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    German Ancestor search

    Looking for German ancestors. Has any one used an internet ancestor search site ... paid or free that they were happy with?
    Work with what you got ... not what you hope for.

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    I’ve used Ancestry.com for a long time and have traced my family back to two brothers that entered Fredrick, MD in 1686 from Scotland, it is a pay service but I have been quite happy with it.

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    I've used ancestry.com for quite a few years. It's research resources are ever-expanding.

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    My wife and I have had our DNA ran through both 23andMe and Ancestry.com. There are different paid levels at Ancestry. The lower rate gives you access to USA data only. The next higher paid level is for worldwide data access.

    We have traced some ancestors through England, Ireland, and Scotland back to Germany, France, Netherland, and Scandinavia close to the time of Christ. There was a lot more movement and travel back then than I would have guessed.

    We have discovered a lot of fascinating things including common ancestors. My wife's fifteenth great grandfather and grandmother are also my thirteenth great grandfather and grandmother.

    With both DNA and paid access to Ancestory.com, they provide clues to many ancestors that would have been hard to discover with just searches.

    There is a free site at https://www.familysearch.org/en/. Many Mormon churches have people who will assist your searches.

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    Thanks for the info. I will probably join Ancestry. Using free sites I was able to back as far as 1805 in Germany. The Familysearch.org was recommended by a friend but I didn’t like the fine print. They get rights in perpetuity to all information entered and those rights are irrevocable. Why?
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    Thanks for the info. I will probably join Ancestry. Using free sites I was able to back as far as 1805 in Germany. The Familysearch.org was recommended by a friend but I didn’t like the fine print. They get rights in perpetuity to all information entered and those rights are irrevocable. Why?

    It and Ancestry are owned by the LDS Mormon church. Ancestry research is a requirement of their religion.

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    Ancestry.com. You will be able to save off the research to file and return as a member later if you choose to suspend the account.

    I have traced family to the mid 1700’s.

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    We use Ancestry. The family story on my mom's side was always that grandpa and his brother separated when they entered, and that the family name was different in Germany. With ancestry I was able to track Louis Slater to Ludwig Sleiter from Hanover Germany, and am now waiting to head to Germany to keep searching.
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    I suggest taking the time to search for and obtain primary evidence, such as census records, marriage records, baptism records, and wills.

    There is a lot of incorrect information on Ancestry and other genealogy sites. People can post up anything without providing evidence.

    For example, I’ve seen a lot of people claim to be a descendent of Pocahontas and not provide any source.

    So, be careful during your search.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patti View Post
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    I suggest taking the time to search for and obtain primary evidence, such as census records, marriage records, baptism records, and wills.

    There is a lot of incorrect information on Ancestry and other genealogy sites. People can post up anything without providing evidence.

    For example, I’ve seen a lot of people claim to be a descendent of Pocahontas and not provide any source.

    So, be careful during your search.


    This is very good advice, I removed access to our tree from some relatives because they were linking people that were not related or we couldn't prove they were related.
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