Would you like to join the Germany Project?

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ANSWER THIS POST TO JOIN THE GERMANY PROJECT. If you have a question about German Genealogy, please create a new G2G post with your question (click on "Ask A Question" above) and add the tag "Germany". Thanks!


The Germany Project is seeking members to join us as we add and improve the profiles of our German ancestors (those that lived in the country we now know as the Federal Republic of Germany, formerly the German Confederation, Prussia, Holy Roman Empire, etc.).

The Germany Project covers all things German, including 16 regional teams, functional teams for translation and profile improvement, as well as historical, migrational and special-interest teams. If there’s not an existing team that covers your area of interest, just let us know and we can look into adding one. Take a look at our main PROJECT PAGE for links to our teams.

The Germany Project is a helpful community that encourages collaboration between people from all around the world. Along with sourcing, connecting and improving German profiles, our project is working on getting a German portal up and running, which will make it much easier to collaborate with German-speaking members. The future of the Germany Project is bright with possibilities and it’s a very exciting time to join us.

Membership is open to all who have: 

  • signed WikiTree’s Honor Code
  • been a WikiTree member for at least 3 months, and
  • have made at least 100 contributions to our shared tree

Joining is easy … just post an ANSWER below (as opposed to a comment or reply - note that comments will be answered but then hidden).  Please state:

  • that you'd like to join the project, 
  • what your German-related interests are, and 
  • what you want to contribute to the project.

The only thing you’ve got to lose is a brick-wall or two!


P.S. You don't have to join the project to add the German Roots sticker to your profile ... simply copy this: {{German Roots Sticker}} and paste it on your profile!


edited 1/26/21 to update membership requirements, 2/11 added sticker info

in Requests for Project Volunteers by Traci Thiessen G2G6 Pilot (164k points)
edited by Traci Thiessen

73 Answers

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Hi Traci,

I have a bit of German ancestry on both sides of the family. I have already added a couple of great grandparents to my tree and Jelena has been a fabulous help with translation. Some of these ancestors lived near the French border during the Napoleonic years so some of the information for these German ancestors were in French.
by Carol Baldwin G2G6 Pilot (434k points)
Hi Carol. Welcome to the Germany Project! I posted instructions on your profile. We look forward to working with you!
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I would like to join!  My 3x great grandmother was born in Germany in 1868, married in London, England in 1886 and immigrated to the United States in 1904.  I know nothing of her parents, her obit only stated that she was born near Berlin, Germany!
by Jessica Symons G2G6 (7.8k points)

Hi Jessica. Welcome to the Germany Project! I posted instructions on your profile. We look forward to working with you!

+7 votes
My great grandparents were German. They were Conrad and Rosina Stumpf. I can’t find any information about them or their predecessors.
by S Browning G2G Crew (410 points)
Hi S. Thanks for your interest. The Germany Project is open to full WikiTree members (you have a family member account currently). Once you've signed the honor code, let me know and I'll sign you up to be a project member.

In the meantime, you can ask for help finding your ancestors on G2G - use tags Stumpf and Germany to get attention to your post.

Thanks!

Traci
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Hi, my father's side is German, at least that is what I thought till I had my DNA tested. Still very German, but with trails to other places and a mystery great great grandfather, with possible tall story of being a burger in Strasburg and unable to marry my 2x great grandmother because of the Nepoleonic  wars. I studied German at school, though very badly, I have enough to work my around it to some extent. Looking forward to hearing from you...Cheers Marguerite
by Marguerite Brink G2G Crew (440 points)

Hi Marguerite. Welcome to the Germany Project! I posted instructions on your profile. We look forward to working with you!

+6 votes
Hello!

I've discovered an additional German branch in my lineage that was heretofore unknown. I'd love to join this group to learn more about my new (as well as previously known) German ancestors. Thank you!
by Karla Cunningham G2G Crew (380 points)

Hi Karla! Thanks for your interest. The Germany Project is open to full WikiTree members (you have a family member account currently). Once you've signed the honor code, let me know and I'll sign you up to be a project member.

Thanks!

Hi,

I signed the Honor Code today. Thank you so much!

Karla

Hi Karla, Thanks for signing the Honor Code! Welcome to WikiTree and welcome to the Germany Project! I left a comment with instructions on your profile page.

+6 votes

Hi Traci,

I discovered so far two ascending lines in Germany, more precisely in Baden-Württemberg, a von Seeger line and a Schmid one, both starting from my father.

by Bernard Giroud G2G1 (1.7k points)

Welcome to the Germany Project! I left a comment with instructions on your profile page.

Bernard,

You may also want to join our Baden-Württemberg Team. See this page: Baden-Württemberg Team

+6 votes
I have German ancestors on both sides of my late Mother’s family.  The surname on my grandfathers side was Bendeich and my grandmother’s was Ernst.  The Bendeichs came from Neckarsulm and surrounding areas and migrated to Australia in the mid 1800s to work as Vinedressers in the Hunter Valley.  I would like to explore more of their families in Germany and help others with Australian records.
by Kaye Brooks G2G Crew (380 points)
Welcome to the Germany Project! I left a comment with instructions on your profile page.

Kaye,

The other leader of the Germany Project (Kylie) is an Australian too. You may be interested in joining this team: Prussian Settlement in Australia - German Australians

+6 votes
Hi Traci,

My German ancestors were part of the Salzburger group that came to the American Colony of Georgia in the 1700's, settling around Ebenezer.  Families include Rahn, Seckinger, Shearhouse, Mohr, and others.
by Robert Phillips G2G Crew (650 points)

Welcome to the Germany Project! I left a comment with instructions on your profile page.

Robert, you also might be interested in this project: Palatine Migration

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Good Morning, I'd love to join. My mom was born in Bad Neustadt, Germany. She left in her early 20's for Canada and never went back. Her dad was not in the picture. My German Grandma/Omi was very young when her mom died and knew none of her ancestors, she was raised by her step dad that then remarried. She had an older sister that left the step home and mysteriously disappeared. When Omi's biological dad died in the 40's she found out who he was and that she was the first heir to his estate (meaning her sister was deceased). My 3rd great grandad on my father's side was also German. I identify as German since I was raised with a lot of the traditions. It will beinteresting to see what this group will find!
by Michelle Monks G2G Crew (320 points)

Welcome to the Germany Project! I left a comment with instructions on your profile page.

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I have reached a brick wall with my German, Great grandfather, Frederick Papke. Born in Prussia 1835 died in Stuart NE 1896, came to America in 1April 1869 on the Bark Jenny, lived in Buffalo with first wife Augustine 1868-1877, Married second wife Minnie Wolff In Buffalo then on to NE homestead in 1888.
by Larry Papke G2G Crew (380 points)

Welcome to the Germany Project! I left a comment with instructions on your profile page.

Larry, We have a Prussia team that will be getting re-started soon. Stay tuned!
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I would like to join the Germany project.  I have ancestors from Germany on both sides of my family tree.   Catherine Zone and Johann Christian Diehl are both from there.  Additionally, i have a current dead end on my G5grandfather Philip Hines.  He was born in Pennsylvania in 1780-81 but can't find anymore about his parents.  

Paul Hines
by Paul Hines G2G Crew (780 points)

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+4 votes
I have two Prussian brick walls that show up in New Mexico in the mid 1800s and that's as far back as I have gone with them.  I would love to trace them back to Europe.  Every time I start to look into it, I get overwhelmed and tiptoe back out.  I would love to join.

[[Korte-73|Henry Korte]]

[[Metzger-264|Frank Metzger]]
by Marcie Ruiz G2G6 Mach 2 (26.3k points)

Welcome to the Germany Project! I left a comment with instructions on your profile page.

Marcie, We have a Prussia team that will be getting re-started soon. Stay tuned!

+4 votes
Hello,

I would like to join the Germany project. I am German with 100 % German ancestry. But I identified several sidelines that emigrated to South Africa, Australia and the USA. I would be glad to help others with their research.
by Wolfgang Schlueter G2G Crew (740 points)

Welcome to the Germany Project! I left a comment with instructions on your profile page.

Wolfgang, You may be interested in joining the following Teams: German Australians and/or Cape of Good Hope

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I have been on wikitree for a couple years and have found it fun, interesting and helpful. Both sides of my parentages have German roots and my Father we have gotten back to 1500’s ! But stuck on my mother’s grandfather...Brennecka with many varied spellings. Still searching... Brennecke, Breneka, Brenika, Branika, etc etc etc...

by Carolyn Finley G2G Crew (320 points)

Welcome to the Germany Project! I left a comment with instructions on your profile page.

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My wife's Great Grandfather and his brother were immigrants from Germany. It appears they came by ship in 1885. (Census says they were naturalized in late 1885) No parents or other siblings can be found and they were to young to remember much and later tell their children. They were taken to the Five Points House of Industry and later to the Children's Aid Society in NYC. This I have confirmed. From there they were placed on an Orphan Train and both got off in Marshfield, Webster Co., MO. The brother, William, was adopted by the Bollinger family while Fred Francis was bounced from farm to farm. He later settled in Webster County, MO, married a local woman (McCormack) and raised a large family. Many are still located in the Webster County area.

The surname they have today is Keeler but the surname they came over with was more likely Kohler or Kahler. I have done quite a bit of research and think I know many answers but can't prove my hypothesis. I am looking for more and better information to help me link the family to their German roots.
by Mark Hannah G2G Crew (440 points)
edited by Mark Hannah

Welcome to the Germany Project! I left a comment with instructions on your profile page.

Mark, you might want to post a request for specific help on your family G2G or in the Germany Google Group. This post is only for joining the project and I've signed you up.
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Interested in joining.  Maternal GM (Lucht) and GF (Sees, a/k/a Suesse, Suhse) from Hamburg and Halle respectively. Have German birth certificates etc and a German genealogist in Halle did some research on my GF's family.  . Have much about paternal GM "Bigelman" / "Hardt" (USA spellings) lines.  All immigrated via NYC and have living decendents in USA
by Daniel Brown G2G3 (3.5k points)

Welcome to the Germany Project! I left a comment with instructions on your profile page.

Daniel, you may be interested in joining our Hamburg Team and/or Saxony-Anholt Team.

Yes, interested in the  Hamburg Team and/or Saxony-Anholt Team.(not familiar with the latter geographically) .

Also interested in access to German Navy info.  Have a portrait photo of a German sailor printed in Keil (c.1900's German Navy Port ) and not sure if it is my GF. Band on his sailor's cap has word "torpedo" on it and I heard family mention his service on a submarine; also a possible crazy story about him jumping ship in NYC harbour.
This is the join post specifically for new members to join the Germany Project. On the pages of the Teams that interest you, post a comment saying you'd like to join. Your question on German Navy would best be addressed in a separate G2G post (tagged Germany) or a post to the Germany Project Google Group. Thanks!
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Hi My G Grandfather on my mothers side came from Germany. His name was Jurgen Julius Dillen (i think its spelt different in German). He was born abt 1846, possibly in Zandvliet?

Any help would be gratefully received
by Paul Luddington G2G Crew (500 points)

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My Grt. Grandfather came over from Germany in 1848.  He was born to Henry Krebs & Louisa Spear Krebs Jan. 28. 1820 at Wernigrode, Prussia.  Henry & Louisa are buried near Wernigerode.  I would like to know if there were more children of them and if any came to America AND would like to go back more generations.  Thank you for any help on this.
by Rosalie Hancock G2G Crew (440 points)

Welcome to the Germany Project! I left a comment with instructions on your profile page.

Rosalie, We have a Prussia team that will be getting re-started soon. Stay tuned! We have another team you might be interested in: Saxony-Anholt Team

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Hi Traci, I would like to join the Germany Project. I have German ancestors, but really don't know who they are. My DNA test all point to German ancestry" AncestryDNA - 26% Germanic Europe; Family Tree DNA - 20% Central Europe (including Germany), and 23&Me reports 42.6% French/German. 23&Me shows highly likely matches in these areas:

Germany

Highly Likely Match

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Germany has 16 administrative regions, and we found the strongest evidence of your ancestry in the following 5 regions.

1. Baden-Württemberg

2. Bavaria

3. Hamburg

4. North Rhine-Westphalia

5. Saarland

 

My Y-DNA test at FTDNA shows I match Aker not my surname Hale. Checking with my Aker match he said his ancestors were from Spabach, Alsace (near Altkirch in the Haut Alsace region). I would appreciate any help in discovering who my common Aker ancestor is.  

by John Hale G2G1 (1.6k points)
edited by John Hale

Welcome to the Germany Project! I left a comment with instructions on your profile page.

John, See our Germany Regions Teams to find more info on the regions you mentioned above.

That is in France since end of WW II. The recirds are online query for Haut Rhin records
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My husband is from Germany and I’m eager to start working on his tree. I’d love to be involved. Most of his family has Bavarian roots
by Sherrie Merchant G2G Crew (320 points)

Welcome to the Germany Project! I left a comment with instructions on your profile page.

Sherrie, you may be interested in our Bavaria Team

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