Our genealogy services
Specialized in German Jewish History
Our expertise and genealogy services cover a wide range of historical areas and subjects. One specialty is Jewish history in Germany, but also in the former Eastern provinces (Western and Eastern Prussia, Silesia), Poland, or the Habsburg Lands (Austria, Hungary, Galicia…). This includes the rich Jewish life in the 19th century and until the 1930s, but also the Shoah and all of its aftermath, as well as emigration before and after the war.
Finding relatives, documents, and graves
We have found graves of long lost ancestors and addresses of family members. But we have also traced down distant relatives, found unknown mothers and fathers (albeit deceased), could locate photographs and documents. Our work has even resulted in restitution cases and German passports for survivors and their families.
Reclaiming German Citizenship
After a recent change in German citizenship law, it has become a lot easier for descendants of persecuted people to become German. Have you been unsuccessful in claiming citizenship before? You might have a new chance now! For example if your ancestors lived in Germany but were Polish, or when you were rejected on grounds of only one (grand)parent being German or if your parents were not married.
Today, dual citizenship or a career in the military are no longer an obstacle. Contact us to see how we can help you, your children and grandchildren become German!
Reading old German script
Previous generations relied on handwriting much more than we do today – in the computer age, typing is the way to communicate. Consequently we have often lost the abilty to read old scripts, especially in other languages. One of GermanGen’s key skills is reading old German handwriting, everything from Kanzleischrift to Kurrent or Sütterlin. We’re here to help you decipher your family’s handwritten treasures.
Remembering and traveling to the roots
Have you ever wanted to know where your ancestors lived? We’re here to help you get a sense of place and travel back in time. Visit the places they lived and where they spent their day to day. Create a lasting memorial to the past and make new memories for yourself and your family.
We’re looking forward to hearing your family history!