Odelshofen (77694 Kehl), Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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Odelshofen is a village in Germany three miles east of the Rhine River opposite Strasbourg, France, in the state of Baden-Württemberg. It became part of the municipality of 77694 Kehl on 1 Jul 1971. Odelshofen was first mentioned as “Otolzhofen” in 1310. In the 18th century, until 1736, it was owned by the Hanau-Lichtenberg family, a German noble family. In that year it was inherited by the Hesse-Darmstadt noble family. In 1803 it was incorporated into the new Electorate of Baden and in 1806 it was incorporated into the new Grand Duchy of Baden. The Grand Duchy of Baden was formed in 1806 as an independent country. The Grand Duchy of Baden joined the German Empire in 1871. As part of Germany it remained a Grand Duchy until 1918, the end of World War I.

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Jurisdiction[edit | edit source]

From 1330 to 1803 a village in the the Administrative District (Amt) of Willstätt.

From 1522 until the line was extinguished in 1736 Amt Willstätt was exclusively in the Grafschaft Hanau-Lichtenberg.

From 1736 - 1803 a village in the Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt.

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Church Records[edit | edit source]

Graf Philipp IV (ruled 1538—1590) of Hanau-Lichtenberg converted to the Lutheran faith and the Grafshaft became Lutheran during his reign.

Kork was the Lutheran parish church for Neumühl, Odelshofen, and Querbach.

The Lutheran Church books 1580-1961 for Kork and its chapels have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Church book duplicate for 1810-1870 is available on-line at the Staatsarchiv Freiburg, Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg.