Genealogy/ Finding a Person in Germany and Europe

Personensuche und Ahnenforschung Enlarge image (© Colourbox) This page contains the contact data of German institutions who can assist with genealogic inquiries or the location of missing persons in Germany.

Please note that the Consulate is not in a position to recommend any special one of the services listed below and that fees may occur, which would have to be supported by you.

For in-depth research about your ancestry it may be advisable to consult the services of a professional genealogist. You may contact the following association:

German Association of Genealogists

Verband deutschsprachiger Berufsgenealogen e.V.
Verteilstelle für genealogische Anfragen
Cheruskerweg 1
D-22525 Hamburg


German Red Cross

Search Service Munich
Chiemgaustr. 109
D-81549 München

Tel.: +49 (0)89 - 68 07 73 - 0
Fax: +49 (0)89 - 68 07 45 92

German Center for Genealogy

(Deutsche Zentralstelle für Genealogie)
Sächsisches Zentralarchiv
Schongauer Strasse 1
04329 Leipzig

Tel.: +49-341 255-5551
Fax: +49-341 255-5555

German Association of Genealogical Unions

Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft genealogischer Verbände e. V. (DAGV)
  - Anfragenverteilstelle -
  c/o. Prof. Dr. Dr. Wulf von Restorff,
  Ismaningerstr. 86,
  81675 München
  Tel.: +49-89-92 54 98 98


Mitgliederverzeichnis der DAGV

How to Approach Genealogic Research: Information Leaflet of the German Association of Genealogists (in German language) [pdf, 98.12k]

Englischsprachige Webseite der Deutschen Arbeitsgemeinschaft genealogischer Verbände mit Tips zur Ahnen- und Familienforschung

Central Archive for the Research on the History of Jews in Germany

Bienenstrasse 5
69117 Heidelberg

Tel: +49-6221-164141
Fax: +49-6221-181049

German Emigrant Database
c/o Historisches Museum Bremerhaven
An der Geeste
D-27570 Bremerhaven
Tel. +49 (0)471 30816-0
Fax +49 (0)471 5902700

International Social Service
32 quai du Seujet
1201 Geneva

Tel.: +41 22 906 77 00
Fax: +41 22 906 77 01
General Secretariat: iss-ssi%27%org,info
International Reference Centre: iss-ssi%27%org,irc-cir

Familie International Frankfurt e.V.
Monisstr. 4 • 60320 Frankfurt am Main

Tel: +49 69 - 95 63 64 31
Fax: +49 69 - 95 63 64 33

Commercial Search Service:

Wiedersehen macht Freude
c/o AFP Agentur für Personensuche UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
Schumannstraße 27
60325 Frankfurt am Main

Tel: 069-1753 72 82
Fax: 069-1753 72 83


German War Graves Commission (Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e. V.)

The German War Graves Commission (Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge in German) is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of German war graves. It is a humanitarian organization which is charged by the Federal Republic of taking care of registering the German war dead abroad and to ensuring that it is updated and monitored. The German Public Alliance advises relatives of war grave care, supervises public and private sites, supports international cooperation and assists within the sector of war grave care and fostering the engagement of young people in the last resting-place of the war-dead.