Find the name of your German ancestor’s hometown with Kartenmeister


(Note from Vicki – From the March/April 2016 Family Tree Magazine; and the Kartenmeister home page.)
Plotting Your Ancestor’s Village With Kartenmeister
Once you find the name of your German ancestor’s hometown, you’ll want to pinpoint the location so you can start researching church and other historical records in the right city or village. The Kartenmeister website helps you locate more than 71,000 places in what was once eastern Prussia (this includes areas that are now Poland and Russia). Follow our example to get started with Kartenmeister:
2. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the search boxes and enter a family name or a German or Polish city, county or province in the appropriate field. We’ll type Niederung in the box for German City Name/Ortsname. Hit Submit.
3. View your search results. Kartenmeister returns three results for Niederung, all in the Kreis (county) of Schlochau.
4. Click on a result to bring up a grid with information about the town. The first Niederung’s Polish/Russian name is Zdrojki and it was in the German province Westpreussen. Today, it’s in the province of Pomorskie (the Polish voivodeship of Pomerania). The Catholic and Lutheran parishes were in Prechlau. Clicking the map link shows you where the town is (or was) located.
For more details on Kartenmeister and the information it provides, go to the home page and click the link for English. Under Border Changes, you’ll find an overview of how German borders changed after the Treaty of Versailles ending World War I.

Kartenmeister home page:

Welcome to the most comprehensive database of its kind in the world. It contains 98317 locations with over 45.115 name changes once, and 5,500 twice and more. All locations are EAST of the Oder and Neisse rivers and are based on the borders of the eastern provinces in Spring 1918. Included in this database are the following provinces: Eastprussia, including Memel, Westprussia, Brandenburg, Posen, Pomerania, and Silesia. It currently list most towns or points, points being: Mills, some bridges, battlefields, named trees, cenotaphs etc. As more information becomes available, (books, maps, your input etc) this database will be updated. I would also ask to advise me of any mistakes you may find at:

You have several ways or criteria to search.
1. German name
2. Older German name
3. Kreis/County
4. By the next larger town, (this is a proximity search.)
5. Today’s Polish, Russian or Lithuanian name.
6. by Family Name

For my Polish visitors: No consideration is given to any accents of the Polish language.

Any language evolves over time. Below is a list of letters and words which may have been changed and you may consider in entering these changes into your search.

C with G or K, CK with K, CZ with SCH, DT with T, F with W, FF with W, IE or I with Ü,.

PH with F, T with D, TH with T, Tsch with SCH, X with CHS, Y with I.

Thal with Tal, Torf with Dorf, Guth with Gut, Louise with Luise, Hoff with Hof

The word Torf may not be confused with today’s word Torf which is peatmoss.

Also consider the possible misreading of the old German writing of C which looks like a L . M which looks like a W or vice versa and B which looks like an L as well. Please refer to the alphabet in the map section.

How to use Database:
In order for you to find the name of the town that you are looking for, we have allowed the use of wild cards. Either * or ? can be used instead of a letter.The following examples will demonstrate how to use the wildcards.

Ex. If you know that the German town you are looking for starts with an A, but you do not know any other details you do the following:

Place an A followed by nothing.
Ex. If you know that the German town you are looking for ends with the letter TEN, but you are not sure of what the city name begins with you could do the search as follows: *ten, but enter the province as well, since you are going to have too many returns.

If it contains the syllable: ten, place *TEN* in the search field (This would return entries like Altensiedel, Entenfang, etc.) which contain both the syllables – ten – within.

The ? wildcard is a pattern matching card and is best used when you know more about the town that you are looking for.

Ex. As in the first example you are looking for a German city that starts with an A, but this time you also know that there are 4 letters in the name and it ends with an N. So you would place the following in the German Name text box:

A??N. ( This would return entries like ARUN,ATON etc) Each question mark will return a town with one more letter.

A???N five letter town like: Abken, Alben.

A????N six letter town beginning with A and ending with N like: Ammern,Adrian,Alexen.

A?? will return all three letter towns beginning with A: Like Abo, Alk.

A??? will return all four letter towns beginning with A: like Abow, Auer.

NOTE More information will NOT increase your chance finding your ancestral home, but enter your province if possible it will reduce the amounts of returns. Keep it brief. Bitte Eingabe kurz halten, dann haben Sie eine größere Chance den Ort zu finden.
Good Luck in your research. Viel Glück in der Forschung

Uwe-Karsten Krickhahn
239 Second Street S.W.
Medicine Hat, Alberta
T1A 4B1

Last Update: March 6 – 6 März, Marsz 6, 2016

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