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German Empire in 1900 Source

German States as of 1900
Anhalt Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
Baden Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
Bavaria (Bayern) Waldeck
Bremen Württemberg
Brunswick (Braunschweig) Provinces of Prussia
Hamburg Berlin
Hesse (Hessen) Brandenburg
Kingdom of Saxony (Sachsen) East Prussia (Ostpreußen)
Lippe Hannover
Lübeck Hesse-Nassau (Hessen-Nassau)
Mecklenburg-Schwerin Hohenzollern
Mecklenburg-Strelitz Pomerania (Pommern)
Oldenburg Posen
Palatinate (Pfalz) Province of Saxony (Sachsen)
Reuss Principalities Rhineland (Rheinland)
Saxe-Altenburg Schleswig-Holstein
Saxe-Coburg-Gotha Silesia (Schlesien)
Saxe-Meiningen West Prussia (Westpreußen)
Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach Westphalia (Westfalen)
Schaumberg-Lippe


Welcome to GerSIG!

The German-Jewish Special Interest Group (GerSIG), a part of JewishGen, is a group of researchers dedicated to learning more about the lives of our Jewish ancestors who lived in current and former German-speaking regions of Europe. This includes not only modern-day Germany, but also regions that are today part of Poland.

GerSIG actively looks to collect and exchange histories, resources, data, and research tips. We do this online through this website, our discussion list and the JewishGen Germany database. We meet annually at the IAJGS genealogy conference, where GerSIG sponsors a speaker. GerSIG is also one of the sponsors of the Obermayer German Jewish History Awards, which honor non-Jewish Germans who help preserve local Jewish history.

GerSIG couldn't exist without its dedicated members. Please join us by signing up for our discussion list or volunteering for a GerSIG project!

To learn more about how our website is organized, click 'Get Started' on the top menu bar. If you have questions, or want to contribute something of your own, contact us.

Please note that this website is a work in progress. We are still working to complete a comprehensive list of the thousand of towns and cities within Germany that once had Jewish communities.



What's New

 07/02/2018  New Project: Württemberg Family Registers
Dear all: Yet another project. This one's for people who can deal with fairly ugly records in German handwriting, and for people who [More...]
 07/01/2018  New Project: Surname adoptions west of the Rhine--in French!
Here's another project based on records available via familysearch.org. The NALDEX project has indexed/transcribed the contents of s [More...]
 06/30/2018  New Project: East German Gatermann films
Dear All, It's been too long since this group undertook a new project, and I, as your research coordinator, apologize for that. Here [More...]
 05/14/2018  GerSIG at the IAJGS conference in Warsaw
We are now getting closer to the forthcoming IAJGS Conference in Warsaw and I am delighted to say that so far, well over 50 GerSIG memb [More...]
 04/04/2017  GerSIG IAJGS Conference Invited Guest Speaker Announced
I am delighted to tell you that this summer our GerSIG Invited Guest Speaker is Dr Bettina Joergens from the Landesarchiv Nordrhein-Wes [More...]
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