The specialist portal for maps from libraries and archives in Switzerland. The meta-catalog provided contains half a million maps from all over the world – from medieval manuscript maps to current printed ones. Find the maps to suit your needs quickly and simply using our map search.
This is a great resource for researching older maps of the world. Search on the country, state, area, town, or anywhere that has an identity. Maps related to the search can be shown as an overlay onto a current map of the same area. Some of the digitized maps can be purchased as downloads or prints.
The University Library Bern has an extensive collection of historic maps. Many of these maps, such as the Ryhiner collection, Thomas Schoepf's maps of the area around Bern or Meyer-Weiss's Atlas of Switzerland, are digitized and available online. The website also has digitized journals, newspapers, and prints.
The AHSGR is an international organization dedicated to the discovery, collection, preservation, and dissemination of information related to the history, cultural heritage and genealogy of Germanic settlers in the Russian Empire and their descendants.
The goal of the German Digital Library (DDB) is to give everyone free access to Germany's cultural and scientific heritage, i.e. millions of books, archives, pictures, sculptures, pieces of music and other sound documents, films and sheet music.
The Kastler DNA group is a collection of DNA samples from several individuals that are hopefully matched with another in the same family tree, if available. The group also shows any clans which were thought to be bound to a particular geographic location, but had migrated at some point in time.
Regional databases, digitized historical books and sources, directory of software, forums, directory of researchers and groups. While there's options for English and French, it's mostly just in German. Try the "Metasuche".
The federal archive is the federal service and inventory for sustainable information management. It evaluates, saves, indexes and makes archivable documents available to the Swiss Confederation. You can find several search links in the left and right sidebars. If you select the option "Online Archives" under "Direct Links" on the right, you will get to a meta search in all archives connected online. On the left you can browse and search the available databases and collections. Try entering "Kastler" or "Kasteler" in any search to view related content.
This site contains tools for finding immigration records, census records, vital records, and for dealing with calendars, maps, foreign alphabets, and numerous other applications. Some of these tools fetch data from other websites but do so in more versatile ways than the search tools provided on those websites.
The Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge looks after the resting places of the German soldiers who died in the First and Second World Wars. To date, the Volksbund has set up more than 830 military cemeteries in 46 nations, in which approximately 2,7 million war dead are buried. The building and maintenance of the cemeteries is only possible due to donations from sponsors of this humanitarian work.
The Königsbach-Stein Kastners of Germany are the relatives of the Swabian Kastlers of Germany, and the Westhoffen Kastlers of current France. As proven with DNA testing, it appears that one or more members of the Swabian clan migrated west to Königsbach-Stein. From there, they probably went west to Westhoffen in Alsace. The top-most ancestor of the Königsbach clan. known is Konrad Kastner (†~1590). One interesting fact is that there is also a Conrad Kastler (†1593), who is the top-most ancestor known in the Westhoffen family tree. These two are most likely the same person.