Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany Genealogy

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History and Geography[edit | edit source]


Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a ski town in Bavaria, southern Germany. It is the seat of government of the district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen (abbreviated GAP), in the Oberbayern region, which borders Austria. Nearby is Germany's highest mountain, Zugspitze, at 2,962 m (9,718 ft.). The town is known as the site of the 1936 Winter Olympic Games. Location of Garmisch-Partenkirchen within Garmisch-Partenkirchen district Coordinates are 47°30′N 11°5′E. Garmisch (in the west) and Partenkirchen (in the east) were separate towns for many centuries and combined in 1935 in anticipation of the 1936 Winter Olympic games. Today, the united town is casually (but incorrectly) referred to as Garmisch, much to the dismay of Partenkirchen's residents. At least in Polish, however, the abbreviated name is "Ga-Pa". See Wikipedia for more information about Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Online Records[edit | edit source]

Keep in mind that Garmisch and Partenkirchen were two separate towns until 1936. So, it is necessary to research them separately prior to that time for genealogy information.

  • This link takes you to the FamilySearch Catalog where there is information about the records on microfilm from Garmisch. The church records have been digitized and are now available online. Click on the camera icon to with the records.
  • Find A Grave has some information from the cemeteries of the Garmisch-Partenkirchen area.
  • Bavaria, Germany, WWI Personnel Rosters, 1914-1918 includes information on soldiers from Garmisch-Partenkirchen on

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Most Bavarian civil record offices only have records back to the late 1800's. Below is information on the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Standesamt. They can be contacted by email, mail or in person. It is always a good idea to make an appointment if going there in person. There is usually a charge for a copy of a document.

82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Telefonnummer: 08821 910-3112
Standesamt Website
City Website

Catholic Church Records[edit | edit source]

There are a couple Catholic Churches in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Click on Google Maps. Then click on each church in the list for expanded details. Most of the churches in Bavaria only keep current parish records on site. Garmisch-Partenkirchen is in the diocese of Freising-Munich and the archive is in Munich.

Archiv des Erzbistums München und Freising[edit | edit source]

Karmeliterstraße 1
Telefon: 089 - 2137 1346
Telefax: 089 - 2137 1702

Lutheran Church Records[edit | edit source]

Bavaria was and is predominantly Catholic. If your ancestors lived in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, there is a chance they affiliated with the Catholic church. However, if you do not find them in Catholic records, you should search the Lutheran records.

  • According to the Meyer's Gazetteer there wasn't a Lutheran Church in Garmish in 1871 but there was one in Partenkirchen at that time. Remember that they were separate ciies then.
  • The Lutheran Archive for Bavaria is in Nurnberg. It is always a good idea to contact in advance and make an appointment to use any archive.

You can email to inquire about information for you ancestors.

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Veilhofstraße 8
90489 Nurnberg
Costs: For genealogical investigations, regardless of their success, they charge Euro 25 or Euro 30 (depending on the degree of difficulty) per half an hour of research (maximum charge: Euro 90), plus postage and other fees. You should confirm this at the time of your request. Extra services such as issuing documents or making copies or photos are to be paid in addition, according to their statement of charges. Customers from abroad are requested to send a cheque in advance (currency: Euro)

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

There are several cemeteries in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the surrounding area. They can all be seen on Google Maps If you want to find information on your ancestors in a cemetery, keep in mind that in most Bavarian cemeteries the grave plots are re-used as often as every 25 years. (sometimes 50 -100 years). If you are lucky enough to go Bavaria, Find A Grave and Billion Graves both have great phone apps to help you locate cemeteries.

Additional Help[edit | edit source]

We hope that the above information will be useful to those seeking genealogy for their family from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany. If you are still struggling be sure to use the "Bavaria Wiki Topics" guide on the upper right side of this page. Another valuble resource available on Wiki is the Wiki Wizard German videos.