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Using  Ortssippenbücher to Research Your German Ancestors

An outline of this presentation (August 2023) may be requested by email:

Ortssippenbücher (“OSB”) or familienbüch contain genealogical information about families in a Ortssipenbüch or Familienbuch specific town, village, or parish. Examples and access to use these books created for Germany, Alsace and Lorraine in France, and former German-speaking areas in eastern Europe.

A list of 2000+ “OSB” by village, or by country, state, and district is available at, then scroll down the left margin for Ortssippenbücher.  (may be a temporary link).

Presenter was Robin McDonough, a 2023 staff member in the St. Louis County Library’s History & Genealogy Department.