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Overview of Saxony

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State of the Federal Republic of Germany: 1990
Capital: Dresden
English: Saxony, The Free State of Saxony
German: Sachsen, Freistaat Sachsen
Saxony location in Germany
Officially the Free State of Saxony. Today, Saxony is the tenth largest of Germany's sixteen states and the sixth most populous. The history of the state of Saxony spans more than a millennium. Its borders have changed a lot through the ages. Its capital is Dresden, and its largest city is Leipzig.
Located in the middle of a former German-speaking part of Europe, the history of the state of Saxony spans more than a millennium. It has been a medieval duchy, an electorate of the Holy Roman Empire, a kingdom, and twice a republic.
The area of the modern state of Saxony should not be confused with Old Saxony, the area inhabited by Saxons. Old Saxony corresponds approximately to the modern German states of Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and the Westphalian part of North Rhine-Westphalia.


A landlocked federal state of Germany, bordering the federal states of Brandenburg, Saxony Anhalt, Thuringia, and Bavaria, as well as the countries of Poland (Lower Silesian and Lubusz Voivodeships) and the Czech Republic (Karlovy Vary, Liberec, and Ústí nad Labem Regions).
Coordinates: 51°1′37″N 13°21′32″E
Districts and Urban Districts of Saxony:
Deutsch: Landkreise und kreisfreie Städte in Sachsen 2012.

English: Districts and urban districts of Saxony in 2012.

Cities and Counties of Saxony
Saxony consists of 7 independent Cities and 22 Counties:
Independent Cities and Counties of Saxony


The term Saxony historically has not always referred to the same location in Germany. During the early years Saxony referred to the area occupied by the Saxon which today is more akin to Saxony-Anhalt. The current Saxony is along the eastern border with the Czech Republic and Poland. At one point in its history it accounted for most of what we call Germany today.


Germany has a number of different cultures. Present day Saxony’s culture is as varied as its history. It has castles, old world towns, shopping meccas, festivals, museums, and modern art. It is the birth place of the type of medicine called homeopathy. Ore and metal crafts abound as well as china and porcelain production. It is the home of the traditional Christmas nutcracker and fruit stolen.

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Hello, I'm a new member of the GERMANY project.

My brickwall great grandmother, (see her profile Greener-24), has separately given Germany, Werdau and Lobenstein as her birth place.

There are two Werdau both I believe in Saxony. (Thanks, Dieter and Laura)

Lobenstein is now Bad Lobenstein in I believe Thuringia. The Evangelist Lutheran Church in Bad Lobenstein says no one called Gruener was born in Lobenstein about 1858.

There's no result searching for her and her father on FamilySearch German records.

I'd like to join the Saxony team to pursue Caroline Gruener and her father Frederick. I'm willing to contribute in other ways.

Grateful for any leads or suggestions you may have.

I see you have masses of resources; I'll start working through them.

Best wishes



posted by Steve Schlemmer