• Reich Office for Genealogical Research
  • Reichsstelle für Sippenforschung
  • RfS
Type of Entity
Corporate Body

Dates of Existence

Founded in 1940


Originally called Reichstelle für Sippenforschung, after 1940 the Reichssippenamt. This agency was charged with the conducting investigations about being Jewish or of non-Jewish origin. It determined who was a Mischlinge and who was a pure Aryan. The Reichsstelle für Sippenforschung decided on descent in questionable cases and played a role in connection with the deportation of the Jews to extermination camps. The 'experts' in its employ produced certificates on descent relating to the racial classification of a person drawing on the supplementary forms, along with church records and documents in Jewish Community archives.


  • Founded in Germany.


  • Dictionary of the Holocaust : Biography, geography, and terminology / E.J. Epstein, P. Rosen. – Westport, 1997. – p. 250 Jews in Nazi Berlin : From Kristallnacht to Liberation / B. Meyer, H. Simon, C.C. Schütz. - Berlin, 2000. - p. 191