Map Guide to German Parish Registers Vol. 1: Hessen


The volume covers 1,582 places (usually towns). Principally written to help family historians figure out where their family may have gone to church and left vital records behind that may be seen today. This is the first of a series covering all of Germany. Even the smallest places are listed in this series – some with as little population as one person! These places are as of about 1870. If the place existed prior to that date, it will most likely be listed. If the place was named after that date, the chances drop. 

Each volume of the series does the following:

  • Identifies the parish where an ancestor worshipped based on where they lived.
  • Gives the Family History Library microfilm number for the family's parish records - allowing you to often view the Parish Registers that include the vital records of your ancestors at a Family History Center near you!
  • Identifies nearly every city, town, and place that included residents.
  • Visually identifies church parishes for Lutherans & Catholics in each district.
  • Identifies adjoining parishes in case an ancestor attended an alternate parish.
  • Aids in area searches, particularly across district or regional borders.
  • Provides visual identification of search areas in which to look for a family.
  • Helps in determining proximity of one area to another.
  • Aids in determining reasonable distances of travel from one area to another.
  • Identifies population centers in each parish.
  • Identifies archives, repositories, and other resources.
  • Aids in identification of the location of minority religions.

Kevan Hansen

2004, paper, 192 pp.

ISBN: 9780975354308