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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Good morning! I look forward to being a part of this project. I have German roots throughout my family heritage and look forward to solving some barriers that I have come across in names and exact origins. Thank you so much!
by Rachel Smith G2G Crew (940 points)
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I am interested in being a part of this project.  I read/write/speak German (and speak Swiss German), and I can struggle my way through Fraktur and Sütterlin when pressed!!

by Danita Zanrè G2G1 (1.6k points)
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Hello, I would like to join Project Germany.  I have ancestors from several lines from Germany.  The surnames are Hempleman, Duffy, Byers, Bauer.  I am fairly new to Genealogy but it has quickly become a passion.
by Linda Starner G2G Crew (790 points)
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Hello:  My 6th Great Grandfather Jacob Boblitz came from Germany and I'd like to find out more about him and the family.. I would like to join the Greman Project.

Thank you Linda
by Linda Johnson G2G2 (2k points)
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I have many ancestors from Germany: Fitchen, Holtzman, Doll, Albers, Burfeind, Wieland/Wayland, Blankenbachler, Utz, Weber/Weaver, Seppach, Volck, Baumgardner, Krafft, Arnsberg, Majer/Moyer, Klarr/Clore. Many of these were a part of the Germanna Settlement in Virginia 1717-1725. DNA results showed I am 12% German. With all of these ancestors, I'd think it was more than that!
by Carolyn Vosburg G2G5 (5.5k points)
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Hi I would also like to join the German Roots Project, I have some German ancestors that I'd like to add the family tree.

I'm trying to add Johann Peter Bloom's mother and father from another family members online family tree but I can't seem to add it because it's pre-1700.

I tried taking the pre-1700 qualification "Test" and I don't receive the button at the bottom of the page after checking box? Maybe because I just joined the other day and I haven't been here long enough? 

Anyway, I'd like to join and help out how I can. Thanks

by Anonymous Passmore G2G Crew (440 points)
edited by Anonymous Passmore
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I would like to join the Germany Project.  I have found out that my 6th GGFather came from Germany and I'd like to find more out about the family there.

Thank you Linda
by Linda Johnson G2G2 (2k points)
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Excellent. I’d love to be involved. I’ve been living in Frankfurt am Main for 20 years and just became a German citizen 4 years ago.  My fathers mothers family were all German, so sign me up!
by Lance Bermudez G2G Crew (470 points)
Welcome to the project Lance; if you have any questions, please let us know!
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Briefly, my grandfather was born in New Windsor, Berkshire England in December 1871. He was born illegitimate and grew up with a close relationship with Windsor Palace until he was asked to move to Australia to raise horses for the Royal Household when around seventeen. He went mad and joined the Royal West Surrey Regiment and was sent to India. This strange circumstance allowed me to check my DNA. I discovered I was 65.5% British / Irish and 12.9% German from Lower Saxony, Westphalia and Rhineland Palatinate (source 23andMe). It was recorded there was considerable interference in his life by his family.  I imagine His Family means his father's family. He had three surnames Page, Pither, and Whiting no of which were his real one.

by Anonymous Whiting G2G4 (4.9k points)
Welcome to the project, we're looking forward to your contributions!
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I would like to join the German Roots Project.  I am a descendant of Martin Luther, the Reformer.  That is proven in Germany.  But I have an unrelated German ancestor who is my brick wall: John D. Miller b. 1823 Wurttenburg. His wife was Margaret Werner b. 1821 Wurttemburg.  They had a daughter Mary Elizabeth Miller in 1850 in "Germany" and I have a clue it was Esslingen.  These 3 persons arrived in USA first settling in New Castle, Pennsylvania, and then finally settled and died in Lima, Allen County, Ohio.  I imagine his real name must be John Dietrich Muller, and in USA he used John D. Miller.  Thank you.
by Lilly Martin G2G1 (1.8k points)
Hi Lilly!  Welcome to Project Germany!
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Hello all-- I'm interested in joining the Germany project. I have quite a blob of ancestors in Großweier, Ortenau, Baden-Württemberg specifically from the 1800s and earlier.

by Ariel Bloomer G2G Crew (470 points)
Hi Ariel, welcome, i have awarded you your badge and left a welcome message on your profile, with the next steps.
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I'm interested in being part of the German and the Palatine Migration Projects and contributing whatever I can to them.

I have a large number of ancestors in my paternal line who migrated from Germany and Switzerland in the early 18th century. and settled in Pennsylvania before migrating to Canada. I'm interested in and have been researching surnames Remer, Reimer, Ramer, Reesor, Römer, Risser, Burkholder, Herschi, Groff,Lehman, Eby and Stouffer.

Thanks for your consideration


by Ron Raymer G2G6 Mach 4 (41.8k points)
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Hi there! I would like to join this project.

by Christian Kahle G2G1 (1.1k points)
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I would like to join so that wikitree will allow me to enter my ancestors born prior to 1700.  Thanks to the German church records I have both sides of my family back to the mid 1500s.  I'm based in the US and have information on several parts of the family that emigrated from Germany and Switzerland to the US and Canada.
by Robert Lamparter G2G Crew (590 points)
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I would like to join this project. Surnames Gunther, Duve (from Mecklenburg), Langdorf from Pohl Gons near Butzbach, Mattheisen and Schorn from Muenchrath, Grevenbroich, Duesseldorf, Germany.

by Deb Gunther G2G2 (2.3k points)
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I would love to join. I'm new to genealogy and have been trying to find out about my maternal grandfather's family. He was born in Germany. His last name is Fandrich.
by Chrissie Fandrich G2G Crew (470 points)
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My lineage goes back to 1160 with my 22nd great grandfather who was from Germany.

My 4th great grandfather, Hans Conrad Walters  was the first to come to the New World in 1732 aboard the Loyal Judith en route to Philadelphia. He was with over a 100 others who were Palatines He was with General Washington at Valley Force where he became a captian. General Washington later transferred him to Fort Phillips, Hodgenville, Kentucky were he was in command.

I am extremely proud of my heritage and the fact that every generation has fought for their country, beginning with the French/Indian War through Vietnam (which is where I served.)

Therefore, I ask that I be approved for all the German heritage sites that you think adequate.

Thanks.  Norman Walters  Walters - 5441
by Norman Walters G2G2 (2.7k points)
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I would like to join the German project. I have several German lines that I am tracing. Immigrant families to Ohio, United States by 1860 are Allmendinger, Bäßler, Becker, Blum, Eise, Föhl, Kieß, Maier, Peuster, Pfau, Rensch, Romoser, Wilhelm & they mostly seem to be from south and/or western Germany. Some of these families go back in the same town in Germany as far back as the evangelical church records go. I have been ruining my eyesight trying to decipher those smiley

by Mary Kirtland G2G Crew (940 points)
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Hello, my ancestors are from the Goettingen area (Germany). My paternal family spoke "Eastphalian", so I am interested in this low German dialect, too.
by Kerstin Bergen G2G1 (1.3k points)
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Good idea! I am interested in German projects as well as the different German dialects, esp. low German an Eastphalian,
by Kerstin Bergen G2G1 (1.3k points)

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