Finding German Origins
6/12/2014
You've got questions about discovering, preserving and celebrating your family history; our experts have the answers.
Q. Is there any way you can find information about 19th-century German ancestors if you do not know where in Germany they came from?

A. Congratulations on having gotten back to the immigrant generation. Since there is not any centralized German vital records archive or emigration archive, it is not possible to jump directly to German research without knowing where exactly they came from. You need to keep up your search on this side of the ocean in the same sources you have looked at so far—and more.