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Finding information on German soldiers from World War I and World War II?

Where can I find information on German soldiers from World War I and World War II? I am curious to find out about my ancestors' role in the wars, i.e. what rank they had, where they where fighting, ...
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Tracing US ancestor back to Germany?

My great great great grandfather came over from Germany, but I don't know how to find when or where. His name is Henry Fischer about 1821-1898, married to Dorothea Holiday Fischer about 1825-unknown. ...
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How far back can German Genealogy normally be traced?

I've been researching my family history, and I hit a roadblock. The oldest records I can find are from German church records in the early eighteenth century. I can find nothing older. Is this a ...
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How to research German WWII prisoners of war in British captivity?

At the end of World War II, many German military units tried to avoid Soviet captivity by turning west and surrendering to western allied forces. While a simple request to the German Red Cross (...
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Returning World War I era German dog tags?

I have 2 World War I "dog tags", one each from two different soldiers, which provides name, DOB and some regimental info. One of them I think may include some address information. Is there any way I ...
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Finding church records for Koselitz, Saxony, Germany?

I am looking for the records of Lutheran Johan Mueller, born 22 June, 1826 in Koselitz, Saxony. He came to the US in 1845. Where are church records now located for someone born in 1826 in Koselitz, ...
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How do I create a list of my most distant ancestors online or with a Mac?

I want to create a list of my most distant ancestors (= ancestors without known parents) of each family branch from a Gedcom file. We call them Spitzenahnen in German and some applications can create ...
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Finding alternate indexes or record sets for passenger lists / ship manifests from Germany?

I'm researching German immigrants to the USA. Some of their records can be found in NARA's Access to Archival Databases, in this collection: Data Files Relating to the Immigration of Germans to the ...
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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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How soon after birth would Roman Catholic baptism normally occur in early 18th century Germany?

In Germany during the 18th century (esp. early 18th century), how soon after birth would baptism commonly take place? Of course it wasn't the same for every child, but was there some sort of usual ...
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Learning German scripts (handwriting and printing) used in 19th century records

In my related question about finding parish records in Saxony, Germany lejonet reminded me about other resources for Werdau in the Family History Catalog. The Family History Library has resident ...
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Reference Key for Injuries for WWI German Casualty Lists?

Is anyone aware of a quick reference or list of injuries / cause of death for world-war-1 German Casualty lists, such as in the following example. This doesn't appear to be just a death list, but any ...
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Financial preconditions on Jews for marriage in early 19th century in Germany?

In 1822, Abraham Decker, age 24, married Rebecka Aron from Mettenheim, age 27 in Gauersheim, in the the Pfalz region of Germany. Their ages were given in the marriage announcements posted in the ...
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At what port did Lorance Effler born about 1787 in Germany come to the US?

My 4th great-grandfather came into the USA from Germany (Prussia) between 1805-1810. He arrived into the Port of Charleston, South Carolina, supposedly as a bound boy (taken from an orphanage to ...
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Finding online parish records for churches in Werdau, Saxony, Germany

I'm studying a group of Germans that immigrated to the United States around 1860 to the mid-1880s. My source for their birth place is their local court naturalization papers on FamilySearch. Many of ...
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Where to find records relating to people Missing in Action (MIA) during World War 2?

Recently I was given the email address to contact concerning the internment of my Great Uncle in Dachau concentration camp. The person who sent me the information was very helpful and sent me all ...
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Multiple German Given Names

I believe that these are the birth records of my GGGrandmother and her sister. In the USA, they were known as Sophia (1st pict) and Mary (2nd pict). Their parents were known as Christ and Sophia. The ...
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Finding pre-1900 German records? [closed]

I've searched the internet quite a bit, but I'm still unable to usefully find any information on my German relatives - mostly due to the language barrier. I'm looking for records around the early 1900'...
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What is uniform worn by Herr Schedler in photo taken late 19th century in Hannover?

I have a scan of this photo. It is believed to be the brother of Pauline Schedler (1860 - 1937). She was born in Thann, Alsace, France and family legend has it she fled to the UK in the 1870s during ...
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Alternate German genealogy sources

I've hit a roadblock, as mentioned here. I've found German church records from the middle eighteenth century (1760's) that contain info. The location is around Marbach am Nectar (also spelled "Neckar")...
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Finding vital records in Upper Silesia (Prussia/Germany)?

I am looking for info about my great-great-grandparents. The info I'm looking for is: Dates and locations of their birth, marriage and death Go back further in time and find their ancestry Whether ...
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Reading given name of German great-grandaunt?

I cannot read this name, which is the name of one of the older sisters of my great-grandfather. It is supposed to be a german female name. This was written in 1878. Sample of handwriting by the same ...
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Finding records of emigration/immigration from Germany to South Africa?

My paternal grandfather was born in 1900 in Attenhoffen, Germany. He came to South Africa in the 1920s. My quest is to find out how and when? There is a story that he was a seaman who jumped ship in ...
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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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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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Is there an online list of Kindertransport records?

Kindertransport was an operation to save Jewish children from Germany and occupied countries in 1938 and 1939. Almost 10,000 children were transported to the UK through this program. While I have ...
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Marriage records from early 1900s in Berlin

Four of my mother's great aunts lived in Berlin, Germany some time between 1900 and 1920 or so, and were married there. I do not know their married names, but I do know their maiden name and all their ...
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What are these abbreviations in a Verlustliste (zurueckgeh, krgef, A)?

I'm looking at Verlustlisten 1. Weltkrieg, page 22.835: Peter Robert (Bremerhaven) on genealogy.net. In the entry, it says "zurueckgeh." What does this mean? I know other entries say things like "...
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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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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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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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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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What kind of information is in this record?

I am looking at civil records (BMD) from the late 18th-early 19th century from Morschheim the Pfalz region of (then) Bavaria, and I see several instances of images like this (top part shown): It ...
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When were passports first issued in the USA?

Would a US immigrant from Germany traveling back to Germany in the 1850's have a passport. Where are these records?
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Finding Heimatvertriebene in Germany

After/during WW2, my great-grandparents and grandma fled from their home in Wildenschwert-Hilbetten (now Ústí nad Orlicí) in the Sudetenland and trek'ed into Germany. They had with them my great-great-...
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Discovering descendants of 19th Century German immigrant to Australia who served in World War 2?

My ancestor Phillip Post came to Australia from Eltville near Frankfurt in about 1860. He had a son Conrad from whom I know I descend. How would I discover the descendants of Phillip Post who ...
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Is name Angloher derived from Anglii from northern Germany?

Is the name Angloher tied to the Anglii from northern Germany? Would this mean that the name would then be a derivative of a Herr of Anglii? Or Angels?
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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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Wife's name on old German records, first middle, or middle first?

This is just one example, but I have plenty of records, for multiple families. The wife is | Anna `<something>` geb `<maiden name>` but coming up on 15 or 16 Anna in the same family ...
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Tracing Latvian Legion service records/internment/dp records?

Does anybody know where I would start in tracing my fathers war record/history timeline during his time conscripted into the Latvian Legion? He was born in 1926 in Riga. I have used the usual search ...
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Looking for family of Heinrich Märte from Sipplingen, Germany?

I am looking for information on Heinrich Märte (my grandfather) and his family. He was born on July 1, 1912 in Sipplingen and died On April 19, 1944 when the military plane crashed in Geierswalde ...
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Returning German air force record book to family of Walter Schamberger of Sonneberg?

I would like to find relatives of Walter Schamberger born 15/01/1910 in Oberlind, now part of the city of Sonneberg. He was a flight leader in the German air force. I am in possession of his ...
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Tracing ca 1805 immigration via Port of Charleston, SC, USA from Germany? [duplicate]

My 4th great grandfather came into the USA via the Port of Charleston, SC as a bound boy, according to family history. Is there any place to find information regarding this? He arrived about the ...
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What is the meaning and origin of the German last name Naicker?

The last name Naicker occurs in Germany, possibly in the 19th Century. What is the origin, history and meaning of this name?
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Determining whether FamilySearch entry is my ancestor and not a namesake?

The Oskar Heftle and Johanna Wilhelmina Brackenhammer found in FamilySearch could be my ancestors but I'm not quite sure. All I know is that one of my 3rd great grandparents was called "Oscar Heftlé" ...
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Can anything be assumed from the use of “Jungfrau” in an old German marriage record?

For the Braunschweig family, I have been able to find record of and to connect every person in the Creuzburg, Germany area of the 1600s. There were two Elisabetha Braunschweigs alive and unmarried in ...
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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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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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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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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,...