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Several lists of useful websites for German genealogy are available. These lists, used for classroom instruction, are updated regularly. Included are
*[[German Research on the Internet -_an_Overview_an Overview -complete_handout complete handout|German Research on the Internet - an Overview]] *[ Internet Resources for Locating Finding 19th Century German Emigrants] <br> *[ German Germany_Town_Genealogies_and_Parish_Register_Inventories_on_the_Internet Germany Town Genealogies and Parish Register Indexes Inventories on the Internet]&nbsp;
=== Introduction to [] ===
=== Introduction In late 2012 changed its Web address to "[http://www.genealogycompgen.netde/ Genealogycompgen.netde] ===", but the old address still works and the page setup remains the same., the Web site of the German Society for Computer Genealogy, provides many different resources for the family historian. Available tools include a gazetteer of the German Empire, a genealogical Wiki, a digital library, lineage-linked town genealogies, a literature data base, various name data bases, links to mailing lists, and a monthly newsletter. Most projects are on-going and welcome volunteers and contributors. Free registration is required to participate.
==== German language helps<br> ====
This is a German-language Web site. Systematic presentation allows the use of electronic translators such as Google Translate, with reasonable success. The Web browser Google Chrome will recognize the German language and will offer to translate it. Google Translate can be accessed in other browsers by typing “” into a new tab. First choose the “from” and “to” languages. Then the Web address or text can be pasted into the translation box. Translations will be very literal, word for word, and are therefore not suitable for use in correspondence. To see the original text, hover over a word or phrase with the mouse.
==== GENWIKI ====
The GenWiki , or genealogical Wiki, is the main collection of information pages. It is fully searchable and includes various types of articles. Many locality pages were generated automatically in conjunction with the GOV, and may be empty. Filled-in pages often provide helpful details and links to other resources. Many articles are very time-and jurisdiction -specific. Disambiguation pages (Example: “Hessen: Begriffserklärung” [=definition of terms] ) allow easier access to the specific page(s) needed.
The GenWiki also includes pages about record types, laws, occupations, historical terms, instructions for using resources, and anything else that may be of interest to the family historian. For instance, a search for “Datenschutz” (rights to privacy) bring up a page that summarizes the meaning as it pertains to genealogists, along with links to more detailed articles.
Various lists, for example historical occupations, have been integrated into the GenWiki. A search for “Euler” brings up the definition: "occupation", and the modern word: "Töpfer " (potter), along with a link to the source database.<br>
===== Locality template =====
Locality entries follow a standard template which may contain any of the following sections:
Inhaltsverzeichnis - table of contents<br>1 Einleitung - Introfuction<br>1.1 Allgemeine Information- general information<br>2 Politische Einteilung - political jurisdictions<br>2.1 Gemeinden Wohnplätze Vorwerke ...- communities, residential areas, suburbs...<br>3 Kirchliche Einteilung church jurisdictions<br>3.1 Evangelische Kirchen - Evangelical churches<br>3.2 Katholische Kirchen - Catholic churches<br>4 Geschichte - history<br>5 Genealogische und historische Quellen - genealogical and historical sources<br>5.1 Kirchenbücher - parish registers<br>5.2 Zivilstandsregister - civil registration records<br>5.3 Andere Quellen - other sources<br>5.3.1 LDS/FHC - points to microfilmed source material available through FamilySearch Centers<br>5.3.2 Grundakten und -bücher - land records and -books<br>5.3.3 Adreßbücher - addess books<br>6 Archive und Bibliotheken - archives and libraries<br>6.1 Archive - Archives<br>6.1.1 Bestände in Polen - record holdings in Poland<br>6.2 Bibliotheken - libraries<br>7 Weblinks&nbsp;<br>7.1 Offizielle Webseiten der Stadt/Gemeinde - official Web site of the town/community<br>7.2 Genealogische Webseiten zum Ort - genealogical Web pages regarding this locality<br>7.3 Weitere Webseiten zum Ort - additional Web pages regarding this locality<br>8 Kontakte - contacts&nbsp;<br>8.1 Forscherkontakte in FOKO - research contacts in the FOKO (research contacts) database<br>9 Private Informationsquellen- und Suchhilfeangebote - private qources of information and offers to help search<br>10 Zufallsfunde - incidental findings<br>11 Daten aus dem genealogischen Ortsverzeichnis - data grom the genealogical gazetteer (GOV)<br>
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==== DigiBib (Digital Library)&nbsp; &nbsp; ====
===== On the left: Administrative/information section =====
*Neu dabei – recent additions *Korrekturen des Monats - corrections of the month *Korrekturleser gesucht – proofreaders wanted *In Vorbereitung – in preparation<br>
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===== Hints for successful navigation <br> =====
*The different sections, or portals, in the DigiBib are often subdivided further by geographical areas or other topics *&nbsp;Each book found in the DigiBib is a separate project. The goal is to transcribe each book and make the contents fully searchable. A "project box" is found on the right side of each page *Each project goes through several stagesof digitizing and proofreading. The current status is listed under "Bearbeitungsstand", which roughly translates into "level of completion" *The original page is always visible on the right hand side and can be opened, magnified, or copied *If the book is alphabetized, links to the beginning of each letter are found above the image *Click on "naechste Seite" (next page) or "vorherige Seite" above the image to move sequentially between pages *The word "Inhalt" means "contents" and usually links directly to the book's table of contents. Page numbers listed there may be hyperlinked to the respective pages *In a finished project, the transcription of the original text is found to the left of the original image. In unfinished projects, only the scanned images or partial transcriptions may be available *Sometimes the transcription only shows minimal information, such as a list of places found on each page. A click on the page number brings up the detailed transcribed page.
==== Societies (Vereine) ====
This portal allows easy access to all the major regional genealogical society Web pages. Some societies have English interfaces, others don’t. Most publish lists of available publications online; some also host extensive databases, such as town lineage books (OFBs), or lists of emigrants. For example, Die Maus Bremen Society for Family History hosts several OFBs on its Website that are NOT included on, in addition to almost twenty other databases.
==== Lineage Books (OrtsfamilienbuecherOrtsfamilienbücher-OFBs) ====
The over 300 365 fully-searchable, lineage-linked databases called town genealogies are easy to use and follow a standard format. New material is added each month.<br>• Access the home page on Choose the locality, either from the alphabetical list found under “Funktionen” on the left, or from the main page. Localities are listed from north to south, with separate sections for German communities in other countries, such as Hungary<br>• The main page includes geographical and historical information, a list of sources used, and a tool bar with three different search options:<br>1. Gesamtliste der Familiennamen – List of all surnames<br>2. Geburtsorte auswärtiger Personen- birthplaces of persons from other localities<br>3. Sterbeorte weggezogener Personen – death places of those who moved away<br>• Click on a surname. A list of persons with birthdates [if known] comes up.<br>• Click on a person of interest. This brings up the individual or family page.<br>• Some entries may show cross-references to other online OFBs with a red notation “Es gibt (eine) ähnliche Person(en) im OFB [town name]”<br>• “Keine Angaben!” means “no information given”<br>• A family page may include spouses, parents, children, other spouses, and additional information. <br>• Some “books” are databases designed to gather all extant genealogical data for a given locality [town/county/geographical area], especially in cases where the church records or civil registration records are missing. Example: OFB Memelland and “Familiendatenbank Kreise Arnswalde and Friedeberg (Neumark)”<br> For more information about Ortsfamilienbücher online see the article "[[Germany Town Genealogies and Parish Register Inventories on the Internet|Germany Town Genealogies and Parish Register Inventories on the Internet]]."&nbsp;
==== Address Books ====
[ VERLUSTLISTEN 1.WK] (WWI Casualty lists) <br>The Prussian Military Archive was destroyed in 1945; therefore information about WWI soldiers is difficult to find. Among the few surviving sources are the published casualty lists. Many are already available online. This new project focuses on creating a searchable index.
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==== Some Digital Collections of Interest ==== *[ Szczecin State Archives online records in Pommerania, civil and church records included]&nbsp;Records for the former German area of Stettin and surrounding villages, including Stettin civil registration records. *[ Links to online records for Wroclaw/Breslau Standesamt 1] *[ Links to online records for Wroclaw/Breslau Standesamt 1] (Another jumping off point) *[;isad Link to Breslau Standesamt III] This covers 1891-1911. This Standesamt (civil registration office) existed from 1891-1945. <br>
== References ==
{{PlaceGermany|Germany}}  [[pt:Alemanha - Recursos Digitais]][[fr:Allemagne : Ressources Numériques]] 
[[Category:Germany|Digital ResourcesOnline Genealogy Records]]
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