archive Inventory Online - The [http://www.ezab.de/kirchenbuecher/provinzen.html Evangelical Central Archive in Berlin (EZAB)] holds many Lutheran church records from Eastern areas, including Ostpreussen, Schlesien, Posen, Brandenburg, Pommern and Westpreussen. On the website the box titled "Familienforschung" (family history research) includes a link to the listing of accessible parish registers under "[http://www.ezab.de/kirchenbuecher/kirchenbuch-suche.php Kirchenbuch-Suche]".
  
== Did you know?  ==
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[[Image:Muehlhausen Thueringen .jpg|right|335px|Muehlhausen Thueringen .jpg]]
 
 
 
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 [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"
 
 
 
=== 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: [[Germany Civil Registration#Recent_Changes_in_Rights-to-Privacy_Laws|Recent Changes in Rights-to-Privacy Laws]].
 
 
 
=== Jewish Records online  ===
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
=== 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]]
 
  
'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''
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==FamilySearch Resources==
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Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in resourcing your family.
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*[[Genealogy Help on Facebook|Facebook Communities]] - Facebook groups discussing genealogy research
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*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?fq=place%3A%22Germany%22 the German Research online tutorials]
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/location/1927074 Germany historical records collections].
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*[https://familysearch.org/ask/help#localResource Family History Center locator map]
  
*[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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== References ==
*[[Germany, Bavarian Archives Miscellaneous Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Germany, Bavarian Archives Miscellaneous Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Germany, Bavaria, Dinkelsbuhlühl Miscellaneous City Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Germany, Bavaria, Dinkelsbuhl Miscellaneous City Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Germany Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Germany Birth and Baptisms (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)]
 
*[[Germany Brandenburg Church Book Duplicates (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Germany Brandenburg Church Book Duplicates (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)]]
 
*[[Germany Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Germany Deaths anf Burials (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)]]
 
*[[Germany, Hessen, Darmstadt City Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Germany, Hessen, Darmstadt City Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Germany Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Germany Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Censuses (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Censuses (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)]]
 
*[[Germany, Saxony, Freiberg Funeral Sermons (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Germany, Saxony, Freiberg Funeral Sermons (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Germany, Westfalen, Minden Citizen Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Germany, Westfalen, Minden Citizen Lists (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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Guide to German ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Country Information

Germany is a country in Western and Central Europe that borders Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Netherlands. The territory of Germany has varied considerably over the centuries. Until 1871 Germany consisted of numerous independent kingdoms, duchies, principalities, and states, whose borders often changed and merged. These changes often make it difficult to determine which archives may have the particular records you need. In 1871 all German-speaking states except the Austrian states were consolidated into the German Empire under the leadership of Preußen.[1]

Place-names and county, province, and state jurisdictions have also changed, often more than once. Because of these changes, you may not be able to find the name of your German ancestor's town on a modern map. You may also have trouble determining the jurisdiction where their records were kept. Various resources are available to help you find that information.

Getting Started

Getting Started with Germany Research

Links to articles on getting started with German research.

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Germany Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in United States research.

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Modern Map of Germany

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If you already know the name of the town/city/village, you should consult a gazetteer for more details, especially the name of the Catholic or Evangelical parish it belonged to. See Meyer's Gazetteer or a a regional online gazetteer.



Schleswig-HolsteinMecklenburg-VorpommernBremenLower Saxony (Niedersachsen)Saxony-Anhalt (Sachsen-Anhalt)BerlinBrandenburgNorth Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-WestfalenHessenThüringen (Thuringia)SaxonyRhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz)SaarlandBaden-WürttembergBavaria (Bayern)Modern Germany map.png
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Modern German States (since 1945/1990)


The Unification of Germany 1864-1871 Map

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If you already know the name of the town/city/village, you should consult a gazetteer for more details, especially the name of the Catholic or Evangelical parish it belonged to. See Meyer's Gazetteer or a a regional online gazetteer.



Many states are too small to make clickable. You will need to access them from the list after the map.


Schleswig-HolsteinHannoverMecklenburg-SchwerinLübeckHamburgBremenPomerania (Pommern)West Prussia (Westpreußen)East Prussia (Ostpreußen)PosenBrandenburgMecklenburg-StrelitzSaxony (Sachsen)AnhaltBrunswick (Braunschweig)LippeWestphalia (Westfalen)WaldeckRhineland (Rheinland)Hessen-NassauHessen|OldenburgSaxony (Sachsen)Alsace-Lorraine (Elsass-Lothringen)Bavaria (Bayern)Bavaria (Bayern)BadenWürttembergNew Germany map.png
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States

City/States

Prussian States

Thuringian States

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If you already know the name of the town/city/village, you should consult a gazetteer for more details, especially the name of the Catholic or Evangelical parish it belonged to. See Meyer's Gazetteer or a a regional online gazetteer.


Former Germany Territories

Germany's boundaries were impacted by their losses of World War I and World War II. The treaties (1919 for World War I and 1945 for World War II) ending those wars had to deal with the disposition of lands annexed by Hitler, but also to resolve some disputes that had waged for the previous century. Many of the border states of Germany had mixed populations (most notably Germans and Polish people). Frequently, the return of lands was accompanied by expulsion of German citizens from the area.

  • Records for a former German area are now kept in repositories of the new country.
    • Once you locate the state and town in a gazetteer, you should find a detailed map. Detailed maps, which are useful if you must expand your search to neighboring towns, will usually be found under the former German name.
  • Internet searches for maps could use either place name.
  • For microfilmed records in the FamilySearch catalog, look under both the German place name or the current place name.
  • If the records you need are not microfilmed, you may need to write to a church or an archive for them. Then you will use the locality's modern location to find an address.
  • See Finding Parish Registers for Germany Areas Now in Other Countries.
  • For more detailed maps of territory reclaimed by Poland in 1945, see Recovered Territories.


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List of Former German Territories, the Date of the Boundary Change, and the Current Country

Alsace-Lorraine (Elsass-Lothringen), 1919:France
East Prussia, 1945:

Memel Territory, Memelland or Memelgebiet, north of the Neman River and including the city of Klaipėda, occupied by Lithuania in 1923, occupied by Germany 1939-1945.

Eupen-Malmédy, 1919: Belgium
Free City of Danzig, 1945: Russia
North Schleswig, 1919: Denmark
Pomerania, 1945:

Posen, 1919: Wielkie Księstwo Poznańskie, Poland
Silesia (Schlesien),1945:


Upper Silesia, 1919: Poland
West Prussia, 1919: Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland

More Germany Research Strategies

Research strategies give guidance on how to research or what records to search for first. Below are additional research strategy wiki articles for Germany.

More Germany Research Tools

Research tools can include resources that assist in locating correct records to search and determining the correct locality to search in. Below are links and Wiki articles to research tools in Germany.

  • 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.
  • Germany Genealogy Resources from Federation of East European Family History Societies (FEEFHS)
  • The Kirchenbuchportal (church book portal) website was created by the Association of Church Archives to facilitate access to German-language church records in 2009. By July 2010 several archives had posted detailed inventories of the parish registers in their collections. By September 2014 this plan had evolved into a project carried out by twelve Evangelical state churches in Germany. Their records are now accessible at a new fee-based site called Archion.
  • Hamburg Passenger Lists
  • Berlin Evangelical Central Archive Inventory Online - The Evangelical Central Archive in Berlin (EZAB) holds many Lutheran church records from Eastern areas, including Ostpreussen, Schlesien, Posen, Brandenburg, Pommern and Westpreussen. On the website the box titled "Familienforschung" (family history research) includes a link to the listing of accessible parish registers under "Kirchenbuch-Suche".


FamilySearch Resources

Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in resourcing your family.

References

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Germany," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany, accessed 23 March 2016.