German Roots Toolkit

By Chris Anderson and Ernie Thode Premium

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 <>

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

Archivstrasse4, CH-3003 Bern, Switzerland

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, <>

German Research Association

PO Box 711600, San Diego, CA 92171-1600, <>

Germanic Genealogical Society

PO Box 16312, St. Paul, MN 55116-0312, <>

Palatines to America

Box 101, Capital University, Columbus, OH 43209-2394, <>

Pennsylvania German Society

PO Box 244, Kutztown, PA 19530-0244, (610) 894-9551, <>


Find it on the web

Internet Sources of German Genealogy

<> A massive catalog of resources for the Net-savy Germanic-roots researcher.

German Roots

<> 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 <>.

Germany Gen Web Project

<> Resources, maps, links by German state.

German Migration Resource Center

<> Search by ship name, surname, places and more; information about German family reunions.

German-American Cultural Heritage

<> From castles to Goethe to German folk songs.

German-American Corner

<> Shopping, chat and heritage.

German-American History & Heritage

<> Famous German-Americans, commemorative stamps and teaching resources.

German-English Dictionaries

<> Search a 115,000-word dictionary.

<> New online dictionary with 182,000 translations.

German Genealogy Mailing Lists

<> Guide to the many regional-specific Internet mailing lists (Listserv) on German genealogy.

German Life

<> Magazine on German culture and travel.

From the April 2000 issue of Family Tree Magazine