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Guide to '''Hohenzollern, German Empire''' ancestry, family history, and genealogy '''before 1945''': birth records, marriage records, death records, both church and civil registration, compiled family history, and finding aids.
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Guide to '''Hohenzollern, German Empire''' ancestry, family history, and genealogy '''before 1945''': birth records, marriage records, death records, family history, and military records.
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==Historical Background==
*The '''Province of Hohenzollern''' (German: Provinz Hohenzollern) or '''the Hohenzollern Lands''' (German: Hohenzollernsche Lande) was a province of Prussia from 1850 to 1946.
*Hohenzollern enjoyed all the rights of a full-fledged province of Prussia, including representation in the Prussian parliament, but its military matters and some civil matters were governed by the Rhine Province. 
*Hohenzollern became a '''province of the Free State of Prussia''' in 1918 after World War I, and this system continued to exist unchanged until 1933.
*In 1933, Prussian provinces were dissolved and placed under direct Nazi national rule.
*Hohenzollern was dissolved in 1946 following World War II, when the French military administration merged it with Württemberg to form '''the state of Württemberg-Hohenzollern.''' 
* Hohenzollern Hohenzollern was part of the federal '''state of Baden-Württemberg since 1952.''' <br><br>[ Hohenzollern] (Wikipedia])
==Getting Started ==
*[[French Genealogical Word List]]
*[ Old German Script]--Three parts
*[ the-german-documents(english) German Script Tutorial]
*[[German Letter Writing Guide]]
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<center>'''Hohenzollern within the German Empire'''<br>
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<center>'''Hohenzollern Within Baden-Württemberg'''</center><BR>
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<center>'''Modern Baden-Württemberg<br> Major Cities and Regions'''</center><br>
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<center>[,_Germany_Genealogy#/media/File:Baden-Wuerttemberg_travel_map_EN.png '''For a larger map, click here.''']</center>
Records were kept on the local level. You must know the town where your ancestor lived. If your ancestor was a United States Immigrant, use the information in the Wiki article '''[[Germany Finding Town of Origin]]''' to find evidence of the name of the town where your ancestors lived in Germany.<br>
Also, see:
*[ '''Auswanderung aus Südwestdeutschland, Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg'''], 1751-1920. Index. Includes Hohenzollern (Hans Glatzle) database for district of Sigmaringen.
===2. Use gazetteers and/or parish register inventories to learn more important details.=== Your ancestor's town might have been too small to have its own parish church or civil registration office. '''Find the location of the Catholic or Lutheran (Evangelical) parish that served your ancestor's locality. ''' Find the name of the civil registration office (standesamtStandesamt) that serves your ancestor's locality. Use the Wiki article [[Studying Your Finding Aids For German LocalityRecords|'''Studying Your Finding Aids For German LocalityRecords''']] for step-by-step instructions.
Germany was first unified as a nation in 1871. An important gazetteer, [ '''''Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-lexikon des deutschen Reichs''], "Meyer's Gazetter" for short''', details the place names of villages, towns, counties (kreise), and higher jurisdictions used at that time. In the Research Wiki, FamilySearch Catalog, and FamilySearch Historical Records, the records of Germany are organized using those place names. <br>
You can also consult [[Hohenzollern, German Empire Church Records#Parish Register Inventories|Hohemzollern Parish Record Inventories]] to learn the Lutheran or Catholic parish that would have kept records for your town.
At the end of both World Wars, the boundaries of the states were changed dramatically, as areas of Germany were distributed among the Allied nations. Eventually, after re-unification in 1990, the states of Germany settled into what they are today. It is also necessary to understand Germany by this system, as it affects the locations of civil registration offices, archives, and mailing addresses used in correspondence searches.<br>
===3. For birth, marriage, and death records from 1 October 1874 on, use civil registration.===
Follow the instructions in [[Hohenzollern, German Empire Civil Registration|'''Hohenzollern, German Empire Civil Registration'''.]]
**[ Common Symbols Handout]
**[ Common Abbreviations Handout]
**[ '''List of Names in Old German Script'''] A comprehensive list of German given names, written in old script, with possible variations.**[https[Media:// |Fraktur Font]]--Many forms and books are printed in this font.***''Fraktur'' Script - [[Media:1-Fraktur-Instruction.pdf|Instruction]], [[Media:2-Fraktur-Assignment.pdf|Activity]], [[Media:3-Fraktur-Answer_Key.pdf|Answer Key]]
* [ German Research], BYU Independent Study, no cost.
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