German database - Online with hundreds of parishes and villages. Thousands of indexed surnames.
This massive German database is presented by “genealogy.net”. If you are doing German research and your ancestors’ parish is included in this database, you will have hit upon a genealogy bonanza.
The first few screens are presented in German - don’t be intimidated. Follow these instructions, and by the third screen you will have the option of the English language. On the first screen, select the “Ortsfamilienbücher” tab. On the second screen, you will be presented with lists of parishes. Select a parish (listed by region), and you will arrive at the screen for that parish which has an English option.
With a village name, you can locate the parish on the Internet. If you don’t have a village name, you have a lot of work to do. Good Luck !