Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz), Germany Genealogy

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Guide to Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz), Germany ancestry, family history, and genealogy after 1945: birth records, marriage records, death records.

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

  • In 1946, the Rhineland (Rheinland) was divided up between the newly founded states of North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen) and Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz). The town of Wetzlar became part of Hesse (Hessen).

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Research to Find the Town of Origin[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.

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Modern Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz)
Former States Now in Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz)
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History of Rhineland (Rheinland) in the German Empire
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Rhineland (Rheinland)

1946: Divided into the newly founded states of Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, and Rhineland-Palatinate. The city of Wetzlar became part of the state of Hesse (Hessen).
1957: All of the Saar except the Saar-Pfalz became part of the current state of Saarland

Preussen, Rheinland

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