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Immigrant Records at the National Archives

Among the billions of historical records housed at the National Archives throughout the country, researchers can find information relating to immigrants from the late 1700s through the early 2000s. The National Archives preserves and makes available documents created by Federal agencies in the course of their daily business. As you plan your research, consider this question: how does my research topic intersect with the US Federal Government?


With a global digital platform, Kapitol-Infobel publishes and continually updates a database of some 300 million telephone subscribers and 270 million businesses worldwide.

Institut für Personengeschichte

Pages in category “Germany Language and Handwriting” – There are 24 pages in this category.


This InfoFile lists nearly 1,500 occupations and occupational terms in German, with English translations. Also included are common occupational prefixes and suffixes in German. This list was prepared in conjunction with the occupational terms found in the lists of Drohobycz and Boryslaw forced laborers, and Mathausen prisoners.

Kartenmeister     Attention: Not safe!

Welcome to the most comprehensive database of its kind in the world. It contains 108761 locations with over 45,115 name changes once, and 5,500 twice and more. All locations are EAST of the Oder and Neisse rivers and are based on the borders of the eastern provinces in Spring 1918. Included in this database are the following provinces: Eastprussia, including Memel, Westprussia, Brandenburg, Posen, Pomerania, and Silesia. It currently list most towns or points, points being: Mills, some bridges, battlefields, named trees, cenotaphs etc. As more information becomes available, (books, maps, your input etc) this database will be updated.

Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg Emigrants

Are you looking for your ancestors who emigrated from the former states of Baden, Württemberg or Hohenzollern in the past centuries? Would you like to look at sources on emigration, read travel reports and letters from emigrants , get to know important emigrants in order to better understand the diverse relationships between Baden, Württemberg and Hohenzollern abroad?

Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg

This is the State Archives of Baden-Württemberg located in Stuttgart, Germany. If you want to research your family’s history, you can track down person by person and create a pedigree chart. In doing so, you go back to the past from the present. Skipping generations or even centuries can lead to incorrect results.

Learn Suetterlin         Attention: Not safe!

Suetterlin script: a script, created by the Berlin graphic artist Ludwig Sütterlin (1865-1917), which was taught from 1915 to 1941 in German schools. It is also called the “the German handwriting”. The writing is a standard form of the earlier and very different chancery writing which was mainly used by government officials.

Lind Street Research

I am Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, Certified Genealogist®, author of the Guide to Hanover Military Records, 1514-1866 on Microfilm at the Family History Library, and owner of Lind Street Research, a company dedicated to helping people discover their German ancestry


English-German Dictionary. Search 1,000,000,000 translations. Also available as an app.

Manitoba Mennonite Historical Society

The MMHS was established in 1958. Since its founding the MMHS has pursued its objective of fostering an awareness of Mennonite history and culture in many ways. The seed for these activities was planted in the two decades preceding 1958. During WWII several groups such as the Mennonite Agricultural Advisory Committee of the West Reserve and individual scholars such as P.J. Schaefer became involved in the preparation of books to promote self understanding among Manitoba Mennonites

Map of Germany (historic)      Attention: Not safe!

Map of Germany from 1789 by Thomas Höckmann


Catholic Church records of Austria, Germany, Lux. Slovenia and others.

Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies

Our Library and Archives house one of the largest collections of German-language materials published in North America, as well as primary source documents, such as letters, diaries, and business records; and the North American German Dialect Archive, which contains thousands of hours of recordings of immigrant dialects from the mid-1940s to the present.

Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-lexikon des deutschen Reichs

This is the most important of all German gazetteers. The goal of the Meyer’s compilers was to list every place name in the German Empire (1871-1918). It gives the location, i.e. the state and other jurisdictions, where the civil registry office was and parishes if that town had them. It also gives lots of other information about each place. The only drawback to Meyer’s is that if a town did not have a parish, it does not tell where the parish was, making reference to other works necessary.