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LOCATING A PLACE OF ORIGIN IN GERMANY [THE MEYERS GAZETTEER]
In order to locate a place in the old German Empire, the interested can use the "Meyers Gazetteer" [i.e. "Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-Lexikon des Deutschen Reichs: auf Grund amtlicher Unterlagen von Reichs-, Landes- und Gemeindebehorden" herausgegeben von Erich Uetrecht [Mit 51 Stadtplänen, 19 Umgebungs- und Übersichtskarten], einer Verkehrskarte und vielen statistischen Beilagen, 5 Auflage (edition), Bibliographisches Institut, Leipzig, Deutschland, 1912-'13; Meyers gazetteer and commercial directory of the German Empire].
presentation: Shows information concerning each place name, including churches,
civil offices and jurisdictions.
[ new! ] Starting the end of 2006, the Meyers Gazetteer is available also on line at Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-Lexikon des Deutschen Reichs
At FHL, the Meyers Gazetteer is to be found at:
Subject Class 943 E5
Call Number / Location
943 E5mo v. 1 / FHL INTL Reference
943 E5mo v. 2 / FHL INTL Reference
943 E5mo v. 1 copy 2 / FHL INTL Book
943 E5mo v. 2 copy 2 / FHL INTL Book
943 E5mo v. 1 copy 3 / FHL INTL Book
943 E5mo v. 2 copy 3 / FHL INTL Book
Bd. 1, A-K / FHL INTL Film 496640
Bd. 2, L-Z / FHL INTL Film 496641
Andere Verfilmung: Bd. 1, A-K / VAULT INTL Film 528756
Bd. 2, L-Z / VAULT INTL Film 528757
Andere Verfilmung: Bd. 1, A-K / VAULT INTL Film 491055
Bd. 2, L-W / VAULT INTL Film 491056
Bd. 2, W-Z / VAULT INTL Film 491057
Andere Verfilmung von den Landkarten / FHL INTL Film 1181610 Item 1
Auch auf Mikrofiche. Bd. 1-2, A-Z / FHL INTL Fiche 6000001-6000029
In German Genealogical Digest [search for Volume 9, Number 1], is to be found Larry O. Jensen's article: "Using the Meyers Gazetteer to determine localities in 1871 German Empire".
From the presentation made to this article: "The
Meyers Gazetteer is considered by many to be the most important reference tool
the German genealogist can learn to use. However, it is written in German and
uses many abbreviations (see German Genealogical Digest, Vol. 5, No. 4 for a
detailed list). Meyers' lists German localities as they existed at the time
of the 1871 German Empire. This article talks about the two most important functions
of the Meyers' Gazetteer. The Meyers gazetteer is a key factor in doing German
In German Genealogical Digest [Volume 5, Number 4], is to be found Laraine K. Ferguson's compilation: "Meyers' Gazetteer. Abbreviation Table".
Back issues of the German Genealogical Digest are available for 9$ per issue
[foreign orders are 12$ per issue/shipping is included].
by sending a check or money order to:
German Genealogical Digest
P.O. Box 112054
Salt Lake City, Utah 84147
At FHL's Web Site [search Germany / Gazetteers] are to be found also much more resources [than needed] to help the interested in located a place of origin in the “old” Germany.
Note: The majority of the researchers consider the finding of the place of origin in Germany for their ancestors as being "the pot of gold at the end of their research rainbows". Unfortunately, according to Josef Kühn, the author of Sackelhausen Familienbuch [see at page 35], for 34%[!] of the inhabitants of this village [between 1765-1993 / 2638 names] the origin place is unknown. This is a statistic that nobody can ignore.