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Online German Gazetteers and Parish Register Inventories

Definitions

Gazetteer: a list of all localities within a given jurisdictions, such as a county, duchy, state, province, or empire. Information provided may vary depending on the original purpose of the publication and may include different government jurisdictions, church parish(es), population-, area,-and tax information, post office, description, history, and more.

Parish register inventory: A listing of parishes within a given jurisdiction. It usually includes information about extant parish registers by type, time period covered, and accessibility.

General

German Empire

Prussia (Preußen)

  • "Prussia, Municipality Gazetteer" - A complete set of the Gemeindelexikon Preußen (1905) volumes. Browse images by volume. Find this set on the Ancestry website by going to "search"; then enter "Gemeindelexikon" in the "keyword search" field. (Hint: A search in the "title" field brings up only the "Gemeindelexikon der im Reichsrate vertretenen Königreiche und Länder", a gazetteer for the Austro-Hungarian Empire.)
  • Various volumes of the Gemeindelexikon Preußen (1885, 1895, or 1905 editions) are also available on GoogleBooks and the DigiBib (Genealogy.net)

Regional gazetteers and parish register inventories

A number of gazetteers and parish register inventories are available in the Digital Library-Geographie, Kartographie, Topographie of the German Society for Computer Genealogy. . New titles are added regularly.

Alsace-Lorraine (Elsass-Lothringen)

Baden

Bavaria (Bayern)

Berlin

Brandenburg

Bremen

Brunswick (Braunschweig)

of the former Duchy of Braunschweig in the Kingdom of Westphalia (1806-1813) - Lists boundary changes that had happened under Napoleon

East Prussia (Ostpreussen)

Hamburg

Hannover

Hessen

Hessen-Nassau

Hohenzollern

Lippe-Detmold

Lübeck

Mecklenburg-Schwerin

Mecklenburg-Strelitz


Oldenburg

Palatinate (Pfalz)

Pommern

Posen

Rheinland

Saxon Duchies

  • Anhalt
  • Saxe-Altenburg (Sachsen-Altenburg)
  • Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha)
  • Saxe-Meiningen (Sachsen-Meiningen)
  • Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach)
  • Reuss-Gera (Junior Line)
  • Reuss-Greiz (Senior Line)
  • Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
  • Sondershausen

Saxony [Kingdom] (Königreich Sachsen)

Saxony [Prussian province] (Provinz Sachsen)

Schleswig-Holstein

Silesia (Schlesien)

Thuringia (Thüringen)

Die Evangelischen KIrchenbücher Thüringens ( Güldenapfel, 1934)

Waldeck-Pyrmont

Westfalen

Westpreussen

Württemberg