Genealogy

So Your Family is German?

The best way to begin your family history is to talk to you family.  Those family members that are still with you and can remember some of the 'good ole days' are a wealth of information and, in most cases, very solid leads.

Once you have recorded (either through voice recorder or writing), it is time to begin your true research. 

If your family resides in Maryland and has done so for sometime, the Maryland Archives is an excellent place to begin.  They have several excellent volunteers who will be able to assist you on the use of microfilm readers, reading tricky government records, etc.

350 Rowe Boulevard - Annapolis, MD 21401
410-260-6400 / MD toll free: 800-235-4045 / tty: 800-735-2258
email: 
archives@mdsa.net

Maryland Archives Website:
http://www.msa.md.gov/

It is always a good idea to keep a notebook or preferably a computer based 'family tree'.  This keeps the many facts, numbers and people you are going to find while doing your research.

German/Maryland
If you have a site that would be helpful to other researchers, please let me post it so that it may be shared.  Email me the information and link to
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A great place to start...
 

General Genealogy Sites

Maryland Specific Genealogy Sites

The National Archives

http://www.archives.gov/geneaology/index.html

 

Ancestry.com (Some Free records)
http://www.ancestry.com


New Genealogy Site-Ancestry

http://www.ancestry.com/genealogy


Family History Center LDS
http://www.familysearch.org

 

New York Times Passenger Lists
http://www.rootsweb.com/~ote/ships/nytimes.htm


Emigration to America
http://www.routes.de/

 

Cyndi’s List

http://www.cyndislist.com/

 

Immigrant Ship Transcribers Guild
http://www.immigrantships.net

The Olive Tree Passenger Lists
http://www.rootsweb.com/~ote/ships/ny_alms1855.htm

Palmer Lists of Merchant Vessels
http://www.geocities.com/mppraetorius

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
http://www.elca.org

Online Bible Records
http://www.biblerecords.com

Obituary Times
http://obits.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/obit.cgi

Find A Grave
http://www.findagrave.com

Library of Congress Digitized 'Der deutsche Correspondent'(Written in German)

Vertias Prep
http://www.veritasprep.com/genealogy-resources-by-veritas-prep/

 

Maryland Archives
http://www.msa.md.gov/
 
Baltimore Passenger Lists
http://www.genesearch.com/baltimore

Missing Baltimore Arrivals in Germans to America
http://www.uni-oldenburg.de/nausa/onceag.htm

 

Mid-Atlantic Archives

http://www.midatlanticarchives.com/

 

Free Look-ups

http://www.loricase.com/CDs/cdlist.html

 

Newspaper Abstracts

http://www.newspaperabstracts.com/index.php?action=displaycat&catid=313

 

Social Security Death Index (Rootsweb)

http://ssdi.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi?cj=1&o_xid=0000584978&o_lid=0000584978&o_xt=1756764

 


 

 

General German Sites

German Geneology
www.compgen.de

Atlas of the German Empire
http://www.library.wisc.edu/etext/ravenstein

The German Telephone Book
http://www.dastelefonbuch.de

German/English Genealogy Symbols
http://www.rollint.com/roll/symbol.htm

German Genealogy Records & Passenger Lists
http://www.germanroots.home.att.net

Behind the name-German Names
http://www.behindthename.com/nmc/ger.php

German War Memorials
http://denkmalprojekt.org

German Soldier Gravesites (German)
http://www.volksbund.de/graebersuche

How to Read German Script Alphabet
http://www.mun.ca/rels/morav/pics/tutor/mscript2.html

Das Bundesarchiv
http://www.bundesarchiv.de/index.html.en

Westdeutsche Gesellschaft fuer Familienkunde e.V

Specific to the Sixteen States in Germany

Baden Württemberg

 

Archives

http://www.landesarchiv-bw.de/web/


Baden/Württemburg Archives

http://www.auswanderer-bw.de/auswanderer/index.php?sprache=de&suche=1

 

Württembergische Ortssippenbücher

http://www.genealogienetz.de/reg/BAD-WUE/OSB-WUE.html#OSB

 

 

Bavaria

 

Bavaria State Archives

http://www.gda.bayern.de

 

Landshut, Bavaria

http://www.landshut.de/start.html

 

Bavarian Immigration

http://www.bavariagen.com/immigration.html#2

 

Emigration from Bavaria

http://www.hdbg.de/auswanderung/english/index2.htm

 

Bavarian Genealogical Forum (German)

http://www.ahnenforschung-bayern.de/forum/

 

Place Names in Bavaria

 

 

Berlin
 
Archives
http://www.landesarchiv-berlin.de/lab-neu/home.htm

Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz
www.gsta.spk-berlin.de
 
Federal Commission for Stasi Archives (German)
 
 

Brandenburg

 

Archives

http://www.landeshauptarchiv-brandenburg.de/


Brandenburg Online Databases

 
East Prussian Research
http://www.ostpreussen.de.vu/
 

 

Bremen

 
Die Maus-Genealogy in Bremen

 

Hamburg


Hamburg Archives

http://www.hamburg.de/stadt-staat/

 

http://www.genealogus.de/ (German)

Hesse 


Archives

https://hauptstaatsarchiv.hessen.de/irj/HHStAW_Internet

Darmstadt

https://staatsarchiv-darmstadt.hessen.de/irj/HStAD_Internet

Marburg

https://staatsarchiv-marburg.hessen.de/irj/HStAM_Internet


 

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Archives

http://www.kulturwerte-mv.de/cms2/LAKD1_prod/LAKD1/de/start/index.jsp


Die Pommerschen Leute
http://www.pomeranianews.com


Helpful Website

 http://www.emecklenburg.de/Mecklenburg/en/index.htm

Lower Saxony

Archives

http://www.staatsarchive.niedersachsen.de/


Lower Saxony Archives
http://aidaonline.niedersachsen.de/

Emigrants from the former Amt Damme, Oldenburg (now Niedersachsen) 1830-1849
http://www.auswanderer-oldenburg.de/


Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
http://www.genealogienetz.de/reg/NSAC/nsac.html

 

Hannover
http://www.hannover.de

 

The 1852 Census of the Kingdom of Hannover
http://www.hist.de/edition-hist%28e%29.html

 

Hannover Parish Registers (Niedersachsen)

http://www.hist.de/KB-hannover.htm

 

Evangelisch Lutherischer Stadtkirchenverband Hannover

 

http://www.evlka.de/archiv/kirchenbuecher2.html

 

Emslanders (Hannover) to the American Mid-West

http://www.emslanders.com/

 


 

 

North Rhine-Westphalia

Archives
http://www.archive.nrw.de


Borgholz
http://www.borgholz.de

 

Nordrhein/Westfalen
http://www.rootsweb.com/~deunrhwf/

 

 

Kreis Lippe Official Page
http://www.lippe.de

 

Lippe Emigration

http://www.lippe-auswanderer.de/index-eng.htm

 

Kirchenkreis Minden

 
 
The South Cemetery in Dusseldorf
Der Suedfriedhof in Duesseldorf
http://postmortal.de/Duesseldorf/D-Suedfriedhof/d-suedfriedhof.html

 

 

Rhineland-Palatinate

Saarland

 

Saxony

 

Archives

http://www.sachsen.de/


Saxony Genealogy Resources

http://vgsgermansig.org/research/resources-by-modern-state/saxonysachsen-genealogy-resources/

 

 

Saxony-Anhalt

Saxony-Anhalt Archives (site includes all of the local Archive Addresses)
http://home.bawue.de/~hanacek/info/darchi14.htm
Schleswig-Holstein

 

Schleswig-Holstein Archives

http://www.schleswig-holstein.de/DE/Landesregierung/LASH/AndereArchive/_documents/schleswigHolsteinischeKommunalarchive.html

 
Dithmarschen Emigrants
http://www.genealogy-sh.de/E/dithm/index.htm

Geneaology Websites for Schleswig-Holstein (German)

http://www.genealogienetz.de/vereine/SHFam/webseiten.html


 

Thüringen


State Archives

http://www.thueringen.de/th1/tsk/kultur/staatsarchive/index.aspx


Eisenach

http://www.eisenach.de/

 

 

 Austria

Russia

American Historial Society of Germans From Russia
http://www.ahsgr.org/

Poland

Posen Vital Records
http://www.polishroots.org/genpoland/posguide.htm

 

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