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==Details in Major Gazetteers: Meyersgaz.org and Kartenmeister.com==
=== Meyers' Gazetteer (Meyersgaz.org)===
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.org Meyer'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.
*[http://www.meyersgaz.org/help/help.html '''MeyersGaz Help Guide''']
*[[Abbreviation Table for Meyers Orts und Verkehrs Lexikon Des Deutschen Reichs|'''Abbreviation Table''']]
== More on Determining the Location of a Civil Registration Office ==
Research your town name in [http://www.meyersgaz.org '''MeyersGaz.org'''] to find the location of the registry office (''Standesamt''). It is indicated by the abbreviation '''"StdA"'''. <span style="color:DarkViolet">''''This is the Standesamt location you will use when searching for civil registration records anywhere in the FamilySearch catalog and collections.'''</span><br>
'''However, some of the offices were merged in 1970's, so the modern record location might be different than that listed in MeyersGaz. <span style="color:DarkViolet"> When writing for records, first find the modern registrar for your town.'''</span>
:*To e-mail the municipality to '''verify that the civil registry for your town is there'''.
::#Consult this address list for the exact contact information, which should include an e-mail address: [https://www.
standesamt.com/ '''Standesamt.com''']. In the horizontal menu bar, hover over "+registry office" or "+Standesämter", then the name of the modern state, for a drop-down list of links to modern cilvil registrars.
::#Send a message asking whether you have the correct office for your ancestors' home town. You can also use e-mail to request records and arrange payment. Use the [[German Letter Writing Guide|'''German Letter Writing Guide''']] to write your questions in German.