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German Genealogy

Bayern / Bavaria

(Königreich / Kingdom) [Presently in Bavaria]  [Presently in Rhineland-Palatinate]

Some basic facts about Bavaria: (from Uncapher, Wendy K. and Linda M. Herrick. German Maps & Facts for Genealogy. Janesville, Wisconsin: Origins Books, 2002)

  • Size: 26,991 square miles (comparable to South Carolina at 30,207 square miles)

  • Population: 1818 - 3,707,966; 1830 - 4,133,760; 1840 - 4,370.977; 1855 - 4,541,556; 1864 - 4,807,440; 1871 - 4,236,991; 1875 - 4,381,136 (2,138,447 males and 2,242,689 females)

  • Dominant religion: Catholic (1871 - Evangelical - 1,007,096; Catholic - 3,188,795; Other - 2,560; Jewish - 38,182; and Non-Christian - 358)

  • Since 1949 state of: Bayern

  • Formerly: Kingdom

  • Prussian: No

  • Principal crops: wheat, rye, oats, barley, hops, buckwheat, maize, tobacco, dairy cattle

  • Livestock: dairy cattle

  • Industry: wine, beer, glass, leather, timber

  • Minerals: salt, coal, iron, copper, pyrites

  • Rivers: Danube, Iller, Lech, Isar, Inn, Jaab, Wörnitz, Altmühl, Main, Regen, Saale, Eger

Resources

Bayern (Bavaria) - Genealogy.net

  • Ahnenforschung Wüstenberg genealogy database from Wuestenberg. In dieser Datenbank sind 1321 Personen und 474 Familien, die 385 Nachnamen repräsentieren. This database has 1321 individuals and 474 families, with 385 family names represented.
     
  • Bavaria - Early Origins
     
  • Bavaria, Germany GenWeb Homepage.
     
  • Emigration Irscher Bürger nach Nord Amerika (1856-1882)

  • Historical Family Research - Reinhart Hofer. The list consists of over 7000 emigrants of the period of 1830 to 1914. They mostly originate from districts of Lower and Upper Bavaria as well as Upper Palatinate and Frankonia. Sources are: state and church archives, private collections, contemporary newspaper publications and literature. If you find your emigrant ancestor, please contact Hofer for more information. He will send it for a reasonable fee.
  • Kiening : Genealogy northwest of Munich/Bavaria. Lists of property owners found in the communities East of Munich.
     
  • Knabe, Wolfgang K. Aufbruch in die Ferne : deutsche Auswanderungen nach Amerika, Afrika, Asien und Australien zwischen 1803 und 1914 am Beispiel "Bayerisch-Schwaben" / Wolfgang nabe. 2. überarbeitete Aufl. Berlin : Westkreuz-Verlag, 1992. 462 p.  (Schriften des Zentralinstituts für Deutsche Auswanderungsforschung. Reihe I, Quellenforschung ; Bd. 1)  An alphabetical list of emigrants from Bavarian Swabia who went to America, Africa, Asia, and Australia during the period 1800 to 1914 is on pages 373 to 460.
     
  • Müller, Anton. Die Kirchenbücher der bayerischen Pfalz. FHL film 415618.
     
  • Ortschaften-Verzeichnis für den Freistaat Bayern. 1928. FHL film 924721.
     
  • Smith, Clifford Neal. Mercenaries from Ansbach and Bayreuth, Germany, who remained in America after the Revolution. Thomson, Ill. : Distributed by Heritage House, 1974, 52 p. (German-American genealogical research monographs ; no. 2) List of names first published in Erhard Städtler's Die Ansbach-Bayreuther Truppen im Amerikanischen Unabhängigkeitskrieg 1777-1783.