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In the Bundesarchiv, there are holdings of the division "Deutsches Reich" (German Reich), "DDR" (German Democratic Republic) and sources of the "Stiftung der Parteien und Massenorganisationen der DDR" (Foundation of Parties and Massorganisations of the GDR). The Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv holds all the sources collected previously in Koblenz and Berlin. The sources of the fromer "Berlin Document Center" are part of the holdings of the Bundesarchiv.
The Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz (GStA) holds the documents concerning the territory and history of the former Prussian State. In the reading room there is available an inventory of the holdings of the genealogical and heraldry society "Herold e.V."
The Landesarchiv Berlin is the depository of different resources concerning the history of Berlin, including a large collection of fotos.
If ancestors originated from Berlin, Brandenburg or territories which once belonged to the German Reich, the holdings of the Kirchliche Archivzentrum Berlin (Central Archive of the Church in Berlin) are of great interest.
The Landeskirchliche Archiv der Evangelischen Kirche in Berlin-Brandenburg (Archive of the Regional Protestant Church of Berlin-Brandenburg ELAB) preservs microfilms resp. church records of different parishes in Berlin and Brandenburg. The website gives an overview about the holdings.
The website of the Evangelische Zentralarchiv (Protestant Central Archive) provides an overview over their holdings.
In 2015, the central organization of the protestant churches in Germany (EKD) published a website with digitalized church records. Included are records from the Eastern part of the German "Reich" (prior to 1945). Access to this portal is not free of charge.
Usefull Websites for Family-Research
In the Genealogical Research Offices of "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" it is possible check microfilms of church and civil records. (electronic film order: http://films.familysearch.org)
The german webiste is useful to those who want to start with family research. Informations, links and contact to genealogical societies, professional researchers and hobby-genealogists are to be found.
Newcomers will find useful links, tips and hints on how to start reconstructing family history.