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This site is a part of the WorldGenWeb project. Its purpose is to help bring together those researching families in the North Rhine-Westphalen state in Germany.  North Rhine-Westphalen in German is Nordrhein-Westfalen and is commonly abreviated NRW. 

North Rhine-Westphalia includes the former Prussian province of Westfalen, the northern portion of the Prussian Rheinprovinz, and the principality of Lippe - Detmold . Westfalen and Rheinprovinz were combined August 23, 1946 by the British military government and Lippe-Detmold added six months later.

The coat of arms of North Rhine-Westphalen includes references to all three; the stream from Rheinland, the steed from Westfalen and the rose from Lippe.

In 1949 North Rhine-Westphalen became a member state of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Within the state are five districts - see Map of NRW. Each district is divided into Kreise (Counties, there are 31 in all with 373 communities) and 23 Kreisfreistädte (larger cities that do not belong to a county). Many towns are actually made of of a larger town and several smaller ones. Thirty cities have over 100,000 inhabitants. Click here to see complete list.

NRW has 17.8 million inhabitants, 52% female and 48% male and is the most densly populated state of the Federal Republic. Two thirds of NRW is lowland: The Lower Rhine and Westphalian Bay. One third is mountainous: Eifel, Hohes Venn, Saurland, Bergriches Land, Siegerland, Teutoberger Forest, Egge and Wessserbergland. See map.

The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany regulates the responsibilities for legislation between community associations and states. The NRW Constitution seperates powers into legislative, administrative and adjudicative. Legislation must be done by the people and the Parliment, administration by the government and judicial by independent judges. There are two regional councils (Landschaftsverbände), which are regional municipal associations of the towns and districts in NRW; Landschaftsverband Rheinland (LVR) and Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe (LWL). They roughly correspond in area and influence to the old Prussian Provinvial Federations.

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If you don't know a town name, post your query in the first known residence in the US (USGenWeb ), or other country in WorldGenWeb or in the unknown county area on GermanyGenWeb.

A special thanks to Jim Hickman who originally developed this website.

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Regierungs-Bezirke
Government Districts
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Düsseldorf
Kreisfrei Städte
Düsseldorf
Duisburg
Essen
Krefeld
Mönchengladbach
Mülheim an der Ruhr
Oberhausen
Remscheid
Solingen
Wuppertal
Kreise
Kreis Kleve
Kreis Mettmann
Kreis Neuss
Kreis Viersen
Kreis Wesel
Köln
Kreisfrei Städte
Aachen
Bonn
Köln
Leverkusen
Kreise
Kreis Aachen
Kreis Düren
Erftkreis
Kreis Euskirchen
Kreis Heinsberg
Oberbergischer Kreis
Rheinisch-Bergischer-Kreis
Rhein-Sieg-Kreis
Münster
Kreisfrei Städte
Bottrop
Gelsenkirchen
Münster
Kreise
Kreis Borken
Kreis Coesfeld
Kreis Recklinghausen
Kreis Steinfurt
Kreis Warendorf
Detmold
Kreisfrei Stadt
Bielefeld
Kreise
Kreis Gütersloh
Kreis Herford
Kreis Höxter
Kreis Lippe
Kreis Minden-Lübbecke
Kreis Paderborn
Arnsberg
Kreisfrei Städte
Bochum
Dortmund
Hagen
Hamm
Herne
Kreise
Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis
Hochsauerlandkreis
Märkischer Kreis
Kreis Olpe
Kreis Siegen
Kreis Soest
Kreis Unna



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