Many people who have German ancestry use FamilySearch’s Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558–1898 collection to find records about their ancestors. Even though this collection is not complete for several regions, it still contains more than 45 million records and is used so often that it comes in at number 6 in the top 10 most searched collections on the FamilySearch.org website.
Birth and baptism records are especially helpful because they contain information that helps pinpoint important dates, places, and family members. TheFamilySearch Wiki explains how to use the Germany births and baptisms collection and what can be found in these records. This wiki article also provides links to take you to several other useful sites.
Josiah Schmidt of The German-American Genealogist Blog wrote about the German collections on FamilySearch.org: “If you’d like to see and use actual, physical images of genealogical records from Germany, many of them are available for completely free on FamilySearch.org. There are far more records on FamilySearch than the handful of transcribed [or] indexed records you get through the regular ‘search’ function.”