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For a comprehensive understanding of compiled genealogy records, study the article Germany Compiled Genealogies.

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Major Online Collections and Databases

The Family History Library has several sources that contain previous research or that can lead you to other people who are interested in sharing family information. These sources include many ancestral lines that extend into Germany:

  • International Genealogical Index: This index provides names and vital information for over 25 million deceased persons who lived in Germany. This valuable research tool lists birth, baptism, or marriage dates. The index for Germany includes names extracted from parish registers by volunteers and names submitted by other researchers. You can filter on one of eight German states and filter Germany, Miscellaneous:
  • Alsace-Lorraine
  • Baden
  • Bayern
  • Hesse-Darmstadt
  • Prussia
  • Sachsen
  • Thuringen
  • Wuerttemberg
  • Filtering on Germany, Miscellaeous.includes only the small states and free cities of:
  • Anhalt
  • Braunschweig
  • Bremen
  • Hamburg
  • Lippe
  • Lübeck
  • Mecklenburg
  • Oldenburg
  • Schaumburg-Lippe
  • Waldeck
  • GEDBAS and the Metasearch at Compgen.de have searchable links to many genealogical collections.

Town Genealogy Books (Ortssippenbücher)

An Ortssippenbuch (town lineage book) or Ortsfamilienbuch (town family book) includes birth, marriage, and death data for all persons found in the local records during a specified time period, compiled into families. Sources may include the local parish registers, civil registration records, court and land records, and sometimes published material. In the printed book, this information is then arranged in a standardized format, usually alphabetically by surname and chronologically by marriage date. Family entries are identified by sequential numbers. Town genealogies are known by various names, including “town lineage book,” “local heritage book,” “one-place-studies,” “Ortssippenbuch (OSB),” and “Ortsfamilienbuch (OFB).” This article will use the term “town genealogy” and the abbreviation OFB when referring to compilations that include all or a large part of a town’s population.