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1. Find the name of your ancestor's town in family history records.
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Guide to '''Hohenzollern, German Empire''' ancestry, family history, and genealogy '''before 1945''': birth records, marriage records, death records, both church and civil registration, compiled family history, and military recordsfinding aids.{{Click|File: DUCHY (DUCHYGERMAN), German Empire Hohenzollern button.png|Hohenzollern Online Genealogy Records|225px}} {{Click|Image:Germany ORP.png|Germany Online Genealogy Records}}[[File:Ask the Community Button New Version.jpg|link=https://community.familysearch.org/s/group/0F93A000000LhYOSA0/germany]]
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*Hohenzollern enjoyed all the rights of a full-fledged province of Prussia, including representation in the Prussian parliament, but its military matters and some civil matters were governed by the Rhine Province. 
*Hohenzollern became a '''province of the Free State of Prussia''' in 1918 after World War I, and this system continued to exist unchanged until 1933.
*In 1933, Prussian provinces were dissolved and placed under direct Nazi national rule.
*Hohenzollern was dissolved in 1946 following World War II, when the French military administration merged it with Württemberg to form '''the state of Württemberg-Hohenzollern.''' 
* Hohenzollern was part of the federal '''state of Baden-Württemberg since 1952.''' [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Province_of_Hohenzollern Wikipedia]
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*[[Hohenzollern, German Empire Genealogy]] (before 19451952)*[[Baden-Württemberg, Germany Genealogy]] (after 19451952)
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<span style="color:DarkViolet">'''Most of the information you need to identify you ancestors and their families will be found in two major record groups: civil registration and church records. To locate these records, follow the instructions in these Wiki articles.'''</span>
===1. Find the name of your ancestor's town in family history records.===
Records were kept on the local level. You must know the town where your ancestor lived. If your ancestor was a United States Immigrant, use the information in the Wiki article '''[[Germany Finding Town of Origin]]''' to find evidence of the name of the town where your ancestors lived in Germany.<br>
Also, see:
*[http://www.auswanderer-bw.de/auswanderer/index.php?sprache=de&suche=1 Auswanderung aus Südwestdeutschland, Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg], 1751-1920. Index. Includes Hohenzollern (Hans Glatzle) database for Sigmaringen.
SPECIFIC IMMIGRATION LINKS===2. Use gazetteers and/or parish register inventories to learn more important details.=== Your ancestor's town might have been too small to have its own parish church or civil registration office. '''Find the location of the Catholic or Lutheran (Evangelical) parish that served your ancestor's locality.''' Find the name of the civil registration office (standesamt) that serves your ancestor's locality. Use the Wiki article [[Finding Aids For German Records|'''Finding Aids For German Records''']] for step-by-step instructions.
Germany was first unified as a nation in 1871. An important gazetteer, [http://www.meyersgaz.org '''''Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-lexikon des deutschen Reichs''], "Meyer's Gazetter" for short''', details the place names of villages, towns, counties (kreise), and higher jurisdictions used at that time. In the Research Wiki, FamilySearch Catalog, and FamilySearch Historical Records, the records of Germany are organized using those place names. <br>
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===2. Use gazetteers and/or parish inventories You can also consult [[Hohenzollern, German Empire Church Records#Parish Register Inventories|Hohemzollern Parish Record Inventories]] to learn more important details.=== Your ancestor's town might have been too small to have its own parish church the Lutheran or civil registration office. Find the location of the Catholic or Lutheran (Evangelical) parish that served would have kept records for your ancestor's locality. Find the name of the civil registration office (standesamt) that serves your ancestor's locality. Use the Wiki article [[Studying Your German Locality|'''Studying Your German Locality''']] for step-by-step instructionstown.<br>
Germany was first unified as a nation in 1871. An important gazetteer, [http://www.meyersgaz.org '''''Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-lexikon des deutschen Reichs''], "Meyer's Gazetter" for short''', details the place names of villages, towns, counties (kreise), and higher jurisdictions used at that time. In the Research Wiki, FamilySearch Catalog, and FamilySearch Historical Records, the records of Germany are organized using those place names. <br>
At the end of both World Wars, the boundaries of the states were changed dramatically, as areas of Germany were distributed among the Allied nations. Eventually, after re-unification in 1990, the states of Germany settled into what they are today. It is also necessary to understand Germany by this system, as it affects the locations of civil registration offices, archives, and mailing addresses used in correspondence searches.<br>
===3. For birth, marriage, and death records from 1 October 1874 on, use civil registration.===Follow the instructions in [[Hohenzollern, German Empire Civil Registration|'''Hohenzollern, German Empire Civil Registration'''.]]
===4. For baptism, marriage, and death records, use church records or parish registers.===
Follow the instructions in [[Hohenzollern, German Empire Church Records|''' Hohenzollern, German Empire Church Records'''.]]
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