Looking for somebody with knowledge of Germany

+6 votes

On the "Let others know what locations you are working on" page, we have a whole lot of unconnected branches with German connections, and unconnected German notables. I've been thinking that it would probably be a good idea to divide them up by lands (I believe that's the correct name for divisions of Germany), but I don't know enough about the subject to know how many lands there are, what their names are, or which cities and towns are in which land. Is there an expert on Germany who'd be willing to take on the task of dividing up those German branches and notables?

in Requests for Project Volunteers by Greg Slade G2G6 Pilot (368k points)
Wouldn't it depend on the time period?
It most certainly could.  But that depends upon whether you are dividing up Germany based on present day divisions or on past divisions (which were many, and were constantly changing their borders and names).

     I will run through present day Germany now:  there are 16 Länder.

Berlin---                   Berlin

Bremen----              Bremen, Bremerhavn

Bayern----               Munich, Nurenberg, Augsburg,  

                               Regensburg, Ingolstadt, Würzburg,

                               Bamberg, Bayreuth

*Baden-Wurttemberg--   Stuttgart, Freiburg, Heidelberg, Ulm

xBrandenburg---      Potsdam, Cottbus, Frankfurt/Oder

*Hamburg----           Hamburg

*Hessen---       Frankfurt/Main, Wiesbaden, Offenbach/Main, Darmstadt, Kassel,

xMecklenburg-Vorpommern---      Schwerin,

*Niedersachsen---Hannover, Braunschweig [Brunswick], Oldenburg

*NordRhein-Westfalen---  Cologne, Dortmund, Essen, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Bonn, Wuppertal, Oberhausen, Solingen, Siegen

*Rheinland-Pfalz---     Mainz, Koblenz, Kaiserslautern, Trier, Worms, Speyer

*Saarland---      Saarbrücken

xSachsen---     Dresden, Leipzig, Chemnitz, Zwickau

xSachsen-Anhalt-----   Magdeburg, Halle

Schleswig-Holstein---   Kiel

xThüringen----     Erfurt, Jena, Weimar, Gera

Americans with early German immigrant ancestors would best consult first those Länder with a * before the name.  Those Länder with an x before the name were part of former East Germany, and would likely not be a source for late 20th century immigrants.  But of course, all rules are breakable.

     Before 1945 there could be several hundred quasi-sovereign states of various sizes within (and sometimes without) the Holy Roman Empire, depending upon the period which one is considering.  It would take months to list them all.

Thank you, Dan. I'd be inclined to use the current Länd that a town or city is part of now, even in cases where it was in a different polity at the time the person was born, just as I would use "Ontario" rather then "Upper Canada" or "Canada West" for people who were born where I live now.

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+3 votes

Greg if you go to the Germany Project you will see how we have used the various German states as regional divisions.  


by Laura Bozzay G2G6 Pilot (631k points)

Thank you, Laura. That gives me something to start from.

+2 votes
I am still adding profiles to the Hindenburg-cluster, trying to finally find a connection. There is also the cluster of the siblings Scholl which I work on and which is still unconnected. And I added a bunch of unconnected Eckstädts, because they are somehow to me related, but I still don't know how. Currently I won't add more clusters to my watchlist aka workload.
by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (508k points)

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