Die Ahnenstammkartei des Deutschen Volkes (1,238 microfilm reels) is the largest collection of ethnic German genealogies extant. The original collection is at the Deutsche Zentralstelle für Genealogie in Leipzig Germany and should be used there by anyone able to visit it. It was placed on FHL microfilm and thus any reel is now available for use at the Family History Centers worldwide.
The first 638 microfilm reels consist of one huge 617 reel A- Z index based on a "modified German phonetic system" as well as 19 reels of associated indexes. It is presented in this same "modified Germanic phoenetic index" form on pages 3 - 64 of Edlund's book Die Ahnenstammkartei des Deutschen Volkes - An Introduction and Register
It is also found in the Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) under Deutsch Zentralstelle für Genealogie and as Teil I (638 reels). Teil II (the Ahnentaflen [AL] manuscripts) are also listed in the FHLC. The summary of the 617 microfilm reels requires about 180 computer pages to list this same "modified Germanic phoenetic" register, where all like sounding names are grouped together.
Reasons for this Index
The "modified Germanic phoenetic" index has proven to be difficult to deal with for many Americans. Also this register is so large as to preclude effective browsing for a listed surname. The combination of these reasons have presented a formidable barrier to the widespread use of this major Germanic genealogy resource.
Therefore this “traditional A-Z” alphabetical index was created. It places all names listed in the Edlund Register (and the surname section of FHLC Tiel I) into a A-Z alphabetical index. It also permits, for the first time, all of the Die Ahnenstammkartei Register's surnames (with their microfilm references) to be indexed by the FEEFHS Website Index.
Notes and Abbreviations for this Register Index
+ = Other spellings of this surname
Forts. = "Continued"
Orts (nach Orten) = "by place" = genealogies organized by a sub-directory of Orts [place locations] (from A-Z by Orts [location])
Ohne Ort = One Ort = genealogies for one place location
Schrift or Schriftum = "manuscripts" = card file listings of a person and place location (from A-Z by surname, with simular sounding surnames commingled)
(See also the Index to the "Second Filming" below)
Index To Surnames listed in the Register of Die Ahnenstammkartei
- Surnames A, B, and C
- Surnames D, E, F, and G
- Surnames H, I, J, and K
- Surnames K and L
- Surnames M, N, O, P, and Q
- Surnames R and S
- Surnames T, U, V, W, and Z
Indexes to “Second Filming” of Die Ahnenstammkartei des Deutschen Volkes
A second and final filming of pedigrees from Die Ahnenstammkartei des Deutschen Volkes occurred after it was closed to submittals late in 1993. This second filming represents 19 Microfilms - #1981701 - 1981719) not included in the first filming and thus not in the original Register as printed in October 1995. These pages are indexed by microfilm number so as to show the approximate location in the film for a given family pedigree. They are also separately indexed by surname.