SIG Leader Karen Dwyer

Everyone from beginners to experts are welcome!

Besides covering specific topics, there usually is plenty of time for questions and open discussion to help each other solve our genealogy problems.   

Please see our Events page for dates and locations of meetings.

Here are some of the links mentioned in our Germanic SIG meetings:

Emigration from South-west Germany - Baden, Wurttemberg or Hohenzollern

Evangelical Central Archive, Berlin

FamilySearch is a nonprofit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the primary benefactor for FamilySearch services. 

                A Genealogical Handbook of German Research
                Pedigree Resource File     
                International Genealogical Index (IGI)

Find Your Roots in Germany

Catholic German Records - Find church registers (mostly books of birth, marriage and death) from various European countries (currently Austria, Germany, Poland, Serbia and Slovenia)

Protestant Church Records - Regional research in Germany speaking countries

GEOGEN Surname Mapping
Geogen is the short form for "geographical genealogy" which means location based ancester research. On this website, you can create maps which show the distribution of surnames in Germany and Austria. Significant concentrations can point to a local root of the family or of the family name.

German Emigrants Database

LEO German-English Dictionary

Rootsweb is a free genealogy website that contains a wide variety of resources.
The link to the WorldConnect Project is located in the left column. WorldConnect is a collection of family trees. It is free to search and free for you to post your trees.

deutschen Genealogieserver - German Geneaology
In the past, this site was known as It contains a very extensive collection of databases, information, and links to help research Germanic genealogy.

The WorldGenWeb Project
The WorldGenWeb Project is a non-profit, volunteer based organization dedicated to providing genealogical and historical records and resources for world-wide access.

Germany GenWeb Project

The USGenWeb Project

Cyndi’s List - 329,420 links to genealogy resources. The 204 categories are easy to browse.  There is a Germany / Deutschland Category.

German names in the telephone book today

Homepage for Eifel Birth and Marriage Data - This is the homepage of Thomas A. Pick-Rheinland

Soldiers and Sailors Database - The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (CWSS) is a database containing information about the men who served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War.

Mailing Lists, Newsgroups, and Message Boards:

Rootsweb mailing lists and message boards are categorized by name, location, or other topic. Click on the "mailing list" or the "message boards" button near the top of the page. 

Germanic Mailing Lists The languages used in these groups vary. 

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