A gazetteer is a dictionary of place names. Gazetteers describe towns, villages, churches and states, rivers and mountains, populations, and other geographical features. They usually include only the names of places that existed at the time the gazetteer was published and often their former names. The place names are generally listed in alphabetical order, similar to a dictionary.
Gazetteers may also provide additional information about a town, such as its:
- Boundaries of civil jurisdiction.
- Longitude and latitude.
- Distances and direction from other from cities.
- Schools, colleges, and universities.
- Denominations and number of churches.
- Major manufacturing works, canals, docks, and railroad stations.
To locate Lutheran and Catholic parishes as well as civil registration offices in Schleswig-Holstein, please use the Gemeindelexikon Schleswig-Holstein. FHL call number 943 E5kp or FHL film number 806635 Item 3.
Here is a diagram showing the column headings in German and their English translations: