This database consists of telephone books covering the years 1915-1981 for five of Germany's major cities: Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Leipzig, and Munich.
About the Source:
Images in this collection were reproduced from originals in the possession of the German National Library. Originals were digitized from the following collections: Berlin ZC 3344, Berlin (Ost) ZB 56308, Frankfurt am Main ZB 17536, ZB 53709, ZB 65276, ZB 66111, Hamburg ZB 19164, Leipzig ZB 547, München ZB 20568.
This database was built using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. While we have used the best technology available, please be aware that there are limitations to indexes created by computers as compared to humans. If you do not find a name using the search option, try browsing to find the name, or try searching the name by entering it in the keyword field.
Why Use Directories:
Directories are often used to pinpoint individuals in a specific place and time, as they can tell you generally when and where someone lived. However, directories can also provide clues about different aspects of an ancestor’s life. For example, advertisements can provide information about someone’s business or place of work. They can also be useful for placing individuals in historical context and help you formulate an idea of what life at the time was like.