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Welcome (Willkommen)

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.

Free Advice with Research for Members

Peter Towey, Vice-President, has offered to provide members with free family history advice by email, during the lockdown. If you would like advice from him, please email him on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (please include your membership number). He will try to answer all enquiries within a day or so, but it will depend on the number of enquiries!

Talks at St. George's German Church, Alie Street

St George's monthly talks are now on-line which means you don't have to leave home on a wet night and sit in a hard eighteenth century box-pew to attend!


AGFHS Stand at Future Family History Fairs

Peter and Jenny Towey are organising for our stand to be at just one more Family History Fair this year and are then hanging up their hats.


AGFHS Meetings Postponement Notification

The new edition of the 'Blatt, due out in May/early June 2020, carries a notice informing members that due to the current crisis we are postponing the June and August meetings. That notice also indicates we had originally hoped to hold the October meeting, to include the AGM. However, due to the devastating and ongoing effects of the pandemic, the committee have now decided that, realistically, we are unlikely to be able to safely meet before the scheduled meeting in February 2021.

We will review the situation again nearer the time to see if an earlier start (December) is feasible, but consider it unlikely. This is very disappointing and I regret having to do this, but I believe the good health and safety of all our members must come first. In the meantime, please continue to check the website for updates nearer the time. Contact me if you have any queries (contact details inside the front cover of the 'Blatt).

Noële Barnfield - Chairperson

4th Great German Pork Butcher Descendants’ Reunion 2020 - POSTPONED

Due to the coronavirus pandemic Karl-Heinz Wüstner's 4th Pork Butcher Descendants’ Reunion in Schwäbisch Hall has been postponed until 10-14 August 2021.

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.


Casualty Lists of World War I Austria-Hungary 1914-1919

Can you help indexing the casualty lists of Austria-Hungary who participated in WW1?


Temporary Free Access to Isle of Man Newspaper Archive

Manx National Heritage (MNH) has suspended the subscription charge to access its online newspaper archive during the coronavirus pandemic.

Link to BBC News article

Archion - Reduced Subscription Rates for Limited Period

To commemorate the fifth anniversary of their goal to make the church records of the Evangelical Church in Germany and its regional churches available in digital form, Archion is offering a special subscription rate.


The International German Genealogy Partnership (IGGP)

Just to remind you all that our Society is a partner in this organisation (Website link). The IGGP publishes a bimonthly e-newsletter, containing information about the partnership, new developments and upcoming events (Link).


Did you have an ancestor interned on the Isle of Man in WW1?

The Centre for WW1 Internment at Knockaloe opened its doors to the public this year.


WW1 Internment on the Isle of Man

Was someone from your family interned on the Isle of Man during the First World War? To find out, visit the Manx National Heritage Library and Archives.


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?