Black Forest Genealogy

Answers to Some Often Asked Questions

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Questions and Answers

Here are some interesting facts to help you find your Black Forest ancestors:

Question: In 1890 what were the administrative areas of Baden?

Answer: In 1890 Baden consisted of 4 districts and 11 Kreis (counties)

District of Konstanz with 3 Kreis: Konstanz, Villingen, Waldshut

District of Freiburg with 3 Kreis: Freiburg, Loerrach, Offenburg

District of Karlsruhe with 2 Kreis: Baden, Karlsruhe

District of Mannheim with 3 Kreis: Mannheim, Heidelberg, Mosbach

Its population was 36% Evangelical, 62% Catholic. 1.6% Jewish

Question: What were the court districts in 1890?

Answer: The highest court in the Grandduchy of Baden was the Oberlandesgericht in Karlsruhe.

The lower courts in Baden were:

Landgericht Freiberg with 10 Amtsgerichte: Breisach, Emmendingen, Ettenheim, Freiberg, Kenzingen, Loerrach, Millheim, Neustadt, Staufen, Waldkirch

Landgericht - Karlsruhe with 11 Amtsgerichte: Baden-Baden, Bretten, Bruchsal, Durlach, Eppingen, Ettlingen, Gernsbach. Karlsruhe, Pforzheim, Philippsburg, Rastatt

Landgericht - Konstanz with 9 Amtsgerichte: Donaueschingen, Engen, Konstanz, Messkirch, Pfullendorf, Radolfzell, Stockach, Ueberlingen, Villingen

Landgericht - Mannheim with 6 Amtsgerichte: Heidelberg, Mannheim, Schwetzingen, Sinsheim, Weinheim, Wiesloch

Landgericht - Mosbach with 9 Amtsgerichte: Adelsheim, Boxberg, Buchen, Eberbach, Mosbach, Neckarbischofsheim, Tauberbischofsheim, Walldum, Wertheim

Landgericht - Offenburg with 9 Amtsgerichte: Achem, Buhl, Gengenbach, Kehl, Lahr, Oberkirch, Offenbach, Triberg, Wolfach

Landgericht - Waldshut with 6 Amtsgerichte: Bonndorf, Saeckingen, Schoenau, Schopfheim, St.Blasien, Walshut

Question: When were civil registers introduced?

Answer: Civil registers of births, marriages and deaths were introduced in Baden by the French in 1792. The Civil registry office is called Standesamt.

Question: Where are Mennonite congregations in Baden?

Answer: Here are some statistics for the Mennonite congregations in Baden (selected from Mennonitisches Lexikon 106 - 107)

Grandduchy of Baden: Adelsheim (79 souls), Durlach (45). Duehren (100), Hasselbach (126) Heimbronnerhof (45), Moenchzell (35), Neuhof (35), Rappenau (49), Sinsheim (80), Ueberlingen (130), Woessingen (100)