Institut Deutsche Adelsforschung
Gegründet 1993
Online seit 1998

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Discover unknown historical sources with our help!

Thats how it works ...

The Institut Deutsche Adelsforschung (Nobility German Research Institute) research in its holdings (the bibliographic card files and registers) at specific names to the best of our knowledge and belief. We make it easy to find unknwon ressources to your question in German archives and libraries. We work as a "flashlight", so that you can find specific sources.

Gives you be, as you can see the pattern of responses, excluding withholding evidence (this means bibliographic or archival information to signatures, volumes, or page numbers), but no transcripts, reproductions or copies. But you can easily with the information order paper-copies or virtual scans of the German owning libraries and archives, in those records and literature is, or by authorized third parties can get buy on the spot. This column may cost more for copies or processing result of the inquiry, to underlie each of the different conditions of use of the individual institutions.
This is your easy way to come to the sources!
Search and find a surname or a special personal name in our website und searchengine! Order the source informations from us: title, volume, archive or library location, page number. Order a copy of the original of a state archive or library, who are the owners of these sources.
For free.
No costs.
20,00 Euro for 
one namesearch
Charges according to the fees, terms and conditions of the german archives and libraries

Here you will find an example of our source-informations:

You are looking for material to the family "von Nordoe". We research German ressources in books and records of authors, volume and page numbers of a deposit and then you put together a list. Which might look as follows:

  • Nordoe genealogy of the family, GAF, Volume VII. (1876), page 345-378
  • Nordoe, Werner von, Regierungsrat, obituary of him in 1943, CFR, page 44-46
As you can see, our card catalog works with abbreviations, each consisting of three large letters. Along with our research results we give you now know the resolution of these abbreviations, for example:
  • GAF = New Encyclopedia of German Nobility. Copies are available from the Berlin State Library Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, Potsdamer Strasse 33, 10785 Berlin, Germany, Signature "Ad 617", e-mail: "".
  • CFR = Journal "The Archivist – Bulletin of German archives", Volume III., Duesseldorf 1943. Copies are available from the Main State Library, Sterngasse 3, 1030 Vienna, Austria, Signature: "HB 124", e-mail: "".
With these explanations of abbreviations you are now in a position to be requested from the appropriate libraries and archives by e-mail copies or reproductions of the resource by name title, author and of course the signature pages, which you would like to purchase a copy. By proving the source agency is our work finished and you then only with the proof of our archives and libraries do – and now we wish you much success with your research!

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