National archives toolkit
Here are the addresses for the national archives in three primarily Germanic countries. While Germany’s archive covers only a short period of time and the Swiss archive is not centralized, these places may provide a reference point during later research.
• National Archives of the Federal Republic of Germany
(since 1945), Bundesarchiv, Potsdamer Strasse 1, Postfach 320, D-56003 Koblenz, Germany <www.bundesarchiv.de>
• Austrian National Archives
(emigration records from 1861-1919), Abteilung I: Haus-, Hof- und Staat-sarchiv, Bibliothek, Minoritenplatz 1, A-1010 Vienna, Austria
• Swiss National Archives
German groups toolkit
These US German-genealogy societies can help you with research and support. All have a small membership fee; write them or visit their Web sites (in < > brackets) for details.
• German Genealogical Society of America
2125 Wright Ave., Suite C-9, La Verne, CA 91750, <feefhs.org/ggsa/frg-gsa.html>
• German Research Association
PO Box 711600, San Diego, CA 92171-1600, <feefhs.org/gra/frg-ra.html>
• Germanic Genealogical Society
PO Box 16312, St. Paul, MN 55116-0312, <www.mtn.org/mgs/german/>
• Palatines to America
Box 101, Capital University, Columbus, OH 43209-2394, <palam.org>
• Pennsylvania German Society
PO Box 244, Kutztown, PA 19530-0244, (610) 894-9551, <www.pgs.org/>
Find it on the web
• Internet Sources of German Genealogy
<www.bawue.de/~Ehanacek/info/edatbase.htm> A massive catalog of resources for the Net-savy Germanic-roots researcher.
• German Roots
<home.att.net/~wee-monster/> Another extensive guide to online resources.
Usenet newsgroup all about German genealogy; most of the postings are in English. See also the newsgroup’s Frequently Asked Questions list on the Web <www.genealogy.net/gene/www/ghlp/sgg.html>.
• Germany Gen Web Project
<www.rootsweb.com/~wggerman/> Resources, maps, links by German state.
• German Migration Resource Center
<www.germanmigration.com/> Search by ship name, surname, places and more; information about German family reunions.
• German-American Cultural Heritage
<userweb.piasanet.com/wigger/default.htm> From castles to Goethe to German folk songs.
• German-American Corner
<www.german-usa.com> Shopping, chat and heritage.
• German-American History & Heritage
<www.GermanHeritage.com/> Famous German-Americans, commemorative stamps and teaching resources.
• German-English Dictionaries
<www.tuchemnitz.de/urz/netz/forms/dict.html> Search a 115,000-word dictionary.
<www.iee.et.tu-dresden.de/cgi-bin/cgiwrap/wernerr/search.sh> New online dictionary with 182,000 translations.
• German Genealogy Mailing Lists
<members.aol.com/gfsjohnf/genmailcountry-ger.html> Guide to the many regional-specific Internet mailing lists (Listserv) on German genealogy.
• German Life