How can I start researching my German or German-American family?
http://www.genealogienetz.de/faqs/sgg.html#starters This helpful site answers the following often-asked questions in detail: How can I start researching my German or German-American family? What introductory or general books should I read? Can you help me with surname ________________? Where can I register/find my surnames? What are the rules for given names? Where is the town/village ___________________? How do I find an address or phone number? How can I find out what village my ancestor came from? What about the German census? How about German cemeteries? What does my German surname mean? Is my family from a town with a name like their surname? How can I learn about German noble families? Where can I find German military records? How do I write to a German Standesamt, parish, or archive? How do I find German postal codes? I don't know German. What should I do? I can't read German handwriting. What should I do? What is the basic German genealogical vocabulary? What are the German umlauts and genealogical symbols? How can I send money to Germany? What is the IGI? Where can I find passenger lists or ship information? What is Germans to America? What German archives and/or genealogical organizations are there? How do I find a book about ________________? Should I buy a surname/crest/family history book sold by mail? Where do I go on the internet for German genealogy? What are soc.genealogy.german, soc.genealogy.surnames.german, and de.sci.genealogie? Are there other online resources for genealogy? - ----------------------------------------- Helpful Links for Beginner's Research * RootsWeb's Guide "On the Trail of Germanic Ancestors" * RootsWeb's Guide "Tracing Your Immigrant Ancestors" * Linda Herrick's "Finding Where Your Ancestors Came From in Germany" * LDS Family History Library Ancestor Search [look up your ancestors' names (free) in the immense collection of extracted data gathered by the LDS Library] * Arnie Lang's Immigration, Ships' Passenger Lists & Naturalization Research Guide [excellent step-by-step advice] * Regional Research in German-Speaking Countries * Links to German Research on the Internet * Resources for German Genealogy on the Internet * Basic Research Outline for German Genealogy RETURN to ETHNIC Main RETURN to BROOKLYN Main