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For questions about ancestors and records in the country of Germany. This includes previous political entities within the geographical boundaries of the present-day or historic Germany.

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Where to find church records for Niedersachsen / Nordstemmen

I have a subscription to https://www.archion.de (a selection of german church records) but I cannot find records for the town of Barnten, which I would expect to find in an archive for Niedersachsen / ...
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Finding information about father from Germany?

My father was 1st generation over to the states entering thru Canada, then living in Rochester. There he met my mother and then relocated to Miami early 1960s. He was killed when I was 4 yo and turned ...
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Interpreting (yet another) 17th century German church record?

Very much on the same topic as an earlier question, Interpreting 17th century German church record?, I have found a lead for further research (quite obvious lead but my subscription on Archion had run ...
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Finding out about someone's military service in Germany? [duplicate]

How would I find out about someone's military service in Germany? A great-grandfather of my sister-in-law was born there in 1925.
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Identifying a German soldier born in 1925 [duplicate]

My father befriended a German soldier (who was born in 1925) in 1941 - and sent him a letter many years ago which I have just found. How can I learn about this individual and his history?
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Seeking baptism record for Jacob Reinhart born 1799 at Bietzen, Saarland, Deutschland?

I've recently started researching my family tree. It all started as a college assignment for my son. Currently, I am stuck on a relative, Jacob Reinhart, that was born in Germany in 1799. A birth town ...
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Identifying German soldier in WWII from single photo? [duplicate]

I found out that my grandfather was actually a German soldier in WWII who was in Austria in the year of 1945 but I only have a photograph and no other information. Is there any way I can search for ...
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Seeking parents of ancestor born 1838 in Saxony Province, Germany?

I am trying to find the parents of my Great Grandfather, Fredric William Pahnish, born 11 dec 1838 in Saxony Province, Germany. He died on 18 Aug 1890 in Bannack, Beaverhead, Montana, S
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Seeking Crew List for Prinz Oskar German Passenger Ship to Philadelphia, Pa circa 1914?

I am looking for information about the crew on the German Passenger Ship ****Prinz Oskar** which was detained (circa 1914) and confiscated by the US in Philadelphia,PA (1917) as a result of WWI. I ...
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Finding US marine ancestor without knowing birthdate?

I am trying to track down my US grandad / his family but keep hitting brick walls without his date of birth. I am English but my mum was born in Germany in 1949 to a German National mum and a US ...
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Seeking records of German relative in French Camp de Gur during World War II?

I was wondering whether anyone knew if there were records of prisoners interred at Camp de Gur in France during World War II. I know my great-grandfather was interred in France after fighting in the ...
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Researching German relative in WWI

I am trying to find out more about my German Great-grandfather who fought in (and survived) World War I. I have found a reference to his being badly injured on the 26th January 1917 in the German ...
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Interpreting 17th century German church record?

I'm an amateur genealogist and I have browsed through 17th and 18th century German church records in pursuit of my ancestry and I am now stuck. Background My sources come from: https://www.archion....
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Interpreting dates in German church registers from 18th century?

Working with 18th century church records, I found two confusing date entries that I have a hard time wrapping my head around: The records are from the Untertürkheimer Kirchenbuch (1694-1800), which ...
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Who were parents of Johann Gottlieb Drange (b.1850 or 1851)

Johann Gottlieb Drange birthplace is given variously as Darschäwitz, Possen or Posen(possibly misspelled Preußen?), Germany, July 1850. The 1900 US Census lists him as “Jno G. Drange” of Cullom ...
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Reading Latin date description in 18th century German church record?

This record of my x-gg's brother shows a wedding date recorded from the church calendar. What does this mean? (I read the header as "Fer. II Pascs." -- is that perchance Easter Monday?)
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Translating German/Latin in German marriage record from 1706?

Can anyone here help me decipher the salacious comments on this marriage record? I get the main points. On April 6, 1706, my x-great grandfather's brother Christoph (of Untertürkheim, Württemberg) ...
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Looking for information about Anna Oldag (*10 Oct 1866 in Warmbrunn)

According to her tombstone in the German Cemetery in Haifa, Israel, my great grandmother Anna Minna Martha Oldag (her maiden name) was born in Warmbrunn on 10 Oct 1866. I have tentatively identified ...
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Seeking list of former Bund Deutscher Mädel (BDM) members?

Does any German archive have a list of former Bund Deutscher Mädel (BDM) members? The birth date I have for Trude Schneider (or Gertrude Gertrud Schneider) would have made her 18 in 1940.
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Meaning of “hinterlassen” in old German marriage record

I found an early 17th century German marriage record in which the groom is marked as "hinterlassen" in reference to his father. Does that give me information about the father's date of death? In ...
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Interpreting 17th century German dates?

I am working on the biography of a distant relative, Anna Bertschinger. The hand-written notes I got handed down from my grandfather state: verm. 2. post trin. 1649 I understand that this refers ...
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Who was Sold Börnig in Germany?

I have a WW1 helmet with the name Sold. Börnig (2898) on it. I'd like to give it to a descendant. Is there an index of soldiers I could look in? I had misspelled the name Börnig, a critical error ...
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German Soldier records [duplicate]

I am trying to figure out how to look up a german soldiers records for my girlfriend. Her grandmother is from germany but she does not know anything about him but his name. How would i go about ...
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Locating origin of Macht Family from Bavaria;possibly Wunsiedel?

Family located from Germany to Norwich,CT area. Johann and Nicolas worked in a textile mill. Johann died in 1906 and his death certificate indicates parents names were Wolf and Barbara. Have been ...
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Identifying birth family of Heinrich Ernst Walter in Markendorf, Hannover, Germany?

Heinrich Ernst (or Ernst Heinrich) Walter was born March 15, 1867 in Markendorf, Hannover (now in Niedersachsen/Lower Saxony), Germany. He had sisters Lena, Clara, and Etta and brothers Fred and ...
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What to do with late mother's boxes of documents?

My late mother had an amateur interest in genealogy of our family. She gathered boxes of clippings and writings and photos, etc. She flew to Europe to visit sites and meet with descendents, etc. No ...
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Identifying and locating records for town in Westfalen?

My great grandfather was George Eichstedt born July 13, 1851 in Germany. I found out he had a lot of names so he was Gustav Adolph Emil Franz George Eichsteadt. His father was Ferdanaid Eichsteadt ...
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German marriage query for Anna Waltraude ENSFELDER born Hamelin

From family Stammbuch Anna Waltraude ENSFELDER was born in Hamelin/Hameln, Germany in 1912. She had a daughter Ursula. Can anyone tell me who she married?
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DNA test to prove/disprove blood relationship going back ten or twelve generations

On my mother's side I am related (in Southern Germany) to the B. family. My grandfather collected data back as far as my 10G-grandfather. I know nothing about his parents, although there is an old ...
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What coal mining towns in Austria were in common migration paths for Slovenians?

I have a marriage in Austria on January 10, 1898 between Jožefina Gregorčič most likely born in Veliki Cernik, Slovenia on February 24, 1874 and coal miner Alois Kovač born in Austria on June 30, 1872....
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Contacting family of Unteroffizier Wilhelm Braatz shot down in Battle of Britain?

Passed down to me is a service cap of a pilot of the Luftwaffe from WW2. During the battle of Britain in September 1940 an aircraft flew over east Sussex smoke pouring out behind. The service cap was ...
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Locating German World War One records when unit not known?

I see that this question has been asked and answered with a plethora of information as well as the notation that a lot of archives were destroyed in 1945. However, I thought it might be worth asking ...
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Finding passenger list of ship with German immigrants to Brazil in 1824

I got the important information: name of the ship (George Friedrich), it's commandant, it's capitan (Johann Peter Christian Rosilius) the date and place of departure and arrival (Altona Port Germany ...
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Looking for Ludwig Schermer, DOB 27 Dec 1917 [duplicate]

Ludwig was from Kaiserslautern, GE and said he was in the German Army. He was old enough for WWII, but not completely sure about when he served. He immigrated to USA in March 1957.
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Allied POW camps WWII

My aunt who was born in 1925 said she was a POW towards the end of WWII. She said she was a German Army member, not a Nazi. She said the allieds were French. How do I find out about these camps?
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How to find Luftwaffe pilot service record

My 76 year old widowed neighbor has expressed some interest in locating her father's service records. He flew in the Luftwaffe and was shot down in late April 1943 and was listed as KIA. This is all ...
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Finding ships sailing from Germany to Brazil between 1824 to 1830?

Is it possible to find the names of ships used to transport German emigrants to Brazil in the period of 1824 to 1830? I am specially looking for ships in the period 1827-1829.
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Seeking WW2 death record in Russia for Paul Krahn who was born 1917 at Lauenburg (Germany)?

I had two uncles who both fell in WW2, one in Italy, who has a grave, but the other in Russia. I only have his name (Paul Krahn), date and place of birth (2 Feb 1917 at Lauenburg, Germany) and that ...
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Finding paternal grandfather?

My paternal grandfather's name was not permitted to be on the birth register of my father. How does one find Unknown Unknown? through time and place? Thru DNA tests? through a GEDmatch? I think I've ...
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Is there such a thing as Ashkenazi Jewish surnames?

What makes me ask this question is this answer by @ezra to http://genealogy.stackexchange.com/questions/12159/spelling-of-surname-kowesnki-kowenski. The answer claims the name "Kowenski" is Jewish, ...
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Researching Kisting immigration to Namibia?

I am looking for the information of Rudolf Kisting who ended up in Namibia possibly between 1850 and 1900. He married a namibian women with the surname Wimmerth and died in around 1950 in Namibia. ...
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Pomerania isn't Germany anymore – where are records archived?

My ancestors were Germans who migrated to Brazil in 1879. My great-grandfather left Hamburg in 1879 with his family. I have found them in Hamburg Passenger Lists (Departure Records) 1850-1934. ...
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Seeking immigration to Bolivia for German ancestor in 1910-1915?

I'm looking for information about my great grand father. He was born in Brandenburg, Berlin, Germany October 1872 His name was Victor Max Eduard LORBERG , his dad was Paul LORBERG and his mom was ...
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Looking for information on Trude Schneider, a member of the Bund Deutscher Mädel, Nazi youth league for girls

Trude Schneider was a member of the BDM. My father served in WWII and somehow ended up with her photo album which details her summer in 1940 youth camp, some of that time near Nuremberg. I would love ...
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At which point where orthography of German family names “set in stone”?

My family name has two spelling variants, which are alternating in the catholic church records I found. Many people in the village had my family name so we can immediately see the tendency, one priest ...
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Locating birthplace of Herman Malies born around 1870 in Baden, Germany?

I am looking for birth information for Herman Malies born around 1870 in Baden, Germany. I have found him in Camden New Jersey but cannot find any thing before that time.
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Obtaining WW2 records from the Dienststelle?

My grandfather worked for the German Post office May 1940 to end of war. I have a copy of a letter that my grandfather received in August 1944 while he was living there asking/ordering him to relocate ...
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Finding parents for early-20th century immigrant to US from Germany?

I am looking for the names of the parents of my great grandmother Emilie Hannaman-Heunemann-Honneman? She was born about 1883. She immigrated to US in 1906 from Berlin. She married my great ...
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Looking for the grave of a German soldier who died in World War II?

I'm looking to get the information about a German Soldier Grave and the name of the Cemetery Name : Michael Feichtenfchlader
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Bauch Family records Berlin-Charlottenburg

How can I find out about my grandfather's siblings? Would a German death certificate for my great grandfather have his immediate family listed? I know (Josef) Alois Bauch was born in Allenstein, ...