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An Introduction


 by Surname


by Location

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     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.       Situated in western Germany, Rhineland-Palatinate borders (from the north and clockwise) North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse, Baden-Württemberg, France, Saarland, Luxembourg and Belgium.

     The largest river in the state is the Rhine, which forms the border with Baden-Württemberg and Hesse in the southeast before flowing through the northern part of Rhineland-Palatinate. The Rhine Valley is bounded by mountain chains and forms a fascinating landscape containing some of the most historically significant places in Germany.  The Eifel and Hunsrück mountain chains are found on the west bank of the Rhine in northern Rhineland-Palatinate, while the Westerwald and Taunus mountains are found on the east bank. The hilly lands in the southernmost region of the state are covered by the Palatinate forest and the Palatinate.  These mountain chains are separated from each other by several tributaries of the Rhine: the Mosel, the Lahn and the Nahe.  The modern state consists of a conglomeration of the historic regions of southern Rheinland Province, Rheinhessen and the Palatinate.

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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

Blau;   Born;   Bracher;   Chateau(Schatto);   Cloter;   Deitz;   Illges;   Keller;   Leiner;   Leyonberger;   Lieberknecht;   Schaffer

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
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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.

The world’s largest free genealogy search engine,, provides genealogists access to the best free genealogy content on the web

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including billions of names, dates and places worldwide. seeks to index and make searchable all of the world’s free genealogy information.

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Where in the World do These
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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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Our Ancestral Districts

Researching the Districts (Kreis)

Gazetteer of Places

Where in the World

are My Ancestors?


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5=Bad Kreuznach;   10=Vulkaneifel   22=Sudwestpflaz;   Z=Zweibrücken

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.

The districts of Rhineland-Palatinate as seen on the above map:

(1)Ahrweiler;   (2)Altenkirchen;   (3)Alzey-Worms;   (4)Bad Dürkheim;   (5)Bad Kreuznach;   (6)Bernkastel-Wittlich;   (7)Birkenfeld;   (8)Bitburg-Prüm;   (9)Cochem-Zell;   (10)Vulkaneifel;   (11)Donnersbergkreis;   (12)Germersheim;   (13)Kaiserslautern;   (14)Kusel;   (15)Rhein-Pfalz-Kreis;   (16)Mainz-Bingen;   (17)Mayen-Koblenz;   (18)Neuwied;   (19)Rhein-Hunsrück;   (20)Rhein-Lahn;   (21)Südliche Weinstraße;    (22)Südwestpfalz;   (23)Trier-Saarburg;    (24)Westerwaldkreis


Every district is composed of numerous municipalities, which can consist of cities, villages, or groups of villages known as Verbandsgemeinden. Furthermore there are twelve urban districts which are identified on the above map with letters:   Frankenthal (F);   Kaiserslautern (Ka);   Koblenz Coblenz (Ko);   Landau (La, the main city and an enclave);   Ludwigshafen (Rheinpfalz-Kreis) (L);   Mainz (M);   Neustadt (Weinstraße) (N);   Pirmasens (P);   Speyer Spires (S);   Trier (T);   Worms (W);   Zweibrücken (Z)


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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.

·         Geographical features in the Rhineland-Palatinate

·         Cities in Rhineland-Palatinate

·         Towns in Rhineland-Palatinate

·         Municipalities in Rhineland-Palatinate

·         Villages in Rhineland-Palatinate

·         Cities and Communes in Rhineland-Palatinate

·         Rhineland-Palatinate Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

·         Gazetteer of Prussia

·         Gazetteer & Photographs of Churches in Rheinland-Pfalz

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Where in the World  are My Ancestors?

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

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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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Our “Gen-Tool Kit” has been primarily designed for those researchers who may be traveling to this location to perform on-site studies of their family history, or to just visit some of the interesting historical sites located therein.  It can be very satisfying to mix research with sightseeing at historical and scenic spots.  Such activity not only gives you an understanding of the land but a needed break from intense research sessions.  When visiting an ancestral location for genealogical research we’ve found that the three most important places to visit are the local and State Archives, Librararies, as well as the historical and/or genealogical societies.  It is also good to plan ahead by contacting any site you intend visiting in order to ascertain where it is and when it will be open.  This is especially true with regard to historical and genealogical societies.


Most if not all of these links are to websites that do not require a subscription.  We hope that the following information will provide you with a better idea of what resources are available, within this county, to the family historian.



Libraries, Museums

and Archives

Maps and Gazetteers



(History & Genealogical)



·         Rheinland Pfalz Cemetery Records

·         Altenglan Cemetery

·         Dexheim Cemetery

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·         Other States and Places –

·         Miscellaneous –

·         Other Internet Resources –

·         R-P Regional History Collection – Genealoger

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Libraries, museums, arcxhives

Libraries, Museums & Archives

·         Archives and Libraries –

·         Auswanderer-Museum-Oberalben – Genealoger

·         Institute for Palatine History & Folklife – Genealoger

·         Archives in the Rhineland-Palatinate

·         Landesarchiv Speyer – Genealoger

·         Landeshauptarchiv Koblenz - – Genealoger

·         Addresses of Archives

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Maps and gazetteers

Maps and Gazetteers


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·         Genealogical and Historical Records –

·         Palatinate Catholic Parish Records – Genealoger

·         Protestant Parish Records Before 1874 – Genealoger

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Societies (Historical & Genealogical)

·         Associations and Societies –

·         German Genealogy Society – Genealoger

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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

·         German Genealogy & Family History Resources

·         Online German Genealogy Records & Databases

·         German Genealogy Resources on the Internet

·         Cyndi's List - Germany

·         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 - Yahoo discussion group

·         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 Resources - States

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Locality Specific Resources

Locality Specific Resources

·         Rhineland-Palatinate –

·         Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany WorldGenWeb Project

·         RootsWeb Message Boards [ Rheinland-Pfalz ]

·         History of the Palatine

·         Rhineland-Palatinate Genealogy

·         German Genealogy Rheinland-Pfalz - Genealoger

·         Background on the Palatinate

·         German Genealogy Society Palatines to America

·         Rheinland-Pfalz Genealogy Links

·         GenForum Search Results: Rhineland-Palatinate

·         Rhineland-Pfalz, Germany/Prussia Genealogy Forum

· Data Collections: Rheinland-Pfalz ($)

·         Rheinprovinz / Rhineland

·         Genealogy in Pfalz

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