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     Baden-Württemberg is one of the 16 states of Germany. Baden-Württemberg is in the southwestern part of the country to the east of the Upper Rhine. The state capital is Stuttgart. The area used to be covered by the historical states of Baden, including the former Prussian Hohenzollern, and Württemberg, part of the region of Swabia.  The sobriquet Ländle ("small land" in the local dialect) is sometimes used as a synonym for the Swabian part of Baden-Württemberg.

     After World War II, Allied forces established three federal states: Württemberg-Hohenzollern, Baden, and Württemberg-Baden. In 1949, these three states became founding members of the Federal Republic of Germany.    After a referendum held on 16 December 1951, Württemberg-Baden, Württemberg-Hohenzollern and Baden voted in favour of a merger. Baden-Württemberg officially became a state on 25 April 1952.

     Baden-Württemberg shares its borders with France, Switzerland, Rhineland Palatinate, Hesse and Bavaria.  Most of the major cities of Baden-Württemberg straddle the banks of the Neckar River, which runs downstream (from southwest to the centre, then northwest) through the state first past Tübingen, then Stuttgart, Heilbronn, Heidelberg, and Mannheim).  The Rhine (German: Rhein) forms the western border as well as large portions of the southern border. The Black Forest (Schwarzwald), the main mountain range of the state, rises east of the Rhine valley. The high plateau of the Swabian Alb, between the Neckar, the Black Forest and the Danube, is an important European watershed. Baden-Württemberg shares Lake Constance (Bodensee; the border with Switzerland is the middle of the lake) with Switzerland and it shares the foothills of the Alps (known as the Allgäu) with Bavaria and the Austrian Vorarlberg (but Baden-Württemberg does not border Austria over land).  The Danube (Donau) river has its source in Baden-Württemberg near the town of Donaueschingen, in a place called Furtwangen in the Black Forest.

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The following are surnames of persons, found within our databases, as having been either

born, married or died in this ancestral location. Names in dark red denote direct ancestral lines.

McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families

Geisler;   Gilbert;   Goble;   Sonst;   Staley

Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families


Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families

Bader;   Bannheurs;   Barth;   Baumgärtner;   Beck;   Becker;   Beissel/Beyssel;   Boll;   Born;   Cammerer;   Dellinger;   Doll;   Ernst;   Gamer;   Gilbert;   Gossner/Goschner;   Haas;   Hauer;   Haug;   Heidecker;    Helcker;   Herzog;   Heyd;   Horch;   Katterman;   Kausch;   Kern;   Ketterman;   Kiefer/Kieffer;   Klein;   Knoetzele;   Kolb;   Laux;   Longenecker;   Meinzer;   Meyer;   Muller/Müller;   Nagel;   Precht;   Rottenhauser;   Rüdinger;   Ruppert;   Sauers;   Schall/ Shaul;   Schieck;   Schmid;   Schon;   Stober;   Weber;   Zeiter

Click on this link to find out more about each surname listed above as well as other surnames found within our three family databases.

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This link will also lead you to surname resources at Rootsweb, and information about the world-wide distribution of a surname.

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Free Surname
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Use this free genealogy site to help you get the best genealogy searches from Google™ by using your family tree, for your research. It will create a series of different searches using tips or   "tricks"  

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that    will   likely   improve your results. The different searches will give you many different ways of using Google and the Internet to find ancestry information about this or any other Surname.

The world’s largest free genealogy search engine,, provides genealogists access to the best free genealogy content on the web

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including billions of names, dates and places worldwide. seeks to index and make searchable all of the world’s free genealogy information.

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Where in the World do These
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Click on the LINK to the right to see more information about the World distribution of any surname.  You can get greater

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detail for any of the maps by clicking on the area, i.e state, county that you are interested in.

Use the ““ LINK to find specific information about the distribution of over one million names in Germany.  A color-coded map showing all of the districts (kries) in Germany will


display the absolute distribution of  names in a county, as well as the relative distribution of that name indicating how many persons there are in proportion to the population of a county.

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Our Ancestral Districts

Researching the Districts (Kreis)

Gazetteer of Places

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Baden-Wurttemberg (District map) marked

Enz (9); Esslingen (10); Heilbronn (14); Karlsruhe (16); Reutlingen (26); Rhein-Neckar-Kreis (27)


See Below For Complete Listing Of Numbered Districts.

Our Ancestral Districts

Our Ancestral Districts (Kreis)

The following named districts are associated with the history of our DIRECT ancestors.   To select a specific ancestral county, go to our ANCESTRAL LOCATIONS home page. Here you will find additional links to our district pages where you can obtain information about our family gen-sites, images of localities, and surnames of persons, in our database, who have lived in the selected district.


To find out more about each county listed here use the following LINK


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County Research  (General)

Kreis (District)


Wikipedia is a multilingual, Web-based, free-content encyclopedia project based mostly on anonymous contributions. Clicking on a Link (below) will take you to the Wikipedia article about the county.  Here you will find additional links to guide the user to related pages with additional information.

 Baden-Württemberg is divided into 35 districts (Landkreise) and 9 independent cities (Stadtkreise), both grouped into the four Administrative Districts (Regierungsbezirke

) of Freiburg, Karlsruhe, Stuttgart, and Tübingen.   

1.      Alb-Donau;  

2.      Biberach

3.      Bodensee

4.      Böblingen

5.      Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald

6.      Calw

7.      Konstanz (Constance)

8.      Emmendingen

9.      Enz

10.   Esslingen

11.   Freudenstadt

12.   Göppingen

13.   Heidenheim

14.   Heilbronn

15.   Hohenlohe

16.   Karlsruhe

17.   Lörrach

18.   Ludwigsburg

19.   Main-Tauber

20.   Neckar-Odenwald-Kreis

21.   Ortenaukreis

22.   Ostalbkreis

23.   Rastatt

24.   Ravensburg

25.   Rems-Murr-Kreis

26.   Reutlingen

27.   Rhein-Neckar-Kreis

28.   Rottweil

29.   Schwäbisch Hall

30.   Schwarzwald-Baar-Kreis

31.   Sigmaringen

32.   Tübingen

33.   Tuttlingen

34.   Waldshut

35. Zollernalbkreis

Independent Cities

Furthermore there are nine independent cities, which do not belong to any district, they are:

Baden-Baden; Freiburg; Heidelberg; Heilbronn; Karlsruhe; Mannheim; Pforzheim; Stuttgart; Ulm


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Gazetteer of Places

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The following Links will take you to gazetteers that identify places within this ancestral location.  These resources feature profiles of cities, towns, neighborhoods and subdivisions.  In addition this site contains maps, data and directions for a wide variety of physical, cultural and historic features.

·         Geography of Baden-Württemberg

·         Geographical features in Baden-Württemberg

·         Cities in Baden-Württemberg

·         Towns in Baden-Württemberg

·         Municipalities in Baden-Württemberg

·         Villages in Baden-Württemberg

·         Cities and Communes in Baden-Württemberg

·         Baden-Württemberg Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

·         Hohenzollern Gazetteer

·         Gazetteer: Kingdom of Württemberg

·         Gazetteer of Churches in Baden-Württemberg

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Where in the World  are My Ancestors?

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Resources which enhance our knowledge of the places inhabited by our ancestors are almost as important  as  their  names.  The LINK

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to the right will take you to Maps, Gazetteers,   and other helpful  resources  that will assist you in discovering Ancestral Locations. 

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Our “Gen-Tool Kit” has been primarily designed for those researchers who may be traveling to this location to perform on-site studies of their family history, or to just visit some of the interesting historical sites located therein.  It can be very satisfying to mix research with sightseeing at historical and scenic spots.  Such activity not only gives you an understanding of the land but a needed break from intense research sessions.  When visiting an ancestral location for genealogical research we’ve found that the three most important places to visit are the local and State Archives, Librararies, as well as the historical and/or genealogical societies.  It is also good to plan ahead by contacting any site you intend visiting in order to ascertain where it is and when it will be open.  This is especially true with regard to historical and genealogical societies.


Most if not all of these links are to websites that do not require a subscription.  We hope that the following information will provide you with a better idea of what resources are available, within this county, to the family historian.



Libraries, Museums

and Archives

Maps and Gazetteers



(History & Genealogical)



·         Cemeteries in Baden-Württemberg

·         Cemeteries in Baden-Württemberg –

·         Find A Grave: Baden-Württemberg

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·         History of Baden

·         History of Württemberg

·         History of Baden-Württemberg

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Libraries, museums, arcxhives

Libraries, Museums & Archives

·         Baden-Württemberg Libraries and Archives

·         Archives in the German State of Baden-Württemberg

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Maps and Gazetteers


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·         Baden- Württemberg Genealogical & Historical Records


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Societies (Historical & Genealogical)

·         Verein für Familien- und Wappenkunde in Württemberg und Baden e. V.

·         Gruppe Familien- und Wappenkunde

·         Historical society of the Markgräflerland

·         Schwäbischer Heimatbund

·         Website of the Carpathian Germans

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Internet resources


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The Google search engine  button  and following web sites    may     provide    you     with

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additional information to assist with your research about this Ancestral Location.

General Resources

Locality Specific Resources

Our Genealogy

Reference Library


General Resources

·         Germany Research –

·         German Genealogy ResourcesGenealoger

·         Pro Genealogists - Germany

·         German Genealogy & Family History Resources

·         Online German Genealogy Records & Databases

·         German Genealogy Resources on the Internet

·         Basic Research Outline for German Genealogy

·         Historical Record Search: Germany

·         Germany GenWeb

·         Find your Roots in Germany

·         German Genealogy Info. & Resources

·         FEEFHS: Germany Genealogy Resources

·         German Genealogy By Els Tveit