Contents: Q1: Where is the Rheinpfalz (Palatinate)? Q2: What was the Rheinpfalz's recent history? Q3: What were the administrative areas of the Rheinpfalz (Palatinate)? Q4: What were the court districts in the Rheinpfalz in 1900? Q5: How do I find locations and maps for Rheinpfalz? Q6: When were civil registers introduced? Q7: Is there a listserv for Bavaria family researchers? Q8: Any websites of interest to Rheinpfalz researchers? Q9: Where are Mennonite congregations in the Rheinpfalz? Q10: Are there emigration records available? ======================================= Q1: Where is the Rheinpfalz (Palatinate)? A1: The Rheinpfalz (Palatinate) was a Bavarian district. Its capital was Speyer (pronounce:SHPY-er) located West of the Rhine river. Today it is a district of Land Rheinland-Pfalz of the new Germany together with Rheinhessen and the (formerly Prussian) districts of Koblenz, Trier and Montabaur. Q2: What was the Pfalz's recent history? A2: France annexed the area in 1802. After Napoleon's defeat, the Pfalz reverted to Bayern (Bavaria) and was known as Rheinpfalz or Rheinbayern and was separated geographically from the main area of Bayern. Q3: What were the administrative areas of the Rheinpfalz (Palatinate)? A3: In 1890 the Bavarian Rheinpfalz had the following (13) Bezirksaemter (counties): Bergzabern,Frankenthal,Germersheim,Homburg,Kaiserslautern, Kirchheimbolanden,Kusel,Landau,Ludwigshafen,Neustadt/Hardt, Pirmasens,Speyer,Zweibruecken. Q4: What were the court districts in 1890? A4: The highest court was the Oberlandesgericht in Zweibruecken. http://www.jura.uni-sb.de/laenderberichte/rh-pf.htm The lower courts were Landgericht Frankenthal with (6) Amtsgerichte: Duerkheim,Frankenthal,Gruenstadt,Ludwigshafen,Neustadt/Hardt,Speyer. Landgericht Kaiserslautern with (9) Amtsgerichte: Kaiserlautern,Kirchheimbolanden,Kusel,Lauterecken,Obermoschel, Otterberg,Rockenhausen,Winnweiler,Wolfstein. Landgericht Landau with (6) Amtsgerichte: Annweiler,Bergzabern,Edenkoben,Germersheim,Kandel,Landau. Landgericht Zweibruecken with (9) Amtsgerichte: Blieskastel,Dahn,Homburg,Landstuhl,Pirmasens,St.Ingbert, Waldfischbach, Waldmohr,Zweibruecken. Of special interest are the land deed records with no published survey known todate. Q5: How do I find locations and maps for Rheinpfalz? A5: The best German gazetteer is Meyers Orts- and Verkehrslexikon des Deutschen Reiches,1912 edition, which is available on microfiche in the LDS Family History Centers. There is LDS microfilm #068814 available of Karte des Deutschen Reiches, scale 1:100000, 1km = 1cm which may be loaned thru the LDS Family History Centers. It covers Germany for 1914-1917. Topographical Maps (Messtischblaetter 1:25000) and a historical map of 1797 may be purchased from Landesvermessungsamt Rheinland-Pfalz Postfach 1428 56073 Koblenz, Germany (Ask for their map catalog or Kartenverzeichnis) Q6: When were civil registers introduced? A6: Civil registers of births,marriages,deaths were introduced by the French in 1792. The Civil registry office is called Standesamt. Q7: Is there a listserv for Bavaria family researchers? A7: There is presently no mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in Bavaria. For the Palatinate (Pfalz) mailing list Pfalz-L@rootsweb.com send SUBSCRIBE message to pfalz-Lfirstname.lastname@example.org Q8: Any websites of interest to Rheinpfalz researchers? A8: http://www.genealogy.net/gene/reg/rindex.htm http://www.genealogy.net/gene/reg/RHE-PFA/rhein-p.html http://www.qrz.com/gene/reg/RHE-PFA/rhein-p.html Generallandesarchiv Karlsruhe. Archivbestand des ehemaligen Auswanderungsamtes. http://www.bawue.de/~hanacek/info/karlsr01.htm http://www.lad-bw.de/gla.htm Surviving records of the Auswanderungsamt, including extensive indexes, are deposited here.(1866-1911) Microfilm copies of the indexes, but not the records themselves, are in the Family History Library (FHL), in Salt Lake City. Bistumsarchiv Speyer http://www.kath.de/bistum/speyer/bsarchiv.htm Ev. Kirche der Pfalz , Speyer http://www.evpfalz.de/arc_home.htm If you have no access to the Web (www), you can direct web files to your email box by sending a request to email@example.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org with the message HELP or get http://..... ( This would NOT work for home pages with "frames") Q9: Where are Mennonite congregations in the Rheinpfalz? A9: Here are statistics of the Mennonite congregations in Rheinpfalz: (data from Menn.Lex.III) 1857 1887 1914 1934 1954 ------------------------------------------------------ Neudorfer Hof 90 140 130 109 138 Weierhof 159 303 444 466 560 Obersuelzen 84 120 120 100 128 Kuehboerncheshof 84 123 140 132 215 Sembach 320 550 514 358 360 Altleiningen 120 35 - 32 40 Eppstein 81 112 132 119 120 Ludwigshafen - 122 131 130 100 Kaiserslautern - - 80 63 83 Friedelsheim/Kohlhof 25 164 186 229 244 Zweibruecken/Ernstweiler 103 166 135 142 266 Zweibruecken/Ixheim - - - 129 - St.Johann 70 40 27 - - Branchweilerhof 35 64 45 66 65 Deutschhof 82 90 119 170 122 -------------- total 1253 2029 2203 2245 2441 Q10: Are there emigration records available? A10: The state archives have many emigration records which were filmed by the LDS FHL. For details see: Learned, Marion Dexter, 1857-1917: Guide to the manuscript materials relating to American history in the German state archives, Washington, D.C., Carnegie Institution of Washington. Publication no. 150 , 1912, 352 p.: -also Kraus reprints NY 1965- p.214-215: Speyer; p.229-237 Karlsruhe (there are a number of updates done by the LOC Manuscript Division, call no.L173.L4 Suppl. 1929-1932, vol.2 p.56-58 for Speyer and vol.2 p.71,240 for Karlsruhe).