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Westphalia (Westfalen) Gazetteers

For a more comprehensive understanding of gazetteers, study the article Germany Gazetteers.

Westphalia (Westfalen)[edit | edit source]

To locate Lutheran and Catholic parishes as well as civil registration offices in Westphalia (Westfalen), use the Gemeindelexikon für das Königreich Preussen" Volume 10: Westfalen.
Here is a diagram showing the column headings in German and their English translations:

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Germany Nationwide Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

The Family History Library uses one gazetteer as the standard guide for listing German places in the catalog. Regardless of the various jurisdictions a place may have been under at different times, all German places are listed by the jurisdictions used in the following reference:

Uetrecht, E. Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-Lexikon des Deutschen Reichs(Meyers Place- and Traffic directory of the German Empire). Fifth Edition. Leipzig, Germany: Bibliographisches Institute, 1912-3. (FHL book Ref 943 E5mo; films 496,640-1; fiche 6,000,001-29.)

Meyer's gazetteer (often referred to as Meyers Orts) lists the names of places as they existed in Germany from 1871 to 1912. It gives the name of the state or province where each town was located at that time. The gazetteer is written in Gothic print, which can be hard to read.

Meyer's gazetteer is available in digital form.