– family research –

  1. First, create a form (personal data sheet) for each person you want information about.
  2. Ask your relatives for any certificates and other documents they may have, such as family registers, birth, marriage and death certificates, etc. Other written documents and oral traditions are also important. Check if someone has already done research on your family?
  3. Contact a genealogy/family research association, e.g. B. AMF (Central German family researchers working group). To exchange ideas with like-minded people and to learn from them. They will be happy to help you check if others have already researched your family. (This is where the researcher contacts campaign (FOKO) or the association’s data archive can be useful. And above all, search the Internet for information about the namesakes you are looking for. You will be amazed at what you can find in the meantime.
  4. All civil status documents from 1875 can be found at the registry offices. Corresponding information from earlier times can only be found in church registers. Church registers were kept from around 1570 at the earliest; Baptisms are recorded in Langenwolmsdorf from 1607. They will be given help with reading old writings, e.g. experienced family researchers can give.
  5. Official, purchase, tax and Turkish tax registers, civil registers, old address books, village and local clan registers, university and college registers and other family history sources in city and state archives and the Internet may also be available from the time before church books were kept.
  6. Photographs and descriptions of events make your family history more interesting to read and should also be collected.
  7. The origin (meaning) of the family names is also of interest. Corresponding literature on onomastics can be found in libraries.
  8. Information about the history of places where ancestors lived is e.g. B. in the work “Historically Topographical Description of the Administrative Authority Pirna” by Alfred Meiche, Dresden 1927, and also contained in history books, local, club and church chronicles.
  9. The results of the research work are presented in lists, graphics, descriptions and evaluations. Printing in book form is also possible.
  10. Computer genealogy. For computer users, family research programs (e.g. the tried and tested PRO-GEN 3.22 family research program used by us; at; by the Dutch authors Johan Mulderij and Dinant Scholte in’t Hoff) offer excellent opportunities for recording, evaluating and presenting the collected data data and information.
    Permanent storage and archiving on DVD or CD-ROM is also possible.
  11. Family crest. A coat of arms already exists for many families; a search for it is often successful. It is also possible to design and donate your own coat of arms.
  12. Family reunions can be convened; they often lead to family associations and to the expansion of research results.
  13. A worldwide presentation of one’s own research results is also possible via the “Internet”. In addition, contact via mailing lists with other family members and researchers in Germany and abroad is also possible here.