Herzlich willkommen! From language guides to websites, everything you need for your German genealogy journey. Plus, research tips on finding Austrian, Prussian and other German-speaking ancestors.
The German Genealogy Cheat Sheet is designed to quickly deliver the information you need to understand the records of your German ancestors.
Martin Luther starts Protestant Reformation
Germantown, Penn. founded
Poland's lands partitioned between Prussia, Austria, and Russia
More than 250,000 German immigrants arrive in the US
Germany divided into
East and West
Vital records blackout periods relaxed
Varies by state
Civil Registration (1792; 1876)
Parish Civil Records (1500s; 1648)
Village Family Histories (varies)
Fraktur Baptismal Certificates (1754–1900)
First Wave: 1600s–1770s
Second Wave: 1800s–1918
These translations of common German genealogy terms, including numbers, days, months and family relationships, can be a big help when researching your ancestors. Download a free PDF reference chart for each list—perfect for keeping on your computer desktop or in your research binders!
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