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
Altenburger Land  
Eichsfeld    
Gotha    
Greiz    
Hildburghausen  
Ilm-Kreis    
Kyffhäuserkreis    
Nordhausen    
Saale-Holzland  
Saale-Orla    
Saalfeld-Rudolstadt    
Schmalkalden-Meiningen    
Sömmerda  
Sonneberg    
Unstrut-Hainich    
Wartburgkreis    
Weimarer Land  
Urban District Associated Villages Notes Archive
Erfurt    
Eisenach    
Gera    
Jena    
Suhl    
Weimar