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A Guide for Your Family History Research



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Bavaria, formally the Free State of Bavaria (German: Freistaat Bayern, is a state of Germany, located in the southeast of Germany. Bavaria's capital and largest city is Munich, the third largest city in Germany.

One of the oldest states of Europe, it was established as a duchy in the mid first millennium. In the 17th century, the Duke of Bavaria became a Prince-elector of the Holy Roman Empire. The Kingdom of Bavaria existed from 1806 to 1918, and Bavaria has since been a free state (republic). Modern Bavaria also includes parts of the historical regions of Franconia and Swabia.

Bavaria shares international borders with Austria and the Czech Republic as well as with Switzerland (across Lake Constance). Because all of these countries are part of the Schengen Area, the border is completely open. Neighbouring states within Germany are Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, Thuringia and Saxony. Two major rivers flow through the state, the Danube (Donau) and the Main. The Bavarian Alps define the border with Austria, (including the Austrian federal-states of Vorarlberg, Tyrol and Salzburg) and within the range is the highest peak in Germany, the Zugspitze. The Bavarian Forest and the Bohemian Forest form the vast majority of the frontier with the Czech Republic and Bohemia. The major cities in Bavaria are Munich (München), Nuremberg (Nürnberg), Augsburg, Regensburg, Würzburg, Ingolstadt, Fürth and Erlangen.

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by Surname


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The following are surnames of persons, found within our databases, as having been either

born, married or died in this ancestral location. Names in dark red denote direct ancestral lines.

McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families


Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families


Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families

Arnold;   Dellinger;   Katterman

Click on this link to find out more about each surname listed above as well as other surnames found within our three family databases.

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This link will also lead you to surname resources at Rootsweb, and information about the world-wide distribution of a surname.

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Free Surname
 Search Engines

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Use this free genealogy site to help you get the best genealogy searches from Google™ by using your family tree, for your research. It will create a series of different searches using tips or   "tricks"  

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that    will   likely   improve your results. The different searches will give you many different ways of using Google and the Internet to find ancestry information about this or any other Surname.

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Where in the World do These
 Surnames Come From?

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Click on the LINK to the right to see more information about the World distribution of any surname.  You can get greater

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detail for any of the maps by clicking on the area, i.e state, county that you are interested in.

Use the ““ LINK to find specific information about the distribution of over one million names in Germany.  A color-coded map showing all of the districts (kries) in Germany will


display the absolute distribution of  names in a county, as well as the relative distribution of that name indicating how many persons there are in proportion to the population of a county.

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by Location

Our Ancestral Districts

Researching the Districts (Kreis)

Gazetteer of Places

Where in the World

are My Ancestors?


1 = Dillingen; 2 = Erlangen-Höchstadt

See Below For Complete Listing Of Numbered Districts.

Our Ancestral Districts

Our Ancestral Districts (Kreis)

The following named districts are associated with the history of our DIRECT ancestors.   To select a specific ancestral county, go to our ANCESTRAL LOCATIONS home page. Here you will find additional links to our district pages where you can obtain information about our family gen-sites, images of localities, and surnames of persons, in our database, who have lived in the selected district.


To find out more about each county listed here use the following LINK


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County Research  (General)

Kreis (District)


Wikipedia is a multilingual, Web-based, free-content encyclopedia project based mostly on anonymous contributions. Clicking on a Link (below) will take you to the Wikipedia article about the county.  Here you will find additional links to guide the user to related pages with additional information.

Landkreise/kreisfreie cities

These administrative regions consist of 71 administrative districts (called Landkreise, singular Landkreis) and 25 independent cities (kreisfreie Städte, singular kreisfreie Stadt).

1.    Aichach-Friedberg

2.    Altötting

3.    Amberg-Sulzbach

4.    Ansbach

5.    Aschaffenburg

6.    Augsburg

7.    Bad Kissingen

8.    Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen

9.    Bamberg

10. Bayreuth

11. Berchtesgadener Land

12. Cham

13. Coburg

14. Dachau

15. Deggendorf

16. Dillingen

17. Dingolfing-Landau

18. Donau-Ries

19. Ebersberg

20. Eichstätt

21. Erding

22. Erlangen-Höchstadt

23. Forchheim

24. Freising

25. Freyung-Grafenau

26. Fürstenfeldbruck

27. Fürth

28. Garmisch-Partenkirchen

29. Günzburg

30. Hassberge

31. Hof

32. Kelheim

33. Kitzingen

34. Kronach

35. Kulmbach

36. Landsberg

37. Landshut

38. Lichtenfels

39. Lindau

40. Main-Spessart

41. Miesbach

42. Miltenberg

43. Mühldorf

44. München (Landkreis München)

45. Neuburg-Schrobenhausen

46. Neumarkt

47. Neustadt (Aisch)-Bad Windsheim

48. Neustadt (Waldnaab)

49. Neu-Ulm

50. Nürnberger Land

51. Oberallgäu

52. Ostallgäu

53. Passau

54. Pfaffenhofen

55. Regen

56. Regensburg

57. Rhön-Grabfeld

58. Rosenheim

59. Roth

60. Rottal-Inn

61. Schwandorf

62. Schweinfurt

63. Starnberg

64. Straubing-Bogen

65. Tirschenreuth

66. Traunstein

67. Unterallgäu

68. Weilheim-Schongau

69. Weissenburg-Gunzenhausen

70. Wunsiedel

71. Würzburg


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Administrative Regions of Bavaria

Bavaria is divided into 7 administrative regions called Regierungsbezirke (singular Regierungsbezirk).

1.    Upper Franconia (German: Oberfranken)

2.    Middle Franconia (Mittelfranken)

3.    Lower Franconia (Unterfranken)

4.    Swabia (Schwaben)

5.    Upper Palatinate (Oberpfalz)

6.    Upper Bavaria (Oberbayern)

7.    Lower Bavaria (Niederbayern)

These administrative regions consist of 71 administrative districts (called Landkreise, singular Landkreis) and 25 independent cities (kreisfreie Städte, singular kreisfreie Stadt).


Bezirke (districts) are the third communal layer in Bavaria; the others are the Landkreise and the Gemeinden or Städte. The Bezirke in Bavaria are territorially identical with the Regierungsbezirke (e.g. Regierung von Oberbayern), but are a different form of administration, having their own parliaments, etc.


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Gazetteer of Places

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The following Links will take you to gazetteers that identify places within this ancestral location.  These resources feature profiles of cities, towns, neighborhoods and subdivisions.  In addition this site contains maps, data and directions for a wide variety of physical, cultural and historic features.

·        Geography of Bavaria

·        Geographical features in Bavaria

·        List of mountains of Bavaria

·        Cities in Bavaria

·        Towns in Bavaria

·        Municipalities in Bavaria

·        Villages in Bavaria

·        Cities and Communes in Bavaria

·        Bavaria Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

·        Bavarian Gazetteer

·        Bavarian Gazetteer - Reformed Parishes

·        Gazetteer & Photographs of Churches in Bavaria

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Where in the World  are My Ancestors?

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Resources which enhance our knowledge of the places inhabited by our ancestors are almost as important  as  their  names.  The LINK

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to the right will take you to Maps, Gazetteers,   and other helpful  resources  that will assist you in discovering Ancestral Locations. 

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Internet resources


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The Google search engine  button  and following web sites    may     provide    you     with

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additional information to assist with your research about this Ancestral Location.

General Resources

Locality Specific Resources

Our Genealogy

Reference Library


General Resources

·         Germany Research –

·         German Genealogy ResourcesGenealoger

·         Pro Genealogists - Germany

·         German Genealogy & Family History Resources

·         Online German Genealogy Records & Databases

·         German Genealogy Resources on the Internet

·         Basic Research Outline for German Genealogy

·         Historical Record Search: Germany

·         Germany GenWeb

·         Find your Roots in Germany

·         German Genealogy Info. & Resources

·         FEEFHS: Germany Genealogy Resources

·         German Genealogy By Els Tveit

·         SGGEE -German genealogy in eastern Europe

·         Germany Genealogy Forum

· Germany Data Base Collections($)

·         World Archives Project: Deutsche Artikel

·         German Genealogy by

·         German Genealogy - Yahoo discussion group

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Locality Specific Resources

Locality Specific Resources

·         Bavaria Genealogy – Looking for Kin

·         German Genealogy Bavaria - Genealoger

· Data Collections: Bavaria ($)

·         Bavaria –

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Genealogy Reference Library

Our Genealogy 
Reference Library

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The following Link will take you to our library of genealogy reference books that pertain to this U.S. State.   Here you will find books about the history and records of this State, as well as its counties and other localities such as towns and churches.   The collection also contains research works about State military units and personnel during America’s wars.  In addition, there are resource texts about the ethnic and religious groups who settled in this State.

This Link will take you to our

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collections of reference books.  

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