Use the menu below to visit other pages of the Bavaria Gen Web website.
Suggestions for this page should be sent to Joanne Parmley, the Bavaria Gen Web coordinator, at: JOPARMLEY@aol.com.
The following website graphically depicts particularly gruesome "justice" meted out to an unfortunate Bavarian family accused of witchcraft in the late 1500's. The Pappenheimer Trial.
- Bayerische Staatskanzlei. The official website for the Bavarian State Chancellery. Initial English pages available. Website contains a great deal of information about government in Bavaria.
- Politik in Bayern. Politics in Bavaria.
- Bayerisches Archivgesetz - Vom 22. Dezember 1989. The Bavarian Archive Law of December 22, 1989.
- Der Bayerische Landtag. The Bavarian Parliament.
Do you have a former member of the Bavarian Parliament in your family? There is a proposed research project of the "Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte" dealing with collecting the biographies of the members of the Bavarian parliaments from 1819-Present.
- Beschwerden an die Kammer der Abgeordneten in den Jahren 1819 - 1918 . Complaints to the chamber of the delegates in the years 1819 - 1918. This page of The Bavarian Parliament website allows a person to search and / or download a database which holds approximately 2,550 legal complaints made in Bavaria during the years 1819 - 1918. Information in the database includes names, places, and disposition of the legal cases. The subjects of the complaints included emigration, religion, marriage, compulsory military service, mobbing, treachery, prejudice, murder, rape, tax-evasion, etc.
Once at the website above, look on the left for links to: "Vorbemerkung", "Das Beschwerdewesen im Königreich Bayern", "Grundlagen", and "Inhalt und Anordnung der Regesten" (Preface, the Complaints System of the Kingdom of Bavaria, Basics, Contents, etc.) in order to learn in more detail what the data is about.
For the searchable database, click on: "Regesten der Beschwerden"
To download the database itself, click on: "Datenübertragung". You can choose either .txt file format to work with the data in MS Excel or MS Access format to open a zip file with a MS Access program.
- Visit the German Law Archive. The German Law Archive publishes cases, statutes, literature and bibliographies on German law in the English language. Some things of interest at the website include: Local Government Law, Bavaria (Bayerische Gemeindeordnung), The Federal Data Protection Act, and much more.
- Bundesbeauftragten für den Datenschutz. The Federal Data Protection Commissioner.
- Political History of Bavaria.
- The Avalon Law Project. Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy - 18th through 21st century documents. Search for "Bavaria".
- Deutsche Gesetzestexte. German Legal Texts.
- Das Kriminalmuseum. The Medieval Criminal Justice Museum in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. English pages available. View photos of museum exhibit pieces.
- Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik und Datenverarbeitung. Bavarian national office for statistics and data processing. Read the Bavarian statistical year books spanning 1998 - 2002, just one topic of many the website offers.
- Petitioning the Government in Germany. Text which centers around the years 1848 - 49.
- Politische Geschichte Bayerns. Political History of Bavaria.
- Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences, Research and the Arts.
- Der Bayerische Landtag vom Spätmittelalter bis zur Gegenwart Probleme und Desiderate historischer Forschung. The Bavarian State Parliament from the late Middle Ages to the present. Problems of historical research.
- Die Entstehung der Räterepublik in München - 1919. The Emergence of the Socialist Republic in Munich - 1919.
- Hanover College internet documents, The Witch Persecutions at Bamberg and Würzburg.
- Warning !
Criminal Justice Through the Ages
Strafjustiz in alter Zeit
Volume IVb of the publications of the Medieval Crime Museum, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bavaria.
An excellent historical text in regard to German law and justice from the earliest times to modern legislation. Many photos and illustrations. The book gives very good information on a variety of topics pertaining to the lives of Bavarians in former times. Examples: Town citizenship and guild membership requirements, marriage regulations including precise rules about what foods could be served to the guests, gifts, the extent of time allowed for the celebration, etc., mourning and funeral regulations, clothing regulations, market and food regulations, descriptive information about villages and cities and the laws that governed them, etc.
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91541 Rothenburg o.d.T.
The book may be obtained by writing to and paying the museum for a personal copy, or borrowing one through interlibrary loan from a major public library. The folowing webpage created by the museum gives information about the cost of the book: http://www.kriminalmuseum.rothenburg.de/Englisch/souvenir.html.
"The Village in Court - Arson, Infanticide, and Poaching in the Court Records of Upper Bavaria, (Oberbayern) 1848 - 1910" by Regina Schulte. ISBN 0 - 521 - 43186 - 7
While the title suggests the documentation of sensational crimes, a related and equally important aspect of the book is the significant information it gives about the lives of everyday people in Oberbayern in the late 19th century, early 20th century: culture, customs, common attitudes, etc. Parts of the book include "Peasant Society and the Individual" (work, day labor, the village, village outsiders, farmers, the law of inheritance, etc.) and "The status of women and the place of children" (bridal wagons, marriage, childbirth and childrearing) . The book may be purchased through a bookseller or borrowed through interlibrary loan from many public libraries.
Interactive map: Administration of Justice in Bavaria. When Macromedia flash map opens, in the "Interaktive Legende", click the Symbole "AUS" to turn off all the symbols. Then click on the text words for the information you want to see, such as:
Ortsname = place names
Bezirksgrenzen = District borders
Amtsgerichte = Local Courts
Landgerichte = Regional Courts
Oberlandesgerichte = Higher Regional Courts
Bayerisches Oberlandesgericht = Bavarian High Regional Court
Justizvollzugsanstalt = Prison
Notarstelle = Notary Locations
The plus or minus symbol allows you to zoom in or out, the arrows cause the map to move in the direction clicked.
German Embassy in Washington, D.C.. The "Welcome to Germany" page. Topics on the page include Information Services; Culture and Life; Education and Research; Business and Technology; and Government and Politics.
StudJur Online - Das Junge Jura-Magazin. German court website. Civil law, Criminal law, Public law; Executive, Judicial, Legislative; Seminar work, Universities, and Lecture material links.
German Ministry of Foreign Affairs court terms