Gazetteers · German · GOV · Methodology

Gazetteers for German Research

In the second session of my Newberry class “Discover Your German Ancestors’ Origins,” I talked about historical gazetteers for finding the jurisdictions that define the ancestral home town. What is a gazetteer? It’s “a geographical dictionary” according to Merriam-Webster.[1] As genealogists, we use gazetteers to determine the jurisdictions to which a town belonged historically. Why… Continue reading Gazetteers for German Research

Butschbach · CompGen · Gazetteers · GOV

GOV (Geschichtliches Ortsverzeichnis) – Historical Gazetteer

You may be asking yourself, “What is a gazetteer and why do I care?” A gazetteer is like a dictionary of place names. It tells you valuable information about the place in question. There is not necessarily a map component in a gazetteer. A historical gazetteer, such as the GOV, tells about places that historically… Continue reading GOV (Geschichtliches Ortsverzeichnis) – Historical Gazetteer