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Archive, Church and Municipal, Made Easy!!!

Churches of all denominations are listed under "Kirchen" and offices of the civil administration are listed under "Gemeindeverwaltung" (town government) and "Stadtverwaltung" (city government), in the German telephone directory. Find lots of telephone directories at


Choose the official German directory, Telefonbuch, for best results. It has an English language option. If your church, town, or city is not listed, it has probably been annexed. Check Site #4 in the Hessen website Town Locator for a new listing.

Federal Archives of Germany

Federal Archives in Germany
Central Office for Genealogy in Germany

The "Lands" of the German Empire from 1871 until 1945

Don's Personal German Language Archive Letters CLICK HERE
(Site has current payment methods and German postage information)
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Generally speaking, the Evangelical or Catholic church maintained genealogical archives before 1871. In 1876 it became the official responsibility of each muncipality (after 1 Oct 1874 for Hessen-Kassel church archives; still others are 1876 and after). The"Melderegister" (citizen reporting register) at each municipality was used to record all significant events, including birth, marriage, and death records. They also recorded each time someone moved into or out of the community. A "Melderegister" may contain up to three generations of a single family. Do not confuse church and municipal archives. Before 1871 (except Hessen-Kassel non-Catholic), send all inquiries to the local church. After 1871, to the municipality. Never send your initial inquiry to a "central" archive. If your ancestors are not in the town or church, the local office will refer you to a "central" or other archive.

Evangelische = non-Catholic/Lutheran
Katholische = Catholic

Kirchearchiv = Church Archive
Kircheverwaltung = Church Administration
Pfarramt = local Parrish office

Staatsarchiv = State Archive
Landesarchiv = State Archive,
                         Administrative District Archive
Stadtarchiv = village, town, city archive
Zentralarchiv = Central Archive
Hauptarchiv = Main Archive
Melderegister = Citizen's Reporting Register

Stadtverwaltung = City Hall (where the "Melderegister" is maintained)
Gemeindeverwaltung = Village or Town Hall
("Melderegister" maintained here)

All Hessen Archives are listed at...



Hessen Church Registers

Kurhessen/Waldeck Archives


Some "Secret Emigrants" in a limited number of
towns in Nordrhein-Westfalen

Town Archives
Stadtarchiv Darmstadt    
Karolinenplatz 3
64289 Darmstadt

(Catholic Church Diocese)
Katholische Kirche Dekanatsbüro
Wilhelm-Glässing-Str 15
64283 Darmstadt

Addresses of the Catholic Church Dioceses

(Central Archive of the Evangelical Church in Hessen-Nassau-Archives)
Zentralarchiv der Evangelischen Kirche in Hessen und Nassau
Ahastr. 5 a
64285 Darmstadt

Tel 011 49 6151 366363
Fax 011 49 6151 366394

email: zentralarchiv@ekhn-kv.de

Holger Bogs, Director

Hessische Staatsarchiv Darmstadt (State of Hessen State Archives in Darmstadt, Germany) has the municipal records of the area of the former State of Hessen-Darmstadt until 1945.
(State Archives, Darmstadt)

Staatsarchiv Darmstadt  
Karolinenplatz 3
64289 Darmstadt

Hessen-Darmstadt Parishes

Miscellaneous Stadtarchive
(Town-City Archives)

Archive Guide
All Archives & Libraries - Addresses
plus Coat of Arms, Heraldry
(Hessen-Kassel Church Archives)
Lessingstraße 15 A
34119 Kassel

E-Mail Archiv Kassel
(KurHessen-Waldeck Evangelical
Church Archives)
They will accept English language
inquiries via E-Mail. Send a maximum
of 3 or 4 persons, complete with name,
date of birth or close, and EXACT
town of birth.

This site includes address/URL/E-Mail information for Marburg; see also main State archive Marburg. The National Archives USA; Huguenot archives; ancestors; Catholic archives, Fulda , Mainz, and Padderborn regions; Jewish archives; City of Kassel; Genealogy Society for KurHessen & Waldeck; and more. For the German language family research
website: CLICK HERE.

For IMPORTANT information about the
Hessen-Kassel Church Archives


For District Parishes in
Eschwege and Witzenhausen

(over 100 towns)

Staatsarchiv Marburg (State of Hessen Archives in Marburg, Germany)
Hessisches Staatsarchiv
Friedrichplatz 15
Postfach 540
35037 Marburg
has the records of the area of the former State of Hessen-Kassel until 1945. The Hessen Emigration List is known as HESAUS - Hessian Auswanderer
(Literally, Hessians who wandered out, away from Hessen. Details are listed under Q&A/FAQ on our home page).
(Town Archive)
Stadtarchiv Wiesbaden
Im Rad 20
65197 Wiesbaden
Click Here

(Main State Archive)
Hauptstaatsarchiv Wiesbaden
Mainzer Strasse 80
65189 Weisbaden

(Hessen Main State Archive)
Hessisches Hauptstaatsarchiv
Mosbacherstrasse 55
65187 Wiesbaden

HauptStaatsarchiv Wiesbaden (Main State Archives, Wiesbaden, Hessen, Germany) has the records of the modern Federal State of Hessen since 1945 and the record of the area of the former State of Hessen-Nassau until 1945.

Hessische Landesbibliotek Wiesbaden

Evangelical Church Districts follow the original jurisdictional boundaries prior to 1866. These are not political boundaries! A similar map for the Catholic Church is found here.

Catholic Archives in Fulda, Hessen

Bistumsarchiv Fulda
Paulustor 5
36037 Fulda

If you speak German you can telephone them at 011-49-661-87375 or 76

See other Archives CLICK

Municipal Archives, City of Fulda,
and Local History there


Other Catholic Archives


Dom- und Diözesanarchiv Mainz
Heringsbrunnengasse 4
55116 Mainz

e-mail: ddamz@Bistum-Mainz.de



Erzbistumsarchiv Paderborn
Domplatz 3

33098 Paderborn

Christian Churches (central office) for North Hessen
Evangelical Church for Hessen-Nassau
Evangelical Church for KurHessen-Waldeck
Evangelical Churches near Butzbach
Evangelical Churches in the Rheinland
Evangelical Church Bad Schwalbach

  Here is an excellent cross reference for church locations
Includes Hessen-Darmstadt, Nassau, Waldeck, and others

See the Hessen website for
how to address your letter when the church is in one town, but the archive address is another town.

G. Kurgan, E. Spelkens, "Two Studies on Emigration through Antwerp to the New World." Brussels: Center for American Studies 1976 (contains an essay by G. Kurgan-van Hententryk on Belgian emigration to the United States and other overseas countries at the beginning of the 20th  century, and a statistical investigation by E. Spelkels on Antwerp as a port of emigration. 1843-1913). Only the embarkation lists of 1855 have survived and been published: Charles M. Hall (ed.), "The Antwerp Emigration Index." Salt Lake City: Heritage International (NY) -- name, age, place of origin, name of ship and place where passport was issued, for about 5,100 emigrants, many of them from Germany. Registers for other years were destroyed by German troops in 1914.

The Ludwigsburg State Archives preserves a list of Wuerttemberg emigrants on the ship "Vaterlands-Liebe," leaving Antwerp for Philadelphia in May 1817 (Staatsarchiv Ludwigsburg, Arsenalplatz 3, 71638 Ludwigsburg, reproduced in Guenter Moltmann (ed.) "Aufbruch nach Amerika." Tuebingen: Wunderlich 1979, 163-168).

Additional records in the City Archives of Antwerp have been checked for names of German emigrants: hotel registers 1801-1821 and 1858-1887 (MA2641, MA2645, MA2669, MA2672), lists of emigres 1793-1815 (MA447/1, MA450/1) sojourn registers 1840-1871 (MA2670/1-12, MA2671/1), general records on German emigrants 1850-1856 (MA674/1), passport and visa registers 1798-1857 (MA2643, MA2644) passenger arrivals from FROM Rotterdam and London 1843-1844 (MA2636). Most of these lists are incomplete. None contains German emigrants in transit. Source: http://www.progenealogists.com/germany/articles/gdepart.htm, under "Antwerp", Copyright © 1997 Friedrich R. Wollmersäuser.

Archives in Hessen

Archives in Germany

Primary Archive Resources for Europe
(includes Germany)

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Miscellaneous and Military Archives for All of Germany are listed near the end of this site. CLICK HERE


(Citizens Reporting Office)

German Language Links

Evangelical Churches in Germany CLICK HERE
Catholic Churches in Germany CLICK HERE
Postal Zip Codes for Germany CLICK HERE
Federal Republic of Germany Official Archives--Federal CLICK HERE

Archives in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)



When all else fails........... See end of this page

Please note that church, regional and centralized genealogical archives do not always maintain the same geographical boundaries as those of the state. Since it is impossible to keep up with these differences, always write to the church in the village, town, or city your ancestor came from, regardless of where it is today. If the archives you are interested in are not there, they will forward your inquiry to the proper location. For a village, town, or city, always write to that location first after 1871 (generally).

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On international mail add "Germany" below the city. Drop the D- in front of the zip code. Do not use punctuation in your return address, or in the German address, on your envelope. The computerized mailing system in the USA and Germany does not like to read punctuation marks.

On international telephone calls, follow the instructions in your telephone directory. That normally involves dropping the initial 0 (zero) in German telephone numbers, then, for example, using 011 49 as the prefix from the USA, followed by the German number (without the leading 0) Example: Change 0651 44293 to 011 49 651 44293.

For letters already written in German, CLICK HERE.
For how to pay for German research, and how to obtain German postage, CLICK HERE.

Hessen archives are found on this page. Includes Hessen-Kassel and military archive information. Some Hessen archives will also be found under Stadtarchiv, Staatsarchiv, Standesamt, and Pfarramt. Use your FIND function at the top of your page if you know the spelling of the town your archive is in. That will take you directly to it. You can also use FIND if you know the 5-digit zip code.

Civil registries were ordered in when the German Empire was established in 1871. Prior to that time, they were maintained by the churches. By 1876 the records were available in the municipal Standesamt (sort of like our City Hall in the USA). That does not mean that the archives were transferred wholesale to the Standesämter. It does mean that after 1876 the records could be in the municipal Standesamt, or in the church, or both. Before 1876, write to the church. 1876 and after, write to the muncipal government.

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The following addresses, FAX numbers, and a few telephone numbers are borrowed from Germany Genealogy, Arthur Teschler. I am presenting the information in a different format in order to speed access. No guarantee as to accuracy is offered by Don Watson. Don Watson did the research, copied what he saw, and hereby acknowledges his source. From time to time other sources may be added. Please note that villages and towns do not need an exact street address, just zip code plus the village or town name. Large cities, however, may have more than one archive, and the correct street address and zip code is important. You may want to use the German Telephone Directory instead:


FOR ARCHIVES IN ZIP CODE ZONES 3 AND 6 (not all are in Hessen) and
areas formerly in Hessen, or nearby. Includes Hamburgand Bremen ports.
Use your browser's FIND function to find a particular location.

Stadtarchiv (Municipal Archives)
Standesamt (Municipal Offices)
Staatsarchiv (State Archives)
Pfarramt (Church Archives)

Evangelical-Lutheran Church Addresses: English Language Introduction
CAUTION: These are not archive addresses. Use only to find the name of a specific church,
or perhaps a street address or postal code that you have been looking for.

Catholic Parishes in Europe


1. Go to http://www.familysearch.org. On left side of the screen click on "Browse
2. Click on "Libraries".
3. Click on "Family History Library Catalog".
4. Click on "Place Search".
5. In the "Place" field put Germany--leave "Part of" blank.
6. Click on search.
7. Click on the blue Germany.
8. At the top of the screen click on "View Related Places".
9. At the bottom of the screen click on [21-40].
10. Click on "Germany, Hessen".
11. At the top of the screen click on "View Related Places".
12. Click on the village, town, city of your choice.

13. Go back to Step #9 and click on 41-60, and so on.

This step-by-step procedure will help you identify what is available in the
USA at FHC at LDS before you write to the archives in Germany.

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Stadtarchiv = City-Town Archives    Staatsarchiv = State Archives
Standesamt = Civil Records              Pfarramt = Church Office
Stadtverwaltung = City Hall      Gemeindeverwaltung = Town Hall

Click on each of the following links, as necessary to find your address:
Andreas Hanacek's Website

Hessen Archives

Archives in Germany

Archive in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Militärarchive Deutsches Reich (ab 1918) / Deutschland
© 1995-97 durch Andreas Hanacek

Federal Republic of Germany Official Archives--Federal 

The Genealogical Filing System for the German People

Ahnenstammkartei des deutschen Volkes (ASTAKA)
English Information:

(Has been filmed by FHL at LDS - reels can be viewed at any FHC)

Deutsche Zentralstelle für Genealogie
(German Central Office for Genealogy)
Käthe Kollwitzstr.  82
04109 Leipzig
Tel 01 49 341 401 1113

German Central Office for Genealogy
(English Language Version)

This is the German Center for Genealogy. They won't provide you with your family tree, but promise to answer specific questions (the more specific, the better your chances of success). Their collection includes 100,000 personal documents and 16,000 church registers dating back to the sixteenth century, with basic information on more than 1. 5 million people.

Don's Personal German Language Archive Letters CLICK HERE
(Site has current payment methods and German postage information)

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Note: It is often more beneficial to inquire of the local government about which archives do what, and who the contact persons are. Local government is known as the "Verwaltung." Cites are Stadtverwaltung, and towns are Gemeindeverwaltung. Always write GERMANY under the zip code + town name when mailing a letter to Germany

Caution: There are 55 towns named Reichenbach in Germany! Just a reminder as to how important the zip code is for successful research.

Stadtarchiv u. Stadtbibliothek                 (City Archives and Library)
Am Steine 7                                                (Street Address)
31134 Hildesheim                                     (ZIP + City)
05121 16810                                              (Telephone Number)

(To call from the USA change to 011 49 5121 16810)

Stadtarchiv                                          Municipal Archive  
Martin-Luther-Str. 2                           Street Address
32105 Bad Salzuflen                            ZIP + City

Germany                                   <------   Critical Country Name 

Am Abdinghof 11
33098 Paderborn

Karmelitergasse 5
60311 Frankfurt am Main
FAX 011 49 69 2123 0753

34117 Kassel

Nord-Süd-Str. 155
38259 Salzgitter

Stadtarchiv Mainz
Rheinallee 3B
55116 Mainz


Herrnstr. 61
63065 Offenbach am Main

Stadt- u. Stiftsarchiv
Wermbachstr. 15
63739 Aschaffenburg

Schloßplatz 2
63450 Hanau

Gymnasiumstrasse 3
63654 Buedingen

Stadtarchiv Pirmasens
Stadverwaltung Exerzierplatz
66953 Primasens

Rottstr. 17
67061 Ludwigshafen

Heiliggeiststr. 12
69117 Heidelberg , Neckar

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Staatsarchiv  [STATE ARCHIVES]

ABC-Str. 19 A
20354 Hamburg

Kattunbleiche 19
22041 Hamburg

Am Staatsarchiv 1
28203 Bremen

Niedersächsisches Hauptstaatsarchiv      (Central State Archive - Military, also, 19th century)
Am Archiv 1
30169 Hannover

Willi-Hofmann-Str. 2
32756 Detmold

Die baden-württembergischen Staatsarchive
The Archives for the Federal German State of Baden-Wurttemberg

HauptStaatsarchiv Stuttgart
Konrad-Adenauer-Str. 4
70173 Stuttgart
Telefon: 011-49-711-2124335, Telefax:  011-49-711-2124360

GeneralLandesarchiv Karlsruhe
Nördliche Hildapromenade 2
76133 Karlsruhe
Telefon: 0721-9262201, Telefax: 0721-9262231

Staatsarchiv Freiburg
Colombistr. 4
79098 Freiburg
Telefon: 0761-380600, Telefax: 0761-3806013


Generalllandesarchiv Karlsruhe
Nordliche Hildapromenade 2
76133 Karlsruhe

Staatsarchiv Freiburg
Colombistrasse 4
79098 Freiburg


Bayerisches Hauptstaatsarchiv
Abt IV (Kriegsarchiv), Leonrodstrasse 57
80636 Munchen

Bayerisches Hauptstaatsarchiv
Schonfeldstrasse 5
80539 Munchen


Staatsarchiv Bremen
Prasident-Kennedy-Platz 2
28203 Bremen


Staatsarchiv Hamburg
Katlunbleiche 19
22041 Hamburg


Niedersachsisches Staatsarchiv Hannover
Am Archiv 1
30169 Hannover

RHEINLAND  (Rhineland; Rhenania):

Nordrhein-Westfalisches Personenstandsarchiv Rheinland
Schloss, Eingang Schlossstrasse 12
50321 Bruhl

Perrsonenstandarchiv Rheinland
Schloss Augustusburg
50321 Bruhl

Landeshauptarchiv Koblenz
Karmeliterstrasse 1/3
56068 Koblenz


Nordrhein-Westfalisches Staatsarchiv Detmold
Willi-Hofmann-Strasse 2
32756 Detmold

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Often the archives are in the same building as the offices of municipal administration. If you don't find your municipal administration address at the offices listed below, come back to this box and CLICK HERE. Once on site, choose English (if necessary). Type in the word Gemeindeverwaltung for smaller communities, or Stadtverwaltung  for larger cities, then the name of the town or city you are interested in. When there is more than one municipality with the same name, you will be given the option of checking the correct one, then searching for the office there.  It is, therefore, important to know the name of the county the municipality is in, or at least the names of nearby towns and cities. Please note that the office addresses are in the German language AND that it will be up to the municipal government to forward your inquiry to the appropriate genealogical archive. This procedure may help you locate the town or city street address and postal code. The latter is vital to staying on track. Bear in mind that quite often the Standesamt (genealogy office) is located in the same building as the Stadtverwaltung. If you don't know the address of the Standesamt, writing to the Stadtverwaltung is a safe bet about 99% of the time.

Standesamt I
Rheinstr. 54
12161 Berlin

Marienstrasse 75
32425 Minden

Berliner Str. 70
33330 Gütersloh

Kasseler Strasse 2
34281 Gudensberg

Stadtverwaltung Werkel, Wehren, and Fritzlar
34560 Fritzlar

Ostanlage 25
35390 Gießen

Marktplatz 14
36199 Rotenburg an der Fulda

Joachim-Campe-Str. 2
38226 Salzgitter

Bethmannstr. 3
60311 Frankfurt am Main

Friedrich-Ebert-Str. 6
61476 Kronberg im Taunus
06173 7030

Marktplatz 8
64283 Darmstadt

Rathausstrasse 8
66901 Schoenenberg-Kuebelberg

Standesamt, Rathaus
Rathausplatz 20
67059 Ludwigshafen

Standesamt einschl. Bestattungswesen
Marktplatz 2
76530 Baden-Baden

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Office + Name of Office/Street Address/Zip Code + City/FAX/Telephone

On international mail feel free to add "Germany" below the zip + city name. If you place a telephone call from the United States remember to drop the leading 0 and substitute 011 49. Example: 0341 4011598 becomes 011 49 341 401 1598.

If you don't find your church archive address at the church offices listed below page, come back to this box and CLICK HERE. Once on site, choose English (if necessary). Type in the word Kirchen and the name of the village, town, or city you are interested in. When there is more than one municipality with the same name, you will be given the option of checking the correct one, then searching for the church offices there. Please note that the church office addresses are in the German language AND not all have genealogical archives. However, this procedure may help you locate the church name, street address, and postal code.

Evgl. Pfarr-Bezirk I
Menzelstrasse 1
32429 Minden

Evgl. Pfarr-Bezirk II
Friedgartenstrasse 35
32429 Minden

Reformierte Kirche St. Petri
Pfarrer Kreutz
Videbullenstrasse 9
32423 Minden

Kath. Dekanatsbuero fuer das Dekanat Minden
Pauline-von-Mallinckrodt-Platz 3
32423 Minden

Pfarramt Maaslingen
32469 Petershagen

Pfarramt S. Bartholomaeus
Marienplatz 4
33154 Salzkotten
Fax: 011 49 5258 999005

Dekanat u. Pfarramt I
Kirchstrasse 8
34212 Melsungen

Pfarramt II
Altstadt 2
34212 Melsungen

Pfarramt III
Franz-Gleim-Strasse 56

34212 Melsungen

Pfarramt IV
Fliederweg 6
34212 Melsungen

Katholische Kirche
Pfarramt Melsungen
Franz-Gleim-Strasse 20
34212 Melsungen

Pfarrstr. 39
34123 Kassel

Evgl. Pfarramt
Obervellmarsche Strasse 25
34246 Vellmar

Kath. Pfarramt Heilig Geist
Brueder-Grimm-Strasse 9
34246 Vellmar

Pfarramt Dennhausen
An der Kirche 12
34277 Fuldabrück

Ellenberger Fußweg 7
34302 Guxhagen

Lohstr. 1
34302 Guxhagen

Evgl. Pfarramt
Lamsberger Weg 11
34281 Gudensberg

Katholische Pfarramt
34281 Gudensberg

Evangelische Kirche
Jittenberg 5
34431 Marsberg

Katholische Kirche
Pfarramt Heddinghausen

34431 Marsberg

Evgl. Pfarramt
34513 Waldeck/hessen

Kath. Pfarramt
34513 Waldeck/hessen

Evgl. Pfarramt
34633 Ottrau

Evgl. Pfarramt Werkel, Wehren, and Fritzlar
Domplatz 10
34560 Fritzlar

Kath. Pfarramt St. Peter
Werkel, Wehren, and Fritzlar
Dr.-Jestaedt-Platz 11
34560 Fritzlar

Pfarramt III
Auf der Burg 4
35066 Frankenberg, Eder

Evangelische Kirche
Narzissenweg 27
35088 Battenberg Eder

Kath. Pfarramt
Koenigsberger Strasse 7
35088 Battenberg Eder

Evangelische Kirche
Pfarramt Neustadt
Hochstrasse 1
35279 Neustadt

Katholische Kirche
35279 Neustadt

Pfarramt Cambach
Am Heiligenstock 2
35516 Münzenberg

Pfarramt Niederasphe
Hauptstr. 4
35117 Munchhausen am Christenberg

Pfarramt Eckelshausen
Obere Bergstr. 1
35216 Biedenkopf

Kath. Pfarramt
Hollmannstrasse 2
35606 Solms

Evgl. Pfarramt Altenkirchent
Wegscheide 6
35614 Asslar

Kath. Pfarramt
Pfarrvikarie Christkoenig
Friedenstrasse 13
35614 Asslar

Luth-Pfarramt I Pfr. Gerhard Bauer
Zum Rosengarten 45
35759 Driedorf

Pfarramt St. Paulus
Goerdelerstr. 20
36037 Fulda

Kath. Pfarramt
Hinterburg 2
36037 Fulda

Kath. Pfarramt St. Andreas
Andreasberg 5
36041 Fulda

Kath. Pfarramt St. Bonifatius
Kirchstrasse 10
36039 Fulda

Evgl. Dekanat des Kirchenkreises
Heinrichstrasse 2
36037 Fulda

Kirchenbuchamt     (Office of Evgl. Church Registers)
Heinrich-von-Bibra-Platz 14a
36037 Fulda

Evgl. Bonhoeffer-Kirchengemeinde
Goerdelerstrasse 34
36037 Fulda

Evgl. Pfarramt Kreuzkirche
Niedermooser Strasse 20
36041 Fulda

Evgl. Gemeinde-Buero       (central office)
Martin-Luther-Platz 3
36043 Fulda

Evgl. Pfarramt I
Stiftstrasse 1
36088 Huenfeld

Evgl. Pfarramt I
Wartburgring 13
36088 Huenfeld

Kath. Pfarramt St. Jakobus
36088 Huenfeld

Kath. Pfarramt St. Ulrich
Appelsbergstrasse 7
36088 Huenfeld

Pfarramt Schwarzenhasel
Lispenhaeuser Strasse 23
36199 Rotenburg an der Fulda

Katholische Hauswurz
36119 Neuhof-Hauswurz

Pfarramt Obergeis
36286 Neuenstein , Hess

Pfarramt Christuskirche
Friedrich-Naumann-Str. 66
37081 Göttingen
0551 62525

Evgl. Dekanat
Goldbachstrasse 12
37269 Eschwege

Kath. Apostelkirche
Schlehenweg 11
37269 Eschwege

Kath. St. Elisabeth
Friedrich-Wilhelm-Strasse 36
37269 Eschwege

Pfarramt St. Petri Grone
Kirchstr. 6 B
37081 Göttingen

Pfarramt Harmuthsachsen
37284 Waldkappel

Pfarramt Opperhausen
Schulstr. 7
37547 Kreiensen

Pfarramt Verklärung Christi
Frankfurter Str. 208
61118 Bad Vilbel

Evangelische Kirche Rodheim
61191 Rosbach (v.d.Höhe)

Katholische Pfarramt St. Pankratius
Stiftstraße 5
63075 Offenbach-Bürgel

Evgl. Pfarramt Wolferborn
Werthbornstrasse 46
63654 Buedingen

Kath. Pfarramt St. Bonifatius
Gymnasiumstrasse 24
63654 Buedingen

Kath. Pfarrzentrum
Alfred-Delp-Str. 5
63755 Alzenau

Ev. Pfarramt Alzenau
Wasserloser Str. 35
63755 Alzenau

Evangelisches Pfarramt
Ellenbacher Strasse 15
64658 Fuerth/Odenwald

Pfarramt Hammelbach
Litzelbacher Str. 26
64689 Grasellenbach

Pfarramt Süd
Schloßplatz 4
65183 Wiesbaden

Evangelische Kirche
Schwalbacher Strasse 6
65185 Wiesbaden

Gesamtverband der katholischen Kirchengemeinden
Friedrichstrasse 30
65185 Wiesbaden

Kirchstr. 4
65558 Burgschwalbach


Landeskirchenamt der Evangelische-Lutherischen Kirche in Thüringen
(State Church Office of the Evangelical-Lutheran Churches in Thüringen)
Dr.-Moritz-Mitzenheimstr 2a
99817 Eisenach

Mennonitischer Gemeinden
Mennonitenstr 20
22769 Hamburg
Telephone 011 49 40 857112
Fax 011 49 40 8507069

All church books of the former kingdoms of Hannover and Brunswick  (Braunschweig) are on microfilm available at the "Kirchenbucharchiv" in Hannover. The e-mail address is:


Church Archives, Hannover, E-Mail: Kirchenbuch.Staki.Hannover@evlka.de

Diozenanarchiv Berlin
Gatzstrasse 65
12099 Berlin

Bistumsarchiv Trier
Jesuitenstrasse 13b
54290 Trier

Historisches Archiv des Erztistums Köln
Gereonstrasse 2-4
50670 Koln

Diözesanarchiv                        (Try this one first)
Weilburger Str. 16
65549 Limburg
E-Mail:  m.wagner@bistumlimburg.de

E-Mail for Appointments:  i.dommermuth@bistumlimburg.de

Diözesanarchiv Limburg         (Try this one second)
Rossmarkt 4
65549 Limburg/Lahn

Erzbistumsarchiv Paderborn
Domplatz 3
33098 Paderborn

Old church records from 1730 to 1800 for the church in Bad Rappenau are available online for this area near the Baden and Hessen border.

Ev.-Luth Landeskirche
99817 Eisenach

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BUNDESARCHIV (Federal Archives), Germany

HISTORICAL ARCHIVES - Not genealogical. Pure history. This is the address
for the "Old County Rotenburg" historical archives in Rotenburg on the Fulda River in Hessen.

Geschichtsverein Altkreis Rotenburg
Im Heienbach 53
36199 Rotenburg an der Fulda
e-mail: geschichtsverein@rof.de


Includes merged military records from the old Communist East Germany, available at
a central location in Berlin.

Military Uniforms, Organizations





A list of names for soldiers serving in a particular military division.

German Language website with TONS of information about the
Prussian and Austrian military, including regimental histories,
uniforms, some names.

German Uniforms 1918-1945

The German Military

The Imperial German Army

MILITARY RECORDS from the past....

"Five Larger Germanic Record Collections at the FHL," inclusive of the area between Russia, France, and Northern Italy.

Records of the Central Command

1) Commissions. 1466-1866
2) Nobility Grants. 1636-1753
3) Vital Certificates
4) Wills. 1639-1771

5) Pension and Assistance Records (note: to use this you need the regiment)
Pensions. 1749-1922
Invalid Office. 1723-1803
Orphans' Commission: 1702-1870
Soldier Orphans: 1700-1870

6) Army Rank and Regiment Schematics. 1583-1849
7) Payment Books. 1753-1819
8) Marriage Bonds. 1750-1918
9) Military School Records
10) Military Court Records

Records of Individual Units, with index.

1) Muster Rolls. 1740-1820
2) Foundation Books. 1820-1918
3) Service Records. 1812-1918
4) Records of the Navy. 1760-1918
5) Parish of individual unit

Remember that you cannot contact military archives in Germany or at the FHL to ask "Would you look to see if my ancestor is in any of your records?" You MUST have something that you have developed that leads you to believe that your ancestor will be found in a specific record for a specific time period. If you do not, you are wasting their time and yours.

Remember that Germany did not exist as a confederation of states until 1871. Prior to that time all of the dukedoms, principalities, and church districts had their own rules and regulations. Generally speaking, everyone from age 15 and above was eligible for military service and could be called upon at any time to serve in a war. Most families during 1600-1850 had at least one soldier in service. Their records are found in a  variety of archives across Germany. Often, several archives must be consulted for information. Knowing the dates of service, place of enlistment or place drafted, and the regiment can save years of research.  There are regimental and garrison church registers where one can find birth, marriage, and death records for both the soldier and his family. There are Officer Assignment Rolls, Officer Lists, Officer Records, and records for enlisted men, the latter known as Muster Rolls, Personnel Assignments, and Regimental Histories. There are Pension Records for all commissioned and enlisted personnel. For the Army of Prussia, these records are maintained by the

Deutsches Bundesarchiv--Militärarchiv
Wiesenthalstrasse 10
79115 Freiburg im Breisgau

In some cases your letter of inquiry to a church or civil archive will reveal the location of military archives in the region, if you include that in your request letter. There is a map of German military outfit locations at http://www.grosser-generalstab.de/.

For Hessian Mercenaries who fought against the Colonies in the Revolutionary War, there is a reference work,

"Hessische Truppen im Amerikanischen Unabhangigkeitskrieg," found in the Staatsarchiv Marburg, Germany. It was written in 1972. It lists names and dates of birth, places of birth and assembly, military divisions such as regiments, ranks, enlistment dates, and whether they were killed in action, missing in action, deserted to remain in the Americas, died of natural causes, or returned to Hessen, Germany. This work may be used in concert with the Hessen web site, using the Hessian Soldier link.

Another resource for German research is found in "In Search of Your German Roots," 3rd Edition, second printing 1995, written by Angus Baxter, published by Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc. Baltimore, MD; ISBN 0-8063-1447-8. The publisher's web site is at http://www.genealogical.com.

Other books can be found at the Hessen web site, Link Tables,  and in FastTrak Resources.

WAR REGISTRATION LISTS are found in many archives. These often involved the registration of every male child born in the region at birth, since all males were obligated to serve in the military. Known as "Kriegsliste," these records will reveal the date that the individual entered into military service. There may be sufficient information to suggest research efforts in other archives.

The FHC at LDS can provide limited, but valuable leads for military research. See, for example:

"German Military Records as Genealogical Sources." Salt Lake City, Utah: Horst A. Reschke, 1990.
(FHL book 943 M2r; fiche 6001596; computer number 592812.)

The earliest German military records, beginning in 1485, list only the names of the soldiers. Records in the 19th century give information about promotions, where served, pensions, conduct, age, birthplace, home, civilian occupation, height, weight, hair, eyes, as well as family members.

The records you will want to ask for are as follows:

Military church records [Kirchenbücher]. They date from 1672.
Personnel files [Stammrollen].
Published officer files [Offizier-Stammlisten]
Officer rolls [Ranglisten].
Regimental histories. [Regimentsgeschichten].

Locating Military Records

German military records can be of great genealogical value, but getting access to them is often a problem. For example, it is difficult to get information from military records through correspondence. Those that have been filmed are hard to read, incomplete for several years, poorly arranged, and not indexed.  If you write to archives for information from military records you must indicate the regiment or company to which your ancestor belonged. Also include the garrison town or commanding officer's name and your ancestor's rank if you know that information.

Records at German State Archives

There is no complete central archive for German military records. German states each had their own system of keeping military records before 1867. These records are now stored in several German state archives. Slowly, WW-I and WW-II archives are coming online (see below). The following pamphlet lists the archives where existing military records for each state are found:

Reschke, Horst A. "German Military Records as Genealogical Sources." Salt Lake City, Utah: Reschke, 1990 (LDS microfiche 6,001,596).

In 1867 the armies of all but three German states were integrated into the armies of Prussia. From that time, soldiers of any German state (except Bayern, Sachsen, or Württemburg) were recorded only in the military records of Prussia. Unfortunately, the Prussia military records were almost completely destroyed in the bombing raids of 1945. See.....

Maps at http://mitglied.lycos.de/Pomerania2/.

See especially the Armee link, including the Regiment links, then the additional information about Prussia, below.

Records at The Family History Library

Only a few German military records are available at the Family History Library. They are mostly military parish registers, a few published officer rolls [Stammlisten and Ranglisten], and regimental histories. German military church records are usually listed in the Family History Catalog with other church records. For other German military records, see the Locality section of the catalog under--



Prussia / Preussen Military Records at the FHL in SLC

FAQ Germany

FAQ Prussia



You must insert the date, just above, like this: 18_03_04 is 1918, 3rd day of April.






German Archive Addresses - Military

Normally, if you write to the wrong address, they will respond with the correct one. This often takes several weeks or months. I can translate any response received, including the actual records or copies thereof.
dwats at cox.net.
(Change the  "at"  to   @).

Bundesarchiv-Militärarchiv Freiburg
Wiesentalstraße 10
79115 Freiburg im Breisgau
Tel.  011-49-761-478-179      (from the USA)
Fax: 011-49-761-478-1781


Zwischenarchiv Potsdam
Zeppelinstraße 127-128
14471 Potsdam
Tel.: 011-49-331-941-4420

German Military Service Records

Most personnel rosters and card indices (Stammrollen und Karteimittel) of the Prussian Army, the transition army (Übergangsheeres), the Army (Reichswehr), and the Imperial Navy (Kaiserlichen Marine) were burned in an air raid on Potsdam in February 1945. Some surviving records may be found at

Bundesarchiv - Militärisches Zwischenarchiv
Zeppelinstrasse 127/128
14471 Potsdam


Preserved are medical records of those soldiers who were being treated in military hospitals (Lazarett). The records, most with personnel roster extracts (Stammrollenauszügen), are for those born from 1870 on, and are stored at

Krankenbuchlager Berlin
Wattstrasse 11-13
13355 Berlin

Lists of Prussian and other German officers are generally available in book series with titles like "Rangliste der Königlich Preussischen Armee". These books were published roughly annually since at least 1796; some have been reprinted.

An overview of the Prussian army and its military church records can be found in Lyncker, "Die Altpreussische Armee 1714-1806 und ihre Militärkirchenbücher", and  "Die preussische Armee 1807-1867 und ihre sippenkundlichen Quellen", and also in Eger, "Verzeichnis der Militärkirchenbücher in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland." Maps of the Prussian / Pommern regions are found at http://mitglied.lycos.de/Pomerania2/

Pre-1914 German military units are found at German Military Service Obligation as of 1901

World War II German military personnel may have service records at:

Bundesarchiv - Zentralnachweisstelle
Abteigarten 6
52076 Aachen
Tel 011 49 2408 147 0     <------ If you speak German
Fax 011 49 2408 147 37  <------ English or German
(this office does NOT have Germany Navy records)

No public E-Mail listed on their home page but they do have a web-based E-Mail form you can fill out and
they will respond by E-Mail (if permitted by law). Try http://www.bundesarchiv.de/kontakt/index.html . It often
takes a long time to get a response, and sometimes it comes by regular mail.

For those who were wounded or otherwise hospitalized:

Landesamt fuer Gesundheit un Soziales Berlin
Abt. IV - Ref. Krankenbuchlager
Wattstr. 11-13
13355 Berlin


Krankenbuchlager Berlin
Wattstr. 11
13629 Berlin
Tel 011 49 30 463 02 0
You can use http://www.bundesarchiv.de/kontakt/index.html for web-based E-Mail contact. Just change your identifiers - and I would wait maybe 30 minutes between transmissions, so a clerk doesn't think you hit the send button twice, and toss one. If you can write in PERFECT German, and read TECHNICAL responses, you can contact them. No other language inquiries accepted as of this writing 2001. I can write your inquiries for you, in German: dwats <at> cox . net .. remember to adjust the E-Mail address to the proper format.

We joined the Bund deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge at http://www.volksbund.de and receive a newsletter/
magazine. They request contributions to continue the search. Well worth it, if you still want to know what happened to your loved one.

Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt)
Eichborndamm 179
13403 Berlin




E-Mail wast@com-de.com

Bundesarchiv Abt. III
Finckensteinallee 63
12205 Berlin

(Office has  Wehrmacht military records, and those of the NSDAP <Nazi>)

Don't think that you can write or email a rambling, unprofessional inquiry to WASt. This is a professional organization which insists on brevity, accuracy, and documentation. You need an inquiry written in the German language, according to their criteria (dwats <a> cox . net). And you must be able to prove that you are a relative.

WASt holdings center on those reported to be prisoners of war (POW), missing in action (MIA), or killed in action (KIA), and also on members of the Navy, though other records are also held. Requests for information may be sent to either of the above offices; they will be forwarded as needed to the appropriate office. Keep in mind that not all records have been uploaded.

For German soldiers missing in action since World War I and World War II, please visit the following German language web site: http://www.volksbund.de. The information you learn here can be entered on the form provided at http://www.dd-wast.de/ for online inquiries. Additional info is found at http://www.volksbund.de, the German language home page. For those interested I can provide a translation.


There is an English-language German Air Force Group:

Luftwaffe Archives Group (German Air Force Archives Group)

The International Red Cross in Geneva also holds files, researched for a fee.  The contact information is:

Archives Division and Research Service
19 Avenue de la Paix
CH-1202 Geneva

e-mail: archives.gva@icrc.org.

For civilian records, one must write to the appropriate agency or ministry archives (e.g., justice, finance, railroad, post). Those who had relatives in NSDAP positions (National Socialist German Workers' Party - Nazi) can request information from the Bundesarchiv, http://www.bundesarchiv.de, or the US National Archives. Some NSDAP members are found at: http://boards.ancestry.com/mbexec?htx=board&r=rw&p=topics.government.federal.nara. Using the search engine at the top of the page, type in nsdap. You can also type nsdap at http://google.com

There are SS officers listed in certain German documents which may provide genealogical leads. These officers had their lineage traced back to 1750.  The records are maintained under the heading "RuSha Collection" at the National Archives in College Park MD USA, and may or may not include information such as genealogical charts, family summaries, church and civil records of family birth, marriage, and death dates. The URL for the National Archives is http://monitor.nara.gov/nara/dc/Archives2_directions.html.

Berlin Document Center

SS Lists, BDC

If you want to write for detailed reference information about BDC records, the address is:

Captured German and Related Records
Textual Reference Branch (NWDT2)
National Archives at College Park
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001

Berlin Document Center
Finckensteinallee 63
12175 Berlin

The above address reportedly has the most complete SS and similar German military records, including an analysis of the soldier's family history.

To restate, for WW-II MIA, KIA, and POW German military:

The Deutsche Dienststelle was created after World War II. It's purpose is to notify the next-of-kin when the identity of a fallen German soldier, or one missing in action, and the 10,000 kidnapped at the end of the war, is determined. Many Germans have been able to travel to eastern Europe since the fall of Communism, and to stand on the spot where their loved one fell; to plant flowers; to pray, all because of the efforts of the German Red Cross, the International Red Cross, and the Deutsche Dienststelle. They will not respond to your email inquiry except by regular mail, and then only after you have demonstrated a direct relationship to the German soldier (not Uncle or whatever, but son, daughter, grandson, grand-daughter - the relationship must be in direct line from the soldier). If you don't identify a direct relationship, they may not respond, or will respond asking you to prove one, by regular mail.

There is an organization in Germany dedicated to following up on the work of the Deutsche Dienststelle. Their work was published in a magazine titled "Stimme & Weg - Arbeit Für Den Frieden," published 4/94 as a special issue, dedicated to their mission. If you read German you should attempt to obtain a copy. Even if you don't, the photographs are worth 100,000 words. They are known as "Kriegsgräberfürsorge," and their address is

Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge
Werner-Hilpert Straße 2
34112 Kassel

They have offices in every state in Germany. If you speak German, you can call their Graves Information Office from the USA at 011 49 561 70 09-123.

Their travel plans to Eastern Europe can be learned by calling 011 49 561 70 09-200.

Every year they have a "Volkstrauertagsfeiern," or day of mourning and remembrance. Schedule is at 011 49 561 70 09-130.

In some cases the last 3 numbers may be an extension. Pause, then punch them in if it doesn't ring.

Each year the youth of Germany, on holiday from classes, search for mass graves in Eastern Europe. As these, and single graves are identified, they are marked for excavation and identification.

The hard-line and old-line Communists objected loudly to the opening of the WW-II files, which revealed a great deal about Soviet atrocities and not a few other secrets. Former Russian President Yeltsin opened the files, then President Putin closed them, under pressure from the hard-liners. Whether they will be made available, completely or on a per-case basis, is not clear. You can input the name of your MIA or KIA at this link:


Contact Don Watson    dwats   at   cox    net    for translations.


Abteilung Militararchiv
Weisenstrasse 10
79115 Freiburg

Here is a sample address for a local source of information, similar to the VFW in the United States. It would only apply to servicemen from the Darmstadt area and is shown here merely as an example. However, the title of the organization may remain the same, regardless of the city it is located in:

Verband der Kriegs- und Wehrdienstopfer
Nieder-Ramstädter-Str. 61
64287 Darmstadt

Luftwaffe Archives Group (German Air Force Archives Group)

Various Divisions and Units, 18th and 19th Century. These are volumes that are FOR SALE, and most of the presentation is in the German language, except for a brief portion in English which describes the terms of sale.  CLICK HERE

Some archives destroyed in WW-II

The Stadtarchiv and the Rathaus in Kassel were badly hit in the 1943 bombing. The following records were either lost completely or have only survived in fragments:

-17th century guild records for Kassel
-the old Buergerbuch
-the parish registers after 1750 for most of the downtown parishes
-parish registers for Bettenhausen (1752-1829),Niederzwehren (1788-1830),
 Nordshausen (1669-1829), Waldau (1621-1830), Oberzwehren (1669-1829),
 Wehlheiden (1773-1830), Kirchditmold (1773-1943), Rothenditmold (1794-1943)

The German Military mailing list offers a subscription at

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Please note that there were Address Books in larger cities (such as Berlin), between 1799 and 1941. These pre-dated telephone directories. One significant problem is that "common folk" were not included until 1850. You might find royalty, churches, hospitals, schools, and similar, but it is doubtful you'll find an ancestor. After 1850, common folk began to appear on a limited basis, and by 1876 they were present in most of the books in larger cities. These are on file at FHC at LDS, so ask the clerk about them. They are on microfilm, and some may have been converted to CD-ROM.

Verein zu Foerderung der Zentralstelle            (Promotional Offices for
Personen und Familiengeschichte                      the State Archives, above)
Archivstrasse 11
14195 Berlin

Dr. jur. Ludwig Becker
Zentralstelle, Familiengeschichte
Birkenweg 13
61381 Friedrichsdorf

Niedersaechs Landesverein
             fuer Familienkunde e.V.
Am Bokemahle 14-16
30171 Hannover

Institut fuer pfaelzische Geschichte und Volkskunde
Benzinoring 6
Postfach 2860
67616 Kaiserslautern

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The Archives in the City of Dresden

Stadtarchiv Dresden (City Archive)
Marienallee 3
01099 Dresden
phone: 011 49 804 3401

Dresdner Geschichtsverein e.V. (Dresden Historical Society)
Wilsdruffer Strasse 2a
01067 Dresden
phone:  011 49 495 6074

Landesverein Sächsische Heimatschutz e.V.
(Saxon Local History Society)
Wilsdruffer Strasse 2a
01067 Dresden
phone: 011 49 495 6153

Stadtmuseum Dresden (City Museum)
Wilsdruffer Strasse 2
01067 Dresden
phone: 011 49 498 660

SHIPS AT SEA DEATHS, Hamburg-Amerika Line

You must state the name of the individual who died on board.
You must state whether the ship was outbound or inbound.
You must state the name of the ship.
You must state the dates of the voyage.

Sterberegister, Seemannsamt       (Death Register, Seaman's Office)
Staatsarchiv der Freien und Hansesstadt Hamburg
ABC-Strasse 19A
20354 Hamburg

HAPAG-Lloyd, Archiv
Ballindamm 25
20095 Hamburg


Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum
Hans-Scharoun-Platz 1
27568 Bremerhaven

Everything you ever wanted to know about SHIPS! Click Here.


Institut für Genealogie
Zentralstelle für Personen- und Familiengeschichte
Birkenweg 13
61381 Friedrichsdorf

Landesarchiv Speyer
Otto-Mayer Strasse 0
67346 Speyer


In the former GDR  (East Germany) you can try to search for the old parish books in all of the parishes (unfortunately some of the parish books are destroyed). For asking about the parishes smaller villages belong to you can ask the

Evangelische Kirche Berlin - Brandenburg

or the archive of the

Evangelische Kirche der Union
Jebensstr. 3
Telephone 011 49 3031001-0 from the USA.

French Archives, Alsace:
Cercle Genealogique D'Alsace

Archives Départementales du Bas-Rhin
5 Rue Fischart
67000 Strasbourg


Census records from Neumark, Brandenburg or Prussia can be found at....

Statistischen Jahrbücher für Preussen
Geheimen Staatsarchiv - Preussischen Kulturbesitzes
Archivstr. 12/14
14195 Berlin - Dahlem

Records before 1903 are listed under the title 'Statistisches Handbuch für den Preussischen Staat'. No birth, baptism, christening, marriage, or death dates included. Lists only the address, occupation, and number of family members. No names, no wills, or other documents.  If you write to the address and IF you get an answer, you'll see only numbers. Not available for any community with a population of less than 10,000. Tax records for land owners are found in 'Praestations-Tabellen.' Wills are found in court documents. See the Prussian mailing list and web sites.


Archiv Des Bistums Speyer
Kleine Pffaffengasse 16
67346 Speyer

Bischofliches Ordinariat Bistumarchiv
Pfaffengasse 16
67346 Speyer

Institut Fur Pfalzische Geschichte und Volkskunde
Benzinoring 6
67567 Kaiserslautern - for emigration records

LandesarchivE Speyer
Otto-Mayer-Strasse 9
67346 Speyer

Pfalzisch-Rheinische Familienkunde E.V.
Rottstrasse 17
67061 Ludwigshafen

Stadtarchiv Kaiserslautern
67653 Kaiserslautern

Zentralarchiv Der Evangelischen Kirche Der Pfalz
Domplatz 6
67346 Speyer


Institut fur Stadtgeschichte
Karmeliterstrasse 5
60311 Frankfurt-am Main



Deutscher Hugenotten-Verein e.V. (DHV) (German Huguenot Society)
c/o Deutsches Hugenotten-Zentrum (German Huguenot Center)
Hafenplatz 9a
34385 Bad Karlshafen
Tel. / Fax +011 49-5672-1433

Catholic Church Archives USA

Archives in Bavaria

World Church Addresses

Badisches General Landesarchiv Karlsruhe
Nördliche Hildapromenade 2
76133 Karlsruhe

Blandeskirklichesarchiv Wurttemberg
Gansheiderstrasse 4
70184 Stuttgart

(Historical Emigration Office)
Steinstrasse 7
20095 Hamburg

Research in the Westerwald

Förderverein Dt. Auswanderungsmuseum e.V.
lnselstrasse 6
27568 Bremerhaven











Bundesamt fuer Kartographie und Geodaesie
Aussenstelle Berlin
Stauffenbergstrasse 13
10785 Berlin

Tel.: 011 49 3025 4170

Fax: 011 49 30 5 4171 - 99

Special maps: Based on the official map series at the scales 1:200,000, 1:500,000 and 1:1,000,000 the Bundesamt fuer Kartographie und Geodaesie can produce special maps of any kind by prior arrangement, and can print these maps to the required number. Enquiries must be addressed to the address given. Prices are lower than any found elsewhere.

SINCE TIME BEGAN.....  When All Else Fails........... Einwohnermeldeamt

Every German citizen has been required to register with the local police and the Resident Citizen Registration Office in their village, town, or city. Here are the procedures and rules:

If the inquirer can show a legal or justified interest in the information available at the Einwohnermeldeamt (Resident Citizen Registration Office), the information listed below can be provided. The cost can be explained in person at the office. If the inquiry is by letter, German postage stamps must be included, and a draft for the archives fee. See the Hessen web site for how to pay for research in Germany.

Date and Place of Birth
Other Names Used (First and Last)
Family Status (Single, Married)
Previous address(es)
Date registered in one city and date moved to another
Legal representative or assistant
Date and place of death.

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