Meyer’s German Gazetteer, long an important tool for geographical research, is now online, indexed and fully searchable! That’s good news, but here is even more good news: While original book is in German, this interface is translated into English.
If you are seeking a geographical place in the old German Empire (1871-1918), check out this new online resource: “Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-lexikon des Deutschen Reichs.” Go to: http://www.meyersgaz.org/
This resource will give you the location of the village, state, civil registry office, and parish e (if the town had one), as well as other useful information.
I’ve already started to use this valuable new resource. It is very user friendly.