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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
Aachen Städteregion  
Borken    
Coesfeld    
Düren    
Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis  
Rhein-Erft-Kreis    
Euskirchen    
Gütersloh    
Heinsberg  
Herford    
Hochsauerlandkreis    
Hòxter    
Kleve  
Lippe    
Märkischer Kreis    
Mettmann    
Minden-Lübbecke    
Oberbergischer Kreis    
Olpe  
Paderborn    
Recklinghausen    
Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis    
Rhein-Kreis Neuss  
Rhein-Sieg-Kreis    
Siegen-Wittigenstein    
Soest    
Steinfurt  
Unna    
Viersen    
Warendorf    
Wesel    

Urban District Associated Villages Notes Archive
Aachen    
Bielefeld    
Bochum    
Bonn    
Bottrop    
Dortmund  
Duisburg    
Düsseldorf    
Essen    
Gelsenkirchen  
Hagen    
Hamm    
Herne    
Cologne  
Krefeld    
Leverkusen    
Mònchengladbach    
Mülheim    
Münster    
Oberhausen  
Remscheid    
Solingen    
Wuppertal    
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