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  • Welcome to German genealogy and history at GoAncestry! We are striving to focus upon emigration from primarily European countries and subsequent immigration to North American regions.  Many of our users are looking back towards their ancestors, but we also wish to help those in the homelands find the paths their descendants took after they departed.  

    We are willing to assist our homeland researchers in any way that we can.  Our forums allow for interaction, and we can provide at least the basic translation service to help in our collaborations.  If you are looking for your ancestors or descendants, please join us, we will work together if that will help.

    Willkommen bei der deutschen Genealogie und Geschichte bei GoAncestry! Wir streben danach, uns auf die Emigration aus vorwiegend europäischen Ländern und die anschließende Einwanderung in nordamerikanische Regionen zu konzentrieren. Viele unserer Benutzer schauen zurück zu ihren Vorfahren, aber wir wollen auch denjenigen helfen, die in den Heimatländern die Wege finden, die ihre Nachkommen nach ihrer Abreise verbracht haben.

    Wir sind bereit, unsere Heimatforscher in jeder Weise zu unterstützen, die wir können. Unsere Foren ermöglichen die Interaktion, und wir können mindestens die grundlegende Übersetzung Service in unseren Kooperationen zu helfen. Wenn Sie nach Ihren Vorfahren oder Nachkommen suchen, bitte verbinden Sie uns, wir werden zusammenarbeiten, wenn das hilft.

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The table below lists the Constituent States of Germany and their respective Capitals. This is a good starting place when preparing for research about German ancestors. Though maps change over time and rulers as well, records of specific localities may still be found in the current State archives. Sometimes there are even challenges finding the right alignment of a record to the archive based upon the date the historical record was created. If the States are highlighted, they contain a link to subsequent focused information. If they are not highlighted, information has not been developed for that State. If there is currently no guide listed, you can consider volunteering some of your time or information. Please refer to the sitewide collaboration link above to share information or ask questions.

One objective is to help German researchers discover those who have left the German-speaking world and come to North America. Unser Ziel ist es, deutschen Forschern dabei zu helfen, diejenigen zu entdecken, die die deutschsprachige Welt verlassen haben und nach Nordamerika kommen.

State Flag Capital Notes Guide
Lower Saxony
North Rhine-Westphalia
Mainz  State page constructed
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    • Ronald

      The Spring Slowdown


      I think it is a common theme really.  Each year as spring opens and the weather allows a release to the outdoors, the website will see a slowing in information.  That is ok, we really love our gardens as well.  I am also a huge fan of grilling foods.  I am not sure any of that will change in years to come either.   We have also taken a grand step in our field research and spent a week primarily in New Jersey with a few stops in Pennsylvania. It was a grand discovery, and yet, it was overwhelming as well. I have yet to go through all of the information that we uncovered.  And again, we found more holes that need attention.  I jokingly tell my bride that I am "DONE" now that I have linked my American lineage to the initial immigrant from Germany.  It is just a joke, there is always more to do. Thankfully so!   In the coming weeks things will settle and we will once again make some time to get more of our information on line.  Expect a wealth of data surrounding the early Tinsmans in America, maybe in Germany as well.  I will see what I can do.  I will also get more linked information posted for other areas.  Finding so many local resources while we traveled has proven that courthouses and societies are very important places to visit, and even make new friends.   I hope you will find something worth your visit, maybe even something Grand!!!!!
    • Ronald

      Winter is coming


      No, not the Game of Thrones.  I wish though.   Just thought that my primary genealogy season is usually the winter and early Spring.  Not sure what time you have available, but this works for me.
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