Resettlement Family Pedigree Cards Available Online
by John Kaminski
The Resettlement Files on our website attempt to
describe about 64,000 people who moved from Galicia to German controlled lands
during World War II. This is only a small fraction of the ethnic Germans that
went back to Germany, but it is all our volunteers could do. Many of these
64,000 people filled out a pedigree card listing their spouse and children, as
well as their parents and those of their spouse. These cards are called Stammblätter and until
recently, were only available on microfilm from Family Search run by the
Latter-Day Saints. However Family Search has started to scan these cards and
make them available online to anyone with a free Family Search login. So far
about a quarter of the cards are available online on their
Stammblätter page at: www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/252070. Hopefully this
will increase with time.
Here is a sample of one of the card, for 51072,
Rudolf Linscheid, born 8th of August 1890 :
To find the EWZ Stammblätter card for your relative:
- Use the Resettlement database to locate your relative if in the database
- Log into our database at
using user name guests and password guests.
- From the top menu bar, select
- To find our sample, select “L”, LINSCHEID, LINSCHEID, Rudolf 4
- Under Personal Facts and Details, note the Reference Number,
51072. This is the EWZ number we need to access the correct record in the online
- Optional: Find out if your relative's pedigree is online by checking our
"available online" list, current as of
- Navigate to
- Scroll down to the line starting with 51033-53760 which is the set that contains
the number we want, 51072. Note that it has an icon of a camera at the right,
instead of a microfilm reel. That means it is has been scanned and is available
- Click on the camera icon.
- If you don’t have a Family Search
login, apply for a free login.
- You should now have a page with many
thumbnails of all the EWZ pedigree cards on the screen with a box at the top
left saying you are on image 1 of 2630.
- Finding 51072 in those
2,630 images is a bit of a hunt and peck, but the number is about 40 above the
beginning of this group (51033), so put a 40 into the image box (which says 1)
and click the left or right arrow on the side of the image # box.
- Image 40 is
51075, so click the left arrow till you see 51072 on image 38.
- Your mouse
scroll wheel (or the +,- sign on the screen) magnifies the image, your mouse
pointer moves around the image. The download button on the right top of the
Family Search screen allows you to save it as a jpg file to your computer.
- If you have any questions, contact