Genealogy Tips for Rottweil-Tuttlingen Researchers
Last Updated: 28 October 2005
- Swiss Emigration to Tuttlingen.
The migrants to Tuttlingen from Switzerland were studied by Herrmann Streng in the
late 1970s; a PDF includes names of emigres and their places of origin. Merci, Guillaume Roelly, for bringing this to our attention.
- Emigration from Southwestern Germany
While the English language section is not yet ready (promised for mid 2005),
it's not too difficult to figure out how to use the German-language section.
You can enter either a surname, or you can even enter a town name to find a list of
all people who emigrated from a particular town (or at least those who registered to do so).
Here are the steps:
- Click on the German Flag to access the German-language section
- Click on Suchen Sie Ihre Vorfahren (near top of page)
- Click on Suchformular (about midway in the page)
- On the search form, either enter a surname into the NAME field, or enter a
city/town name into the ORT field.
- There are a number of additional options you can try. Refer to your German-English dictionary
or babelfish.altavista.com for translations of the other options.
- Click on the Anfrage Senden button to commence the search.
If you see "Es wurden keine passenden Auswandererdaten gefunden" that means the search engine didn't find any matches.
(obits, births, marriages). German language.
About OBERAMTs and KREIS, etc.
has various pluses over conventional online maps. It allows the entry of
a central location (Villingen-Schwenningen = 48º04' 08º27' ) and all
hits will be from that location. It also will give a list of all the
villages from a specified point, so you can recognize the nearby villages
(or find where your missing village records are located). It then goes to
a MapQuest map where you can zoom down to the street level in many
villages. It has many of the archaic village names in its database. [Source: Fred H. Held]
- For the Würtemberg villages you can use the
register of the former kingdom of Württemberg.
Historical Map of Baden
Historical Map of Württemberg
The Amazing Advice of Carla Heller
- [From Fred H. Held:] In the old Duchy/Kingdom of Würtemberg there
were 4 Kreises - one in each corner. Our SW corner area would be in
Schwartzwaldkreis (Black Forest Kreis). In later years they disbanded
the kreises and setup Oberamts (OA~=upper offices) with a town designated
as an administration office ("county seat"). Tuttlingen and Rottweil are
two of these OAs. There are others in this region, such as Spaichingen.
Apparently the Grand Duchy of Baden had something similar, because this
area is part of Schwarzwald-Baar-Kreis (Black Forest & (I believe)
Plains or Rolling Hills Kreis). Baden now has Amts (A.~=office) having
a similar meaning as OAs in Würtemberg. The "county seats" in our area
of concern, include Donaueschingen and Villingen.
- [From Rose Schiller:] It is almost impossible to tell the
administrative structures in Germany. Historically, there was too much
change until about 1984. Interesting for research in the R-T area
are the administrative units, called "Kreis", comparable to a county.
Our area consists of three counties (Kreise): Rottweil (county seat is
the city of Rottweil (abbr. RW)); Tuttlingen (county seat is the
city of Tuttlingen (abbr. TUT)); Villingen-Schwenningen (also alled
"Schwarzwald-Baar-Kreis", county seat is Villingen-Schwenningen (abbr. VS));
I think that those three counties were part of the former "Schwarzwaldkreis"
with seat in Reutlingen. That was after all the different little
territories became part of Wuerttemberg (after 1806). Then the "Oberamt"
was similar to a "Kreis", but there were more before than nowadays. Some details:
There were more counties in the 1960/70ies than there are now.
I.e. there was a county of Donaueschingen, parts of it now belong to VS
or alos to Kreis Breisgau/Hochscharzwald (I am not sure). There was a
county of Horb, parts of it came to RW, others maybe to Freudenstadt.
- In the Rottweil area, there existed also an Oberamt Oberndorf and Sulz,
which later become part of Rottweil.
- The Oberamt Spaichingen later became part of Tuttlingen.
- The Oberamt Wolfach belonged to Baden;
- The city of Tennenbronn belonged to it but now belongs to Rottweil;
- Parts of Oberamt Triberg came to VS or RW (Schiltach und Schenkenzell).
- Location / Political alignment Question (understanding amts, oberamts, kreis, etc.) [Source: DJ Weber]
Carla Heller is one of the administrators of the Baden-Wurttemberg mailing list. She regularly posts great advice. I've browsed the B-W archives and selected a few (?!) that I think are particularly useful to the Rottweil-Tuttlingen group. If others have favorites, please send me a link and I'll post it.
Free Online Translation Tools
Books Relevant to the R-T Region
- Bumiller, Casimir (ed):
Deisslingen: altes Dorf am jungen Neckar. 2002 Gemeinde Deisslingen
- Hengstler, Gerlinde: Deisslingen und Lauffen durch Zeiten
und Jahreszeiten. 1987 Gemeinde Deisslingen
- Schaefer, Krotz, Ohnmacht, Bucher, Thomsen:
Lauffen - meine Heimat. 1998 Ortschaftsverwaltung Lauffen
- Butscher: Die Pfarrgemeinde Lauffen.
Festschrift zum 100jaehrigen Bestehen unserer St. Georgs Pfarrei.
- Dr. Fiedler, Dr. Hecht, Dr. Schuster:
Frittlingen 1797 - 1997. Geschichte und
Gegenwart. Gemeinde Frittlingen; Geiger Verlag Horb am Neckar, ISBN 3-89570-218-8
- Dr. Karl Ulmschneider: Spaziergaenge durch das alte Neufra.
Dokumentation der alten Haeuser und ihrer Bewohner. 2003
- Weber, Edwin Ernst: Die Reichsstadt Rottweil und ihre
Landschaft vom 30jährigen Krieg bis zur Mediatisierung. 1992
Veroeffentlichungen des Stadtarchivs Rottweil, Band 14; ISBN 3-928873-00-8
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