does anyone know how I would search birth records in Germany? My grandpa was born in germany in 1887. What other records can I look for that might have the names of his father and mother. According to the US Census for 1930 he came here when he was about 2 years old. But his parents names were not given on that census. Please help me. Aggie
I am adopted child who is fortunate enough to know at least the first few generations of both my biological parents as well as my adoptive parents, however I cannot find the means of adding in an adoption so that I can trace the family and my only other option appears to be to create a whole separate family tree. I would like to avoid this option.
Before my grandfather passed away in April 2001, he asked my mother to promise to never try & trace the family tree. Naturally, this has me fascinated, and leaves me wondering why exactly! I have copies of both his birth certificate and my mothers - nothing untoward; so maybe there is another (illegitimate) branch of family somewhere that we don't know about? He was in the navy, both Royal and Merchant, for many years so could easily have fathered other children abroad.
Assuming that this even is the big secret, how would I go about finding out?