Verband deutschsprachiger Berufsgenealogen e. V.

Oldenburgische Gesellschaft für Familienkunde e.V.


We are …

a professional association whose members work as professional genealogists in geographical areas in which the German language is or was spoken.

The Association …

  • has represented its members externally since 1992
  • contributes to the qualifications of professional genealogists
  • promotes exchange and professional collaboration between professional genealogists
  • works with archives and genealogical associations
  • strengthens genealogy as an auxiliary historical science
  • promotes a uniform professional image
  • Offers potential customers orientation and the security of being referred to competent contacts
  • has been a member of the German Working Group of Genealogical Associations (DAGV) since 2014


Professional Genealogist Association


We serve genealogy in Germany and German-speaking countries.

We do so in two fields:

  1. For persons who are interested in hiring a professional genealogist in Germany and German-speaking countries, we provide a list of our members with further information, and maps showing the regions our members specialize in. It is also possible to send an inquiry to our “Verteilstelle” (assessment service) who will take a first look at your inquiry and forward it to those members who might be able to help.

All of our members have successfully passed a qualifying examination regarding their specific area and scope of research, and all have committed themselves to follow our binding professional principles.

These services are free for anybody who is interested in hiring a professional genealogist.

2. Secondly, we connect professional genealogists to help each other when specific questions arise, and simply with networking. We also represent the interests of the German-speaking professional genealogists as an occupational group.


For professional genealogists:
100 EUR one-time joining fee

100 EUR membership fee per year, automatically renewed


  • Many years of experience in family history research
  • Research in all types of archives (church archives, city, community and state archives, royal and private archives)
  • Emigration research (emigration / immigration)
  • Support with your own research (see “ Inquiry ”)
  • Computer-supported processing and output of research results (e.g. in the form of pedigrees, family trees)
  • Research in national and international databases
  • Transcription of old documents