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.
- Full-text Search This no-frills search utility provided by the University of Heidelberg belies it's extraordinary usefulness. It can find even the tiniest place names and it will tell you if they are now a part of a larger town and the name of that town. Enter the name of the place and search. The returned results will give you the zip code, which then in turn allows you to easily locate the place in another resource. Drawback: You must use correct spelling.
- List of All the Places in Bavaria (as of 1964, and not including Rheinpfalz) Put online by Wilhelm Kemendics.
- Bavarian Gazetteer by U. Petra Suess & Daniel Schlyter. Put online by Gary T. Horlacher.
- If, after trying all of the many resources on this page, you have been unable to locate the name of your ancestor's town or village in Bavaria, it may be due to the fact that the place is no longer known by that name. In that case, check this list of Lost Villages that have been demolished or otherwise no longer exist by the name they were called in olden times.
- Mapquest Click on "Maps". Type in the country name (Germany) and town name in the appropriate windows. When the map opens, your town will be marked by a red star. Zoom in or out to change map scale and / or click on the "Big Map" button on the upper right-hand side of the map. Note: Unfortunately, sometimes there will be more then one town or village of the same name in Bavaria. If this happens in your case, you simply have to try to determine which one of them most likely matches the information you have for your ancestors and then choose from the selection given. Drawback: For some of the smallest Bavarian locations, you may have to do further searching in other resources to locate them.
- Bayern Viewer If the link doesn't work for you, go to http://www.geodaten.bayern.de, and click on the small linked words "Bayern Viewer" near the bottom on the right side of the page. Remember, it has an applet so it might take a little time to load via either link. If you need instructions on how to use the viewer, click here.
- Bayerische Landesbibliothek Online - Ortssuche Bavarian Federal State Library Online - Place Search.
- GEOserv A place locator which utilizes e-mail. You send an email with the name of the place and receive an automated email reply with the GKZ (Gemeindekennziffer), County (Kreis), RegBez (Regierungsbezirk), Land, Zip Code, Population, Location and Map link information included. Drawback: Doesn't always find every location submitted.
- Genealogy.net's town name or zip code search
- Uniserv This utility is useful for people who aren't sure of the spelling of a place name, or in what German State that place is. One unique feature is that it also allows for checking street names or zip codes. For example, if you aren't sure of the spelling of a particular street in Bavaria, Uniserv may be able to tell you the correct spelling you're looking for.
- JewishGen ShtetlSeeker Another useful search utility for people who are not sure of the spelling of a town name.
- meineStadt The official portal for Bavaria's Kreisen, Städten and Gemeinden. This website is useful for finding maps and various information about a town including a town website or the Rathaus (city hall) address. Drawback: You must have a general idea of where the town is (i.e.: what Kreis, etc.).
- Expedia Maps
- Maps of 83,342 towns and cities in Germany.
- Germany Stree Map Finder
- Map 24's Address and Driving Route Search (similar to Mapquest, but instead based in the United Kingdom)
- Alphabetical list of German Municipalities
- Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names Online