How far back can German Genealogy normally be traced?

You might be able to trace back into the 17th century, and may even find a few names of people born in the 16th. However, there are exceptions, and records that were once there may have been lost in burned down churches or bombed town halls.

How far back do German birth records go?

While most German civil records only go back to around the 1870s, parish registers go back as far as the 15th century.

How far back can the average person trace their ancestry?

The consensus among genealogists is that you can reliably and accurately trace a family tree back to the 1600s, but it varies depending on the specifics of your family.

Does ancestry have German records?

At Ancestry.com, key data such as names and gender is often indexed and therefore easily accessible through our search pages for each German language database. However, the records are in German, and you will naturally get the best results if you search keywords, occupations, and place names in German.

How do I know if my ancestors were German?

The two websites generally considered to be the most complete are RootsWeb www.rootsweb.com and the Mormon Church’s Family Search www.familysearch.org. Both are set up for searches. You can enter the known facts about your ancestor and, with luck, come up with additional details.

Who has the longest traceable lineage?

educator Confucius

The longest family tree in the world is that of the Chinese philosopher and educator Confucius (551–479 BC), who is descended from King Tang (1675–1646 BC). The tree spans more than 80 generations from him and includes more than 2 million members.

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