This section of the website contains information about Bavaria. It also includes a comprehensive Bavarian gazetteer to aid your genealogical research. Bavaria is known as Bayern in the Germany. Bavaria is a State (Bundesland) within the Federal Republic of Germany, but it actually calls itself a Free State (Freistaat) based on its history.
Bavaria today is divided into 7 relatively large districts (Regierungsbezirke - see maps):
Bavaria has 71 Landkreise (like our United States counties). There are 373 Gemeinden (like our United States townships). In addition, there are 23 Städte (cities). Each Gemeinde or Stadt is a local administrative division. They also have plus Kreisfrei Städte (big cities that are administered at a level similar to the county level).
The southern part of what is today the German State of Rheinland-Pfalz was actually once part Bavaria. Historically, this area has been known as as the "Rheinpfalz", "Rhennish Pfalz", "Rheinbayern" or "Palatinate" region. However, it is no longer a part of modern Bavaria.
For a brief introduction to some key Bavarian records, please see our article on Bavarian research.
Links to Bavarian Records
- Kapsweyer Germany Catholic Church Records 1693-1920 $
- Kapsweyer Germany Catholic Church Baptisms 1879-1902 $
- Kapsweyer Germany Catholic Church Records 1792-1810 $
There are several free resources and links to other Bavarian genealogy websites on Rootsweb.