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 germanmarylanders@gmail.com

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

General German Sites

German Geneology

www.compgen.de

German Records (Rootsweb)

http://userdb.rootsweb.com/deu/

German Empire Map-West

http://feefhs.org/maps/gerw/gw-psax.html

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

Bavaria

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)

http://www.bstu.bund.de

Bremen

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/

Rhineland-Palatinate

Archives

http://www.landesarchiv.sachsen-anhalt.de/lha/

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

http://home.bawue.de/~hanacek/info/darchi14.htm

Thüringen

Austria

Austrian Genealogical Links

http://www.rootsweb.com/~autwgw/agsfrm.htm

Russia

American Historial Society of Germans From Russia

http://www.ahsgr.org/

Ancestors from Russia

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/!odcolonies/

Poland

Posen Vital Records

http://www.polishroots.org/genpoland/posguide.htm