Research Federal Archives Germany

Are you looking for traces of your family history? Are you researching for historical persons, places and events?
Over 400 km of records await your request in the German Federal Archives.

Our service

Carrying out individual researches

Realizing cooperative projects

5 simple steps to your result

1
Free request via contact form
Please use the contact form. Ad Acta Research will contact you within 48 hours.
2
Confirm order
According to your request, Ad Acta Research will send you a power of attorney & an application for researches in the Federal Archives for signature.
3
View short report
Ad Acta Research will provide you with a short overview of the results.
4
Pay for service
With the short report you will receive an invoice (incl. VAT).
5
Receive the agreed archive material
Ad Acta Research will send to you the complete material (e.g. copies, digitalized formats, transcripts) after the invoice has been settled.

Your advantages with Ad Acta Researches in the Federal Archive.

Save time, money and nerves



Save travel and accommodation costs or time-consuming familiarisation with the holdings and finding aids of the Federal Archive.


Adapt all steps of your research to ongoing processes.


Related archive material can be collected and digitalised.

Get expertise



Ad Acta Research deals safely and quickly with finding aids and archive materials.


- Subject areas -
German Reich 1871-1918
Weimar Republic 1918-1933
National Socialism 1933-1945
Soviet Occupational Zone 1945-1949
German Democratic Republic 1949-1989


Further archives and subjects upon request.

Create perspectives



With appropriate release by the Federal Archives, Ad Acta can inspect non-public material.


Ad Acta Research translates and transcribes handwritten documents.


Ad Acta Research supports your long-term projects in the Federal Archives.

Ad Acta Research is a private research service that works with materials from the Federal Archives and is subject to the relevant legal provisions. As an independent federal authority, the Federal Archive is subject to the supervision of the Federal Government Commissioner for Media and Culture. Since 2013 Monika Grütters has been the Federal Government Commissioner for Media and Culture. The legal basis for all activities is laid down in the Federal Archives Act which first came into force on 6th January 1988 and was newly adopted by the German Bundestag in 2017. On 4th December 2018. A a final amendment was made with the incorporation of the WASt (former "German Office for the Notification of Next of Kin of Fallen Members of the former German Armed Forces into the Federal Archives").

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