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by susiecanuck Online Now Aug 8, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Where is the best place to go for genealogical research?

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    Re: Family research

    by Fili.it Online Now Aug 8, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Maybe the town hall?

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    by Kathrin_E Online Now Aug 8, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    First, start assembling all details you have and know, or suspect. Names, dates of birth/baptism, marriage, death, or emigration. Places, religion, professions... Everything else depends on these informations. Civil registers exist from about the 1870s, the town or village archive is the place to look for these. Prior, the church registers are relevant, and to find these you need to find out which parish community your ancestors belonged to. Church registers are either kept in the parishes or - more likely - accessible on microfilm copies in the archive of the respective diocese (catholic) or regional church (protestant). If your ancestors were Jewish, the town or village archives are the most promising point to start.

    Don't underestimate this task. The archive won't do the research for you (until you pay a fortune of fees). Can you read the old German handwriting? (95% of all Germans can't.) You could hire a professional researcher, but this will also cost a lot.

    There are some genealogy websites - the Mormons' one is probably the best known - but I am a bit reluctant about their reliability.

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    by Kathrin_E Online Now Aug 8, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Forgot to mention: prepare well in advance. Most of these archives require reservation 2-3 months in advance for this kind of research because their microfilm workplaces are limited and there is a lot of request.

    Best thing to do is writing to them, including all known details and asking for advice where to start.

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    by gabesz Online Now Aug 8, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Before you go to Ulm there is one thing that you should find out first. How much of the records in town were destroyed in World War II. If they tell you that all town and church records were destroyed or stolend during the war, you will highly likely not find much to help you out.

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