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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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Locating heirs of killed german soldier [duplicate]

I have a friend that has the German Lugar, Helmet, and Bayonet from a German soldier that this American soldier had killed during WWII and would like to locate heirs to return these items to them. We ...
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Finding World War 1 military record for Hauptmann Karl Stephan

Although my question doesn't concern my own genealogy I hope I can get some help or advice at this site. I do a lot of research in Dutch archives especially on interned German soldiers and deserters ...
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Acquisition of US citizenship by children under Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952

I am pursuing recognition of German citizenship through descent. My grandparents and my father (born 1950) emigrated to the United States in 1952, with my grandfather holding German nationality. My ...
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Adolph Bernhard Richard Bohme ( went by Richard Bohme ) living in Berlin, Germany

I am fairly great in german research but dont know if anyone can help me with my Grandfather... you see .. My dad was born 20 years before his siblings who have passed ( he just turned 79 this October ...
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Seeking mother’s German passport

In a recent question (German documents) an understanding of a number of German documents that had come into the possession of @Cat was sought. I recognize the first as being the passport of my mother ...
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WW2 soldier details [duplicate]

my grandfather was a German soldier and I want to know if there is anyway I can find his records? I have his name details but have been unable to find out any other details. I have tried Ancestry with ...
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German documents [closed]

So recently I was gifted a number of old documents , passports with photos vaccine records medal award certificates. I'm clueless as to what they all say from what I can see the young man was a nazi ...
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Military records for the Battle of Waterloo?

My great-great grandfather Gottlob Daniel fought with the German army under Gen. Bluecher in the Battle of Waterloo. I have a medal he received which has been passed down thru the family. He was a ...
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Identifying uniform thought to be German?

Does anybody recognize this uniform?
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Tracing German WW2 soldier's name with number 7001519

My great grandfather from South Africa took a knife and fork set from a German soldier during World War II in Italy. On the back of the knife with the swastika symbol there is a number ...7001519 ...
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Seeking DNA-test for family membership of ancestor 400 years back along paternal lines?

I have foolishly accepted to act as an advisor to my uncle (on my mother's side), and find that I am quite unprepared to do so. He is trying to follow up a family tradition that his x-GF (all on his ...
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War record book of German soldier [duplicate]

I have a war record book belonging to a German man from WW1. I would like to contact his family if possible to return it. What is the best way to go about this?
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Finding war record of Karl Weber who was German WW2 POW based in England? [duplicate]

I'm looking for information on a German POW based taken to a camp in England during WW2. His name was Karl Weber I believe at some point he was based in Nuneaton. He could speak English and was the '...
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Reasons for leaving Germany in 1886?

Have done much reading, still trying to figure why great-grandparents would have left Germany in 1884-1886? Went through Luxembourg, then to Antwerp, to Philadelphia. Land ownership,freedom and ...
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Looking for birth records in what was Oppeln, Germany?

My mother's parents' names were Wawrzysniec and Anna Klak. Their children were born between 1923 and 1941. I am unable to locate any birth record for their children from Grudschütz (Gruden 1939-1945)...
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Seeking birthplace of William Kruse, b 1899

Seeking birth place of William Kruse, Father, born 1899, Hanover Area, served in the Imperial Army in WW1, and was wounded in mustard gas attack. The Kruse family owned a large farm in Hanover area ...
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Getting birth certificate of Augusta Fluger Pasch born in Hamburg in 1834?

I would like to have a birth certificate of Augusta born in Hamburg - Germany in 1834. His father was Clemens Augustus Fluegels and his mother Magdalena Pasch. When she was born, her father was 22 ...
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Searching for information about WWII German soldier? [duplicate]

I am searching for information about Siegfried Cornarius. Allegedly his father was in the same unit in WWI as Adolf Hitler. Cornarius served in North Africa with Field Marshall Rommel. Later he was ...
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Finding German immigrant family named Karl in US (1850s/1860s)?

I have an ancestress, Margaretha Karl. I know a fair amount about her, but not as much as I would like. (Isn't that always the case?) She married Edward McHorney about 1860 (no record that I can find,...
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How to find German battle accounts

I’m wondering if someone can point me in the right direction. My uncle was shot down by a German night fighter, which was apparently confirmed by obtained German documents a year after. The documents ...
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Searching for information on German held prisoner of war in England during WW2 [duplicate]

My husband has been searching for information on his father. Name: Gustav Hendrik Hamster b. 1907 in Estonia, d. 1987 in England. From family stories, he was in the German Navy and was captured. ...
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Finding German birth record for Heinz Gunther Edward Curdt in early 20th Century?

I have been extensively researching my family ancestry. My grandfather is German and moved to England at age 7 around 1950-1952. I do not believe his father moved to England with him as he never knew ...
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Identifying Military Uniform from Franco Prussian War?

I am looking for information regarding my great-great grandfather Heinrich Rositzky and the military uniform he is wearing, and if a unit or even his rank could possibly be determined by it. ...
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Learning personal history of Asmus Nicolai Clausen?

I am researching the history of Asmus Nicolai Clausen, originally from Flensburg in Germany, born 2 June 1911. He was the commander of the U-182, which was sunk on 16 May 1943, when he died. His ...
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Finding German birth father who emigrated to Canada?

I was adopted in 1961. I think that my birth father was born in Germany and was around 19-20 years old when he emigrated to Canada and met my birth mother. They didn't marry and she later returned ...
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Family History Grandfather who served in 7th Panzer Division War Records [duplicate]

I am trying to locate my grandfather’s war records I have his service number his division & discharge papers. He was a POW in Algiers 1944. But I want more information about where he was posted ...
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Finding Irish children in Germany post-1917?

I had a granduncle who had children in the Rhineland after WWI. His name was Reilly. He was Irish, but in the American army at the time, post 1917. He gave the children to his wife's/girlfriend's ...
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Does the name “Geerkens” have a meaning in either old Dutch or German (possibly related to “gherkins”)?

The source of my interest is likely obvious. The name itself is much more common in Belgium than in Netherlands though my ancestry on that side is from Schiedam, outside Rotterdam. I include German as ...
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What is the meaning and origins of the family name, Majersdorf?

What is the meaning of my family name, Majersdorf. (Also spelled Maiersdorf, Meierdorf, Meyersdorf, Myersdorf.)
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What is the meaning of the German surname “Wiesch”?

What is the meaning of the German surname "Wiesch"? I actually want Wieschhaus, but the haus seems easy.
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Emil Fuchs military history from world war 1 [duplicate]

Looking for military information, photos, rank, awards, duty stations, battles etc for Emil Fuchs. Born 7/25/1892, Deggendorf Germany.
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Translating WW1 German postcard?

I have an old WW1 postcard letter which was written by my Great Great Grandfather, i managed to come across this at my Grandfathers house. The writing is in German and i believe it may be old German ...
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Finding military records for Romanian pilots stationed in Jüterbog during WWII? [duplicate]

I'm trying to find military records about my uncle, Chis CONSTANTIN. As far as we know he was a Romanian pilot within Luftwaffe, who graduated from flight school in Medias, Romania, and from 1942 was ...
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Finding WW1 military record of German ancestor?

I’m trying to find out information about my German Great Great Grandfather (the guy on the left on the photograph). His name was Karl Griesbach, Born on 2nd March 1877 and died on 17th October 1942. ...
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Finding birth/baptism records for Prussian ancestor born around 1840?

My GreatGrandfather listed in his US census that he was born in Prussia around 1840. I believe that I traced him to Lubeck. How can I find birth/baptism records for Lubeck/Travemunde for about that ...
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Decoding trophy cards of german soldiers (WWII)

Could anyone help with decoding the handwriting on two german photo cards from WWII?
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What happened to Gustav Adolf Neumann - part II?

In light of former questions asked on Genealogy Stackexchange like What happened to Gustav Adolf Neumann, 1859 immigrant to the US? and Finding clues for a missing immigrant in the 1870 Census?, I ...
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Finding recent death records in Germany?

I have two persons that died recently in Germany since 1994. I don't know the city but I have the full name and birthdates. Any suggestions?
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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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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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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 ...