Germanic Genealogy Society

General Research Suggestions

General Research Suggestions
  • Things to do:
  1. Join our society or the society which best fits your residency or your region of Germanic research to learn how to do it.
  2. Use our Germanic Genealogy for Beginners by member Lois Edwards available here under GGS Store
  3. Visit your nearest Family History Center for personal assistance.
  • Explore a genealogical website:
  1. See the IGGP website for listing of Germanic Societies in the US and world-wide.
Many Societies in Germany are listed under the partner Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft geneologischer Verbände or DAGV.
  1. Use the top general websites for Germanic genealogy below:
Meyer’s Gazeteer
The site is based on all localities of the Deutsche Reich (German Empire) 1871 to 1918. Historical maps and toggle to current maps. If you have identified a village of origin or a possible village, this is the place to check for its location.
CompGen (Verein fuer Computer-genealogie e.V.)
Several large databases covering all regions of current Germany as well as the former German regions. One of these databases is:   called GOV, their database for locations.
Family Search
Many filmed and or digitalized records from Germanic and U.S. and other regions. Free with registration. Assistance available at Family History Centers in every major city.
Vast, popular commercial site, it is available at most public libraries at no cost. U.S. Censuses available under Search.
Google translate
Easy to use for German to English copy and paste.  
The German Wikipedia site, containing additional information to the Wikipedia in English, can be used with google translate.
City websites
Current German city websites containing local information, contacts and pictures. Add .de to city or village name.
Catholic Archive
Filmed and or digitized Catholic Church records held by the Catholic Archives, click on Diözesanarchive for Diocese map.
Protestant Church Records
Filmed and or digitized Evangelisch (Protestant) church records held by the Evangelische Landeskirchen and or the website sponsored by them: (subscription). Browsing to establish whether or not Archion has the church parish you are looking for is without subscription.