German Research: Meyers Gazetteer Online

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Do you do research for ancestors in Germany? If so, you probably know of (or should know of) Meyers Gazetteer (Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-Lexikon des Deutschen Reichs), but it is a pain to decipher. Now it is online free with a great interface at Meyers ( And there is no need to be able to read old German script (fractur), as the abbreviations are translated and explained. There is also a map you can enlarge to see the precise location.

My great-grandfather came from Drakenburg (isn't that neat that he came from Dragon City?). You can read the entry for Drakenburg HERE. In the lower right, the abbreviations are all explained, so I don't have to go to the beginning to the book to get that info.


in The Tree House by Vic Watt G2G6 Pilot (360k points)
The only way I knew the villages where my great grandparents were born is because my grandfather's brother graduated from the University of Chicago abt 1905. On WorldConnect a lovely woman input alumni from that year. It was marvelous.

Then if you are a member of it will show you links to prime resources.

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+4 votes
Thanks Vic!

The map is incredible - I love how the historic map directly overlays with the Google map.
by Ray Jones G2G6 Pilot (163k points)
+1 vote
The thing I like most about the map is you can click to identify the closest churches to the village that your family came from and search those first.
by Steven Beckler G2G6 Mach 2 (22.9k points)

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