Sep 30, 2022

Geneanet Offers Free Access to German Records for a Week

Geneanet has a special offering to American and German non-Premium members: free access from October 1-6 (inclusive) to the web site’s German collections and Genealogy Library (books & newspapers).

October 3 is Tag der Deutschen Einheit (Germany Unity Day), a national holiday since 1990, which celebrates the reunification of Germany at the end of the Cold War. And October 6 is German-American Day, when 40 million Americans celebrate their German heritage.

As Sean Daly, the U.S. Community Manager at Geneanet described it: We call our event “Ahnenfest” which means “Ancestor Festival”. It’s a different kind of Oktoberfest!

Here is the announcement from Geneanet:

October 3 is Unity Day in Germany and October 6 is German-American Day. To celebrate, we are celebrating “Ahnenfest” – Ancestor Festival – with free access to our Premium German records from Oct. 1-6 inclusive!

Do you have roots in Germany? October 3 is Tag der Deutschen Einheit (Germany Unity Day), a national holiday since 1990, which celebrates the reunification of Germany at the end of the Cold War. And October 6 is German-American Day, when 40 million Americans celebrate their German heritage. At Geneanet, we have decided to celebrate these two holidays with Ahnenfest  Ancestor Festival –, a week of free access to our Premium German records and collections!

In the past few months, millions of European data points have been added to Geneanet. Indexes of over 55 million German birth, marriage, and death register entries are now available, and more are coming.

From October 1-6, 2022 inclusive, take advantage of our rich collections with advanced search options such as search by couple, by occupation, by parents, by events, as well as spelling variants, geographic area and wildcards. And search our Genealogy Library with millions of books and newspapers. To guide you in these options, a help page is available. Tap into thousands of archival records, books and newspapers and grow your tree easily.

The US Census Bureau estimates that nearly 15% of Americans have German ancestry and in many counties of the Midwest, over 40% of residents have German ancestry

Did your German ancestors live in New York City’s Kleindeutschland (Little Germany)? You may be interested in our collaborative General Slocum project which documents the 700 German-American families impacted by the 1904 steamboat disaster in New York.

Our General Slocum Families Trees project has documented hundreds of German-American families in New York in 1904

To benefit from this offer, no payment information is required. Just log in with your free account and enjoy your Ahnenfest week!

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