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[ '''The Germany Genealogy Research Group'''] is a community of volunteers with experience in German research. You can post questions on their website. They can assist you with any of the processes for tracking down these details.
==Details in Major GazetteersThe FamilySearch Catalog==If the records you need have been filmed and/or digitized by FamilySearch, just quickly checking your town in the FamilySearch catalog, a quick search in the FamilySearch catalog can provide you with many of the details you need. Type in the name of your town in the "Place" field of the [ '''FamilySearch Catalog'''.] I will automatically add the province of any German towns by that name. Look for the topics "Church records" and "Civil registration" and click on the links.<br> Many microfilms have been digitized for online viewing. Gradually, everything will be digitized, so check back occasionally. Some have viewing restrictions, and can only be viewed at a [ '''Family History Center'''] near you, and/or by members of supporting organizations. <br>
If you find a likely record, look in the "Film Notes". Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. [[File:FHL icons.png|75px]]. The magnifying glass indicates that the microfilm is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm.
==Details in Major Gazetteers==
=== Meyers' Gazetteer (
Use Meyer's Gazetteer to find the Kreis, the state or Prussian province, 1871 Standesamt, and the location of the Evangelical Lutheran or Catholic parish church overseeing your ancestor's town: {https://www.meyersgaz.orgMeyer's Gazetteer ('''''Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-lexikon des deutschen Reichs''''')]. This is also the gazetteer on which the organization of the FamilySearch catalog and FamilySearch Historical Records are based.
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