The best ALL IN ONE resource for German genealogy is FamilySearch.org, handsdown! With their Germany Genealogy Research Wiki, their Germany Genealogy Research Community, and their Catalog, you have everything you need right at your fingertips for German research, and it’s ALL FREE!
Research Wiki: I learned about the Wiki on a trip, years back, to the Family History Library, from one of the German specialists there. The FamilySearch Wiki is a genealogy resource guide, and has by far the most comprehensive and best information out there for German Genealogy, and it’s FREE! This is kept up constantly by the German genealogy specialists at the Family History Library. They have done an amazingly, fantastic job of having German genealogy research tools and strategies all in one place!
They have a plethora of records; maps; lists and printable handouts; strategies, methodologies, online classes, tutorials, and articles; links to all the top sites, databases and resources for German research; and more!
They have various resources to a huge amount of records such as church records, vital records, cemetery records, census records, directories, immigration records, military records, Jewish records, obituaries, and many more types of records!
Their lists and printable handouts on the provinces, letters, vocabulary, and names are invaluable.
If you are a beginner in German research, their research tips and strategies, like “Getting Started with Germany Research” is a must!
If you love free classes, they have so many classes and tutorials on a wide range of topics such as reading original German records, using German address books, researching the German Archives, understanding and using German census records, understanding the German calendar changes, understanding German geography, using the gazatteers, reading the handwriting, learning some of the important vocabulary, navigating and using some of the top German genealogy sites, and more!
You can find the German Genealogy Research Wiki here: Germany Genealogy
Communities: I also learned about FamilySearch Communities on my last day of that trip. This is where you can ask for research help, get help in translating those German records, and so much more, from the comfort of your home!
You can find the German Research Community here: Germany Genealogy Research Community
Catalog: In the FamilySearch catalog, you can find all the resources that the Family History Library, FamilySearch Centers, and FamilySearch has, for your specific search! You can search by name, location, topics, titles and more! These resources include records, periodicals, books, family histories and more! I also learned how to use this search feature better when I took my trip to the Family History Library. This is a much better method of finding resources for your search, than simply searching in the “record search”; you will find so much more!
All of these are FREE with a FREE subscription to FamilySearch.org! 😊
You can sign up for a free FamilySearch account here: Create Account