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=== Introduction to [] - a fabulous resource! ===, 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.
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>
==== DigiBib (Digital Library)&nbsp; &nbsp; ====
===== On the left: Administrative/information section =====
Neu dabei – recent additions Korrekturleser gesucht – proofreaders wanted In Vorbereitung – in preparation<br>
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==== Lineage Books (Ortsfamilienbuecher-OFBs) ====
The over 300 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>
==== Address Books ====
[ FOKO] (RESEARCH CONTACTS)<br>This database allows family historian to find others who are working on the same families or in the same towns. After marking data sets of interest, a click on the button “Info anfordern” (request information) sends the contact information to the specified e-mail address.
[ GEDBAS ] <br>GedBas is a genealogical database. Anyone can contribute data in form of Gedcom files, or search for information. Details are explained in the section “GedBas/FAQ”. Persons less than 100 years old without a death date will not show up on the Internet. Entries usually include the contributor’s contact information. This database is separate from FOKO.
[ FAMILIENANZEIGEN] (family notices)<br>This data base consists of extracts from birth-, marriage-, and death notices placed in daily newspapers. Most of the entries are deaths from the last 20 years. A complete list of extracted papers is found under “Ausgewertete Zeitungen (extracted newspapers).
[ 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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