Do you have ancestors in Germany?

Finding your ancestors or living relatives in Germany is almost impossible if you don`t have access to primary sources like church and civil registers, tax rolls, military documents, passenger lists, etc.. These documents are often well preserved and kept in state or church archives here in Germany. Most of them have never been copied on microfilm or any other medium.

I can help you finding your ancestors by:

  • Locating historical places in Germany
  • Tracing the relevant parish, church records and civil registers in archives.
  • Finding the entries which allow you to add as many ancestors to your pedigree as possible.
  • Learning about the villages and towns your forefathers came from
  • Collecting information about your family from tax rolls, military documents, etc.
  • Transcribing and translating your documents
  • Planning and organizing individual Heritage Tours to the places of your family roots
  • Offering assistance for your family research in the archives

Who am I?

For over ten years I have been conducting genealogical research in the state archives of Muenster and Osnabrueck as well as the church archives in Muenster, Osnabrueck, Bielefeld and Paderborn. I can also have access to other libraries in smaller communities as necessary.

I co-publish a genealogical magazine about the area North of Münster: SPURENSUCHE

Also, I'm the administrator of the following genealogic website:

I'm a member of two genealocical societies:

Familienforschung Tecklenburger Land e.V. (area North of Münster and Osnabrück)

Arbeitskreis Familienforschung östliches Münsterland e.V. (area East of Münster)


If you are interested, please contact me.

If you click on this link, you can see a map with my hometown Osnabrück in the center. The following towns are about 1,5 hours of driving: Oldenburg in the north, Hannover in the East, Paderborn in the South-East, and Münster in the West-East (1 hour). If necessary, I can go to any other place, too.