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 firstname.lastname@example.org
A great place to start...
General Genealogy Sites
Ancestry.com (Some Free records)
The History of Ellis Island (PW Parker/Waichman LLP site)
General German Sites
Specific to the Sixteen States in Germany
Bavaria State Archives
Emigration from Bavaria
Bavarian Genealogical Forum (German)
Place Names in Bavaria
Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz
Federal Commission for Stasi Archives (German)
Bremen & Vegasack Records (German)
Die Maus-Genealogy in Bremen
Die Pommerschen Leute
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
Kreis Lippe Official Page
The South Cemetery in Dusseldorf
Der Suedfriedhof in Duesseldorf
Kirchenbücher im Sauerland
Geneaology Websites for Schleswig-Holstein (German)
Austrian Genealogical Links
American Historial Society of Germans From Russia
Ancestors from Russia
Posen Vital Records