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==Historical Background==
Rhineland-Palatinate was established in 1946 after World War II from territory of the historically separate regions of the Rhineland (Rheinland) province of the Free State of Prussia, the People's State of Hesse, and Bavaria, by the French military administration in Allied-occupied Germany. Rhineland-Palatinate became part of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1949. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhineland-Palatinate Wikipedia]
==Getting Started ==
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<h3>Getting Started with Germany Research</h3>
Links to articles on getting started with German research:
*[[Germany How to Guides|"How to" Guides]]
*[[Germany Finding Town of Origin]]
*[https://familysearch.org/ask/learningViewer/12 German Church and Civil Records]
*[http://is.byu.edu/courses/pe/999022071006/public/start.htm German Research], BYU Independent Study, no cost.
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<h3>Germany Research Tools</h3>
Links to tools and websites that assist in German research:
*[http://www.meyersgaz.org Meyers Gaz Online Gazetteer]
*[[German Word List|German Genealogical Word List]]
*[https://familysearch.org/ask/learningViewer/375 Old German Script]--Three parts
*[https://script.byu.edu/Pages/the-german-documents-pages/the-german-documents(english) German Script Tutorial]
*[[German Letter Writing Guide]]
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==Research to Find the Town of Origin==
If you do not yet know the name of the town of your ancestor's birth, there are well-known strategies for a thorough hunt for it.
*Use [[Germany Finding Town of Origin|'''Germany Finding Town of Origin''']] as a guide in finding evidence in United States records proving your ancestors' town of origin. Also see [[Germany Emigration and Immigration|'''Germany Emigration and Immigration''']], especially for immigration to countries other than the United States.
==Maps==
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