Baerbel thinks the Internet is like eating an elephant. You can only bite off small pieces at a time.
Her ancestry is German yet she comes from four different countries, including the Czech Republic. While she reads German, Czech is another matter. Her personal miracle came after thirty-four years of research, she found her grandfather's birth record in Czech at. http.//www.actapublica.cz. And, interestingly enough, the baptismal records include the marriage documentation with it.
New records are coming online every day and the Internet is a treasure trove! Topical link lists are found on wiki.familysearch.org and go to "Germany-digital resources." German town genealogies and parish register inventories are available.
Other sites include:
- http://www.matricula.findbuch.net/ (beta version site) has 180 parishes with 2767 volumes from Austria and Germany
- http://www.kirchenbuch-virtuel.de/ Northeastern Bavaria was the first to put info online and in order to provide it, they created a genealogical society. You need to join the society, pay the membership fee and a user fee to access. A bit cumbersome but worth the hassle if your family is from this area. Cost is 35 euro per year, 10 euros per month per parish.
- Jewish registers for Baden Wuerttenberg, Hohenzollern are at www.2.landesarchive-bw.de/of21/olf/startbild.php?bestand=5632 (I will verify web site and edit if I missed a letter)
Town genealogies, societies,family genealogies and indexes include:
- 210 town genealogy books online with over 2.7 million entries at http://www.genealogy.net/. Go to bibliography of printed books. Each town has its page with listings of births, deaths and a contact for the town. And, luckily, contacts usually speak English.
- Die Maus, Bremen Society for Genealogy is at www.genealogienetz.de/vereine/maus
- East Prussia site is www.plew.info/ofb_allgemein.htm
Printed sources --indexes and images
- Funeral sermons at http://web.uni-marburg.de/fpmr
- Digital library at http://www.genealogy.net/ available in German at this point includes historical maps, gazetteers, descriptive geography
- http://www.dilibri.de/ for Rheinland-Pfalz for historical material, address books and postcards...free to use, ideal for family history book, all you have to do is cite your sources
- West German Societies listed on societies on www.genealogy.net
Baerbel says there is software in development which will translate the old Gothic handwriting into modern language for us. Incredible! Just with what I heard in the last hour will keep me busy for months, maybe years!