Episode 4, published on June 1, 2017
This episode is all about Berlin! The German Genealogy Girl talks about the history of Berlin and, the sources being available and about doing research; not to mention the many insider tips and tricks she gives!
The index of baptisms at the Evangelical Church archive (1750-1874) mentioned in the podcast is called Taufkartei.
The office of civil records is called Standesamt, see http://germangenealogygirl.com/german-for-genealogists-episode-1-standesamt/
These are the links you need to know:
- The evangelical church records can be found at archion.de (€). They are not completely online, so be sure to check first!
- Ancestry holds many civil records ancestry.com (€).
- The history of Berlin can be found at https://www.berlin.de/berlin-im-ueberblick/en/history/ or at Wikipedia.
- Historical maps from Berlin are to be found at http://www.alt-berlin.info/pages/index.htm or at wikipedia
- The districts of Berlin http://bit.ly/2rHQnMV
- The directories and phone books of Berlin https://digital.zlb.de/viewer/cms/82/
- Index of Streets 1880 https://digital.zlb.de/viewer/image/10089470_1880/1836/
- Index of Streets 1920 https://digital.zlb.de/viewer/image/10089470_1920/3336/
- The numbers of the churches mentioned in the index https://digital.zlb.de/viewer/image/10089470_1920/3360/
Episode 3, published on May 1, 2017
The German Genealogy Girl talks to Timo Kracke of the Verein für Computergenealogie. They talk about the website of the Verein für Computergenealogie that you should definitely use for your research! AND they talk about Germans and their love for privacy and the difficulties with DNA testing in Germany.
These are the links you need to know:
- genealogy.net / www.compgen.de
- Gedbas: http://gedbas.genealogy.net/
- Mailing lists: http://list.genealogy.net/mm/listinfo/
- Online Heritage Books / Ortsfamilienbücher: http://ofb.genealogy.net/
- GOV: http://gov.genealogy.net/search/index
- Directories: http://adressbuecher.genealogy.net/
- Meta-Search: http://meta.genealogy.net/
- Digital Library: http://wiki-de.genealogy.net/Portal:DigiBib
- Occupations: http://wiki-de.genealogy.net/Berufe
- Living DNA’s German DNA Project: http://www.compgen.de/userfiles/downloads/livingdna/One%20Family%20German%20DNA%20Project_UK.pdf
- German Regulations on DNA testing: https://isogg.org/wiki/Regulation_of_genetic_tests
Next episode on June 1, 2017 and we will be talking about Berlin!
Episode 2, published on April 1, 2017
This month’s guest is Kim Ashford from Twigs and Branches http://www.twigsandbranches.org/. She also is one of the initiators of the International German Genealogical Partnership and part of the executive committee of the International Germanic Genealogy Conference.
- We talked about Genealogical Societies, the many things they offer, how to find them and how much you can benefit from being a volunteer.
- Kim’s Methodology Tip is on German newspapers in the USA, what information you can find and where you can find the newspapers –http://germangenealogygirl.com/methodolgy-german-newspapers-usa and http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/
- We take a look behind the scenes of the International German Genealogy Partnership.
- The German words are Zeitung, Blatt, Anzeiger – all stand for newspaper. http://www.germangenealogygirl.com/german-for-genealogists-episode-2-zeitung-blatt-anzeiger
- The International Germanic Genealogy Conference will take place in Minneapolis from July 28 through 30, 2017. For more information see the website of the International German Genealogy Partnership at http://www.iggpartner.org/.
- Next episode on May 1, 2017, my guest will be Timo Kracke from the Verein für Computer Genealogy in Germany.
Episode 1, published on March 1, 2017
This month’s guest is Luana Darby from Lineages by Luana.
- The International Germanic Genealogy Conference will take place in Minneapolis from July 28 to 30, 2017. For more information see the website of the International German Genealogy Partnership at http://www.iggpartner.org/.
- More and more evangelical church records are now available online at archion.de, a website by the Evangelical Church of Germany. The church archives of Oldenburg, Saxony, Thuringia and the former Province of Saxony (church archive Magdeburg) are not taking part. To check if the records you are looking for are available check here https://www.archion.de/en/search/. To see which records have recently been uploaded follow this link: https://www.archion.de/en/news/. All this information is available without subscription!
- Luana Darby’s tip on how to find you ancestor’s religion from records in the USA see http://germangenealogygirl.com/methodology-finding-an-ancestors-religion/
- Information on the Janus Projekt (digitization of German records by Ancestry) can be found here: http://germangenealogygirl.com/ancestrys-german-janus-projekt/
- German history: Franco/German war of 1870/1871, the German Reich is formed in January 1871, the Prussian King Wilhelm I becomes the first German Emporer.
- Important to know: There only were several independent states, kingdoms, duchies before 1871, each of them with their own legal system; Legislation is harmonized/ new legislation comes into place after 1871.
- Examples: German Civil Law on January 1, 1900; Civil marriage on March 1, 1875; Civil registration was incorporated in Prussia on 1 October 1874 and in the entire German Reich on 1 January 1876.
- There also are earlier civil records in the Rhineland, Bremen and Lübeck still from the time Germany was under French rule.
- German for Genealogists: Standesamt see http://germangenealogygirl.com/german-for-genealogists-episode-1-standesamt/
- The “Rhineland Folder” (Rhineland, Prussia, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1533-1950) at Ancestry holds records from many other places than the Rheinland as well. Use the search bar to be sure not to miss anything!
- Travel in Germany – when planning to do research, plan in advance! When using the German railroad see bahn.de.
- Next episode on April 1, 2017, my guest will be Kim Ashford from the International German Genealogy Partnership.