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


Maryland Archives Website:

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.


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

A great place to start...

Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society

Searching for your Genealogical Records

History at Home: A Guide to Genealogy by Home Advisor

Genealogy A Complete Resource Guide

Using DNA to Trace your Family Ancestry

A Genealogy Guide

The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Genealogy

Specific to the Sixteen States in Germany

Baden Württemberg


Berlin Brandenburg


Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz

Federal Commission for Stasi Archives (German)



Lower Saxony Archives

Emigrants from the former Amt Damme, Oldenburg (now Niedersachsen) 1830-1849

Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)


The 1852 Census of the Kingdom of Hannover

Hannover Parish Registers (Niedersachsen)

Evangelisch Lutherischer Stadtkirchenverband Hannover

Emslanders (Hannover) to the American Mid-West



Saxony-Anhalt Archives (site includes all of the local Archive Addresses)



Austrian Genealogical Links


American Historial Society of Germans From Russia

Ancestors from Russia!odcolonies/


Posen Vital Records