German Genealogy Sample Letter - Regional Genealogical Organizations


1. After the word "über", fill in the name of your ancestor, after "geboren", his birth date, and after "in", his place of birth.

2. Enclose the equivalent of $15 (or if in the United States, a money order or foreign bank draft and 2 International Reply Coupons from your post office). (See caveat below concerning sending money orders overseas).

3. Address envelope to:

Addresses of genealogical societies in Germany, see List of Societies (this list is in German).



Dear Madam, Sir,

Since my ancestors originally came from _______________, I would like to become a member of your organization. To cover the membership fee find __________ DM enclosed. The family names for which I have the greatest interest are as follows: _______________________________________.

I would also like to know whether there are any family organizations related to the above mentioned surnames. If there are, would you be so kind to convey to me their addresses.

For your help I am most grateful.

With kindest regards,

Your name
Your address


Sehr geehrte Dame, sehr geehrter Herr!

Da meine Ahnen ursprünglich aus _______________ stammen, möchte ich gerne Mitglied Ihrer Gesellschaft werden. Zur Deckung des Mitgliedsbeitrages lege ich Ihnen DM __________ bei. Ich bin besonders an folgenden Familiennamen interessiert: _________________________.

Auch würde ich gerne wissen, ob es schon Familienvereine zu den oben genannten Familiennamen gibt. Im Falle, daß solche Familienvereine bestehen, möchte ich Sie freundlichst bitten, mir deren Anschriften mitzuteilen.

Für Ihre Mühe bedanke ich mich herzlich.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Your name
Your address

***Please read the following concerning payments to Germany:

The most convenient and economical way to send money overseas is to use a credit card for payment. Then you avoid bank fees and get a good exchange rate. For small amounts you might consider sending European cash, which you should be able to procure at most banks, with a somewhat worse exchange rate and also an exchange fee. For larger amounts you might want to send a bank wire. Checks drafted in foreign currency may also be obtained from International Currency Express Inc. for a US$10 fee. Or call +1-888-278-6628.

In Germany, International Reply Coupons (IRCs) can only be redeemed for postage, and even then only one coupon per piece of outgoing international mail. Thus IRCs are not a general means of payment. International postal money orders are not accepted in Germany.


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