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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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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 immigration records between 1890-1903 in Argentina. My great grand dad was hired from Germany to work in Bolivia, he worked in the Zeller house. We lost are family record. I know when ...
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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? [duplicate]

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 grave of 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. The soldier's name was 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, ...
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What became of Auguste Liebnitz and family from Hamburg?

My great aunt Auguste Liebnitz lived in Hamburg (20.2.1931) at the following address Hamburg 26, Kentzlerweg 13 Ptr. How could I find out what became of her and her family?
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Seeking WW2 service record of Helmut Pelz? [duplicate]

I am looking to find my grandfather's service record in the German navy during the Second World War. He was also a prisoner of war and I have the paper work for this.
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Origin of surname Jess in Poland/Germany?

It always puzzled me, where is my last name from? I have no clue, since I have never seen encountered my last name anywhere else. We come from Poland. Our family supposedly comes from around ...
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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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Looking for names of grandparents in Magdeburg, Germany when father born 1896?

I am looking for my father Herman Albert Zimmerman, who was born Oct 13, 1896, in Magdeburg, Germany. I found his World War I and II draft papers and have done much research with census and, on the ...
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What does 1898 wedding/memorial announcement from Germany, Austria, or Slovenia say?

I have what I assume is a wedding announcement or memorial: I believe this memorializes the marriage between Alois Kovach and Josephine Gregorčič who were married in either Germany, Austria, or ...
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Is there any place like “Wertinberge” in Germany?

The 1850 census taker did their best for Mary Fox's birthplace, but I can't really decipher it: I strongly suspect this is somewhere in Germany, because family lore says Mary Fox and her family came ...
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Finding departure dates from port of Bremen?

Some of the passenger lists for arrivals in the Port of New York found in Ancestry's database New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 come from original records on NARA's Microfilm Publication M237, ...
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What is my Lineage?

My ancestors came over to Missouri from Baden-Württemberg, Germany during the 1880's as part of the 1.4 million German immigration wave that occurred during that time, mainly due to civil war and ...
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Connecting the Gassmanns of Untertürkheim and Fellbach

According to family lore, the Gassmann name around Stuttgart derives from two brothers who immigrated from the south (some say Switzerland, others Northern Italy) and settled, respectively, in ...
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Identifying person in two 19th century photos (one from Hannover)?

I found these 2 photographs in a cache of old family photos. I suspect they are of my 2nd great grandfather. I know from other sources that he was from Hannover and is the only family member that is ...
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Finding Listing of Polish Soldiers that were forced to fight with Germans in WWI?

I need to locate a listing of Polish soldiers that were killed during WWI who were forced to fight with the Germans. I had two of my grandfather's cousins "drafted" by the Germans during WWI to fight....
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Seeking death/burial record in Germany for man born 1922?

I am seeking information for a man and his wife . He was born in Stuttgart, Germany during 1922. There is no known death date for him. How could I find a death/burial record for him? I know his ...
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Did Jacob Bertschinger move from Aldingen to Calw in early 19th century Germany?

Jacob Bertschinger was born on Nov 20, 1828 in Aldingen (near Spaichingen) on the right side of the Neckar river in southern Germany). He came from a long line of farmers who had been living within ...
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Determining fate of Soviet soldier from Azerbaijan captured by Germans in 1941?

I am searching for my great grandfather Ismailov Isa Iskander's grave. He was born in 1904 in Khanlar (Helenendorf), Azerbaijan. That city was founded by Germans. Isa learned German language from ...
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Reconciling DNA results against what is known of father's (half-German) ancestry?

I am unsure of who my father is (was). The man I was told was my father is now deceased. His mother was born in Mannheim, Germany and she came to the US after the war. She had my dad which would ...
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German POWs in Camp Upton and Fort Dupont

My grandfather's brother was a German soldier captured in North Africa and ultimately sent to the United States. I found a list of names of POWs held at Camp Upton and my grandfather's brother was in ...
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Seeking details of travel to South Africa in 1920s

I am looking for information about Mr/Dr Ernst Ludwig Wittman who came to South Africa in the 1920's to work as medical Dr for Iscor, a South African steel company. When did he arrive and by what ship?...
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Searching for WW2 military record of German soldier who died 1945 in Italy? [duplicate]

I have a name, place and date of birth, place and date of death also. This soldier died in Italy in 1945 and is buried in Futa Pass. Could anybody provide me with where i can gain more information ...
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Seeking German military service records for Jozef Mühlgay (or his brothers) of Bavaria?

I've been trying to figure out if my great-grandfather, Jozef Mühlgay, or his brothers were called up for the Great War. What I know is that at the time of the war, my great-grandfather and his ...
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Seeking 19th century marriage record for Wolf and Amélie Thalmann whose descendants settled in Mannheim?

Richard (1861-1938, died in Paris, France) from the Thalmann family of Mannheim (in south-west Germany) had about four siblings: Ernst (founder of Ladenburg-Thalmann Bank in NYC in 1875), Flora (...
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Identifying parents of Adelhaid Marx (died 1920/45) of rabbinic family from western Germany?

My great-great-grandmother, Adelheid Marx was a descendant of the Marx rabbinic family from western Germany. Her husband was Albert Westheim (d c. 1915) and her children include my great-grandmother, ...
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Struggling to read birth record of my German Jewish great-grandfather

I found this birth record for my ancestor Max Mayer who was born in Speyer, Germany in 1879. I'm struggling on two counts: I can't read his father's full name, I'm pretty sure it ends Marx Mayer, ...
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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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When was Paul Theodore Spranger deported back to Germany?

Paul Spranger was a German waiter born Brandenberg, Germany September, 1871. He married Eliza Emma Fisher in London 1908 and they had a daughter Pauline Theodora in 1909. I believe Paul was interned ...
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Finding railroad maps for Germany in late 19th century?

I am studying a group of immigrants who came to the northeastern United States from Saxony in the 1870s to 1890s. Many of them were skilled workers all recruited from the same area specifically for ...
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Looking for evidence of my grandfather's German citizenship?

I am looking for records of my grandfather, Ernest Paul Wolf, born on 1.11.1899 in Strehlen, Silesia, son of Fiedrich Wolf and Auguste Krause, both German. During WWII he was a civilian. I need his ...
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Verifying that Josef Berg died as shown in WWI German military record and finding his grave?

My GGF Josef Berg died a few days before 1 Jan 1915 (probably on 27 Dec 1914 (World War I). I want to find his grave. I also want to verify that the information I'm giving here is actually my GGF's ...
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How to return NSDAP Membership Book to family of Adolf-Georg Werner?

My Father was an American soldier during the Battle of the Bulge in WWII. Among his things I have found a red NSDAP Membership booklet with the photo and information of an Adolf-Georg Werner. It is ...