Interpreting parentage in a 17th century German marriage record when the father is not mentioned

How do Germans research their family history?

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.

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 do I find a lost relative in Germany?

The German Salvation Army (”Heilsarmee“) supports close relatives finding missing persons in Germany. Calling up a private detective agency is known as a very efficient though costly option. Addresses can be found online or in the yellow pages.

How do I find marriage records in Germany?

Records of birth, marriage and death are generally kept at the German vital records office (Standesamt) where the event occurred. Most cities have websites at www. (nameofcity).de where you can find the contact information for the appropriate Standesamt and request a copy of your birth or marriage certificate.

How can I trace my family tree in Germany?

Searching immigration records is a great way to find clues about where your ancestors may have started their journey. The Germany page on the FamilySearch website provides access to more than 54 million German related indexed records. It’s a valuable resource once you’ve traced your family lines back to Germany.

What is Germanic DNA?

The Germanic Europe DNA region is located in the most northwestern part of Western Europe and is adjacent to Eastern Europe and Russia, a distinct DNA region. Germanic Europe is bordered by France to the west, Sweden to the north, Poland and Slovakia to the east, and Croatia and Italy to the south.

Are German birth records public?

Most civil registers are still located at the local civil registration offices, but some are collected in city or state archives. Since 2009 birth records have been public after 110 years, marriages after 80 years and deaths after 30 years.

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.

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