Finding your German, Austrian, Swiss
or other roots
The following resources can be found on our genealogy pages – or at my former About.com site. Watch for more resources coming to this site soon.
NEW German Surnames Glossary
German family names with their origins and English meanings. A thru H right now. More on the way.
English-German and German-English glossaries for various topics and themes.
Resources related to the cultures of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
German Language Forum
Discuss language & culture in our AboutGerman.net forum for learning German!
Albert Ballin and Hapag
The German shipping magnate Albert Ballin was responsible for turning Germany into a world leader in ocean travel prior to World War I. (Ballin also invented the Mediterranean pleasure cruise in 1891.) His BallinStadt in Hamburg was an important departure point for many Germans immigrating to the USA. The BallinStadt Auswanderermuseum (Emigration Museum) opened in 2007, the 150th anniversary of Ballin’s birth, and offers genealogical resources. More from our German Way site.
Germanic Genealogy FAQ
A collection of frequently asked questions related to family research and German.
German Roots: A Personal Search
A personal account of a visit to a small town in Germany to discover one family's origins. Helpful lessons from the field in how to conduct such a search — with sample documents. Also see related quiz below.
From Hamburg to Amerika
The Hamburg State Archive has put emigrant passenger lists online.
German and Genealogy
A beginner's guide to tracing your Germanic roots and German vocabulary related to Germanic genealogy.
Translate A Text
This special About.com page allows you to translate from German to English, English to German, or in several other language combinations.
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