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 (58.7k 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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I have several German ancestors and have always been interested in Germany and German engineering. (We own 2 Porsches). My biggest German brick wall is my GGGrandfather Klein/Kline (Kline-894) who came to Upper Michigan's Copper Country as a young man or teenager around the time of the 1848 revolution. We are planning a trip to Germany and hope to be able to track down some places where my ancestors lived--and maybe even find some relatives.
by Steve Kline G2G1 (1.2k points)

Hi Steve, I suppose you can't get more German than 2 Porsches! cheeky  We hope that we can help you to break that Kline brick wall!  Welcome to the project!

Thanks very much for the encouragement SJ Baty!
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I have a long line of German ancestors from Rhineland, on both sides of my family. I wish to get my Badges for pre-1500 and German project please.
by Marsha Turner G2G2 (2.7k points)
Hi Marsha and welcome to the project!  We hope to help you research your Rhineland ancestors and to help you work towards pre-1500 certification!  Let us know how we can help.
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Hi there, I would be interested in joining. I have German lineage through both sides of my family. My maternal Germans came to Canada via Russia and my paternal Germans are from Saxony.
by Dale Mutter G2G6 Mach 4 (44.3k points)
Welcome to the project Dale, we are looking forward to your contributions!
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I am interested to join this group/forum. I am german, have german ancestors. On my mothers line are a couple findable in Canada
My fathers is completely from the Hamburg area.

looking forward to a response from your side.

Solong Hartmut Schröder (Schroeder)
Hi Hartmut.  You weren't logged in when you posted.  Can you reply back with your WikiTree ID number?
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I am interested,  I have German immigrant ancestors from the late 1800s.
by Laurie Hughes G2G2 (2.9k points)
Hi Laurie, welcome to the project.  Looking forward to seeing your contributions and helping you to find all you can!
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Yes, I do have german roots thru my mother.  I have trouble trying to find information on her family...Thank you for welcoming me to your group.

Theresia kennedy
by Theresia Kennedy G2G6 (7.1k points)
Welcome to Project Germany!
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I have German ancestry on both sides of my family  Brunhoeber/Brunhober and Snook/Schnuck/Schnuch
by Laurie Hughes G2G2 (2.9k points)
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I have at least one Bavarian German ancestor on my paternal side. Approx 1840s. He is a bit of a puzzle though. The trail pretty much stops at him. Don't speak German at all.

Not sure how much help I can be to such a project, but interested in following along and really would appreciate any help getting past my German brickwall ancestor.
by Alex McHugh G2G2 (2.4k points)
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I am part German from my mothers side.  She came over in the 1960s when she married my father in Augsburg,  germany.  However, she comes from an area that was called, The sudetenland in thd early 1900s during the time the german were settling and pushing the boundries and boarders of the country.  She was born in a town that was called, Wesertiz, Czechoslovakia in the early 1900s, then changed to Bezdružice after WW2 during the expellation of the germans, Hungarians , and Austrians. ..anyone that was not Czech.

I would like to join your group to work together in building that tree.  We can learn together.

Thereisa Kennedy
by Theresia Kennedy G2G6 (7.1k points)
You can always post in the G2G forum with the information that you know and seek assistance from other researchers.  I've knocked down a few walls this way!
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Good afternoon from Panama.
I have ancestors from Germany on my maternal side.
I can help people in Germany to look for their french branch.
by Anne-Marie Vergnes G2G Crew (530 points)
Hi Anne-Marie, thank you and welcome to the project.
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I would like to join the German Roots Project. I added the German Roots tag to my profile, and am willing to help out others who are delving into their German, Swiss, Austrian, or other area of German-speaking ancestry. My father’s family is from Bremen and Memel, the latter being the old Prussian German name for Lithuania’s largest coastal city, Klaipeda.

Grüß Gott!

Jesse Sierke

Trussville, Alabama
by Jesse Sierke G2G1 (1.4k points)

Hi Jesse welcome. That sounds fabulous! Please read the Germany project page and you will be awarded a badge soon.

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I am posting because I want to join the German Roots Project.

My main family surname, Leatherman, was Lederman before they came to this country. The oldest family ancestor that I can find is Stephen Lederman from Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany.


by Paul Leatherman G2G6 (9.5k points)
edited by Paul Leatherman
I'm still waiting for an answer and an invite.

Sorry Paul, thanks for your patience and reminder, I appreciate it. I will get the badge awarded for you, and add you to the Baden-Wurttemberg team. Please read the Germany Project page and I will be in touch soon.


Germany project coordinator

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My husband's paternal family immigrated in 1929 from Germany. We know their origins (or we think we do), but are having a hard time going further back. I saw the suggestion to try Family Tree and I am registered there.

My father's maternal line is German, but seems to have various spellings from generation to generation so it's difficult to verify: Rebok, Rebuck etc.

My hope is that I can somehow triangulate the truth.
by Cecily Hintzen G2G4 (4.8k points)
Hi Cecily, I agree about surname spelling being a problem. Welcome to the Germany Project I will get your badge awarded and be in touch soon.
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Hello, German project coordinators and organizers! With German ancestors on my fathers side, I am looking to both help others and receive help from others with my German heritage.


Dawson Haack
by Anonymous Haack G2G1 (1.6k points)
Hi Dawson, welcome to our project. I have added you to the Google group which we use to communicate with other members and ask questions etc. I will get the badge awarded to you. And will be in contact soon
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good morning, my German line is the Voeltz, who came thru Ellis Island. Thank you for the invite to join this group. Terry Rae Underwood-5336
by Terry Rae Underwood G2G6 (8.8k points)
Hi Terry & welcome to the project!
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I added bunch profiles to this category but some just had Baden on them so someone may want to verify all I added is in right category in the German section of project.

Baden-Württemberg, Deutschland

by Billie Keaffaber G2G6 Mach 1 (10.4k points)
Welcome to the project, looking forward to your contributions!
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Hello, I would like to join the project. Most of my ancestors are German, I live in Germany and of course German is my native language, so I can definitely also help with translations, etc.
by A Kilburg G2G1 (2k points)

Welcome to the project; you can also join the Google group here:!forum/wikitreegermanroots

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My heritage is strong in German. I am back to my 21st Great Grandfather in my Ancestry Family Tree, but; I haven't forwarded and verified with WikiTree yet.
by Norman Walters G2G2 (2.7k points)
Welcome Norman!
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I'd love to get involved in this project to the extent that I have time available.  I seem to have approached this in a backwards manner (I tried to join the sub-group bavaria, before I arrived here.)  I've been a more-or-less fluent German speaker/reader/writer in the past, but getting rustier with each day that goes by.

My mother was born and raised in Bavaria at the Germany/Austria border.  My grandmother was born in a village in Austria, but was a German citizen.
by Glenn Wright G2G Crew (820 points)
Glad to have you in the project Gleen; we're looking forward to your contributions!
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Luther-106 was my fourth great grandfather. 

Born 7 Mar 1751 in Alsace, Rhine, Strasbourg Germany

Died 10 Oct 1834 in Randolph, North Carolina, USA

by Jeanne Aloia G2G6 Mach 1 (15.3k points)

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