Silesia Gazetteers

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Uetrecht, E., Meyers Orts und Verkehrs-Lexikon des Deutschen Reichs (Meyer’s gazetteer and directory of the German Empire). Leipzig: Bibliographisches Institut, 1912–. (FHL book 943.E5mo; film 496640–41; fiche 6000001– 29.) This gazetteer lists places alphabetically, gives their former German province, and states whether a place has its own parish or synagogue. It also indicates the location of the vital records office.

Gemeindelexikon für das Königreich Preussen (Gazetteer for the Kingdom of Prussia). 13 vols. Berlin: Verlag des Königlichen Statistischen Landesamts, 1907–09. (FHL book 943.E5kp; film 1186701, 0806633–35.) Volumes for each Prussian province are arranged by district with an index at the end. The gazetteer is in German Gothic print. Information is given in columns and includes population figures as well as civil and ecclesiastical jurisdictions.

The Gemeindelexikon für das Königreich Preussen is now also available online at You can find it by clicking on the Search Tab and choosing the Card Catalog option. Type in the title/or part of the title, and it will appear on the right sidebar. Choose the volume for the area of interest.
The Gemeindelexikon für Schlesien will identify the Lutheran and Catholic parishes for your locality of interest in the former Prussian province of Rheinland. It will also show the civil registration office

To locate Lutheran and Catholic parishes as well as civil registration offices in Schlesien, please use the Gemeindelexikon Schlesien. FHL call number 943 E5kp or FHL film number 1183537 item 5. Here is a diagram showing the column headings in German and their English translations:

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Here is a link to a list of NUMEROUS BUT NOT ALL villages with corresponding parishes in Schlesien will also give information regarding parishes and civil registration.