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

Kartenmeister.com[edit | edit source]

For the provinces of East Prussia (Ostpreussen), Posen, Pomerania (Pommern), Silesia (Schlesien), parts of Brandenburg, and West Prussia (Westpreussen), areas which no longer belong to Germany, the online gazetteer Kartenmeister most efficiently tells you parish information:

Example:

Kartenmeister Search Engine



To use Kartenmeister, simply enter the German name of the town in the search field.

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A Typical Kartenmeister Record



The most important information points here are the

name of the Lutheran parish, the name of the Catholic parish, and the location of the civil registry office (Standesamt):



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Gazetteer of East and West Prussia[edit | edit source]

Column 1. Town or village

Column  2. East (O) or West (W) Prussia

Column 3. Lutheran Parish

Column 4. Catholic Parish

Column 5.  Civil Registration office

The files below are the alphabetically arranged towns and villages found in the gazetteer.


Towns A-B
Towns C-E
Towns F-G
Towns H-J
Towns K
Towns L-M
Towns N-O
Towns P-R
Towns S-T
Towns U-Z

Gemeindelexikon für das Königreich Preussen[edit | edit source]

Column headings in the  German and their English translations[edit | edit source]

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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.