In-person research can be done at the library during normal hours with the aid of our friendly and knowledgeable researchers. For more info, see our Library page.
Mail-in Research requests
The volunteers in our Research Committee open the unique resources of the Immigrant Library to genealogists across the United States and overseas via mail requests. Searches now offered include: German telephone books on CDs; Numerous maps, gazetteers and atlases; Indexes to surnames researched by German genealogists; Lists of German genealogists; Published lists of arriving immigrants; First Immigrants List database of over 3,500 persons; and over 100 volumes of German genealogies.
IGS researchers can run the searches listed below.
For searches not listed below you can contact the IGS research team using this form.
- IGS Searches – Index of Emigrants to America from IGS Ortssippenbücher
- IGS Searches – IGS Ortssippenbuecher and Helpful Lists
- Pomeranian Villages and Places
- Emigrants from German Towns & Counties – 18 books
- IGS Searches – 1880 U.S. Federal Census on CD-ROM
- Early German Marriage Abstracts Index (current index to 9 searches)
- IGS German Immigrant Searches – Germans to America, Glazier & Filby — Series I: Volumes 1 thru 67; Series II Volumes 1 thru 7
- IGS Searches – Mecklenburg Burgerbüchers
- IGS Searches – Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census Indexes (1704, 1751, 1819)
- IGS Searches – Mecklenburg Marriages:1826-1875, 1801-1825, 1751-1800, 1705-1750, to 1704
- IGS Searches – Mecklenburg Emigrant Database
- IGS Searches – West Prignitz and Callenberg Marriage Abstracts (to 1700; 1701 to 1750)
- IGS Searches – West German Church Records – German Marriages
- IGS Emigrant Searches – Czech Passenger Lists
- IGS Searches – Schaumburg-Lippe Churchbooks
- IGS UK Related Searches – English, Irish, Scots and Nova Scotia (Full Name or Surname Index Searches)
- IGS Deutschen FaminlienArchiv(German Family Lists) Search Volumes 1 thru 125
- IGS Deutschen FaminlienArchiv Supplement One (German Family Lists) Search Volumes 101 thru 125
- IGS Deutschen FaminlienArchiv Supplement Two (German Family Lists) Search Volumes 126 thru 150
- IGS German-Russian, Russian and Polish Searches
- IGS German Emigrant Searches: Schaumburg, Rhineland, Saarland, Wurrtemberg and German Immigrants to Pennsylvania, Georgia and Texas
- IGS Hesse/Hessian Searches – Revolutionary War Soldiers and Civilians in Germany and North America, including HETRINA Search.
- IGS Germany Searches – Address, Surname, Village
- IGS German Emigrant/Immigrant Searches – Alsace, Baden, Palatines, Wuerttemberg, Bremen, Philadelphia, Baltimore etc.
- IGS Swiss and Italian (Full Name or Surname) Index Searches
- IGS New York, Rhode Island, Charleston SC, Barbados, Dutch and French Canadian Searches
- IGS Searches – Silesien / Silesia
- IGS Searches – Pomerania Resident Lists
- IGS Searches – Old Lutheran Emigration Lists
- IGS Searches – Emigration Lists from Small German Localities (towns and Kreises)
- FANA Submitter Surname Index (currently includes Volumes 9 through 12)
Note: Your postal request accompanied by an SASE (Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope) will bring detailed information about all IGS searches currently offered. The flyers require 2 oz postage – 65 cents.
IGS Search Flyers Available
Flyers describing the IGS searches listed above are free to bonafide representatives of genealogical societies for distribution at your events. Please write us concerning your genealogy needs.
Genealogy Seaches for Overseas Germans
During 1993 IGS began offering two searches to genealogists in Germany. The response has been enthusiastic. Persons in Germany are enabled to contact descendants of relatives who emigrated to America. Branches of families are being reunited with one another in Germany as well as with U.S. descendants. These searches will be posted in Deutsch and linked to this IGS HomePage soon.