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A biography is a history of a person's life. In a biography you may find birth, marriage, and death information and the names of parents, spouses, children, or other family members. Use information from a biography carefully because it may contain inaccuracies.

Collective Biographies[edit | edit source]

Many brief biographies have been gathered and published in collective biographies, sometimes called biographical encyclopedias or biographical dictionaries. These works usually include only biographies of prominent or well-known German citizens. Other collective biographies feature biographies of specific groups of people, such as merchants or students of an academy.

The German Biographical Archive[edit | edit source]

The source below is a collection of 263 important German biographical works published between 1700 and 1910:

  • Deutsches biographisches Archiv = The German Biographical Archive. München, Germany: K. G. Saur, 198-? FHL fiche #6,002,159 This work, on 1,447 microfiche, refers to about 225,000 eminent Germans.

An index to this collection is listed below:

  • Koch, Hans-Albrecht. Deutscher Biographischer Index (German biographical index).Four Volumes. München, Germany: K. G. Saur, 1986. FHK book 943 D32k Volume 1-4.

Other Collections[edit | edit source]

There are several other major collections of German biographies. Listed below are two important collections:

Führende Persönlichkeiten (Leading personalities). See Germany Genealogy.

  • Neue Deutsche Biographie (New German biography). Berlin, Germany: Duncker & Humblot, 1953-. (FHL book 943 D3nd.) The first 16 volumes, published through 1993, include the surnames Aachen to Melanchthon.

FHL Access[edit | edit source]

Collective biographies at the Family History Library are usually listed in the Place Search of the catalog under:



You will also find some biographical information in German encyclopedias.

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