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 (165k points)
edited by Traci Thiessen

76 Answers

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I have German roots on both sides of my tree. My mother was German, born in Biebrich, Wiesbaden, Hesse in 1936. I have recently discovered that I am likely German on my biofather's side via the Palatine German migration. This is currently my area of interest and research - trying to definitively connect my male side lineage to their European/German origins.
by Thom Salo G2G Crew (540 points)

Welcome to the Germany Project! I left a comment with instructions on your profile page. You might also be interested in the Palatine Migration Project and/or joining our Hesse Team. Check out those pages whenever you have a chance.

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joining hte Germany project
by Martin Böcher G2G Crew (850 points)

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

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Hello,  I was born in Regensburg.  My mom's side was all born in Desden & Area, and then in the 40's moved to Regensburg.  My dad is born in Bulgaria, and moved to Germany in the 40's also.
by Ruth Steikow G2G Crew (350 points)

Welcome to the Germany Project Ruth! I left a comment with instructions on your profile page. You might be interested in our Bavaria Team. Check out the Team Page when you have a chance.

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I have been sporadically (and rather unsuccessfully) working to research my family origins. Originally from the Stettin (Grambow?) area of Prussia; which is now part of Poland...

by Scott Pipenhagen G2G Crew (850 points)

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

I added you as a Germany project member, but you might also want to check out the Poland Project. We will eventually be re-starting our Prussia Team, hopefully in the near future. Stay tuned!

Thank you!
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Yes, I would like to join the Germany Project. My Hess 2nd great-grandparents came from Germany and landed in Baltimore in 1833. I have quite a bit of their history on WikiTree. When my son was in the Army back in the 1980s, he and his german wife went around to different cities that the family was from and gathered information. They were primarily from Baden-Wüertemberg, Germany.
by Ken Hess G2G2 (2.9k points)

Welcome to the Germany Project Ken! I left a comment with instructions on your profile page. You might be interested in our Baden-Württemberg Team. Check out the Team Page when you have a chance.

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Hello Traci,

According to my father and his father, my paternal great-grandfather (Henry Harris) was from Hamburg, Germany and married an Annie Walsh from Ireland - but that's all I/we know.  Not sure how much I could contribute to this project, but would be interested if it might also help me discover more about that part of my family.

Thank you.
by Maureen Harris G2G Crew (350 points)

Hi Maureen. If you decide to become a full member of WikiTree (sign the Honor Code), I can add you as a project member. In the meantime, check out our Project page and our Hamburg Team page, which has resources you can use to find records in Hamburg.

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Both of my parents' lines originated in Germany or came through Germany on their way to the US.   My mother's paternal line, Landis, was part of the Anabaptist movement in Zurich, (we think including the martyr Hans Landis) then moving into Germany.  My father's line Bittinger/Bittner/Bitner/Buetner has many family members from the Baden-Württemberg area.  It was believed that they, too, were Anabaptists, but there are records of baptsims in the state churches in Germany.  They entered through Philadelphia, the Bitners  on the Bilander Vernon, and many settled eventually in the Western Maryland & WV areas.  

by Lori Lineweaver G2G Crew (470 points)

Welcome to the Germany Project! I left a comment with instructions on your profile page. You might also be interested in the Palatine Migration Project and/or joining our Baden-Württemberg Team. Check out those pages whenever you have a chance.

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I might be able to help with the Lower Saxony area of Germany.  Our family's oldest farm is located in Lechtingen-Wallenhorst, Lower Saxony, Germany and is still in the family.  I also have a couple of history type books from the area.
by Ronald Riepenhoff G2G2 (2.1k points)

Welcome to the Germany Project! I left a comment with instructions on your profile page. You might be interested in our Lower Saxony Team. Check out the Team page when you have a chance. If you’re interested in joining a Team, please post a comment on the Team page.

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Hello, I am researching my ancestors from Nordrhein-Westfalen (Fleer), Schaumburg Niedersachsen (Kölling), Angermünde Brandenburg (Küter) and Mecklenberg (Wahl). Should you know of relatives of these people, I would be delighted to share notes with you.
by David Fleer G2G Crew (510 points)
Hi David,

Membership in the Germany Project is open to full members of WikiTree (those who have signed the Honor Code). If you decide to sign the Honor Code, let me know and I'll add you to the Project. Thanks!
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Hi, I have a couple of brick walls in Prussia in Waddow, and would live to join the project
by Melissa Wren G2G Crew (530 points)
Hi Melissa, I've sent you a private message about joining the project.
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Yes, I have at least 6 generations in my ancestry tree. I had a pro- genealogists send his team into Saxony ( Rossla Harz Sangerhausen Sachsen Germany.
by Anonymous Private G2G Crew (570 points)

Hi "Anonymous", I've sent you a private message about joining the project.

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I have German ancestry on both sides, I am about 5 percent German, the rest being Dutch and NZ.

I actually do have a couple of brick walls, so this sounds quite intriguing!

My earliest paternal ancestor may also have been German, so I am hoping to find some leads!
by Alex Fransen G2G6 (8.2k points)

Hi Alex. I sent you a private message about joining the project.

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Hi, I'd like to join.  I'm interested in finding my relatives from Prussian Bresslau before the Russian invasion with WWII.
by Brittany Yates G2G Crew (690 points)

Hi Brittany. I sent you a private message about joining the project.

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I have German ancestors ,mostly on my great-great-grandparents side. One branch (Lindner) came to South Australia from the Harz mountains(1851 ship Herder) ,& the Huckel family from Prussia/Silesia in  1849 (ship Pauline). I would like to find out more about their German origins. My autosomal DNA results show up to 8% Germanic Europe, & several matches from both branches.

I would like to join the Germany project .
by F Pedler G2G Crew (460 points)

Hi F. I sent you a private message about joining the project.

Hi Traci, I haven't received your message yet.

Fran Pedler
The email was from WikiTree on 2/1. It was sent to the email address that your WikiTree account is registered under. Check your spam folder and if you can't find it, send me a private message with your email address and I'll resend.
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Gruss Gott!

Many roots of my family stem from all reaches of Germany.  And, our roots cross and bond with the roots of others.  I have particular interest in the contributions of German musicians, especially Organists and Cantors.

Tschuss!

Mark R Tarbell - 296
by Mark Tarbell G2G Crew (920 points)

Hi Mark! I posted a comment on your profile page.

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I'd like to join the Germany project. Lots of German ancestors & one in particular that I've hit a brick wall on is [[Breuninger-14|Heinrich  Breuninger (abt.1760-)]]. I love making connections between existing parts of the tree.
by Todd Maxcy G2G Rookie (290 points)

Hi Todd! I posted a comment on your profile page.

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I wish to join the Germany Project. My father was adopted as a baby in New Zealand. His biological father was Reginald Charles Schaare whose father was Otto Schaare. Otto was the son of Jacob Schaare and Sophie Dorothea Caroline Ida Heitefusz. I can get no further at this stage and look forward to extending this heritage. I am willing to help others with any source of information I may come across.
by Rich Moss G2G2 (2.3k points)
Hi Rich! I posted a comment on your profile page.
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Hello Germany team! I would like to join the Germany Project and specifically the Prussia Team. I have German ancestors from Westphalia (migr. 1834), German/Polish ancestors from West Prussia (migr. 1883), and Polish ancestors from Posen (migr. 1892).
by Cheryl Hammond G2G6 Mach 2 (21.5k points)

Hi Cheryl! I posted a comment on your profile. Along with the soon to be re-launched Prussia Team, we also have a team for North Rhine-Westphalia that might be of some interest! Glad to have you join us!

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Hey,

I would love to be a part of the Germany Project!

I am descended from the Veit family of Germany on my dad’s side and would like to know more about it. I would also love to help in any way I can where I am needed.
by Aaron Moore G2G6 (6.8k points)
Hey Aaron! I sent you a private message about joining the project. Thanks, Traci
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I would like the German project as I was born there and would like to find out more about my German roots
by Anonymous Bauer G2G Rookie (260 points)

Hi "Anonymous". I sent you a private message about joining the project. Thanks, Traci

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