I have someone I need to add to my genealogy database who was born in Glashutten in September 1948. I haven't delved that far into my German ancestry yet, and I've struggled greatly with some of the other locations I've identified. So far, for Glashutten, I've put this together using Wikipedia to get me started & a German language website (not that I speak German ;) to hopefully confirm it:
Glashutten, Hochtaunuskreis, Regierungsbezirk Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany
So I don't know if this is even close to correct and, even if it is, I have one division too many. I would guess that I wouldn't need both Hochtaunuskreis and Regierungsbezirk Darmstadt, but I don't know what the difference is & don't know which I should exclude.
Any guidance would be greatly appreciated. Also, are there any good resources you can recommend for when I have questions like this in the future?
The way that I would enter this location would be: Glashutten, Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany. Wikipedia Entry As you can see in the Wikipedia entry: Glashutten is the city (municipality), Darmstadt is the Admin. Region (similar to US counties), Hesse is the State and Germany is the Country. Hochtaunuskreis is a subdivion of the Darmstadt Admin Region that is similar to a township in US governmental structure. Although it's not a detailed description of the of German governmental structure, it should give you an idea of which unit corresponds to which similar unit in the US structure and thus the way most genealogy programs identify a location. I hope this helps.
Thank you, Mitch!
I suppose the reason I didn't rely on the Wikipedia entry was that I'm always mildly leery of Wikipedia - so it's wonderful to have some confirmation. Your response helps very much, since it clarifies the role that Hochtaunuskreis plays.
You might try the new feature they're developing at FamilyLabs called "Standard Finder." It gives the standard for place names as well as alternatives over the years as borders changed. It's been really helpful to me in my Prussian research. I wrote about it at my blog: