Looking for my grandfather in Germany

How do I trace my ancestors in Germany?

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.

Does ancestry have records from Germany?

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 can I find my ancestors for free?

Ways to Use Ancestry.com for Free

  1. Search the free index collections, which include both US and international records.
  2. Use the free Ancestry.com card catalog.
  3. View record previews.
  4. Take a peek at public member trees.
  5. Learn from Ancestry Academy’s how-to videos.
  6. Watch Ancestry on YouTube.

Where can I find German birth records?

Records of Births, Marriages and Deaths in Germany

  • Local Civil Registrar’s Office. Most civil birth, marriage, and death records in Germany are maintained by the civil registration office (Standesamt) in the local towns. …
  • Government Archives. …
  • The Family History Library.

Is there a German ancestry site?

Ancestry.com ($)

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.

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.

Are there German 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.

What ancestry is German?

“Germans are a Germanic (or Teutonic) people that are indigenous to Central Europe… Germanic tribes have inhabited Central Europe since at least Roman times, but it was not until the early Middle Ages that a distinct German ethnic identity began to emerge.”

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