Genealogical manual of the nobility

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Genealogical Handbook of the Nobility ( GHdA ) is a reference work that was published by CA Starke Verlag from 1951 to 2015 and published by the German Aristocratic Archive Foundation . It saw itself as a successor to the former by Justus Perthes published Gotha Genealogical Hofkalenders and Gotha Genealogical paperback . It has been continued since 2015 by the Gotha Genealogical Handbook .


The GHdA provides information about the descent of many namesake and members from families of the German nobility , their tribe lists and family coats of arms .

In its 158 volumes it records noble families from the area of ​​the former Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation , i. H. of today's countries Germany , Austria , Liechtenstein , Switzerland , the Netherlands , Belgium , Luxembourg , the Czech Republic , Slovenia , most of Italy (including the Holy See ) as well as parts of today's France ( Lorraine , Alsace , Burgundy ), the Baltic states , today's Poland ( Silesia , Pomerania , East and West Prussia , Posen Province , Galicia ) and Ukraine (Galicia and Bukovina ).

The volumes were published in different sub-series:

  • Noble houses of the primeval and letter nobility
  • Barons , titular and imperial barons and barons
  • Counts 'houses usually titular counts' houses
  • Princely houses
    • first division, ruling and formerly ruling houses,
    • second department, mediatized , stately and non- sovereign houses (which - like the first department - are counted among the high nobility ),
    • third department, titular princely houses, which, according to an outdated, German-centric view, were occasionally counted among the lower nobility , but can actually be described as the European high nobility third department .

The publication of the individual family articles was the responsibility of the aristocratic families themselves. The supervision of the correctness of all published information and data was ultimately the responsibility of the German Nobility Law Committee .

In addition to the GHdA, there has been the Genealogical Manual of the Bavarian Nobility , founded by Franz Josef zu Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst , since 1950 and the Genealogical Manual of the Baltic Knighthoods (New Series) since 2011 .

The Gotha

Freiherrliches paperback of "Gotha"

The GHdA's predecessor was “der Gotha”, named after the place where it was published, Gotha . Its first edition was published in 1763 by C. W. Ettinger in Gotha, and from 1785 onwards by Justus-Perthes- Verlag under the title Gothaischer Hof -kalender for use and pleasure . Ettinger and Perthes had worked together until 1785. The French edition appeared until 1944 under the title Almanach de Gotha . The "Gotha" was constantly updated, changed and supplemented through new editions with different - again and again slightly changed - titles (Gothaischer Genealogical Calendar , Gothaischer Genealogischer Hof-Kalender or Gothaer Hof-Kalender ). Not all of the families represented in Gotha were taken into account when the GHdA was published.

CA Starke Verlag or the Deutsche Adelsarchiv have never acquired copyrights or publishing rights to the publications or titles of Gotha , nor did the Perthes family or Justus Perthes ever intend to transfer such rights to CA Starke Verlag or the Deutsche Adelsarchiv .

Since 2015 the Gothaische Genealogische Handbuch (GGH) has been published by the Stiftung Deutsches Adelsarchiv , which in 2013 acquired the naming rights to the Almanach de Gotha from the publishing house Ernst Klett Stuttgart (as the legal successor to the Almanach de Gotha since the takeover of the publishing house Justus Perthes / Haack Gotha im Year 1992).

Since 1824, the ruling and princely families listed in the court calendar have been divided into three groups (1) current sovereigns and their houses, (2) other wealthy houses in Germany, France and Italy, and (3) mediatized houses characterized by equality ( civil status ) . The court calendar was later expanded to include the four rows of paperbacks of the count's houses (since 1825), the baronial houses (since 1848), the aristocratic (primeval) houses (since 1900) and the post-aristocratic houses (since 1907).

In competition with "Gotha" also appeared briefly:

German gender book

Parallel to the Genealogical Handbook of the Nobility , the German Gender Book appears for non-aristocratic families as the Genealogical Handbook of the Bourgeois Families , as the title used to be. The structure of this manual is identical to that of the GHdA. Many of the volumes are arranged according to the region of origin of the families.

Nobility Lexicon

From 1972 to 2012, the GHdA also published the “Adelslexikon” in a total of 18 volumes. Every aristocratic family still existing after 1800 was included, if possible with the following information: denomination; Homeland; first documentary appearance (with evidence); Progenitor, with whom the safe line begins; Diploma awards and recipients; Sex association; Coat of arms description (possibly illustration of the family coat of arms ); Bibliography. Particular emphasis was placed on the recording of those families who have been ennobled since 1850 and which have not yet been recorded in the literature. The Bibliography also includes remote publications and small-edition family stories. The lexicon of nobility is completed with the register volume published in 2012.

tape Area Issue date Volume of the entire series
I. A receipt 1972 53
II Boo-don 1974 58
III Village 1975 61
IV G-Har 1978 67
V Has – I 1984 84
VI J – Kra 1987 91
VII Kre-Lod 1989 97
VIII Loe – Mes 1997 113
IX Met – Oe 1998 116
X Of – Pra 1999 119
XI Pre-Rok 2000 122
XII Rol-Schm 2001 125
XIII Schn – Stad 2002 128
XIV Stae – Tra 2003 131
XV Tre-Wee 2004 134
XVI Way – Z 2005 137
XVII Supplements 2008 144
XVIII register 2012 151

See also

Web links

Commons : Genealogical handbook of the nobility  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files
Wikisource: Gotha (Adelskalender)  - Sources and full texts

Individual evidence

  1. at times also called the Genealogical Handbook of the Noble Houses . --- Compare the information provided by the Swiss National Library, Swissbib