Do you have German Ancestry? Join us in the Germany/German Roots Project!

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The German Roots project is seeking new members to come join us as we work together on making sure everything German and Germany related is added to WikiTree. We want to work on improving profiles, adding information that is geographically and historically significant. We want to make sure that every emigrant who considered themselves German (no matter what country the land they left is now a part of) is added to WikiTree, sourced and connected. We want to see a German portal up and running, that will help make WikiTree more user-friendly and bring together German speaking members to collaborate. We want to see categories and free-space pages and sub-projects being added and maintained.

If you are interested in anything German related; you have German roots, you are German, interested in migration, historically relevant events, or anything in between, then we want you to join!

We have lots of great sub-projects such as the Volga Germans; Palatine-Migration; Hesse Roots; and Prussia. You can see all the sub-projects we currently have on our project page. Or why not tell us what you think would be a great sub-project.

The future of the German Roots project is bright with possibility so it is a very exciting time to join us. If you want to work with us to build up a collaborative and helpful community, and encourage collaboration between people from all around the world then comment below and tell us a bit about why you want to join, what German related interests you have, and/or how you want to contribute to the German Roots project. The only thing you’ve got to lose is a brick-wall or two!
in Requests for Project Volunteers by Kylie Haese G2G6 Mach 5 (59.4k points)
edited by Kylie Haese
Steve Archuleta, Did you find a way to get help/information about your German ancestors? ( Your note is above.)
Hi Roberta,

Thanks for email me. I am trying to find a listing of some German words matching the sections found on the civil/ church records. I live in South Louisiana and the biggest group of my ancestors were Acadian/Cajun, Quebecois, and from France. My German ancestors come next with lines coming from Germany,& Switzerland.

Our records ( S. Louisiana) before 1900 were done primarily in French. There are certain words that I know to pick out of the text to identify which name is what. I know how to read numbers and how to read the years of the records done in French. I have even gone into Online sites in France and have read records over there.

What I am looking for is key words in German. I have found numbers in German where I can match the words. I have found the words for different family members. I am trying to understand how years are written. French is different from English and I'm sure there are differences with German. I'm looking to find out if German civil records have been posted to the Internet. My family was from southwestern Germany, near the Swiss border. We have found some information, but I am trying to find out information on the women in our family, especially from 1830 and back.  I have done this in my Acadian/ Quebec &French ancestors along with my German ancestors in Louisiana who started coming here in 1721. It's interesting the information I have found doing this.

I'm currently working on my Kramer/Kraemer/Kreamer side of the family. There is information out there but not to the extent that I can find with the Acadian/ Cajun records. Have a great weekend. Karin
I have always heard of my Scottish, English, and Irish ancestors, but never German. My Wiki Tree opened up to 50 or so German ancestors IN JUST ONE GRANDFATHER! I have no idea if there is even more. I am excited to learn about the culture and people of Germany.
I would like to join the German Roots project. I am currently working on location categories for locations in Uelzen, Niedersachsen, where the majority of my paternal German relatives originated. I have some ancestors back to 1600/1590 (Ripke, Richers, Ebeling; see my profile for all surnames I am following) and want to flesh them out but need the project backing to really jump in, I think.
Hi. My mother's parents came to Morden, Manitoba from Bavaria at the turn of the previous century but obtaining information about their lineage in Germany is tough because I have no working knowledge of the German language. Suggestions?
Hello! I would like to be added to this group as my paternal line of Krieger originated in Germany prior to migrating to the US in the 19th century. Thank you.
I am new to Wikitree, and currently in the process of transitioning my tree info over.  My mothers side is heavily rooted in Germans from Russia, mostly Black Sea Germans, that I have researched quite extensively using Odessa 3 and other sources of the like.  I have been out of the game for a couple years, but now that I have an empty nest, I have all the time in the world to pick it back up.  I am starting with a proper transition to WT, as well as investing in courses.  I would love to join the Germany Project, as well as the sub Projects for Black Sea Germans.  I also have a few Volga German ancestors, and a handful from Prussia, but I would like to get my research organized and put in from my Black Sea German group first before I take on those new to me areas. I still need a couple weeks to get my tree info transition over to here though, and learn my way around.  I am excited to see the specific Germans from Russia projects and the wealth of information contained on the information pages.  I am super excited to dig in.

i would like to join this Projekt, because i searching for my family roots and recogniced that there are connection to german aristocrates. von Aachen, von Wassenberg, von Kleef and more. i try to extend the search myself but i also need some help.

Yes, I would like to join, as I have some information on my lines (& own some German family books & one French one) which are German or considered themselves German even though some lived just over the border into what is now France:

Some of my Germanic lines are from these areas:


Bissingen an der Teck

Weilheim an der Teck


Bad Brückenau

Moselle, France:
















I am also interested in joining this group. Have been in WT for about 5 years now. I've been working with my Schürger ancestors from the Urspringen area. I have many from this area. Like many researchers, I've found many relatives who immigrated to USA, and many stayed at home. My Immigrants' families have been relatively easy to track as they came into the states and their families grew, found new jobs, and moved around. Not so easy to research those staying in Germany. Recently started a one-name study to assist in my research. Am always looking for new ways to move forward . . . 

164 Answers

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My father was born in Frankfurt, Germany about 1905. He came to the US (Connecticut and California) and by choice forgot anything about being German. He lived through all the USA wars with Germany without broadcasting his forgotten German Roots. I thought it was interesting, and frequently asked him about it, but he wouldn't communicate about it.
by Roberta Burnett G2G6 Mach 2 (26.8k points)
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Please add me
by Niki Tolken G2G1 (1.7k points)
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I have the Maurer family and Moldenhauer familys are my highest piority as of now. My Great Grand mother is Anna Maurer Wartenweiler. My GGF is Aurthue Moldsenhauer. I am very hope full that I can join this eciting venture. Please incude me it it. Best Becky Brennan
by Becky Brennan G2G Crew (570 points)
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I'm fairly new to Wikitree.  I have three German branches in my family.  Two that migrated to Canada in the last 150 years and one that was part of the Palantines migration of 1709/1710.

My father's mother's family were the Benz and Asbeck families from Hagan, Germany. They were bar/pub owners.  As far as I can tell they jumped across the U.S. probably following the gold rush.  They ultimately settled in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Palantine connection is a little more tenuous: Weaver/Weber.  My paperwork isn't 100% on this one.
by Annabelle Sotvedt G2G1 (1.6k points)
I have a lot of relatives which are Fines, Rominger, Spachs and others from both side of the family Leonard and Barnett. They came from Baden, Weuttemberg, Germany. I would like to join the German project.
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I have a lot of relatives which are Fines, Rominger, Spachs and others from both side of the family Leonard and Barnett. They came from Baden, Weuttemberg, Germany. I would like to join the German Roots project.

by Anonymous Barnett G2G6 Pilot (463k points)
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My mother's Maiden name was Jones, which came from Johengen from Germany via Alsace, France. Other families were Ulrich, Bohrer, Mueller, Presler and Zimmer.
by George Blake G2G1 (1.8k points)
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Is there some confusion? 23and me gives my g grandfathers origins as Lower Saxony, Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate, while Living DNA just says France.  My Y-DNA gives both France and Germany and a whole host of other place including England and Ireland.

Historically the Franks ruled both France and Germany.
by Anonymous Whiting G2G4 (4.9k points)
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Yes, I have German ancestry on both sides of my family. How do I join?

Surnames in my family (maternal and paternal) are: Nitzel, Schoor, Erbe, Pomplun, Lang, Maisel, Wagner, Meyer, Krugel, Grum, Kramm, Löhr, Schäfer....the list goes on but don't want to make it too long.

I took DNA tests with Ancestry and 23andMe.

Ancestry says I have 34% Germanic Europe [didn't give a breakdown].

23andMe says I have 34.5% German [strongest areas being from: Bavaria, Baden-Wurttemberg, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia and Saxony-Anhalt].

Some of the areas I see my relatives have come from that were not listed in the DNA tests are:

Wilhelmsdorf, Usingen, Hesse-Nassau, Prussia, Germany

Gemünden, Frankenberg, Hesse-Nassau, Prussia, Germany


Dremen, Germany
by Jennifer Holland G2G2 (3k points)
edited by Jennifer Holland
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I'd like to join as my birth father is German and I want to know as much as I can about my roots. My DNA results show 46% German origin.
by Pierre Lacoursiere G2G Crew (770 points)
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I would like to join the German project. My mom married my dad, a GI and moved to the US with him in 1952. She was from Silesia, now part of Poland, and was relocated to Bavaria during WW II. I have limited information on her family, about two generations back. On her death bed she shared some information that changed her genealogy as we understood it , so now I have some blanks where I thought we had complete information.
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I would like to join this project; I'm a descendant of Heinrich Zschokke, a notable Swiss author and politician who originally came from Magdeburg (Saxony, Prussia), and I'm researching that branch of my tree.
by Serge Keller G2G1 (1.1k points)
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Please include me in the German Roots Project. Most of my ancestors were German or share German heritage.
by Alan Pfeiffer-Traum G2G Crew (580 points)
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I would like to join the group in order to help and to learn more about my ancestors.
by Rudy Esteves G2G Crew (570 points)
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I have managed to use German archives to find an unbroken line all the way from a German farmer to Charlesmagne. It is fascinating seeing all the little chances in occupation over the centuries, going from farmer to wine merchant to alderman to judge to lower nobility to higher nobility and eventually we are at Charlesmagne. What I would like to do is document my research on Wikitree
by Maximilian von Liechenstein G2G Crew (900 points)
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I would be interested in joining this project. On my paternal side, my great-grandfather married a woman named Hulda(h) O Brendler, who was the first generation of her family line to be born in the US. Her mother and father both came from Saxony, Germany.

Unfortunately, I do not read German, though I'm becoming familiar with certain terms as I try to go back more than three generations (have not yet input the information on this site).

I took a DNA test though Ancestry, and they say that I have 33% German DNA (naturally, that's all give and take!).

But it would be a privilege to assist in this project. Just to let you know: I joined this site but a few days ago, so I'm still learning all of the features.
by Tamara Murdock G2G6 (8.4k points)
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I am interested in joining and can contribute information from Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate.
by Steve Goodrich G2G2 (2.7k points)
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Guten morgen / good morning (at least here in Sydney)...

Ich erforsche die Familiengeschichte der Adelsfamilie der ''von dem Werder'' die zu Bisperode bei Hameln und auch zu Gröpzig in Anhalt ihre Stammsitze hatten.  Im Internet gibt es zu der Familie einige Stammbäume und viele verschiedene Daten, die ich hier auf Wikitree mit Hilfe von alten Quellen 'aussortieren' möchte.

Stamm-Profil ist Asche von dem WERDER, da ich noch nicht pre-1600 zertifiziert bin, aber es gibt auch in den 1500 und 1600 gut zu tun.

Mein System ist die Quellen eine nach der anderen systematisch durchzugehen und ggf. neue Daten zu erfassen oder alte neu zu interpretieren.  Deshalb sind die Profile ersteinmal noch recht trocken.

MfG, Matthias
by M. Lohmeyer G2G3 (3.9k points)
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I would like to join the project.  I recently discovered that my father comes from German descent.  The interesting part is that their location flip flops between Germany and France.  My y ancestors were from Rittershoffen, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, Germany (now France). France and Germany argued over who owned it for many years,
by Lisa Wilson G2G1 (1.4k points)
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I'm interested in joining.  I have German roots on both sides of my family, although they are "watered down" on mom's side.  Dad's side is German through and through.  We have ancestors in Oldenburg, Bavaria, Alsace-Lorraine, and my great-grandmother, whom I had the privilege of personally knowing, was a German from Russia, born near Odessa, Ukraine.
by Cheryl Smith G2G1 (1.1k points)
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Hi, Karin Kreamer, currently putting info on my Kramer/Kraemer (Louisiana) ancestors on Wikitree. That part of the family came in 1830/31. However, I also have Tregre, Matherne, Heidel, Dubs/Toups, Webre, Gomlich and probably a bunch more that I don't remember offhand.

My family came in through New Orleans. I have info from the Baton Rouge Diocesan Sacramental Records, South Louisiana Records vol 1-12, New Orleans Genesis magazine, & Les Voyagues (St John the Baptist genealogical publication).

Any help would be appreciated. Many thanks, Karin
by Karin Kreamer G2G Crew (440 points)

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