Atlas des Deutschen Reichs

The Atlas des Deutschen Reichs by Ludwig Ravenstein is relatively rare in libraries of the United States. Memorial Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison selected the 1883 copy in our collection as one of our first digitization projects because of its usefulness for genealogists. The atlas helps in tracing the roots of families with origins in any part of the German empire from the late nineteenth century to the early twentieth century.

Berlin Directory for the years 1799 to 1943

The Berlin Directory offers information about both residents of the city of Berlin - listed alphabetically by both name and street - as well as businesses and public authorithies. (The extent of the information varies from year to year.) Also included in the directory is information about associations and societies; places of interest; public transportation conections and fares; theater, concert and other auditoriums with seating plans and prices; business advertisements and real estate offers. Both subject search and classified search may be carried out; however, full-text searches are not possible.

German Railroad 1835-1885

An animated map showing the annual growth of the German railway network between 1835 and 1885.

Germans from Russia Heritage Collection

Organizers of the Dakota Memories Oral History Project, in cooperation with Prairie Public Broadcasting, will air “A Holiday Special: German-Russian Childhood Memories” on Friday, Dec. 23, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The program can be heard on North Dakota stations 90.5 FM in Bismarck, 89.9 FM in Dickinson, 91.7 FM in Devils Lake, 91.9 FM in Fargo, 89.3 FM in Grand Forks, 91.5 FM in Jamestown, 88.9 FM in Minot and 89.5 FM in Williston. Contact the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection at 1-6596 or visit

Online Address Books

Address books can be very valuable for finding ancestors and relatives, as well as establishing time frames for a person in a particular location, and their profession or business. The following link will give you access to hundreds of these books, most of which pertain to German locations. However, Posen is also included.

Society for German Genealogy for Eastern Europe

SGGEE focuses on the genealogy of Germans from Russian Poland and Volhynia with some help for related regions.

The Federation of East European Family History Societies

The Federation of East European Family History Societies (FEEFHS) was organized in 1992 as an umbrella organization that promotes family research in eastern and central Europe without any ethnic, religious, or social distinctions. It provides a forum for individuals and organizations focused on a single country or group of people to exchange information and be updated on developments in the field. While it primarily serves the interests of North Americans in tracing their lineages back to a European homeland, it welcomes members from all countries.