Silesia (Schlesien) Gazetteers

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If You Know the Town, Next Use Meyers Gazetteer[edit | edit source]

Now available online here.

  • Uetrecht, E., Meyers Orts und Verkehrs-Lexikon des Deutschen Reichs (Meyer’s gazetteer and directory of the German Empire). Leipzig: Bibliographisches Institut, 1912–. (FHL book 943.E5mo; film 496640–41; fiche 6000001– 29.) This gazetteer lists places alphabetically, gives their former German province, and states whether a place has its own parish or synagogue. It also indicates the location of the vital records office.

Kartenmeister[edit | edit source]

Next, find your town in Kartenmeister.com to learn the Polish name and upper jurisdictions that the town became known by after 1945.

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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Gemeindelexikon für das Königreich Preussen--Parish Inventory[edit | edit source]

  • Gemeindelexikon für das Königreich Preussen (Gazetteer for the Kingdom of Prussia). 13 vols. Berlin: Verlag des Königlichen Statistischen Landesamts, 1907–09. (FHL book 943.E5kp; film 1186701, 0806633–35.) Volumes for each Prussian province are arranged by district with an index at the end. The gazetteer is in German Gothic print. Information is given in columns and includes population figures as well as civil and ecclesiastical jurisdictions.
  • To locate Lutheran and Catholic parishes as well as civil registration offices in Schlesien, please use the Gemeindelexikon Schlesien, available through FamilySearch Catalog.


Here is a diagram showing the column headings in German and their English translations:

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