How far can we go back?

This is one of the frequently asked questions of my clients. How far I can follow back the traces of your ancestors depends on different conditions. In Germany most of the parish registers are starting with their entries in the early 17th century, only some in the late 16th century. But other parish registers are only available from the beginning 18th century.


I always endeavor to go back as far as I can. As pointed out much will depend on the hand-down of the records. Also the distinctiveness of your ancestors' name can be helpful. Sometimes for occupational, economical or political reasons families moved about the country or for religious reasons to another historical territory. If there are no hints in the parish register then it can be very difficult to follow the trails of these families.



But all that you will find out only after starting the research work!