Places to Find German Genealogy Records and Databases Online


FamilySearch Genealogy Records - Germany (requires free registration; to view some of the images you must be at an LDS Family History Center or a FamilySearch affiliated library). Includes some German baptism, marriage, and death indexes, and other items. FamilySearch also has some digitized microfilm of German genealogy records...
  • Do a "place search" in the FamilySearch Catalog for the village or place you're looking for. Select a topic (church records for example) for that place. Then look for the camera icon next to the listing for the microfilm roll you want. The camera icon indicates the microfilm roll has been digitized and is available for viewing online, however for the microfilm listings with a key above the camera icon, you have to be at a Family History Center, a FamilySearch affiliated library, or the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
  • FamilySearch also has some genealogy databases for individual German states and cities. Some of these are listed by German state below.
German Genealogy Records and Germany City Directories at Ancestry (requires payment) Ancestry's World Explorer collection of genealogy records includes 500 German city directories and address books (Adressbuch) with about 27 million total listings; and some German church books, German emigration indexes, German military records, and other items. Here are some highlights of Ancestry's German genealogy records collection... Archion German Digital Church Book Portal (requires payment) scanned church books for some German Evangelical (Protestant) churches (ongoing project)

Matricula Online (ongoing project) has some digitized Catholic church books for the Dioceses of Hildesheim, Magdeburg, München and Freising, Münster, Osnabrück, Paderborn, and Passau; and from the Official Archives in Vechta for churches in the former state of Oldenburg (part of the diocese of Münster)

German Emigration Lists and Records [on this website] People who left Germany: this webpage contains links to online German emigration lists and indexes. National German Military Grave Registration Service (this site is in German)
This organization maintains a database of more than 2 million names of missing and dead German soldiers from both World Wars. You can search this database online or write to them for assistance. Notes for searching: Nachname=surname; Vorname=first name; supplying a date of birth or death is optional. Click on "Suche beginnen" to start your search. You then must register with your name and address to continue the search. On the registration form, the following items are required: Vorname (first name), Nachname (last name), Straße / Nr. (Street & Number), Land/Plz/Ort (Country/Postal or Zip Code/City). Then click on "Zur Ergebniseite" to continue. On the next screen click "Suchanfrage ausführen."

German War Memorial Website database of war casualties from memorial inscriptions and other sources

Online German Family Heritage Books - Ortsfamilienbücher (more than 100 listings including the example below) Historical German Address Books Online

Includes Baden, Hohenzollern, and Württemberg.

Baden, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1502-1985 (at Ancestry/requires payment)

Baden, Church Book Duplicates, 1804-1877 at FamilySearch; indexes civil transcripts of church books from over 50 locations in Baden

Baden: Archdiocese of Freiburg im Breisgau, Catholic Church Records, 1678-1930 at FamilySearch

Mannheim, Germany, Family Registers, 1760-1900 (at Ancestry/requires payment); Ancestry also has Births, 1870-1900; Marriages, 1870-1920; and Death Records, 1870-1950 for Mannheim

Württemberg, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1985 (at Ancestry/requires payment)
Württemberg, Germany, Family Tables, 1550-1985 (at Ancestry/requires payment)

Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg: Family and Biographical Data: Birth, Marriage, Death circa 1600 to 1870/74/76 describes the collections of copies of some church registers and Jewish civil registration records they have available online

Göppingen, Württemberg, Germany and surrounding villages
This is a database from the Church books of Göppingen beginning in 1808.

Weil Schoenbuch, Wuerttemberg Lutheran Marriage Records 1591-1700

Kappel am Rhein Family Names from the Dorfsippenbuch for this village in Baden

Bayern (Bavaria)

digiPress: Digitized Historical Newspapers from the Bavarian State Library

Bavaria, Germany, WWI Personnel Rosters, 1914-1918 at Ancestry/requires payment

Berchtesgaden, Germany, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1876-1950 at Ancestry/requires payment

Deggendorf, Bavaria, Miscellaneous City Records, 1600-1900 at FamilySearch; images only, not indexed

Dinkelsbühl, Bavaria, Miscellaneous City Records, 1804-1946 at FamilySearch; images only, not indexed

Ebersberg, Germany, Deaths, 1876-1951 at Ancestry/requires payment; Ancestry also has Births, 1876-1905; and Marriages, 1876-1921 for Ebersberg; includes records from Aßling, Dorfen, Ebersberg, Kirchseeon and Oberndorf.

Feuchtwangen Association for Local History has some indexed parish registers for Feuchtwangen, Breitenau, Dorfgütingen, Kloster Sulz, Mosbach, Steichele, Unterampfrach, Weißenkirchberg, Wieseth, and Wildholz

Freilassing, Germany, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1876-1985 at Ancestry/requires payment; coverage varies by type of record

Grafing, Germany, Deaths, 1876-1950 at Ancestry/requires payment; Ancestry also has Births, 1876-1906; and Marriages, 1876-1936 for Grafing; includes: Elkofen, Frauenneuharting, Grafing, Schalldorf, and Straussdorf.

Laufen, Germany, Births, 1876-1906 at Ancestry/requires payment; Ancestry also has Marriages, 1876-1936; and Deaths, 1876-1986 for Laufen; includes Heining, Laufen, Leobendorf, and Triebenbach.

Mindelheim Bavaria, Miscellaneous City Records, 1407-1950 at FamilySearch; images only, not indexed

Mühldorf am Inn:
Munich (and Freising):
Neuburg an der Donau (Bavaria) Miscellaneous City Records, 1808-1949 at FamilySearch; images only, not indexed

Neumarkt, Bavaria, Miscellaneous City Records, 1453-1973 at FamilySearch; images only, not indexed

Nördlingen, Bavaria, Miscellaneous City Records, 1385-1943 at FamilySearch; images only, not indexed

Nürnberg (Nuremberg)... Passau... Regen County, Germany, Death Records, 1876-1983 at Ancestry/requires payment; civil registration records; Ancestry also has Marriage Records, 1876-1934; and Births, 1876-1904 for Regen; includes March, Regen, Rinchnach, Schonau, Teisnach, Vietach, Wettzell, and Wiesing (coverage varies by place)

Saaldorf-Surheim, Germany, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1876-1983 at Ancestry/requires payment; civil registration records

Straubing, Bavaria, Miscellaneous City Records, 1765-1917 at FamilySearch; images only, not indexed

Traunstein... Würzburg Death Notices a collection of about 4900 death notices


Berlin, Germany, Births, 1874-1906 at Ancestry/requires payment; Ancestry also has Marriages and Deaths, 1874-1920 for Berlin

Berlin Telephone Books, 1908-1991; and Address Directories, 1799-1943


Brandenburg, Germany, Transcripts of Church Records, 1700-1874 at Ancestry/requires payment. Has transcripts of more than 650 sets of church records for the state of Brandenburg, Germany from the Brandenburgisches Landeshauptarchiv. Coverage varies by parish -- most are from 1795-1874. Most are for Protestant churches.

Landkreis Barnim, Germany, Deaths, 1874-1966 at Ancestry/requires payment; Ancestry also has Births, 1874-1906; and Marriages, 1874-1936 for Landkreis Barnim

Brandenburg and Posen, Church Book Duplicates, 1794-1874 at FamilySearch


Bremer Adressbücher 1794-1955 (Bremen Address Directories)

Bremen, Germany, Military Lists, 1712-1914 at Ancestry/requires payment

Bremen, Germany Ships Crew Lists, 1815-1917 at Ancestry/requires payment; Ancestry also has: Bremen, Germany Sailors Registry (Bremer Seeleuteregister), 1824-1917.

East Prussia (Ostpreussen) now in Poland

See the first two links in the West Prussia section below


Hamburg Generalregister Sterbefälle (General Register of Deaths), 1876-1983 PDF files

Hamburg, Germany, Marriages, 1874-1920 at Ancestry (requires payment) Ancestry also has Hamburg Births, 1874-1901, and Deaths, 1874-1950.

Hamburg Address Books

Hannover: see the Niedersachsen section below

Hesse (Hessen)

Hessian Archive Documentation and Information System - Arcinsys includes Hessian Death Records 1876-1929, and other items Hessian Regional History Information System (LAGIS): Hessian Vital Records Search (by Standesamt) type in a standesamt (civil registration office) to see what digitized civil vital records are available online for that place

Hesse Records Online at Ancestry (these require payment)... Hesse Records Online at FamilySearch (free with registration)... Adreßbuch von Kassel und Umgebungen (Address Books for Kassel and Surroundings)

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Mecklenburg-West Pomerania)

Mecklenburg, Germany, Parish Register Transcripts, 1740-1918 (at Ancestry/fee-based) has transcripts of some duplicate church registers from Lutheran and Catholic parishes in the former Duchies of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Mecklenburg-Strelitz, now part of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern; coverage varies by parish

Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census Records Online for 1819, 1867, 1890 and 1900 (at Ancestry/fee-based)
Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census Records, 1867, 1890 and 1900 at FamilySearch

Grevesmühlen, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany, Marriages, 1876-1920 (at Ancestry/fee-based) Ancestry also has Grevesmühlen Births, 1876-1901 and Deaths, 1876-1950; includes Grevesmühlen and the communities of Börzow, Diedrichshagen, Friedrichshagen, Roggenstorf, and Bössow.

Bad Doberan, Germany, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1876-1981 (at Ancestry/fee-based) coverage varies by type of record

Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)

Suche in den Online-Findbüchern des Niedersächsischen Landesarchivs general search engine for the Niedersachsen state archive (includes some emigration records)

Former Kingdom/Province of Hannover Nienburg, Germany, Deaths, 1874-1974 at Ancestry/requires payment; Ancestry also has Nienburg, Germany, Births, 1874-1905

Oldenburg, Germany, Death Records, 1876-1950 at Ancestry/requires payment; Ancestry also has Birth Records, 1876-1900; and Marriage Records, 1876-1920; for Oldenburg

St. Martin Church of Hohnhorst, Schaumburg Province (Formerly Hessische Grafschaf Schaumburg), Lower Saxony index to church record extractions (marriages and confirmations)

Nordrhein-Westfalen (North Rhine-Westphalia)
Includes the former Prussian Province of Westphalia, the former Principality of Lippe, and the northern half of the former Prussian Rhine Province.

NRW State Archive: Landesarchiv, Rhineland, Digitized Death Records includes duplicates of the civil death records from the Rhineland region of North Rhine-Westphalia, c.1870s-c.1930s; not yet complete; ongoing project; includes Aachen, Bonn, Duisburg, Dusseldorf, Essen and other places; coverage varies by place

Bocholt Population lists, 17th-19th Centuries lists of inhabitants for the city of Bocholt

Dortmund Civil Registration Death Records

Menden (Sauerland), Germany, Deaths, 1874-1986 at Ancestry/requires payment; Ancestry also has Births, 1874-1906; and Marriages, 1874-1935 for Menden (Sauerland)

Minden, Germany, Deaths, 1874-1966 at Ancestry/requires payment; Ancestry also has Minden Births, 1874-1905; Marriages, 1874-1935; and other records for Minden

Moers, Germany, Births, 1798-1907 at Ancestry/requires payment; Ancestry also has Marriages, 1798-1935; and Deaths, 1803-1986 for Moers

Münster: Diocese of Münster Catholic Church Records (images online) listed by parish; not indexed

Troisdorf, Germany, Deaths, 1811-1968 at Ancestry/requires payment; Ancestry also has Births, 1811-1908; and Marriages, 1858-1937 for Troisdorf

Kreis Viersen: Indexes for Civil Births, Marriages and Deaths

Wehdem Evangelical Church Records (includes the villages of Wehdem, Oppendorf, Westrup & Oppenwehe)

Index of Some Surnames of Windheim Parish (includes the villages of Windheim, Ilse, Joessen, Haevern, Rosenhagen, Neuenknick, Seelenfeld & Doehren)

Sauerländer Arbeitskreise für Familienforschung PDF files that can be downloaded with vital records for the following towns: Endorf, Eslohe, Hellefeld, Kallenhardt, Schönholthausen, Schliprüthen & Stockum

Bergischer Datenpool (Data Pool) genealogy database with user contributed material for the Bergisches Land area including Wuppertal

Pommern (Pomerania) parts now in Poland

Pomeranian Genealogical Association Databases includes christenings, marriages, deaths and more

Germany, Prussia, Pomerania Church Records, 1544-1945 at FamilySearch (requires free registration)

Pomerania, Germany, Parish Register Transcripts, 1544-1883 at Ancestry/requires payment

Genealogy in Archives - sources for the history of the inhabitants of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship has a database with genealogy records for the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Province

Pommerndatenbank includes address books and some church records

Geneteka has indexes for some parish registers in Pomerania

Pomeranian Pedigree Database contains over 100,000 names input by the members of the Pommerscher Verein Freistadt (Pomeranian Society of Freistadt)

Die Vorfahren Surname Database of Pomerania & Surrounding Regions This index has about 127,000 names that have apppeared in Die Pommerschen Leute (German Pomeranian Newsletter) from 1982-2012.

Greif-Index (personal database) indexes some Pomeranian church and civil registers; from the Pommerscher Greif eV, Association for Pomeranian Family and Local History

West Pomeranian Genealogical Society: Pomeranian Indexes

State Archives in Koszalin - Online Resources includes some civil registration records for former German villages now in Poland

Also see the "Eastern Prussian Provinces" link in the Westpreussen section below.

Posen (Poznan) now in Poland

Poznan Marriage Indexing Project index for 817,000 marriages from the Prussian province of Posen

Brandenburg and Posen, Church Book Duplicates, 1794-1874 at FamilySearch

Civil Registrations (Births, 1874-1877) for Bartschin, Kreis Schubin - now Barcin, (Szubin), Poland

Rheinland-Pfalz (Rhineland-Palatinate)

Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1556-1973 (at Ancestry/requires payment)

Ludwigshafen, Germany, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1798-1875 (at Ancestry/requires payment); Ancestry also has Births, 1876-1903; Marriages, 1876-1924; Deaths, 1875-1950; and Family Tables, 1730-1903 for Ludwigshafen.

Mainz, Germany, Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1798-1875 (at Ancestry/requires payment)
Also included with a fee-based Ancestry subscription:
  • Mainz, Germany, Birth Records, 1872-1900
  • Mainz, Germany, Marriages, 1876-1920
  • Mainz, Germany, Deaths, 1876-1950
  • Mainz, Germany, Emigration Register, 1856-1877
Speyer, Germany, Civil Registry Vital Records, 1798-1875 (at Ancestry/requires payment)

Steinfeld, Germany Deaths, 1683-1793 (at Ancestry/requires payment)

Trier Genealogy Records and Indexes...
  • Trier Civil Registration Records and Census Records
Births & Marriages in the Eifel Region of Germany

List of Palatines from Germany to England in 1709 (most went on to America)

Totenzettel Sammlungen Database contains over 450,000 death notifications from the Westdeutsche Gesellschaft für Familienkunde eV (West German Society for Family Studies) for the former Prussian Rhine province. Includes today's administrative districts of Düsseldorf and Köln (North Rhine-Westphalia) and Koblenz and Trier (Rhineland-Palatinate).

Sachsen (Saxony) formerly the Kingdom, then Republic of Saxony

Historiche Adressbücher - Historical Address Books/Directories for Saxony

Bischofswerda, Germany, Deaths, 1876-1952 at Ancestry/requires payment; civil registration records; Ancestry also has Births, 1876-1902; and Marriages, 1876-1922 for Bischofswerda. Includes: Bischofswerda, Buehlau, Burkau, Frankenthal, Goldbach, Grossdrebnitz, Grossharthau, Jiedlitz, Putzkau, Rammenau, Shmiedefeld, Seeligstadt, and Uhyst.

Dresden... Leipzig, Saxony, Miscellaneous City Records from FamilySearch; includes births (1814-1877) and some census records; not indexed

Limbach-Oberfrohna... Saxony, Church Book Indexes, 1500-1900 at FamilySearch; coverage varies by location. Includes the following places: Bärenwalde, Brehme, Chemnitz, Culitzsch, Deutschneudorf, Dippoldswalde, Dittersbach, Dresden, Ebersbrunn, Glösa, Göda, Grossgrabe, Hennersdorf, Hermsdorf, Hormersdorf, Krummenhennersdorf, Leuben, Liebenau, Nassau, Neuhausen, Neumark, Pirna, Pretzschendorf, Reichenberg, Reichstädt, Rottmansdorf, Stangengrün, and Zschaitz.

Sachsen-Anhalt (Saxony-Anhalt) former Prussian province of Saxony

Saxony, Prussia, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1760-1890 at Ancestry/requires payment

Saxony, Prussia Census Lists, 1770-1934 at FamilySearch

Halle (Saale), Germany, Deaths, 1874-1957 at Ancestry/requires payment; Ancestry also has Marriages, 1874-1933; and Births, 1874-1903 for Halle (Saale)

Magdeburg, Germany, Deaths, 1874-1950 at Ancestry/requires payment; Ancestry also has Marriages, 1874-1923; and Births, 1874-1903 for Magdeburg

Oschersleben, Germany Deaths, 1874-1985 at Ancestry/requires payement; Ancestry also has Births, 1874-1905 for Oschersleben

Birth, Christening, Marriage and Death Records of St. Michael's, Zeitz, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany 1799-1874


AKVZ-Databank Schleswig-Holstein Census Registers

Genealogy in Schleswig Holstein, Germany
Includes some census and emigration records for this German state.

Lübeck, Germany, Genealogy Records at Ancestry/requires payment; Includes:
  • Lübeck, Germany, Census Records for various years between 1807 and 1880
  • Lübeck, Germany, Burials, 1832-1988
  • Lübeck, Germany, Personal Index Cards, 1300s-1850
  • Lübeck, Germany, Births, Marriage Banns, and Deaths, 1811-1875
  • And other items
Schleswig and Holstein, Denmark and Schleswig-Holstein, Prussia, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1597-1959 at Ancestry/requires payment; for some communities in what is now the district of Ostholstein in Schleswig-Holstein. Includes the following communities or parts thereof: Ahrensbök (including Gnissau), Bosau, City of Eutin, Gleschendorf, Malente, Neukirchen, Rensefeld, Stockelsdorf (including Curau), Süsel and West-Ratekau.

Genealogy Records from the Parish of Erfde, Schleswig features downloadable PDF files of church records, graves, census records & emigrants - includes: Erfde, Tielen, Bargen, Scheppern, Pahlhorn & Tielenhemme

Schleswig-Holstein: Kreis Steinburg, Civil Registration Records, 1874-1983 at FamilySearch

Thüringen (Thuringia)

Thuringia, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1591-1875 (at Ancestry/requires payment)

Weimar, Germany, Deaths, 1876-1950 (at Ancestry/requires payment) Ancestry also has Weimar Births, 1876-1903; and Weimar Marriages, 1876-1920.

Erfurt, Germany, Births, 1874-1901 (at Ancestry/requires payment) Ancestry also has marriages, 1874-1900; and death records, 1874-1935 for Erfurt
Erfurt, Germany, Transcripts of Church Records, 1806-1874 (at Ancestry/requires payment) Erfurt, Deutschland, Kirchenbuchduplikate, 1806-1874

Westpreussen (West Prussia) now in Poland

Eastern Prussian Provinces, Germany [Poland], Selected Civil Vitals, 1874-1945 at Ancestry/requires payment; coverage varies by place; includes some civil vital records from West Prussia, East Prussia, Silesia, Brandenburg, Pomerania and Posen-West Prussia

Association for Family Research in East and West Prussia: Civil Registry Database (VFFOW)

The West Prussian Land Register of 1772-1773

Familienforschung in Westpreussen database of about 100,000 residents with 12,700 surnames in 3 counties: Briesen, Graudenz and Strasburg (and adjacent districts)

Putzig, West Prussia Genealogy Records 1660-1890
Assorted birth, marriage and death records extracted from the Catholic Church records of Putzig, West Prussia -- today called Puck, Poland. Civil Registrations (Births) in West Prussia for the following towns...
  • Bankau, Kreis Schwertz - now Bakowo (Swiecie), Bydgoszcz, Poland
  • Borczyskowo, Kreis Schlochau - now Borzyszkowy (Chojnice), Bydgoszcz, Poland
  • Heidemuhl, Kreis Schlochau - now Borowy Mlyn (Chojnice), Bydgoszcz, Poland

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