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Overview of Rhineland-Palatinate

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State of the Federal Republic of Germany: established on 30 August 1946
Capital: Mainz
English: Rhineland-Palatinate
German: Rheinland-Pfalz
R-P location in Germany
The present state of Rhineland-Palatinate formed part of the French Zone of Occupation after the Second World War. It comprised the former Bavarian Palatinate, the Regierungsbezirke (government districts) of Koblenz and Trier of the old Prussian Rhine Province, those parts of the Province of Rhenish Hesse (Rheinhessen) west of the River Rhine and belonging to the People's State of Hesse (Volksstaat Hessen), parts of the Prussian province of Hesse-Nassau (Montabaur), and the former Oldenburg region around Birkenfeld (Principality of Birkenfeld). The seventh-most populous German state, Mainz is the state capital and largest city, while other major cities include Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Koblenz, Trier, Kaiserslautern, and Worms. It represents 50% of all German exports and has a diverse economy of both agricultural products and industrial manufactured products.


The Palatinate is a region in Southwestern Germany. It occupies more than a quarter of the German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz). It is surrounded by the states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Saarland, Baden-Württemberg, and Hesse. It also borders three foreign countries: France, Luxembourg, and Belgium.
Coordinates: 49°54′47″N 7°27′0″E


The state of Rhineland-Palatinate was founded shortly after the Second World War, on 30 August 1946. It was formed mainly from the southern part of the Prussian Rhine Province (the Regierungsbezirke of Koblenz and Trier), from Rhenish Hesse, from the western part of Nassau and the Bavarian Rhenish Palatinate minus the county of Saarpfalz. The Joint German-Luxembourg Sovereign Region (Gemeinschaftliches deutsch-luxemburgisches Hoheitsgebiet) is the only unincorporated area of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. This condominium is formed by the rivers Moselle, Sauer, and Our, where they run along the border between Luxembourg and Rhineland-Palatinate or the Saarland.


Germany has a number of different cultures. Rhineland-Palatinate is known for its wine, woods, walking trails, castles, and rich history.

Research Help and Regional Resources

Online Resource Compilations

Vital Records

  • Forebears: Rhineland-Palatinate Genealogical Records
  • FamilySearch: Germany, Rhineland-Palatinate Church Record Extractions and Family Registers - FamilySearch Historical Records
  • Protestant church records ($subcription site)
  • Matricula: Catholic Church records
  • FamilySearch: Germany Online Genealogy Records
  • FamilySearch: German Church Records
  • FamilySearch: German Civil Registration

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

Local Genealogy Groups

  • WikiTree Space: List of Addresses for Family Research in Germany
  • Westdeutsche Gesellschaft für Familienkunde - West German Society for Family Studies) this site has resources for research in the former Prussian Rhine Province; today North Rhine-Westphalia (admin districts Dusseldorf and Cologne) and Rhineland-Palatinate (admin districts Koblenz and Trier)
  • GenWiki Category: Genealogical institution in Rhineland-Palatinate

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Hello, I am Stout-1551, Hal Stout. My ancestors came to this country in 1738 from Essweiler and Bosenbach. I have traced them back to 1510 in the same towns. I would like to explore the history of this area but don't know where to start. Any suggestions are appreciated? I am in Ohio and cannot afford to go to Germany in person.
posted by Hal Stout
edited by Hal Stout
My oldest known ancestor on my father's side was born in Alzey-Worms, Germany - Johannes Förnges "Joannis" Kronenberger aka Cronenberger in 1743, I would like to go back further, any ideas?
posted by John Kronenberger
edited by John Kronenberger