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Understanding Meyers Orts

“All research in Germany depends on locating the birthplace of an ancestor.” At least, that is the opinion of Fay S. Dearden, as I am sure it is with many others. Despite the wide variety of resources available online and through libraries like the Family History Library, the Meyers Orts Gazetteer remains an important resource […]

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Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-Lexikon

Meyers Orts (for short) is perhaps one of the most well know and famous of all gazetteers. Those searching their German ancestry have no doubt heard of it. Some have said, “Almost all serious German research begins with Meyers Orts.” The Gazetteer, first printed in 1912, covers approximately 210,000 cities, towns, hamlets, and dwelling places […]

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Where Once We Walked (Revised Edition)

Originally created to help genealogists trace their Jewish ancestors through Europe, Where Once We Walked: A Guide to the Jewish Communities Destroyed in the Holocaust has become a primary resource for finding original town and community names across Europe for all types of researchers, including non-Jewish genealogists. Perhaps no other area in the world has […]

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Understanding Meyers Orts

“All research in Germany depends on locating the birthplace of an ancestor.” At least, that is the opinion of Fay S. Dearden, as I am sure it is with many others. Despite the wide variety of resources available online and through libraries like the Family History Library, the Meyers Orts Gazetteer remains an important resource […]

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The Gazetteer of Scotland

Dictionary.com defines gazetteer as simply: “a geographical dictionary.” I have seen, and even reviewed on this site, many books titled Gazetteer. However, The Gazetteer of Scotland, by Rev. John Wilson, may be the first book I have ever seen that hold 100% true to this definition. No maps, that’s an atlas, no legends, no charts, […]

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Genealogical Gazetteer of the Kingdom of Hungary

Like so much of Europe, the Hungarian political and geographical boundaries have shifted over the centuries. In 1877 Janos Dvorzsak published an Hungarian locality dictionary, similar to a Gazatteer. The work included the 63 counties of the Kingdom of Hungary with a political and religious classification of the population in each. Genealogical Gazetteer of the […]

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A Listing of Over 200,000 United States Post Offices Found Online

Thousands of Post Offices have come and gone. Many of these offices operated where our ancestors are recorded as having lived. Today we might look at a map and find that no such place exists. A quick way to ascertain where a place was located – and when folks received mail there is to check […]

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