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German Origins in the United States: A Guide to Local History and Genealogy Sources

Online Resources

This section lists useful digitized materials from Library collections, as well as external websites and subscription databases. Some are specifically meant for Germanic genealogy, and others are general resources that can be useful for any type of family history research.

Library of Congress Digital Collections are free to view online. A selection of these resources is provided below with links to specific items or to the home pages for each relevant archive. You can also explore the complete list of Digital Collections to find even more and see the latest additions.



Library of Congress subject specialists have created research guides that provide background and resources for further study.

This webography lists websites and databases that are free and accessible anywhere. They can provide new information or direct you to additional sources.

The subscription resources marked with a padlock are available to researchers on-site at the Library of Congress. If you are unable to visit the Library, you may be able to access these resources through your local public or academic library.