Germany Record Selection Table

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This table can help you decide which records to search.

  1. In column 1, find the goal you selected.
  2. In column 2, find the types of records that are most likely to have the information you need. Then search for FamilySearch Wiki articles for those topics or subject headings.
  3. Additional records that may also be useful are listed in column 3.
  4. The terms used in columns 2 and 3 are the same as the subject headings used in FamilySearch Wiki articles and in the Locality section of the FamilySearch Catalog.
  5. Records containing previous research (biography, genealogy, history, nobility, periodicals, and societies) could provide information for most of the goals. These have not been repeatedly listed unless they are especially helpful for the goal.
1. If You Need
2. Look First In
3. Then Search

Church Records, Civil
Registration, Jewish Records
Obituaries, Naturalization and
Citizenship, Schools
Birth date

Church Records, Civil
Registration, Jewish Records
Obituaries, Occupations, Census


Church Records, Civil
Registration, Jewish Records
Occupations, Naturalization and
Citizenship, Schools, Military Records
Boundaries (parish, district, or
Gazetteers, Church History

Maps, History, Historical

Church Records, Civil Registration,
Jewish Records, Obituaries,
Probate Records, Court Records,
Occupations, Cemeteries

Emigration information

Emigration and Immigration, Societies, Military Records,
Periodicals, Newspapers
See the FamilySearch Wiki aricle for the country to which the ancestor immigrated.
Historical background
History, Church History
Language helps
Language and Languages
Living relatives
Directories, Genealogy
Societies, Periodicals
Maiden name
Church Records, Civil Registration
Jewish Records, Obituaries

Church Records, Civil Registration,
Jewish Records
Genealogy, Periodicals, Nobility,
Naming customs
Names (Personal)
Genealogy, Periodicals
Noble families
Nobility, Heraldry
Biography, Periodicals

Church Records, Occupations,
Directories, Population
Naturalization and Citizenship, Census,
Church Directories, Dwellings
Parents, children, and other
family members
Church Records, Civil Registration,
Obituaries, Jewish Records
Probate Records, Land and Property,
Naturalization and Citizenship
Physical description

Military Records, Biography

Genealogy, Emigration and
Place-finding aids Gazetteers, Maps
Historical Geography
Places of residence

Population, Church Records,
Emigration and Immigration,
Directories, Jewish Records,
Military Records
Biography, Genealogy, Census,
Swellings, Land and Property,
Periodicals Names (Personal)

Previous research (compiled
Genealogy, Periodicals, Societies

History, Biography, Nobility,
Religion Church Records History
Record-finding aids

Archives and Libraries, Church
History, Church Directories
Societies, Periodicals