Global Gen Search

Like Stephen Morse’s one-click site, searches 28 databases all at once. It emphasizes German sites. Some of the sites are the German versions of English sites.

Geogen v4

Maps surnames on a modern German map. However, it appears to rely on modern data.

It’s best to search in German. Stöpel advises: “Enter your surname in the upper input field and click the »Research« button. German special characters (ä, ö, ü, and ß) are distinct letters. This means you must look for Mueller and Müller in separate searches.”

German Genealogical Societies by FamilySearch
German-English Military Dictionary

THIS DICTIONARY has been intentionally limited in scope to military subject matter and directly related fields. It has been compiled primarily for use by American military personnel with at least a fair knowledge of German.

As far as possible the editors have endeavored to furnish actual equivalents rather than literal translations from one language into the other. Thus, although the literal translation of Entwicklung would be “development,” a study of the German operations manual reveals that Entwicklung follows Entfaltung (“development”) and hence is the equivalent of “deployment.” Translations have been provided (generally with a note of explanation) only where equivalents do not exist or could not be found. In the case of ranks, the corresponding United States rank according to function has been given, as listed in TM-E 30-451 (1 September 1943).

In the arrangement of terms the single-entry method has been used. A term like advance guard, will be found only under advance and not under guard.

Entries are arranged in straight alphabetical order, regardless of whether any given entry consists of one word or more, thus: direct current direction directional direction board direct observation.

The only exceptions to straight alphabetical order are a limited number of phrases which the reader would be unlikely to look for under the first word of the phrase. Thus, in Feuerstellung appears under Feuerstellung, not under in. Among various equivalents for a given term, synonyms are separated by commas, different meanings by semicolons.

For definitions of many of the English terms used, see TM 20-205, Dictionary of United States Army Terms, 18 January 1944.

Archion – Fee based services

Archion is a collaboration of several Lutheran church archives in Germany with the goal of publishing their records digitally online.


Here you can find church registers (mostly books of birth, marriage and death) from various European countries (currently Austria, Germany, Poland, Serbia and Slovenia).

We are aiming at expanding the content of this website coninuously, but we also have to take care of the respective national legislations (personal status act, data protection act).

Meyers Gazetteer 

Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-lexikon des deutschen Reichs

This is the most important of all German gazetteers. The goal of the Meyer’s compilers was to list every place name in the German Empire (1871-1918). It gives the location, i.e. the state and other jurisdictions, where the civil registry office was and parishes if that town had them. It also gives lots of other information about each place. The only drawback to Meyer’s is that if a town did not have a parish, it does not tell where the parish was, making reference to other works necessary.


Welcome to the most comprehensive database of its kind in the world. It contains 108928 locations with over 45.115 name changes once, and 5,500 twice and more. All locations are EAST of the Oder and Neisse rivers and are based on the borders of the eastern provinces in Spring 1918. Included in this database are the following provinces: Eastprussia, including Memel, Westprussia, Brandenburg, Posen, Pomerania, and Silesia. It currently list most towns or points, points being: Mills, some bridges, battlefields, named trees, cenotaphs etc. As more information becomes available, (books, maps, your input etc) this database will be updated


Family research is an exciting passion

…which you can fill with life alone or together. As a hobby, but also as a scientific discipline. Over 4000 members share this conviction with us and have made CompGen the largest genealogical association in Germany. Thank you for being there!

We are a strong team

Through joint project work by our members and other volunteers as well as numerous cooperations, we have built up genealogical databases, which we make freely available for public and non-commercial use in the sense of “Open Access”. Everyone, including non-members!

What are we committed to?

  • For the story:That’s why we develop, edit and publish genealogical and historical sources for family research.
  • For an open exchange:We organize events, invite people to participate in projects and publish the results of our work.
  • For networked collaboration:We support each other – but also all non-members – and cooperate with other associations, institutions and science.

Script Tutorial

This website offers guidance in the deciphering of documents written in archaic handwriting styles or alphabets. The tutorials and materials gathered here are meant to help a variety of people learn more about old scripts and how to use that knowledge to analyze and interpret the past. The concentration is on European scripts, particularly those in use between 1500 and 1800. There is general introductory material about the history of writing and the development of different scripts (or hands) in the Paleography Introduction pages, as well as extensive and interactive Language Tutorials.

Omniglot Online Encyclopedia

Omniglot is an encyclopedia of writing systems and languages. You can use it to learn about languages, to learn alphabets and other writing systems, and to learn phrasesnumbers and other things in many languages. There is also advice on how to learn languages.

Cyndi’s List/Germany

Cyndi’s List has been a trusted genealogy research site for more than 25 years. Cyndi’s List is free for everyone to use and it is meant to be your starting point when researching online. 

  •  What exactly is Cyndi’s List?
    • A categorized & cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet.
    • A list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.
    • free jumping-off point for you to use in your online research.
    • A “card catalog” to the genealogical collection in the immense library that is the Internet.
    • Your genealogical research portal onto the Internet.


Josef Mitterhuber probably had no idea that the specialist cartographic publisher would become an internationally successful group of companies when he founded the city publisher in Stuttgart Bad Cannstatt in 1951. The beginnings in a residential area on Daimlerstrasse were initially modest.

FamilySearch: Learn Old German Script

This class is designed to give family history researchers who read little or no German a basic working knowledge of old German script. Language: English


Many old professions do not exist in the present day. These are also not in modern day dictionaries. We published a list with the most common old professions. You may ask us for others, if you do not find the profession you are looking for.

Die Maus – Gesellschaft für Familienforschung e.V. Bremen

In our office we have extensive research resources such as copies of all Bremen church registers up to 1811, copies of several church sub-books from the region, the civil status registers for the city of Bremen and the Bremen rural communities from 1811 to 1875, in which all births, marriages and deaths are recorded. In addition, various family history sources, also from other regions, an extensive genealogical library and research work on individual families are available. Registry office documents that are no longer subject to data protection can be viewed electronically with us – only by members.

Archivportal-D – German Archives Portal

Archivportal-D is part of the German Digital Library and offers you a comprehensive search for archives and archive material in Germany. You will find a comprehensive directory of the German archive institutions of various sponsorships, Indexing information on the archives of our data partner archives, Digital copies of archives from individual data partner archives, and We provide a platform through which all archives in Germany can make their contact details, indexing information and digital copies accessible.

Archives départementales du Bas-Rhin

During the German period (1870-1918), the Departmental Archives of the annexed territories (Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin and Moselle) experienced a specific operation and development compared to the French departments. The application of German archival directives, instead of French directives, influences the content but also the classification framework of documents. The Departmental Archives of Bas-Rhin, like those of Haut-Rhin and Moselle, are therefore not affected by various measures prescribed in France, such as the classification of papers from the revolutionary period (circular of 1874) or legal deposit. newspapers (circular of 1887). On the other hand, these services benefit from measures taken by the German authorities and which France adopted only later, such as the payment of the old minutes of notaries, decided in 1873, the transfer of judicial records, decided in 1887, the nationalization of the archivist function, established in 1889, or the principle of continuous listing.

Adel Verpflichtet

Welcome to the website of the Association of German Nobility Associations. From the aristocratic associations newly founded after the Second World War, the Association of German Aristocratic Associations was formed in 1956, which was also joined by 4 confessional, long-standing aristocratic associations and 4 knighthoods. 4 regional associations from the east were also formed, which also joined the umbrella association.