by Adin
(New York, NY, USA)

Hi. Suzele!

I've really gotten into genealogy lately and have discovered that some of my ancestors come from Alsace, specifically - according to the document I found - a town called Schlettstadt.

I've looked high and low on maps of Alsace but can't seem to find the town. Was it destroyed during the many wars that plagued the area? Does it have a new name? Can you assist me with this?

Greeting from New York.


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Schlettstat or Selestat
by: Suzele

Hi Adin,

Schlettstadt is the German name (and Schleschtatt in Alsatian) for Selestat.

While Alsace was going back and forth between the kingdom of France and the Holy Roman Empire, it was spelled and pronounced a number of different ways.

And it continued with the German Empire and the French Republic into the 20th century too.

Many of the villages in Alsace have retained a more Alsatian pronunciation and spelling, but even they have changed over the centuries (and most of them have been around for 8 or more centuries!)

As for the village names with a more French sound to them, you can pretty much assume that they have been changed from a more Alsatian name to a more French name for some reason.

Hope that helps,

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