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The history of Bavaria stretches from its earliest settlement and its formation as a
stem duchy (Germanic tribe) in the 6th century through its inclusion in the Holy Roman Empire to its status as an independent kingdom and finally as a large Bundesland (state) of the modern Federal Republic of Germany. Becoming familiar with the history of the areas your ancestors come to valuable in leading you to the correct source for genealogy documents.
See Wikipedia for more information on the history of Bavaria.