a family tree and want to know more about your ancestors’ living conditions, the social history of the region, or gather more information on your ancestors’ families beyond what the church records offer?

  • Library research:
    a thorough check of various printed sources from the 16th to the 18th century and lists of emigrants from the 19th century that add information to the names and dates that you already have obtained from church records. Early tax lists allow us to find information on certain families going back beyond the time when church records start.

  • Archive research:
    State and municipal archives offer plenty of sources that hold information on persons or whole families. Especially if your family came from a town or city there are lots of opportunities to look for them in the archives - as artisans, students, soldiers, buyers and sellers of houses, tax payers.... they appear in various roles and the files often reveal a lot of unexpected details.
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