15. February 1883
Karl Albert Fritz Gerlich is born in Stettin (now Szczecin), the eldest of four sons of the fish wholesaler Paul Gerlich and his wife Therese (born Scholwin).
He attends the Marienstiftsgymnasiums (St. Mary's Foundation School) in Stettin – because of the difficult economic situation the family is dependent on a scholarship..
12. September 1901
Gerlich finishes his studies with the high school exam
He starts studying mathematics and natural sciences at Munich University
After a brief intermezzo at Leipzig University Gerlich moves back to Munich to focus on humanities especially history
During his studies Gerlich is an active member of the Free Students, a socially liberal student organisation that was in competition with the (conservative) student corps and the fraternities. He writes a pamphlet "Academic Education – Routes and Objectives. " He finances his studies as an advertising copywriter for "Kathreiners Malzkaffee" (Kathreiner's Malt Coffee).
9. March 1907
He completes a PhD under Prof. Karl Theodor von Heigel with the dissertation "The Testament of Henry VI".
Gerlich starts his career of archivist in Munich.
Secretary of the "Liberaler Arbeiterverein München" (Liberal Workers Union, Association Munich)
26. March 1911
He gains access to the Kgl. Allgemeines Reichsarchiv (Royal General Reich Archive).
He completes his work on the "Generalregister der Allgemeinen Deutschen Biographie" (General German Biographical Register), 54 volumes.
He publishes the study "Geschichte und Theorie des Kapitalismus" (The History and Theory of Capitalism) with the renowned publishing house Duncker & Humblodt, in the context of trying to write an inaugural dissertation (prerequisite to become recognized as a academic professor) in economics.