The table below lists the Constituent States of Germany and their respective Capitals. This is a good starting place when preparing to conduct research about German ancestors. Though maps change over time and rulers as well, records of specific localities may still be found in the current State archives. Sometimes there are even challenges finding the right alignment of a record to the archive based upon the date the historical record was created. If the States are highlighted, they contain a link to subsequent focused information. If they are not highlighted, information has not been developed for that State. If there is currently no guide listed, you can consider volunteering some of your time or information. Please refer to the sitewide collaboration link above and consider sharing information or asking questions.

District Administrative Districts Notes Archive
Bergstraße  
Darmstadt-Dieburg    
Fulda    
Gießen    
Groß-Gerau  
Hersfeld-Rotenburg    
Hochtaunuskreis    
Kassel    
Lahn-Dill-Kreis  
Limburg-Weilburg    
Main-Kinzig-Kreis    
Main-Taunus-Kreis    
Marburg-Biedenkopf  
Odenwaldkreis    
Offenbach    
Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis    
Schwalm-Eder-Kreis  
Vogelsbergkreis    
Waldeck-Frankenberg    
Werra-Meißner-Kreis    
Wetteraukreis  
Urban District Associated Villages Notes Archive
Darmstadt    
Frankfurt am Main    
Kassel    
Offenbach am Main    
Wiesbaden