Where can I find German birth records?
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 do I get my German birth certificate?
How to obtain a birth certificate from Germany. To obtain a birth certificate from the Federal Republic of Germany, you must contact the competent German agency (i.e. the “Standesamt” or Registrar’s Office). Your letter should be addressed to the Standesamt of the place (Village, Township, City) where you were born.
How do I find German death records?
Records regarding birth, death and marriage are normally kept by the Standesamt (the municipality offices) where the event occurred. Most cities have websites at www. (nameofcity).de where you can find the contact information for the appropriate Standesamt.
How do I get a marriage certificate in Germany?
Local Civil Registrar’s Office
You can usually obtain civil registration records by writing (in German) to the town with the appropriate names and dates, the reason for your request, and proof of your relationship to the individual(s).
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.
Is there a German ancestry site?
Ancestry.com has quite a number of American church records collections for ethnic German congregations, including Historical Society of Pennsylvania collections as well as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America registers.
Does Germany have census records?
A census is a count and description of the population. A few censuses have been taken by various German states, provinces, and cities, and by some ecclesiastical officials. Censuses were not taken nationally in Germany and therefore exist for only a limited number of places and times.
Does Germany give birth certificates?
Birth certificates in Germany
In Germany, birth certificates are automatically issued to the parents of newborn children when they register the birth. This must be done within one week of giving birth.