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North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen), Germany Genealogy

North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen), Germany

Go to one of the following articles to learn how to search for your family that lived in North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen). Germany was unified into the German Empire in 1871. This Research Wiki, the FamilySearch Catalog, and FamilySearch Historical Records are organized by the localities and place names as of 1871. In 1871, the area of the modern state of North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen) belonged to:


Principalities That Became
North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen)


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For the best information on whether your ancestors' town was in Lippe, Rhineland (Rheinland), or Westphalia (Westfalen) find the town in Meyer's 1871 Gazetteer Online.