Brunswick (Braunschweig), German Empire Genealogy[edit | edit source]
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Information[edit | edit source]
Brunswick (Braunschweig) was a duchy in the German Empire...it was NOT part of Prussia. 
Getting Started[edit | edit source]
Getting Started with Brunswick Research
Links to articles on getting started with Brunswick research.
Brunswick Research Tools
Links to articles and websites that assist in Brunswick research.
Historical Geography[edit | edit source]
Verwaltungsbezirk Braunschweig, an administrative district,
Finding Your Ancestors' Town[edit | edit source]
- To begin using the records of Germany, knowing that your family came from Brunswick will not be enough to use the records of Germany. Records are kept on the local level, so you will have to know the town they lived in.
- Details about the town will also help:
- the county or "Kreis" of that town,
- where the closest Evangelical Lutheran or Catholic parish church was (depending on their religion),
- where the civil registration office ("Standesamt") was, and
- if you have only a village name, you will need the name of the larger town it was part of.
How To Find the Town[edit | edit source]
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 Gathering Information to Locate Place of Origin as a guide in exhausting every possible record to find what you need.
- Or watch this webinar: Online Class: Finding German Places of Origin
- Emigration lists of the former Duchy of Braunschweig,1846-1871, index
- Emigration lists from Berel, Braunschweig
- Niedersachsen Archives Search Page, enter "Auswanderung" and surname.
If You Know the Town, Use Meyers Gazetteer[edit | edit source]
Once you know the town name you need, the other facts you need are contained in Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-lexikon des deutschen Reichs, the gazetteer on which the FamilySearch catalog for Germany is based.
- Use MeyersGaz, the digital gazetteer, to find the details you need, particularly the Kreis (county) it belonged to, found after "Kr".
- MeyersGaz Help Guide
- Abbreviation Table
Here is part of an entry from MeyersGaz.org. (The whole entry can be studied at Heusenstamm, MeyersGaz.)
Research Tools[edit | edit source]
- German Genealogical Word List
- Latin Word List
- Handwriting Guide
- German Handwriting Tutorial
- http://www.kurrentschrift.net/index.php5?s=schreiben (enter your German genealogical word, click on "umwandeln" and view your word in Kurrentschrift (Gothic handwriting)
- Saxony Tourism.com
- Address books