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Free State of Bavaria location within Germany
Name: Bavaria
German: Bayern
Place Type: Modern Federal State
Coordinates: 48.7775, 11.431111
Located in: Germany
When: 1949-present
Previous locations:

Overview of Bavaria

The Free State of Bavaria (German: Freistaat Bayern, Alemannic German: Freistaat Bayre, Bavarian: Freistood Boajan/Baijaan, Main-Franconian: Freischdood Bayan) is a federal state of Germany. It is the largest by area and second largest by population, with 12.5 million inhabitants. Bavaria's main cities are Munich, its capital and largest city, Nuremberg and Augsburg. Othe large cities include Regensburg, Würzburg, Ingolstadt, Fürth and Erlangen.
Bavaria has a long history beginning in 555. It has been a Dutchy, a part of the Holy Roman Empire, a kingdom, and after World War II part of the new German Federation. It includes parts of the historical regions of Franconia, Upper Palatinate and Swabia. It is considered a wealthy state with the second highest GDP. Two major rivers flow through the state, the Danube (Donau) and the Main.
Three German dialects are spoken in Bavaria - Austro-Bavarian in Old Bavaria (South-East and East); Swabian German (an Alemannic German dialect) in the Bavarian part of Swabia (South West); and East Franconian German in Franconia (North). In the 20th century an increasing part of the population began to speak Standard German, mainly in the cities.


Bavaria is a landlocked state in the southeast of Germany. With an area of 70,550.19 square kilometres (27,239.58 sq mi), Bavaria is the largest German state by land area, comprising roughly a fifth of the total land area of Germany. Bavaria shares international borders with Austria, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland (across Lake Constance). The Bavarian Alps create a natural border with Austria and within the range is the highest peak in Germany, the Zugspitze. The Bavarian Forest and the Bohemian Forest create another natural border with the Czech Republic. Neighboring states within Germany are Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, Thuringia, and Saxony.
Maps Coordinates: 48°46′39″N 11°25′52″E ISO 3166 Code DE-BY
  • Google Maps: Bavaria Map
  • Geoportal: Bayern - If you go to "Thema wechseln" - "Verwaltungsatlas" - "Kirchen" (on the left) - "kath. Kirche" you can display the parish boundaries. It is ideal to find the possible parish. Or you can change to an historic map. On the bottom right "Hintergrund" change to "Historische Karte"
  • Meyers Gazetteer: Bayern (Bayern, Traunstein, Oberbayern, Bayern)
  • Wikipedia: The Kingdom of Bavaria in 900
  • Wikipedia: Bavaria in the 10th century
  • Wikipedia: Bavaria in the 19th century and beyond
  • Wikipedia: Administrative districts (Regierungsbezirke and Bezirke) of Bavaria
  • Wikipedia: Map of the Landkreise of Bavaria
  • Wikipedia: Bavaria is one of Germany's least densely populated states.


Coat of Arms

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Coat of Arms of Bavaria


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Research Help and Current Resources


Vital Records

  • FamilySearch: Germany, Bavaria, Catholic Church Records, 1650-1875
  • FamilySearch: Germany Online Genealogy Records
  • FamilySearch: Ansbach, Middle Franconia, Brenner Collection of Genealogical Records, 1550-1900 at FamilySearch
  • FamilySearch: Bavaria: Nuremberg Civil Registration, 1803-1886
  • Protestant church records from Bavaria ($subcription site)
  • Bavarian State Library: Digitized Historical Newspapers
  • Matricula: Catholic Church records from the diocese of Augsburg, Passau and München-Freising (and more)
  • register for an account and you'll get access to databases containing records in Vienna, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Passau, Nuernberg, Bayreuth, etc.


Religious Facilities

Local Cemeteries

Colleges and Universities

They often have local records and have professors who are versed in local lore so can be a wonderful resource and many are multilingual.

Local Phone Books

Online Resource Compilations

Local Genealogy Groups

  • WikiTree: List of Addresses for Family Research in Germany


The Duchy of Bavaria dates back to the year 555. 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, when Bavaria became a republic. In 1946, the Free State of Bavaria reorganized itself on democratic lines. Bavaria has had a major influence on many events throughout European history. This link - History of Bavaria - is the source for almost anything you want to know about Bavaria's history.

Culture and Travel

Bavarians foster different cultural identities: Franconia in the north, speaking East Franconian German, Bavarian Swabia in the south west, speaking Swabian German and Altbayern (so-called "Old Bavaria", the regions forming the "historic", pentagon-shaped Bavaria before the acquisitions through the Vienna Congress, nowadays the districts of the Upper Palatinate, Lower and Upper Bavaria). In Munich the Old Bavarian dialect was spoken, but nowadays mainly High German.

Bavarian culture (Altbayern) has a long and predominant tradition of Roman Catholic faith. Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI (Joseph Alois Ratzinger), was born in Marktl am Inn in Upper Bavaria and was Cardinal-Archbishop of Munich and Freising. Otherwise, the Franconian and Swabian regions of the modern State of Bavaria are historically more diverse in religion, with both Catholic and Protestant traditions. As of 2010, 54.4% of Bavarians still adhere to Roman Catholicism, though the number is on the decline; 20.4% of the population adheres to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria; Muslims make up 4.0% of the population; and 21.2% of Bavarians are irreligious or adhere to other religions.

Bavarians emphasize pride in their traditions. Traditional costumes collectively known as Tracht are worn on special occasions and include in Altbayern Lederhosen for males and Dirndl for females. Centuries-old folk music is performed. The Maibaum, or Maypole (which in the Middle Ages served as the community's yellow pages, as figurettes on the pole represent the trades of the village), and the bagpipes in the Upper Palatinate region bear witness to the ancient Celtic and Germanic remnants of cultural heritage of the region. There are a lot of traditional Bavarian sports disciplines, e.g. the Aperschnalzen is an old tradition of competitive whipcracking.

Cuisine in Bavaria has many dishes in common with Austria and Switzerland. It is known for its beer gardens, pretzels, potato dishes and beet dishes. Meats and noodles, coffee cakes and fruit cakes. Oktoberfest, beer gardens, castles, wood working, and alpine sports are all part of Bavarian culture.

Translation Aides

In Germany a number of different written languages and dialects were used. Below are some links to sites which may help you with old documents.

This is an active Germany Project page with up-to-date information.
Reviewed: Thiessen-117 5 December 2020
Last updated by Traci Thiessen: 11 Jun 2021

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Hello, I have many letters that are written I am told in either high or low german. My Bergtholdt and Hohl family came to the U.S. from Bavaria back about 1850's. My gr. gr. grandfather was born in Bavaria about 1832.
posted by Karen (Newman) Vinzant
edited by Karen (Newman) Vinzant
From Dieter Lewerenz (sent to Google Group):

If he is from Bavaria and they are written in dialect, the writing will be neither in High German nor in Low German.

Low German is spoken in the North German region, High German is the German high language as spoken and written according to Duden.

In Bavaria, Upper German dialects are spoken. Depending on where the person comes from in Bavaria, it could be North Upper German (East Franconian or South Franconian dialect) or East Upper German (Upper Palatinate, Danube Bavarian or Alpine Bavarian dialect) or even still West Upper German (East Alemannic/Swabian dialect).

posted by Traci Thiessen
Hi Bavaria Team! The Profile Improvement Teams (PIT) are looking for new members! If you check the main regions page (, you'll see that there are links to unsourced and unconnected profiles for each of the 16 regions. We also have a Data Doctors Team and we will eventually be adding Suggestions to the main regions team page as well. If you're a badged member of the Arborists project, we'd really appreciate your help in completing some merges and researching unmerged matches in German profiles. For more info on our PIT teams, see this page:
posted by Terri (Clawson) Swift
Hi Bavaria Team,

the "Bayern Atlas",122 is a verry good map. If you go to "Thema wechseln" - "Verwaltungsatlas" - "Kirchen" (on the left) - "kath. Kirche" you can display the parish boundaries. It is ideal to find the possible parish. Or you can change to an historic map. On the bottom right "Hintergrund" change to "Historische Karte"

The map is only for Bavaria!!

Greetings Monika

posted by Monika (Eschenbaum) B.
Thanks Monika! I added a link under the Maps heading above.
posted by Traci Thiessen
Hi Bavaria Team,

I cleaned up and reorganized this page a bit today. I checked existing links, added new links and a few new bits of info. If you ever have new resources to add, just add a comment here and we will add them to the collection!


posted by Traci Thiessen
Hi Bavaria Team,

under Current Resources - b. Vital Records is a link to Matricula online only for the Catholic Church records from the diocese of Augsburg. But there are a lot more bavarian Records. Also diocese Passau and München - Freising and some more outside of Bavaria.

It would be better to change the link into and to change the description into Catholic Church records from the diocese of Augsburg, Passau and München-Freising (and more).

posted by Monika (Eschenbaum) B.
I made the change you suggested. Thanks Monika!
posted by Traci Thiessen
Thanks Monica, this is exactly the type of information we love! :-)
posted by Kylie Haese
Ok, than I have annother one :D

On is also a part with Protestant church records from Bavaria (also from other German regions!). But you have to register and pay for it. But it is not a recurring subscription, after the end of the booked time is not (!) automatically renewed.

There is also an english version of the site for the prices:

It is important to know that you can check in advance if church records of the period you are looking for are online. If so, they are highlighted in green. If they not green, don't buy a pass!

It could be also possible, that the books are also available on familysearch, but in Germany we can't open them. Perhaps it's diffrent from USA, so check first if they are free on familysearch!

posted by Monika (Eschenbaum) B.
Hi Bavaria Team! You've all been added to the Trusted List of the Bavaria Team's WikiTree page so you will now get notifications when someone has posted a comment to the Team page. Collaborate away and enjoy!
posted by Traci Thiessen
For info: Genealogy and house chronicles in the area northwest of Munich -
posted by Traci Thiessen
Hi Greta, Improving profiles, letting us know about good resources are all helpful to WikiTree.
posted by Laura (Pennie) Bozzay
Another handy resource that might fit here (and other areas of wikitree, too) is: . Once you register for an account, you get access to databases containing records in Vienna, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Passau, Nuernberg, Bayreuth,etc. I found a record for my great-grandfather in the Passau database, but a few details seem to differ slightly from the birth certificate I have for him.
posted by Harold Wright
Thanks Glenn I added the URL to the Vital Statistics Section.
posted by Laura (Pennie) Bozzay
I have ancient DNA and a 23andMe DNA test that says one of the regions that I'm from is Bavaria, Germany. I'm interested in this project but not sure how I can help the project.
posted by Greta Moody
Interaction with a brand new volunteer introduced me to "church registers (mostly books of birth, marriage and death) from bvarious European countries (currently Austria, Germany, Poland and Serbia)." I thought you might want this for the Bavaria Project resource page.
posted on Bavaria (merged) by Debi (McGee) Hoag