Finding a German Parish and Online Parish Records


Finding a German Parish and Online Parish Records

Understand the organization of the Germany existing at the time of your ancestor and learn why and how German parish records are the best place to begin your research.

What You Will Learn

After locating two U.S. records naming an ancestor’s German village and state of origin, the next step is using German parish records to build an outline of your German family—names, dates, and places—as far back as that family lived in that village. First, identify the village’s parish using Hansen’s books, Meyers Gaz, or Kartenmeister. Next, explore online German parish records found at Family Search, Ancestry, Archion, or Matricula and learn to use them from home. Then plan your German trip.


Carol Whitton speaks and teaches multiple times each year at national, regional, and local conferences on German genealogy topics such as DNA. Currently she’s the Project Director and German Special Interest Group Leader at St. Louis Genealogy Society. Carol has written articles for the NGS Quarterly and local genealogical publications. She’s a graduate of Germanic Research Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, Genealogical Institute on Federal Records, and Virginia Institute of Genealogical Research. After retiring from a position as an agricultural economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture, she worked as a genealogist for the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

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Finding a German Parish and Online Parish Records

15 Oct, 20247:00pm EDT1 hour

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