Note: Before searching German church records, it is necessary to know the village or town.
German church records contain excellent genealogical information - births,
baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and deaths.
They are often the only source of vital records before 1876 in Germany.
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I am also experienced in researching the German Palatines who came into NY from the Palatinate in 1709. They settled in Dutchess and Columbia Counties,
then Schoharie, Herkimer, Montgomery, and Rensselaer Counties. There are many German Lutheran churches throughout these counties. Germans also
worshipped at Dutch Reformed Churches. Many of these church records were published by Kinship Press and others.
They are an important source of early baptisms, marriages and deaths, as New York did not require official vital records until 1880.
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