Germanic Genealogy Society

Ten Basic Websites for German Genealogy

 
 
Name
Website
Description
Meyer’s Gazeteer
Villages, towns and cities of the Deutsche Reich (German Empire), 1871 – 1918, described and located on a historical and a current map. 
CompGen (Verein fuer Computer-genealogie)
 
 
Databases for most regions of current as well as former Germany. Major databases are GOV for locations, GEDBAS for surnames and OFBs, both online and in print. Use Google Chrome browser to change to English.
Family Search
 
Church and civil records of present and past Germany, the U.S. and worldwide. Germany Genealogy Research Community Group offers help with documents. Free with registration.
Ancestry
World’s largest online family history resource, known best for its family trees. Various subscriptions.
Catholic Church Archive
Records
Archive websites of Dioceses in Germany with contacts.
Matricula
 
Catholic Church records of Austria, Germany, Lux. Slovenia and others. 
Archion
Evangelisch (Protestant) church records held by the Evangelische Landeskirchen of Germany. Various subscriptions. Browse for a particular parish without subscription.
IGGP
A partnership established in 2015 to further worldwide German genealogy.
Kartenmeister
http://www.kartenmeister.com
Locations of municipalities in the former eastern provinces of Brandenburg, Pomerania, Posen, Silesia, West and East Prussia, including historical information.
 
Google Translate https://translate.google.com/ Helpful for German to English copy and paste translation, if not perfect.