There seems to be some confusion whether a request for Standesamt
information may be submitted when the address of the person regarding whom a
request is being submitted is unknown.
In the case of Berlin, such requests may be submitted to:
Zentrale Suchumlaufstelle, Standesamt
Friedrichsgain-Kreuzberg von Berlin, Schlesische Strasse 27A, 10997.
Such searches take longer than searches where an address is known and,
of course, are subject to the same rules, i.e. direct descendants only.
It is possible that a similar service is available in other cities and it
would be useful if readers have experiences in this regard. Requests for
information on small places do not usually require a street address.
Peter Lande Washington, D.C. <email@example.com>