Difference between revisions of "Germany Record Finder"

From FamilySearch Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search
m
m (Text replacement - "https://www.familysearch.org/ask/learningViewer/377 " to "https://www.familysearch.org/help/helpcenter/lessons/old-german-script-part-2 ")
 
(8 intermediate revisions by 2 users not shown)
Line 7: Line 7:
 
}}
 
}}
  
This table can help you decide which records to search using the following steps:
+
== Record Finder Table for Germany ==
 +
The following Record Finder table assists researchers in determining record types that may list the information they are looking for.
 +
=== Order of Records ===
 +
The typically most reliable sources are listed at the top of the list. However, depending on the time period of the record and location, multiple records in the list may need to be searched to achieve the objective. Alternative records are listed as well in case traditional records do not provide the desired information.
  
Step 1. '''In column 1''', find your goal.
+
== List of Topics ==
 
+
This Record Finder table links to the Germany topic Wiki pages, containing databases and other information about accessing the records.
Step 2. '''In column 2''', find the types of records most likely to have the information you need.
+
===Vital Events ===
 
+
{| width="65%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" border="1"
Step 3. '''In column 3''', find additional records that may be useful.  
 
 
 
{| width="65%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" border="1" bgcolor="#F0F0F0"
 
 
|-
 
|-
| width="30%" bgcolor="#CFF3FF" align="left" | '''What you are looking for:'''  
+
| style="align:left; width:25%;" | '''Searching for:'''  
| width="35%" bgcolor="#CFF3FF" align="left" | '''Try these records first:'''  
+
| style="align:left; width:35%;" | '''Best Records to Search:'''  
| width="35%" bgcolor="#CFF3FF" align="left" | '''Other useful records:'''
+
| style="align:left; width:35%;" | '''Alternative Records:'''
 
|-
 
|-
| Age
+
| align="left" | Birth date and place
| [[Germany Church Records|Church Records]], [[Germany Civil Registration|Civil Registration]], [[Germany Jewish Research|Jewish Records]]
+
| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| [[Germany Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[Germany Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]], [[Germany Schools|Schools]]
+
*[[Germany Church Records|Church Records]]
 +
*[[Germany Civil Registration|Civil Registration]]
 +
*[[Germany Jewish Research|Jewish Records]]  
 +
| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
 +
*[[Germany Obituaries|Obituaries]]
 +
*[[Germany Occupations|Occupations]]
 +
*[[Germany Census|Census]]
 +
*[[Germany Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]]
 +
*[[Germany Schools|Schools]]
 +
*[[Germany Military Records|Military Records]]
 
|-
 
|-
| Birth date and birthplace
+
| align="left" | Marriage place and date  
| [[Germany Church Records|Church Records]], [[Germany Civil Registration|Civil Registration]], [[Germany Jewish Research|Jewish Records]]  
+
| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| [[Germany Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[Germany Occupations|Occupations]], [[Germany Census|Census]], [[Germany Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]], [[Germany Schools|Schools]], [[Germany Military Records|Military Records]]
+
*[[Germany Church Records|Church Records]]
 +
*[[Germany Civil Registration|Civil Registration]]
 +
*[[Germany Jewish Research|Jewish Records]]
 +
|
 +
*[[Germany Compiled Genealogies|Genealogy]]
 +
*[[Germany Periodicals|Periodicals]]
 +
*[[Germany Nobility|Nobility]]
 +
*[[Germany Newspapers|Newspapers]]
 
|-
 
|-
| Boundaries (parish, district, or county)
+
| align="left" | Death date, place, and burial
| [[Germany Gazetteers|Gazetteers]], [[Germany Church History|Church History]]  
+
| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| [[Germany Maps|Maps]], [[Germany History|History]], [[Germany Historical Geography|Historical Geography]]
+
*[[Germany Church Records|Church Records]]
 +
*[[Germany Civil Registration|Civil Registration]]
 +
*[[Germany Jewish Research|Jewish Records]]
 +
*[[Germany Obituaries|Obituaries]]
 +
*[[Germany Newspapers|Newspapers]]  
 +
| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
 +
*[[Germany Probate Records|Probate Records]]
 +
*[[Germany Court Records|Court Records]]
 +
*[[Germany Occupations|Occupations]]
 +
*[[Germany Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
 +
|-
 +
|}
 +
 
 +
===Maiden Names and Family Members===
 +
{| width="65%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" border="1"
 
|-
 
|-
| Death information
+
| style="align:left; width:25%;" | '''Searching for:'''
| [[Germany Church Records|Church Records]], [[Germany Civil Registration|Civil Registration]], [[Germany Jewish Research|Jewish Records]], [[Germany Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[Germany Newspapers|Newspapers]]
+
| style="align:left; width:35%;" | '''Best Records to Search:'''
| [[Germany Probate Records|Probate Records]], [[Germany Court Records|Court Records]], [[Germany Occupations|Occupations]], [[Germany Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
+
| style="align:left; width:35%;" | '''Alternative Records:'''
 
|-
 
|-
| Emigration information
+
| align="left" | Maiden name
| [[Germany Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]], [[Germany Societies|Societies]], [[Germany Military Records|Military Records]], [[Germany Periodicals|Periodicals]], [[Germany Newspapers|Newspapers]]  
+
| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| See the FamilySearch Wiki article for the country to which the ancestor immigrated.
+
*[[Germany Church Records|Church Records]]
 +
*[[Germany Civil Registration|Civil Registration]]
 +
 
 +
| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
 +
*[[Germany Jewish Research|Jewish Records]]
 +
*[[Germany Obituaries|Obituaries]]
 
|-
 
|-
| Historical background
+
| align="left" | Parents, children, spouses, and other family members
| [[Germany History|History]], [[Germany Church History|Church History]]  
+
| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| [[Germany Societies|Societies]]
+
*[[Germany Church Records|Church Records]]
 +
*[[Germany Civil Registration|Civil Registration]]
 +
*[[Germany Obituaries|Obituaries]]
 +
*[[Germany Jewish Research|Jewish Records]]  
 +
| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
 +
*[[Germany Probate Records|Probate Records]]
 +
*[[Germany Land and Property|Land and Property]]
 +
*[[Germany Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]]
 
|-
 
|-
| Language helps
+
| align="left" | Living relatives
| [[German Language and Languages|Language and Languages]]  
+
| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| [[Germany Handwriting|Handwriting]]
+
*[[Germany Compiled Genealogies|Genealogies]]
 +
| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
 +
*[[Germany Societies|Societies]]
 +
*[[Germany Periodicals|Periodicals]]
 +
|-
 +
|}
 +
 
 +
=== Immigration and Country of Origin ===
 +
{| width="65%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" border="1"
 
|-
 
|-
| Living relatives
+
| style="align:left; width:25%;" | '''Searching for:'''
| [[Germany Directories|Directories]], [[Germany Compiled Genealogies|Genealogy]]
+
| style="align:left; width:35%;" | '''Best Records to Search:'''
| [[Germany Societies|Societies]], [[Germany Periodicals|Periodicals]]
+
| style="align:left; width:35%;" | '''Alternative Records:'''
 
|-
 
|-
| Maiden name
+
| align="left" | Immigration date
| [[Germany Church Records|Church Records]], [[Germany Civil Registration|Civil Registration]]  
+
| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| [[Germany Jewish Research|Jewish Records]], [[Germany Obituaries|Obituaries]]
+
*[[Germany Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
 +
 
 +
| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
 +
*[[Germany Societies|Societies]]  
 +
*[[Germany Military Records|Military Records]]
 +
*[[Germany Periodicals|Periodicals]]
 +
*See the FamilySearch Wiki article for the country to which the ancestor immigrated.
 
|-
 
|-
| Marriage information
+
| align="left" | Country and town of origin
| [[Germany Church Records|Church Records]], [[Germany Civil Registration|Civil Registration]], [[Germany Jewish Research|Jewish Records]]
+
| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|  
| [[Germany Compiled Genealogies|Genealogy]], [[Germany Periodicals|Periodicals]], [[Germany Nobility|Nobility]], [[Germany Newspapers|Newspapers]]
+
*[[Germany Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
 +
 
 +
| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|  
 +
 
 +
|}
 +
 
 +
=== Residences and Locations ===
 +
{| width="65%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" border="1"
 
|-
 
|-
| Naming customs
+
| style="align:left; width:25%;" | '''Searching for:'''
| [[Germany Names, Personal|Names (Personal)]]
+
| style="align:left; width:35%;" | '''Best Records to Search:'''
| [[Germany Compiled Genealogies|Genealogy]], [[Germany Periodicals|Periodicals]]
+
| style="align:left; width:35%;" | '''Alternative Records:'''
 
|-
 
|-
| Noble families
+
| align="left" | Residence
| [[Germany Nobility|Nobility]], [[German Heraldry|Heraldry ]]  
+
| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| [[Germany Biography|Biography]], [[Germany Periodicals|Periodicals]]
+
*[[Germany Church Records|Church Records]]
 +
*[[Germany Civil Registration|Civil Registration]]
 +
*[[Germany Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
 +
*Directories
 +
*[[Germany Jewish Research|Jewish Records]]
 +
*[[Germany Military Records|Military Records]]
 +
| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
 +
*[[Germany Biography|Biography]]
 +
*[[Germany Compiled Genealogies|Genealogies]]
 +
*[[Germany Census|Census]]
 +
|}
 +
 
 +
=== Personal Details and Affiliations ===
 +
{| width="65%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" border="1"
 
|-
 
|-
| Occupations
+
| style="align:left; width:25%;" | '''Searching for:'''
| [[Germany Church Records|Church Records]], [[Germany Occupations|Occupations]], [[Germany Directories|Directories]], [[Germany Population|Population]]
+
| style="align:left; width:35%;" | '''Best Records to Search:'''
| [[Germany Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]], [[Germany Census|Census]], [[Germany Church Directories|Church Directories]], [[Dwellings Germany|Dwellings]]
+
| style="align:left; width:35%;" | '''Alternative Records:'''
 
|-
 
|-
| Parents, children, and other family members
+
| align="left" | Nobility
| [[Germany Church Records|Church Records]], [[Germany Civil Registration|Civil Registration]], [[Germany Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[Germany Jewish Research|Jewish Records]]
+
| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| [[Germany Probate Records|Probate Records]], [[Germany Land and Property|Land and Property]], [[Germany Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]]
+
 
 +
*[[Germany Nobility|Nobility]]
 +
| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|  
 +
*[[Germany Biography|Biography]]
 +
*[[Germany Periodicals|Periodicals]]
 
|-
 
|-
| Physical description
+
| align="left" | Occupation
| [[Germany Military Records|Military Records]], [[Germany Biography|Biography]]
+
| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| [[Germany Compiled Genealogies|Genealogy]], [[Germany Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
+
*[[Germany Church Records|Church Records]]
 +
*[[Germany Civil Registration|Civil Registration]]
 +
| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|  
 +
*[[Germany Census|Census]]
 
|-
 
|-
| Place-finding aids
+
| align="left" | Religion
| [[Germany Gazetteers|Gazetteers]], [[Germany Maps|Maps]]  
+
| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| [[Germany Historical Geography|Historical Geography]]
+
*[[Germany Church Records|Church Records]]
 +
*[[Germany Civil Registration|Civil Registration]]
 +
| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
 +
*[[Germany History|History]]
 
|-
 
|-
| Places of residence
+
| align="left" | Social activities
| [[Germany Population|Population]], [[Germany Church Records|Church Records]], [[Germany Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]], [[Germany Directories|Directories]], [[Germany Jewish Research|Jewish Records]], [[Germany Military Records|Military Records]]
+
| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|  
| [[Germany Biography|Biography]], [[Germany Compiled Genealogies|Genealogy]], [[Germany Census|Census]], [[Dwellings Germany|Dwellings]], [[Germany Land and Property|Land and Property]], [[Germany Periodicals|Periodicals]] [[Germany Names, Personal|Names (Personal)]]
+
*Social Life and Customs]]  
 +
*[[Germany Societies|Societies]]  
 +
| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
 +
*[[Germany History|History]]
 +
 
 +
|-
 +
| align="left" | Physical description
 +
| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|  
 +
*[[Germany Military Records|Military Records]]
 +
 
 +
| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|  
 +
 
 +
|-
 +
|}
 +
 
 +
===Reading German Records===
 +
{| width="65%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" border="1"
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
| Previous research (compiled genealogy)
+
| align="left" |Vocabulary
| [[Germany Compiled Genealogies|Genealogy]], [[Germany Periodicals|Periodicals]], [[Germany Societies|Societies ]]
+
| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|  
| [[Germany History|History]], [[Germany Biography|Biography]], [[Germany Nobility|Nobility]], [[Dwellings Germany|Dwellings]]
+
*[[German Word List|German Genealogical Word List]]  
 +
*[[Latin Genealogical Word List|Latin Genealogical Word List]]
 +
*[[French Genealogical Word List]]
 +
*[https://script.byu.edu/Pages/the-german-documents-pages/the-german-documents(english) German Script Tutorial]
 
|-
 
|-
| | Record-finding aids
+
| align="left" | Naming patterns
| [[Germany Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]], [[Germany Church History|Church History]], [[Germany Church Directories|Church Directories]]
+
| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|  
| [[Germany Societies|Societies]], [[Germany Periodicals|Periodicals]]
+
*[[Germany Names, Personal|Personal Names]]  
 
|-
 
|-
| Religion
+
| align="left" |Online classes
| [[Germany Church Records|Church Records]]  
+
| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| [[Germany History|History]]
+
*[https://www.familysearch.org/help/helpcenter/lessons/old-german-script-part-1 Old German Script]--[https://www.familysearch.org/help/helpcenter/lessons/old-german-script-part-1 1: Letters]--[https://www.familysearch.org/help/helpcenter/lessons/old-german-script-part-2 2: Words]--[https://www.familysearch.org/help/helpcenter/lessons/old-german-script-german-church-and-civil-records-part-3 3: Records]
 +
*[https://www.familysearch.org/help/helpcenter/lessons/german-paleography-seminar-introduction German Paleography Seminar]
 +
*[https://www.familysearch.org/help/helpcenter/lessons/german-church-and-civil-records German Church and Civil Records]
 
|-
 
|-
| Social activities
+
| align="left" |Writing for records
| Social Life and Customs
+
| style="align:left; vertical-align:top;"|
| [[Germany History|History]]
+
*[[German Letter Writing Guide]]
 
|}
 
|}
  
 +
==Provinces, Kingdoms, and Duchies of the German Empire: English (German, if different)==
 +
{|
 +
|[[File:Dark_thin_font_green_pin_Version_4.png]]
 +
|The topic articles listed above give general background, record contents details, and research methods. '''More specific help is available in topic articles for each province of the German Empire, including links to actual records.'''
 +
|}
 +
<br>
 +
'''Click on the names of the province or duchy to find detailed instructions for family history research for that locality.'''<br>
 +
 +
{|style="vertical-align:top;; padding-right:1em"
 +
|-
 +
|style="vertical-align:top; width:20%; padding-right:1em"|
 +
'''Independent From Prussia'''<br>
 +
*[[Anhalt, German Empire Genealogy|Anhalt]]
 +
*[[Baden, German Empire Genealogy|Baden]]
 +
*[[Bavaria (Bayern), German Empire Genealogy|Bavaria (Bayern)]]
 +
**[[Saarland, Germany Genealogy|The Saar Region]]
 +
*[[Brunswick (Braunschweig), German Empire Genealogy|Brunswick (Braunschweig)]]
 +
*[[Elsass-Lothringen, German Empire Genealogy|Elsass-Lothringen]]
 +
*[[Hesse (Hessen), German Empire Genealogy|Hesse (Hessen)]]
 +
*[[Lippe, German Empire Genealogy|Lippe]]
 +
*[[Mecklenburg-Schwerin, German Empire Genealogy|Mecklenburg-Schwerin]]
 +
*[[Mecklenburg-Strelitz, German Empire Genealogy|Mecklenburg-Strelitz]]
 +
*[[Oldenburg, German Empire Genealogy|Oldenburg]]
 +
*[[Saxony (Sachsen), German Empire Genealogy|Saxony (Sachsen)]]
 +
*[[Schaumburg-Lippe, German Empire Genealogy|Schaumburg-Lippe]]
 +
*[[Waldeck and Pyrmont, German Empire Genealogy|Waldeck]]
 +
*[[Württemberg, German Empire Genealogy|Württemberg]]
 +
|style="vertical-align:top; width:25%; padding-right:1em"|
 +
'''Prussia (Preussen)'''<br>
 +
*[[Brandenburg, German Empire Genealogy|Brandenburg]]
 +
**[[The Neumark (region), Brandenburg, German Empire Genealogy|The Neumark, Brandenburg]]
 +
**[[Berlin, Germany Genealogy|Berlin, Brandenburg]]
 +
*[[East Prussia (Ostpreussen), German Empire Genealogy|East Prussia (Ostpreussen)]]
 +
*[[Hanover (Hannover), German Empire Genealogy|Hanover (Hannover)]]
 +
*[[Hesse-Nassau (Hessen-Nassau), German Empire Genealogy|Hesse-Nassau (Hessen-Nassau)]]
 +
*[[Hohenzollern, German Empire Genealogy|Hohenzollern]]
 +
*[[Pomerania (Pommern), German Empire Genealogy|Pomerania (Pommern)]]
 +
**[[Vorpommern (region), Pomerania (Pommern), German Empire Genealogy|Vorpommern (Western Pomerania)]]
 +
*[[Posen, German Empire Genealogy|Posen]]
 +
*[[Province of Saxony (Provinz Sachsen), German Empire Genealogy|Province of Saxony (Provinz Sachsen)]]
 +
*[[Rhineland (Rheinland), German Empire Genealogy|Rhineland (Rheinland)]]
 +
**[[Palatinate (Pfalz), Germany Genealogy|The Palatinate (The Pfalz)]]
 +
*[[Silesia (Schlesien), German Empire Genealogy|Silesia (Schlesien)]]
 +
*[[Schleswig-Holstein, German Empire Genealogy|Schleswig-Holstein]]
 +
*[[Westphalia (Westfalen), German Empire Genealogy|Westphalia (Westfalen)]]
 +
*[[West Prussia (Westpreussen), German Empire Genealogy|West Prussia (Westpreussen)]]
 +
|style="vertical-align:top; width:25%; padding-right:1em"|
 +
'''Thuringia (Thüringen)'''<br>
 +
*[[Reuss Younger Line (jüngere Linie), German Empire Genealogy|Reuss Younger Line (jüngere Linie)]]
 +
*[[Reuss Elder Line (ältere Linie), German Empire Genealogy|Reuss Elder Line (ältere Linie)]]
 +
*[[Saxe-Altenburg (Sachsen-Altenburg), German Empire Genealogy|Saxe-Altenburg (Sachsen-Altenburg)]]
 +
*[[Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha), German Empire Genealogy|Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha)]]
 +
*[[Saxe-Meiningen (Sachsen-Meiningen), German Empire Genealogy|Saxe-Meiningen (Sachsen-Meiningen)]]
 +
*[[Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach), German Empire Genealogy|Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach)]]
 +
*[[Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, German Empire Genealogy|Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt]]
 +
*[[Schwarzburg-Sondershausen, German Empire Genealogy|Schwarzburg-Sondershausen]]
 +
 +
|style="vertical-align:top; width:10%; padding-right:1em"|
 +
'''City-States'''<br>
 +
*[[Bremen, German Empire Genealogy|Bremen]]
 +
*[[Hamburg, German Empire Genealogy|Hamburg]]
 +
*[[Lübeck, German Empire Genealogy|Lübeck]]
 +
<br>
 +
 +
<br>
 +
 +
 +
|}
 
{{Germany|Germany}}  
 
{{Germany|Germany}}  
  
 
[[Category:Germany Research Strategies]] [[Category:Record Finder]]
 
[[Category:Germany Research Strategies]] [[Category:Record Finder]]

Latest revision as of 17:49, 12 March 2021

Germany Wiki Topics
Muehlhausen Thueringen .jpg
Beginning Research
Reading the Records
Record Types
Germany Background
Local Research Resources
Moderator
The FamilySearch moderator for Germany is Baerbel

Record Finder Table for Germany[edit | edit source]

The following Record Finder table assists researchers in determining record types that may list the information they are looking for.

Order of Records[edit | edit source]

The typically most reliable sources are listed at the top of the list. However, depending on the time period of the record and location, multiple records in the list may need to be searched to achieve the objective. Alternative records are listed as well in case traditional records do not provide the desired information.

List of Topics[edit | edit source]

This Record Finder table links to the Germany topic Wiki pages, containing databases and other information about accessing the records.

Vital Events[edit | edit source]

Searching for: Best Records to Search: Alternative Records:
Birth date and place
Marriage place and date
Death date, place, and burial

Maiden Names and Family Members[edit | edit source]

Searching for: Best Records to Search: Alternative Records:
Maiden name
Parents, children, spouses, and other family members
Living relatives

Immigration and Country of Origin[edit | edit source]

Searching for: Best Records to Search: Alternative Records:
Immigration date
Country and town of origin

Residences and Locations[edit | edit source]

Searching for: Best Records to Search: Alternative Records:
Residence

Personal Details and Affiliations[edit | edit source]

Searching for: Best Records to Search: Alternative Records:
Nobility
Occupation
Religion
Social activities
Physical description

Reading German Records[edit | edit source]

Vocabulary
Naming patterns
Online classes
Writing for records

Provinces, Kingdoms, and Duchies of the German Empire: English (German, if different)[edit | edit source]

Dark thin font green pin Version 4.png The topic articles listed above give general background, record contents details, and research methods. More specific help is available in topic articles for each province of the German Empire, including links to actual records.


Click on the names of the province or duchy to find detailed instructions for family history research for that locality.

Independent From Prussia

Prussia (Preussen)

Thuringia (Thüringen)

City-States