The Anglo-German Family History Society welcomes all those who are interested in researching the genealogy or family history of people from the German-speaking parts of Europe who have emigrated over the centuries and settled in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland (North and South), and the neighbouring islands.
We are a self-help group with considerable expertise and resources, and new members are always welcome. Please take the time to look around the site. If you experience any problems, please see our help section.
Did you have an ancestor interned on the Isle of Man in WW1?
We are a registered charity which is developing a Visitors Centre at Knockaloe, Isle of Man together with a Web based Archive of the people who lived there 100 years ago, both to provide a reference for those looking for ancestors, and to tell what is an incredible story for future generations. If your ancestor was interned in the British Isles in WW1, either at Knockaloe or elsewhere, do contact us. We may well be able to help you by searching the various records and archives for you and we would love you to share what you know of your family’s story and copies of any documents and photographs you may have to help us to develop a record of the internees and their families and their experiences before, during, and after internment, which in turn may help others find out about their family’s history. A summary of our project is attached (PDF). Visit the website at: www.knockaloe.im; or Facebook (Link).
WW1 Internment on the Isle of Man
Do you know or suspect someone from your family was interned on the Isle of Man during the First World War?
To find out visit www.imuseum.im where under People (Advanced Search) you can search the names of over 12,000 First World War Internees as transcribed from the original internment camp registers held in the Manx National Heritage Library and Archives: LINK
Equally fascinating and unique a record is the 3,000 glass plate photographic images of internees and life in the camps, all digitally available on iMuseum. We need help identifying many of the internees, maybe you can help? View the images: LINK
Also coming soon on iMuseum in early 2016 (currently going through the final tweaks) will be the First World War Internment Camp Newspapers written and produced by the internees and made searchable online for the first time both in the original German and an English translation.
For more information on what we hold go to: LINK
Access to Manx National Heritage Library
Please note that due to a number of retirements of key MNH library personnel (Librarian, Archive manager and Conservator), the library service is currently under internal review with potentially significant changes from April 2016. Therefore it is recommended that members of the AGFHS check in advance of any planned visit that the library will actually be open and to note that the ability to answer enquiries may be restricted by staff shortages.
See their website for any announcements of changes: Link.
Would you like help researching your family in Germany?
Woerteragentur provides research assistance for AGFHS members seeking information about their family in the following areas: Hamburg, Bremen, Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt.
Research is undertaken by AGFHS member Corinna Meiss, who has many years experience researching her own family history in Germany and England, as well as the rest of the world. Corinna, who is a fluent English speaker, offers advice as well as a fee-based service providing detailed research in the above areas of Germany.
Fee-based research is carried out by Woerteragentur in parish and church records, regional and national archives etc., searches in sources such as original documentation in church registers, wills and probate, registration cards, address books, obituaries in local newspapers, etc. Great care is taken to ensure the accuracy and reliability of all sources. All information obtained is treated with complete confidentiality. The fee-based service includes transcription and translation of sources into English. We are also able to provide reproduction of hustoric records on request. To find out more, contact Corinna at:
Request for Help with Documentary Film
Independent television production company Spun Gold is producing a new history documentary series for Channel 4. One of areas they are looking at is the increase in anti-German sentiments during World War One and are keen to talk to members who are descendants of individuals/families who were targeted and consequently affected by anti-German behaviour during WWI, or anyone who knows about the events and potentially has any archive material relating to them
For more details, open the PDF file: Request for Help
Casualty Lists of World War I Austria-Hungary 1914-1919
Can You Help?
A century ago, our forefathers lived through the horrors of World War I. Many sons, brothers and fathers were drafted into the military. Millions were wounded, captured or died. These cases were published in the casualty lists of Austria-Hungary, which are also available online.
Unfortunately, there is no index to these lists; a full-text search yields unsatisfactory results due to the poor print quality. Therefore, we have decided to create such an index which cannot be made by one person alone. Will you, please, help us through your assistance to keep these soldiers from being forgotten. All necessary information can be found at the site of GenTeam, details described in the attachment: PDF file
'German Protestants in Britain' Exhibition
St Mary German Lutheran Church, in association with the Christuskirche in Knightsbridge, are currently preparing an exhibition on the history of ‘German Protestants in Britainʼ. It will take place in the historic building of St George’s German Lutheran Church in Aldgate in autumn 2017, coinciding with the 500-year anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, and will cover the complete history of the German Protestant presence in the UK – from the Reformation to the present day. The exhibition is curated by the historian Dr Diana Siclovan, who is currently looking for additional material, such as personal papers, objects or memories, of people who have been associated with the German churches in Britain. If you have anything that might be of interest, please get in touch with her by emailing: germanprotestantsinbritain@ gmail.com
'Remembering 1916 – Life on the Western Front'
A major new exhibition telling the story of a pivotal year of the First World War, through a unique series of personal stories. It runs until 16 April 2017 and is at:
Whitgift Exhibition Centre
South Croydon CR2 6YT
For further details, go to their website: www.remembering1916.co.uk
Or download a copy of their poster: PDF
German Watch and Clockmakers
Do you have one of these in your ancestry? Do you have photos, pictures, watchpapers, advertising material? Would you like your story to appear in my new book?
Please don’t send originals - in case they get lost in the post – but do send me what you have, know, think about your ancestor for inclusion. Let me know if you want material returned (and enclose an sae) and that you give me permission to reproduce what you have in the forthcoming book.
Jenny Towey (contact details in ‘Blatt)