Where is a good source in Baden, Germany?

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Really having difficulty finding parents of Charles Deller (Dellar), b. 12Aug1864, possible in Mecklenburg, Germany. He was widowed in 1893 and had 9 children. Second wife was Louisa Lange b. May1866 in Mecklenburg, Germany.
WikiTree profile: Charles Deller
in The Tree House by David Charbonneau G2G6 (6.5k points)

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Because G2G is counting more characters than are here when the hyperlinks are included, I have pasted them as text only.  You will need to copy and paste them into a browser to make them work.  

This is the current page in the German Regions Portal


we are working on the page to update it.   Here are some additional links we hope to add soon

Current Resources

a. Library/Libraries

•   https://www.worldcat.org/libraries

b. Vital Records


•       Baden Online Genealogy Records


•  Family Research in Germany

•  http://www.amason.net/pgallery/piwigo/

•  http://www.statistik.baden-wuerttemberg.de/LABI/home.asp

c. Religious Facilities

•  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Churches_in_Baden-W%C3%BCrttemberg

•  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Religious_buildings_and_structures_in_Baden-W%C3%BCrttemberg


•  https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/German_Jewish_Records

d. Local Genealogy Groups





e. Local Cemeteries



• Genealogy Resources in Germany

f. Colleges and Universities

• They often have local records and have professors who are versed in local lore so can be a wonderful resource and many are multilingual. Baden-Württemberg is home to some of the oldest, most renowned, and prestigious universities in Germany, such as the universities of

Heidelberg (founded in 1386, the oldest university within the territory of modern Germany),

Freiburg (founded in 1457), and

Tübingen (founded in 1477).

It also contains three of the eleven German 'excellence universities' (Heidelberg, Tübingen, and Konstanz and formerly, Freiburg and Karlsruhe).

from: https://www.bing.com/search?q=baden+wuerttemberg&qs=HS&sk=HS1&sc=8-0&cvid=D08E3B24734B4FF0A2E5F5D6506A0E49&FORM=QBLH&sp=2

g. Local Phone Books


h. Online help





• Emigration from Germany

•Immigration and Passenger Lists

•German Immigrants in America

•American Immigration



• History of Baden-Wurttemberg

https://www.baden-wuerttemberg.de/en/our-state/state-history/<!--[if !supportLists]—




Culture Germany has a number of different cultures. Because Baden-Württemberg was created for administrative reasons it contains a number of different cultures within its area. The Black Forest in the south western portion borders France. It is known for its wood carving, cuckoo clocks, and confections. It also was home to many "glasshutten" where glass has been made for centuries.https://en.m.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Black_Forest In the south east section is the Bodensee Region home to Lake Constance and on the border with Switzerland and Austria. It is a haven for both water enthusiasts, hikers, and bikers. It is known for its production of world reknown Ravensburg jigsaw puzzles. https://en.m.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Bodensee_Region Also in the south east located above the Bodensee Region are the Swabian Mountains. It is a mecca for mountain sports, cave exploration, and geologists with its massive limestone formations. https://en.m.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Swabian_Mountains In the center you will find the Stuttgart Regionwith its vineyards, castles, museums and urban culture. Shopping is a favored activity here.https://en.m.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Stuttgart_Region And to the north is the densely populated Urban Regions featuring the cities of Mannheim https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mannheim, Karlsruhe https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karlsruhe, Heilbronn https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heilbronn and Heidelberg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heidelberg. Each city has a lot to offer in terms of museums, arts, crafts, and research facilities. https://en.m.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Northern_Baden-W%C3%BCrttemberg











Translation aides In Germany a number of different written languages and dialects were used. Below are some links to sites which may help you with old documents


•  https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Germany_Handwriting






by Laura Bozzay G2G6 Pilot (670k points)
selected by David Charbonneau
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Hallo David,

do you know where (area, village) he could be born in Mecklenburg? Then I could check that in archion.

And by the way, Baden is not Mecklenburg, that are very different areas in Germany.
by Dieter Lewerenz G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
edited by Dieter Lewerenz
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Hi David:

As Dieter already said, you first need to know which village in Germany he came from (the databases in ancestry.com, which I believe you are using, have very spotty coverage of Germany; none of my pre-1850 ancestors from Hessen, for example, are in them).

I have not been able to find the passenger list entry for Charles that might say where he is from. However, I did find his wife Louise (together with her mother Caroline) in the Hamburg passenger lists for 1886 (https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?dbid=1068&h=3106926); if you look at the record, you will see that it says they came from Nieder-Steffenhagen, which is part of the parish of Steffenhagen in Mecklenburg.

The church books for Mecklenburg are being put online at archion.de (a German pay-site for church records). So far they only have the parishes from A through K up, so we will have to wait a little while longer before the records for Steffenhagen are available.

Given that Louise did not marry Charles until 1893 (after having lived in Utica for 7 years), I'm not sure whether he came from the same area of Germany.
by Anonymous Geschwind G2G6 Mach 8 (81.9k points)
Actually found more detailed information using MyHeritage Super Search than Ancestry. Obtained the passenger list, as well as the mother and her daughter. Suspect the husband came with his parents because he stated on the census that he was naturalized. Will keep digging with some help from the suggested German sources. Danke
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For Mecklenburg,  the portal is:


It has been updated with links.  

by Laura Bozzay G2G6 Pilot (670k points)

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