Genealogical Research in Baden-Württemberg 

by Friedrich R. Wollmershäuser, 1992

For over 25 years our company has been specializing in research in Baden and Wuerttemberg. Over that time we have developed a lot of resources especially to help genealogists with emigration research to find towns of origin in Germany. For emigration research we do not charge a fee unless we can prove the town of origin. Other services include obtaining extracts of records of birth, marriage, death, probate, court, land and property, etc., and translation services. In describing some of the databases that we have created it will give you information about resources available in this part of Germany for genealogical research as well as showing some of the services we can offer.

Baden

Between 1709 and 1914, hundreds of thousands of people left their home towns in Baden and emigrated overseas, most of them to America. Today many of their descendants are searching for these places of origin, in order to visit them and to trace their ancestry further back by using German sources.

Before beginning research in Germany, one must know the emigrant's exact place of origin. Only then can one use parish registers and public administrational records as sources for further genealogical research.

Whether you know the exact place of origin of your ancestor or not, let our 25-years' professional genealogical experience in the archives and parish offices of Baden help meet your genealogical needs!

Often American sources do not give the name of the town in Baden where an emigrant came from (or just refer to Baden-Baden which means the country of Baden rather than the city by this name).

Depending on the period of emigration we primarily consult the following sources:

1709-1814 Published lists of emigrants; the censuses of 1709, 1738, and 1765; summonses for missing persons in newspapers (beginning in the late 1700s); church records of assumed places of origin; and (if the surname is not too common) books and card files that indicate where a certain surname occurred at a given time.

1815-1870 The censuses of 1811 and 1818; the emigration permits in the Karlsruhe and Freiburg State Archives; the file of participants in the revolution of 1849; church and vital records of assumed places of origin; the Germanic Emigrants Register; and most important of all our files of more than 100,000 entries on emigrants for the period 1815 to 1873 (regularly being added to).

1866-1911 The annual lists of emigrants prepared for the Baden Bureau of Statistics (located in the Karlsruhe State Archives); and the records quoted before.

Wuerttemberg

Between 1709 and 1914, more than a million people left their home towns in Wuerttemberg and emigrated overseas, most of them to America. Today many of their descendants are searching for these places of origin, in order to visit them and to trace their ancestry further back by using German sources.

Before beginning research in Germany, one must know the emigrant's exact place of origin. Only then can one use parish registers and public administrational records as sources for further genealogical research.

Often American sources do not give the name of the town in Wuerttemberg where an emigrant came from (or just refer to Stuttgart which was the capitol of the former Kingdom of Wuerttemberg).

Depending on the period of emigration we primarily consult the following sources:

1709-1814 Published lists of emigrants; the censuses of 1734-1744; summonses for missing persons in newspapers (beginning in the late 1700s); entries in annual administrational accounts (Amtsrechnungen) and proceedings (Protokolle) of the district and central administration offices; church records of assumed places of origin; probate records; the Germanic Emigrants Register; and (if the surname is not too common) books and card files that indicate where a certain surname occurred at a given time.

1815-1870 Published lists of emigrants (such as the Wuerttemberg Emigration Index, the Glatzle collection); emigration permits at the Ludwigsburg and Sigmaringen State Archives; the emigration records in the Stuttgart State Archives; emigration announcements in local and statewide newspapers; military conscription records; church and vital records of the assumed places of origin; and the Germanic Emigrants Register.

1870-1914 Same records as above except for the newspaper entries; the emigration entries in the records of the province governments (Kreisregierungen) in the Ludwigsburg State Archives (legal emigrations only).

 

 







 

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