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The table below lists the Constituent States of Germany and their respective Capitals. This is a good strating place when preparing for 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 to share information or ask questions.

District Administrative Districts Notes Archive
Ditmarschen  
Lauenburg    
Nordfriesland    
Ostholstein    
Pinneberg  
Plön    
Rendsburg-Eckernförde    
Schleswig-Flensburg    
Segeberg  
Steinburg    
Stormarn    
Urban District Associated Villages Notes Archive
Kiel    
Lübeck    
Neumünster    
Flensburg    
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