Step-by-step guide: Using Meyers Gazetteer Online

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Access Meyer’s gazetteer using the FamilySearch Wiki:

  • Type “” in your Internet address window. The address will change to
  • Type in “Germany” • Click on "German Research Websites"  found under “research tools” on the Germany portal page
  • THe links to the two volumes of Meyers are found under "Gazetteers-General"
  • Click on the appropriate volume (A-K= 1, L-Z= 2)
  • Links to Meyers Gazetteer are also found on several other FamilySearchWiki pages, including the "Germany- Gazetteers" page 

Find the page you need

  • Click on the first letter of the place name Note the first and last place names listed on the top of each page.
  • Browse the numbered pages until you find the page that contains the needed entry.

Find the entry

Each page in Meyer’s gazetteer consists of three columns.

To navigate on each page

  • Click on the “maximize screen” icon in the top right corner of the screen
  • The bottom scroll bar allows you to moveleft to right across the page.
  • Move the bottom scroll bar all the way to the right. Another vertical scroll bar to the left of the right marginal scroll bar allows you to move up and down on the page.
  • Pages or sections can be printed using the “printer icon” on the top left.

Reading helps

A guide to the abbreviations most commonly needed by genealogists is found in [[Identifying Place Names in German documents| Identifying Place Names in German documents].] The Genealogical Hondbook of German Research by Larry O. Jensen, also explains the use of Meyer's Gazetteer. A digital copy is available here. Both publications are available in PDF format for easy printing. Click on the PDF logo found in the top right corner of the beginning page.