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Wanting an old picture on a German passport

by Linda
(Rockwell City, IA)

Question: I have my grandpa's and grandma's passports when they came over from Germany but we are missing a picture of one of the children. Is there a way we can get a picture of the passport? It is a German one, so where do we begin to look for this? They came over in December of 1927. Thanks for your help.

Answer: Since we provide passport information for U.S. citizens, we can tell you how to get United States passport records. We do not maintain instructions on how to obtain passport records for other countries.

Having said that, I recommend you search for the the official issuing agent for German passports. I have also gathered a list of a few resources that may help in your search for a German passport record.

Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany
676 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 3200
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 202 0480
Fax: (312) 202 0466

Online German Emigration Records, Lists & Indexes

These are records (or indexes to the records) of people who left Germany for somewhere else (usually North America). Emigration lists can be helpful for determining place of birth or residence, and the year or date someone left Germany. Names of spouses and children are often included.

German Research Companion

This book is referred to as "the bible of German family history." The website states that this book "provides an exceptionally wide range of helpful information on hundreds of topics related to German research, all thoroughly indexed for easy reference. It is intended to accompany the German family historian on trips to libraries, archives, and workshops."

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