Project: German Roots
Welcome to the German Roots Project! This project is for those who have family with German heritage, working together to trace the roots back to the original ancestors from Germany.
How To Join
Current Leader: Jacqueline Clark
The Current Project Coordinator is Marlene Marx.
If you would like to be involved in the German Roots project, please do the following:
- Add german_roots to your list of followed tags. That way you'll see all of our discussions in your G2G Feed.
- Ask Jacqueline to award you the German Roots Project badge, as well as what special guidelines might come along with being a member of the project.
- Please be sure to read the entire contents. Many questions can be answered. If not the person to contact is listed for inquiries.
- To be sure that your request to join is attended to promptly please follow the direction in number 2.
Identify and verify profiles of ancestors who emigrated from Germany to other areas of the world.
Any improvements you can make to the profiles of the German Roots Project are welcome, but here are some specific tasks we're working on:
- For each person:
- All duplicates merged into the final lowest profile ID number.
- All relevant categories are added.
- Parents are correct and documented
- Biography is cleaned up, free of any GEDCOM junk, Ancestry trees, etc., and ideally has an actual written biography.
- Children are linked if able
- Connected to Global Family Tree
- Create Cemetery Category if known
- Create City freepages and link profiles to city and region categories
- provide gravestone picture if possible
- Monitor G2G for posts using the German Roots tag
- Answer questions
- Encourage members to become involved in the project
- For historically significant German ancestors:
Please check these resources to get you started Germany Genealogy Resources
If you need to contact archives and parishes to search or get access to documents the following free space is providing you with good starting point List of Addresses for Family Research in Germany
NOTE: Pages have been created for the Sub-Projects below, and new links are being added almost daily - Check back often!
If you're interested in being Project Coordinator for one of these, let Jacky know and she will get started setting things up.
- Bavaria - Coordinator: Michael Thomas
- Black Sea Germans - Coordinator: Kieran Fischer
- Donauschwaben - Coordinator: Rose Nunez - (Project Page Needed) Freespace Page
- Lower Saxony - and Hannover
- Markham Berczy Settlers - Coordinator: Lianne Lavoie
- Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
- North Rhine-Westphalia
- Palatine Migration coordinated by Dave Rutherford
- Rhineland-Palatinate - Coordinator: Michael Thomas
- Volga Germans - Coordinator: Russ Gunther
- Gottschee - Coordinator: Dawn Ellis
Black Sea & Crimean Germans (need a coordinator),
Ukraine & Volynian Germans (need a coordinator),
Siberia, Kazakhstan, & Ural mountain Germans (or should these be separate?) (need a coordinator/s)
Switzerland. Areas seem to have numerous designators, but the one I'm interested in is Rheintal. --- SUGGESTION: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:Switzerland is the Category page you should probably begin with. Create your own entry for Rheintal and go from there. There are simply too many Categories on Wikitree (both good and bad) to wade through trying to find the "perfect" link. There don't seem to be any District or Canton categories at this point, so Rheintal could be a first --
A Switzerland Project is in the works. http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Switzerland At this point I don't know yet whether it will be a Full Project or a Sub-project, but Canton Sub-categories are being created. Rheintal would be a sub-category to the Canton of Saint Gallen.
The North Sea islands of Nordfriesland (Foehr, Amrum, Sylt, etc.) in Schleswig-Holstein. I am particularly interested in Foehr where my paternal grandmother [Cordes-392] and her parents emigrated from in 1895. I know there were many Foehrers who emigrated to America (particularly the Midwest and Northern California) in that era, e.g. have a look at http://www.ancestry.com/name-origin?surname=foehr
Remember a lot of questions can be answered by referring to the help pages link at the top right of pages.
- Styles and Standards Help with Styles and Standards
- Project Protecting and merging Help on PPP and Merging
- Help with Gedcoms Gedcom Help and answers
- Language Resources Help with translations
- Formatting Help with formatting on a profile
- Tons Tweaks Helpful code to improve a profile
- Germany on Wikipedia - A website dedicated to helping you search for family history records
- The Immigrant Ship Transcription Guild-The Immigrant Ship Transcription Guild -Transcribed Ships Manifests Departing from Germany
Related Projects and Groups
The following projects and groups are likely to have some overlap with this one, so members of this project may be interested in them as well:
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