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Overview of Schleswig-Holstein
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- State of the Federal Republic of Germany: 23 August 1946
- Capital: Kiel
- English: Schleswig-Holstein
- German: Schleswig-Holstein
|Schleswig-Holstein location in Germany|
- Schleswig-Holstein is the northernmost of the 16 German states. Historically, it consists of the southern part of the former Duchy of Schleswig, the Hanseatic City of Lübeck and the two former Duchies of Holstein and Lauenburg, as well as the former Lübeck district of the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg and the former Hamburg exclaves of Geesthacht, Großhansdorf and Schmalenbeck. In exchange, the Holstein cities of Altona and Wandsbek as well as several rural communities, including Blankenese, went to Hamburg. The capital city is Kiel; other notable cities are Lübeck, Flensburg and Neumünster.
- Wikipedia: South Schleswig
- Schleswig-Holstein occupies the southern third of the Jutland Peninsula. Along its eastern coast is the Baltic Sea, and along its western coast is the North Sea. To the southeast it shares a land boundary with the state of Mecklenburg–West Pomerania. In the South it surrounds the northern part of Hamburg and in the Norths it borders on to Denmark. Schleswig-Holstein includes Fehmarn Island in the Baltic and Helgoland, Sylt, Föhr, Amrum, and other German islands in the North Frisian group.
- Coordinates: 54°28′12″N 9°30′50″E
- Google maps: Schleswig-Holstein map
- Meyers Gazetteer
- WikiMedia: Administrative Divisions
- Wikipedia: Administrative Divisions
- Wikipedia: Southern Schleswig (with German, Danish and North Frisian place names)
- WikiMedia: map
- Bing map
- Rootdigger - Maps - 1864, 1921 and today
- Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Oldenburg & Schleswig-Holstein
- In 1865, Schleswig was administered by Prussia, and Holstein by Austria. The resulting tension led to the Austro-Prussian War Schleswig-Holstein as a unified state was created after the Prussian victory in the Austro-Prussian War of 1866. Prior to that it was a land of changing allegiances, cultures, and divided into Schleswig and Holstein. Beginning early 12th century the Duchy of Holstein was part of the Holy Roman Empire. The areas were twice united under the Danish monarchy, but not incorporated into the Danish state. In 1848, Frederick VII proclaimed the complete union of Schleswig with Denmark sparking the predominantly German population of both Duchies to rebell culminating in the German Confederation taking over the two Duchies. The 1852 Treaty of London re-established the Duchies' personal union with Denmark. In 1863, Denmark again tried to incorporate Schleswig into the state proper, and Prussia and Austria declared war. In 1920 the north part of Schleswig returned to Denmark. In 1937, the city of Lübeck was incorporated into the German state of Schleswig-Holstein.
- FamilySearch: Schleswig-Holstein Timeline
- Info Please: Schleswig-Holstein: History
- Wiki2.org: History of Schleswig-Holstein
- Rootdigger: History
- Britannica: The Schleswig-Holstein question
- The Encyclopedia Americana (1920): Schleswig-Holstein
- Archive.org: The Schleswig-Holstein War (book)
- Google: Historical Review of the Dithmarschen Region of Schleswig-Holstein
- Germany has a number of different cultures. This area is one of the least visited by Germans or foreigners alike. It is very far north and caught between two seas making it cold. But it has breathtaking natural beauty. It is a maritime area. It is home to over 250 museums scattered throughout its borders. There are medieval town looking untouched by modern hands, archaeological exhibits, palaces, forts, festivals, sailing regattas and more. Its cuisine is naturally influenced by what is available and when it is available with an emphasis on fish and seafood, pork, soups and stews.
- Rootdigger: People
- Trip Advisor: Schleswig-Holstein Landmarks
- Wewelsfleth, Holstein, Germany
- S-H Culture
- The Local: 10 incredible facts about Schleswig-Holstein, 'the land between two seas'
- S-H Must See
- Archaeology Travel
- Culture in Schleswig-Holstein
- Where is Schleswig Holstein? And What Can You See There?
- The Best Things to Do in Schleswig-Holstein
- Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg Breweries
- Trip Advisor: Viking Museum Haithabu
- Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
- German Foods: Schleswig-Holstein: Culinary Treasures from Germany’s North
- Wikipedia: Schleswig-Holstein cuisine
Research Help and Regional Resources
Online Resource Compilations
- Genealogy.net: Online Familienbücher aka OFBs (regional family books). Also see THIS PAGE for Familienbücher that are not available online, but our members will do lookups for you.
- Arbeitskreis Volkszahlregister (AKVZ) - AKVZ transfers handwritten censuses and other registers of persons from the period 1671 to 1864 into machine readable form in maximum document fidelity, without changing or interpreting the original (transcription). They are currently concentrated on the former duchies of Schleswig, Holstein and Lauenburg, the Principality of Lübeck and the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin in Germany. The person database currently contains 2.3 million persons. The site is freely accessible.
- FamilySearch: Schleswig-Holstein, Prussia, German Empire Genealogy
- GenWiki: Schleswig-Holstein
- Genealogy-SH: Genealogy in Schleswig Holstein
- Parish Erfde
- GGSMN: Schleswig Holstein
- Genealogy-SH: Help looking for records in Schleswig Holstein
- The Ancestor Hunt: free online resources for international newspapers: see the section for Germany.
- Genealogy.net: GenWiki, main page
- German Roots.com: German Genealogy Resources on the Internet
- WikiTree Category: Germany Genealogy Resources
- WikiTree: Germany Project Resources
- FamilySearch: Schleswig-Holstein, German Empire Church Records
- FamilySearch: Germany, Schleswig-Holstein, Kreis Steinburg, Civil Registration, 1874-1983
- Danish National Archives
- Ancestry.com: Schleswig and Holstein, Denmark and Schleswig-Holstein, Prussia, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1597-1959
- Church Records
- "Die Kirchenbücher Schleswig-Holsteins, der Landeskirche Eutin und der Hansestädte" from 1958 offers a very good overview of the existing church records in Schleswig-Holstein. The book lists the existing church records in all Schleswig-Holstein parishes; in particular it also lists the gaps. Thus, researchers do not have to search unnecessarily for non-existent church books and know that they have to use other aids such as population registers, serf registers, tax lists, etc. for periods of the gaps or for the time before the respective church books. See: PDF image
- Archion.de: Protestant church records ($subcription site)
- Matricula: Catholic Church records
- FamilySearch: Germany Online Genealogy Records
- FamilySearch: German Church Records
- FamilySearch: German Civil Registration
- Trip Advisor: Schleswig-Holstein Landmarks
- Wikipedia: Schleswig Cathedral
- Catholic Directory: Catholic Churches in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
- WikiMedia Category: Churches in Schleswig-Holstein
- World-Guides: Lubeck Churches and Cathedral
- JewishGen: Schleswig-Holstein & Hamburg
- FamilySearch: Germany Church Directories
- FamilySearch: German Jewish Records
- Wikipedia: Religion in Germany
- Rootdigger - Emigration
- FamilySearch: Schleswig-Holstein Emigration and Immigration
- Germany Genealogy Group: German Emigration Database
- Historisches Museum Bremerhaven: German Emigrant Database
- Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild: Transcribed Ships Manifests Departing from Germany. Ports of departure include: Altona, Bremen, Bremerhaven, Cuxhaven, Geestemunde, Hamburg, Stettin, Swinemunde (currently Swinoujscie, Poland), German Unspecified Ports
- GermanRoots.com: Online German Emigration Records, Lists and Indexes
- GermanyRoots: Ship's Database
- WikiTree Immigration/Emigration Categories:
- FindAGrave: Cemeteries in Schleswig Holstein
- Wikipedia: List of Cemeteries in Schleswig-Holstein
- Schleswig-Holstein FamilySearch: S-H Cemeteries
- WW2 Cemeteries: Kiel War Cemetery
- CWGC: Kiel War Cemetery
- Wikipedia: Royal Burial Ground, Frogmore
- International Jewish Cemetery Project: S-H Cemeteries
- Waymarking: Alter Friedhof, Flensburg - Abandoned Cemeteries
- WikiMedia Category: Jewish cemeteries in Schleswig-Holstein
- WikiMedia Category: Cemeteries in Schleswig-Holstein
- WorldCat Library Search
- FamilySearch: Schleswig-Holstein Archives and Libraries
- WikiMedia Category: Libraries in Schleswig-Holstein
- Uni-Kiel.de: Academic Libraries in Schleswig-Holstein
- Rootdigger: Archives in Schleswig-Holstein
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.
- CollegeWikipedia: Universities In Schleswig-Holstein
- Universities Search Engine
- Wikipedia Category: Universities and colleges in Schleswig-Holstein
- WikiMedia Category: Universities and colleges in Schleswig-Holstein
Local Phone/Address Books
- Library of Congress Address/Telephone Directories from Germany
- Phone Books of the World: Kiel
- Kiel Address Books 1904-1919
Local Genealogy Groups
WikiTree Free Space Pages and One Place Studies
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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.
- Germany Handwriting
- Brockhaus 1894 Deutsche Mundarten (map)
- Latin phrases because many old records are written in Latin this is a handy list of commonly used Latin phrases.
- Genealogy Glossary of multiple languages using common genealogy related words.
Last updated by Thiessen-117 19 Jul 2022
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