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The archives of the Bavarian State (Germany) have preserved records (e.g. charters, files, maps) generated by the government respectively administration of Bavaria and its predecessors since the introduction of writing (the oldest charter dates from 777). They can be used in the reading rooms of the nine Bavarian state archives.


Our pages are available only in German as the consultation of the records and of the finding aid will not be possible without knowing German.


Please note that in Germany, as a rule, any genealogical research for the time after 1876 should begin with the records kept by the local authorities of a person's residence, but for the time before 1876 it should begin with the registers for baptisms, marriages and deaths kept by the ecclesiastic archives. Research at the state archives makes sense only with exact information gained from these sources, which means that only by using both sources of research there will be a satisfying result.


Generaldirektion der Staatlichen Archive Bayerns
Schönfeldstr. 5
80539 München

Tel.: +49 89/28638-2482
Fax: +49 89/28638-2615

  • The Bavarian Archives Portal lists many different archives in Bavaria. From there you can get to the individual archives:
    archives in Bavaria

  • If you are looking for some other authorities of the Bavarian State, for instance districts or communities, you might find them in the directory of authorities in Bavaria:
    directory of state offices in Bavaria

  • Should you be looking for governmental or administrative authorities outside Bavaria, that is anywhere in Germany, the Germany Portal might be helpful:
    Germay portal