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German Genealogy Websites Cheat Sheet


Learn more about your German ancestry! This quick-guide download will show you the web’s best resources for German genealogy–and how to use genealogy websites to grow your family tree.


Researching German ancestors online has never been easier thanks to the growing number of digitized church registers, maps, gazetteers and other valuable genealogy resources available on the Internet. From and to and niche immigration websites, you’ll find no shortage of German genealogy websites to use when tracking your German ancestors. This cheat sheet download will show you how to use the best of them, featuring:


  • Names and URLs of key German genealogy records databases on the Internet’s largest genealogy websites (including and, as well as a list of immigration websites where you can search for ancestors
  • Detailed step-by-step guides for using some of the most valuable genealogy resources online, including the Hamburg Embarkation Lists on, the Card Catalog at and the GOV gazetteer on
  • Practical guides for using online map resources to find your ancestor’s hometown
  • Language and translation resources to help you find German-speaking immigrant ancestors and decipher records of them
  • A worksheet for identifying and recording possible spelling variants for surnames and village names

Once you download the German Genealogy Websites Cheat Sheet, you’ll need a PDF reader, such as the free Adobe Reader software, to open it. Adobe Reader is available for both Macs and Windows computers.

Note: This cheat sheet contains content adapted from the book Trace Your German Roots Online, which discusses how to use the web’s latest tools to research your German ancestors from the comfort of your own home. Learn more about the full book.

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