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====Other Religious Groups==== To learn how to determine the location of other religious records, namely Jewish, French Reformed, German Reformed, etc., watch [https://www.familysearch.org/ask/learningViewer/489 '''Hansen’s Map Guides: Finding Records with Parish Maps'''] beginning at 48:00 minutes, to learn how to locate these congregations. Then go back and watch from the beginning to understand how to use the reference book. Also, you can read [https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/img_auth.php/8/8b/1-Map_Guide%2C_Instruction.pdf '''Map Guide to German Parish Registers''']. This video and handout teach you how to use a set of reference books found at the FamilySearch Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. If you are not in Salt Lake City, use the [https://www.familysearch.org/ask/help '''Contact Us'''] feature to request information from the books. ===5. Ask the Community=== [https://community.familysearch.org/s/group/0F93A000000LhYOSA0/germany-genealogy-research '''The Germany Genealogy Research Group'''] is a community of volunteers with experience in German research.You can post questions on their website, and they can assist you with tracking down these details.
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Germany has many "cultural regions" and "geographical landscapes", smaller, informal areas that were not political entities, for example, "The Black Forest" or "Frisia". Your ancestors might have left records or family traditions that they were from one of these areas. This list of [http://wiki-de.genealogy.net/Kategorie:Landschaft '''"landscapes" by GenWiki'''] can help you identify these regions. Once you know that the information is a cultural region not a town, you will know that you need to search further to narrow down your ancestors' town.
Details in Major Gazetteers==
Determining the Location of Churches===== 1. Consult Meyers' Gazetteer for Parish Information=== To find out where the Evangelical Lutheran or Catholic parish church overseeing your ancestor's town was (depending on their religion), start with Meyer's Gazetteer , '''''Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-lexikon des deutschen Reichs'' ''', the gazetteer on which the FamilySearch catalog for Germany is based. *Use [http://www.meyersgaz.org/ '''MeyersGaz'''], the digital gazetteer, to find the details you need, particularly: **the province or duchy it belonged to **whether it had its own Catholic and/or Evangelical Lutheran parish, and, if not, **the closest Catholic and/or Evangelical Lutheran parishes
*[http://www.meyersgaz.org/help/help.html '''MeyersGaz Help Guide''']
*[[Abbreviation Table for Meyers Orts und Verkehrs Lexikon Des Deutschen Reichs|'''Abbreviation Table''']]
*[https://familysearch.org/ask/learningViewer/872 '''Meyer's Gazetteer Now Online, Indexed and Fully Searchable!''']
=2. Consult '''Kartenmeister''' for parish information.===For the provinces of East Prussia (Ostpreussen), Posen, Pomerania (Pommern), Silesia (Schlesien), parts of Brandenburg, and West Prussia (Westpreussen), areas which no longer belong to Germany, the online gazetteer [http://www.kartenmeister.com/preview/databaseuwe.asp '''Kartenmeister'''] most efficiently tells you parish information :<br>
*Class: [https://familysearch.org/ask/learningViewer/363 '''Kartenmeister.com Finding Places in the Former German Area of Poland''']
3 . Parish Register Inventories===
A parish register inventory is a reference book which lists all the localities in a region and then identifies the Catholic or Protestant parish that served them. Some are available online.
For more information, see [[Germany Websites--Reference and Training#Parish Register Inventories|'''Parish Register Inventories''']] and [[Germany Church Directories|'''Germany Church Directories.''']]<br>
If you are able to visit the FamilySearch Main Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, go to the international floor of the library. Consultants at the help desk there are familiar with their large collection of parish register inventories. They will be able to assist you in researching which parishes served your ancestors' town.
=Archives Inventory ====
*[[Media:Localities.pdf|'''Pdf Archive Inventory''']]: "Part 1 of 2: Church records in Archives" - is an inventory of localities and the location or archive where their records should be found. The sixth column, '''"Archives"''', gives a number. To find the name and contact information, look up that number in the second column of this .pdf: [[Media:Archive_Add_.pdf|'''Part 2: Archive Addresses.''']] It is not clear how up-to-date this handout is.
4. Hansen's Map Guides===If you are at the FamilySearch Main Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, these excellent reference volumes will identify parish boundaries.
*Hansen's Map Guides''' - [[Media:1-Map_Guide,_Instruction.pdf|Instruction]], [[Media:2-Map_Guide,_Assignment.pdf|Activity]], [[Media:3-Map_Guide,_Answer_Key.pdf|Answer Key]]<br>