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     Germany officially the Federal Republic of Germany (German: Bundesrepublik Deutschland). is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate. With 81.8 million inhabitants, it is the most populous member state and the largest economy in the European Union. It is one of the major political powers of the European continent and a technological leader in many fields.

A region named Germania, inhabited by several Germanic peoples, was documented before AD 100. During the Migration Age, the Germanic tribes expanded southward, and established successor kingdoms throughout much of Europe. Beginning in the 10th century, German territories formed a central part of the Holy Roman Empire.[5] During the 16th century, northern German regions became the centre of the Protestant Reformation while southern and western parts remained dominated by Roman Catholic denominations, with the two factions clashing in the Thirty Years' War, marking the beginning of the Catholic–Protestant divide that has characterized German society ever since.[6] Occupied during the Napoleonic Wars, the rise of Pan-Germanism inside the German Confederation resulted in the unification of most of the German states into the German Empire in 1871 which was Prussian dominated. After the German Revolution of 1918–1919 and the subsequent military surrender in World War I, the Empire was replaced by the Weimar Republic in 1918, and partitioned in the Versailles Treaty. Amidst the Great Depression, the Third Reich was proclaimed in 1933. The latter period was marked by Fascism and the Second World War. After 1945, Germany was divided by allied occupation, and evolved into two states, East Germany and West Germany. In 1990 Germany was reunified.  

surnames

The following are names of persons, found within our databases,

as having been either born, married or died in this location.

To find out more about each surname listed above click on the corresponding LINK.

McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families

Geisler;   Gilbert;   Gobel;  Lineberger;   Sonss;  Staley;

Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families

 

Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families

Abel

Arnold

Attig

Attigh

Bader

Bannheurs

Barth

Baumgärtner

Beck

Becker

Beissel

Benner

Beyssel

Beyssel

Blau

Boll

Born

Boyer

Bracher

Cammerer

Chateau (Schatto)

Clement

Cloter

Creager

Deitz

Dellinger

Doll

Dritt

Ernst

Forster

Gamer

Gilbert

Gohn

Gossner

Gotta

Haas

Hauer

Haug

Heidecker

Helcker

Herzog

Heyd

Horch

Ilges

Katterman

Kausch

Keller

Kern

Ketterman

Kiefer (Kieffer)

Klein

Knecht

Knoetzele

Kohler

Kolb

Krieger

Laux

Leiner

Leyonberger

Lieberknecht

Longenecker

Maurer

Meinzer

Meyer

Mildenberg

Muller

Müller

Nagel

Pfeffer

Precht

Reinhard

Rottenhauser

Rüdinger

Ruppert

Sauers

Schaffer

Schall

Schieck

Schmelzer

Schmid

Schon

Sharp

Siler

Steinmetz

Stober

Wagner

Wambold

Weber

Zeiter

Zimmerman

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ancestral gen-sites

 

The map at the left shows, in red, the districts (Kreis) where we believe our German ancestors came from before emigrating to America. The great majority of these areas are located in the south western states (Bundesland) of present day Germany. 

     Additional information regarding the location, and description of these states are found below.  Also we have provided the surnames associated with each state.  Use this link to search out additional information regarding the persons within our three databases.

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Baden-Wurttemberg;  Bavaria (Bayern);  Hesse (Hessen);

Lower Saxony (Neidersachsen);  Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pflaz)

Baden-Württemberg

LOCATION: Country: Germany;  State: Baden-Württemberg; 

Coordinates/Map:  48°32′16″N 9°2′28″E

 

DESCRIPTION OF GEN-SITE(s):  Baden-Württemberg is one of the 16 states of Germany. Baden-Württemberg is in the southwestern part of the country to the east of the Upper Rhine, and is the third largest in both area and population of Germany's sixteen states, with an area of 35,742 square kilometres (13,800 sq mi) and 10.7 million inhabitants. The state capital is Stuttgart.

SURNAMES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE:  Bader;  Bannheurs;  Barth;  Baumgärtner;  Beck;  Becker;  Beissel (Beyssel);  Boll;  Born;  Cammerer;  Dellinger;    Doll;  Ernst;  Gamer;  Geisler;  Gilbert;  Gobel;  Gossner (Goschner);  Gotta;  Haas;  Hauer;  Haug;  Heidecker;  Helcker;  Herzog;  Heyd;  Horch;  Katterman;  Kausch;  Kern;  Ketterman;  Kiefer (Kieffer);  Klein;  Knoetzele;  Kolb;  Laux;  Longenecker;  Meinzer;  Meyer;  Muller;  Nagel;  Precht;  Rottenhauser;  Rüdinger;  Ruppert;  Sauers;  Schall;  Schieck;  Schmid;  Schon;  Sonss;  Staley;  Stober;  Weber;  Zeiter

Bavaria (Bayern)

LOCATION: Country: Germany;  State: Bavaria; 

Coordinates/Map:  48°46′39″N 11°25′52″E

DESCRIPTION OF GEN-SITE(s):  Bavaria, formally the Free State of Bavaria, is a state of Germany, located in the southeast of Germany.  It is the largest state by area, forming almost 20% of the total land area of Germany. Bavaria is Germany's second most populous state (after North Rhine-Westphalia) with almost 12.5 million inhabitants, more than any of the three sovereign states on its borders. Bavaria's capital is Munich.  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.

SURNAMES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE:  Arnold;  Dellinger;  Katterman;  Gobel

Hesse (Hessen)

LOCATION: Country: Germany;  State: Hesse; 

Coordinates/Map:   50°39′58″N 8°35′28″E

DESCRIPTION OF GEN-SITE(s): Hesse or Hessia (German:Hessen), is both a cultural region of Germany and the name of an individual German state.  The cultural region of Hesse includes both the State of Hesse and the area known as Rhenish Hesse in the neighbouring Rhineland-Palatinate state. The oldest and second largest Hessian city, Mainz, is in Rhenish Hesse. The State of Hesse (German: Land Hessen) , is part of the larger cultural region. It has an area of 21,110 km2 (8,150 sq mi) and just over six million inhabitants. The state capital is Wiesbaden. Hesse's largest city is Frankfurt am Main.   

SURNAMES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE:  Beyssel;  Mildenberg;  Pfeffer;  Reinhard;  Steinmetz;  Walmbold;  Zimmerman

Lower Saxony (Neidersachsen) 

LOCATION: Country: Germany;  State: Lower Saxony; 

Coordinates/Map:  52°45′22″N 9°23′35″E

DESCRIPTION OF GEN-SITE(s): Lower Saxony (German: Niedersachsen), is a German state situated in northwestern Germany and is second in area and fourth in population among the sixteen states of Germany.  Most of the state's territory was part of the historic Kingdom of Hanover; the state of Lower Saxony has adopted the coat of arms and other symbols of the former kingdom. It was created by the merger of the State of Hanover with several smaller states in 1946.   

SURNAMES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE:  Lineberger

Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pflaz)

LOCATION: Country: Germany;  State: Rhineland-Palatinate;

Coordinates/Map:   49°54′47″N 7°27′0″E

 

DESCRIPTION OF GEN-SITE(s):  Rhineland-Palatinate is one of the 16 states of the Federal Republic of Germany. The capital is Mainz.  English speakers also commonly refer to the state by its German name, Rheinland-Pfalz.  The state of Rhineland-Palatinate was established on 30 August 1946.  It was formed from the northern part of the French Occupation Zone, which included parts of Bavaria (the Rhenish Palatinate), the southern parts of the Prussian Rhine Province (including the District of Birkenfeld which formerly belonged to Oldenburg), parts of the Prussian Province of Nassau (see Hesse-Nassau), and parts of Hesse-Darmstadt (Rhinehessen

 on the western banks of the Rhine).

SURNAMES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE:  Blau;  Born;  Bracher; 

Chateau (Schatto);  Cloter;  Deitz;  Forster;  Gohn;  Ilges;  Keller;  Leiner;  Leyonberger; 

Schaffer

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The list below will assist in your research regarding the matching of your ancestor’s birth, marriage, death dates and the place(s) within this locality at which these events may have occurred.

·         Directory of Cities, Towns, & Regions in Germany

·         List of places in Germany

·         East and West Prussia Gazetteer

·         Lists of German communities by state & county

·         German & Polish place names - Index contains Polish and previous German names of localities situated in Poland and Russia.  Also some names of places from former Saxony now in Poland and Silesian now in Germany.

·         German Gazetteers  ProGenealogists

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Where in the World  are My Ancestors?

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

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

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your research about this topic.

·         Germany GenWeb

·         Find your Roots in Germany

·         German Genealogy Info. & Resources

·         FEEFHS: Germany Genealogy Resources

·         German Genealogy - Yahoo discussion group

·         German Genealogy By Els Tveit

·         Resources for German Genealogy on the Internet

·       Germany - Rootsweb.com (message boards)

·       Genealogy.com: Places/Geographic, Europe

·       Cyndi's List - Germany / Deutschland

·       German Genealogy

·        German Heritage & Genealogy (D'Addezio.com)

·        The German Genealogy Network

·        SGGEE -German genealogy in eastern Europe

 

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