Europäische Stammtafeln

Europäische Stammtafeln - German for European Family Trees - is a series of twenty-nine books which contain sets of genealogical tables of the most influential families of Medieval European history. It is a standard reference work for those researching medieval, imperial, royal and noble families of Europe.[1]

A reference to this work is usually to the third series.[2] A fourth series, identified as Neue Folge, is being written by Rev. Detlev Schwennicke who is the sole author who started at volume 17 and is currently being published Frankfurt am Main, by Verlag Vittorio Klostermann. Twenty-nine volumes are available.[2] Detlev Schwennicke died on 24 December 2012.[3]


The preceding 16 volumes of the third series of the Europäische Stammtafeln (edited by Detlev Schwennicke) was a derivative work which built on the contributions of: [2]

Between 1978 and 1995 Schwennicke edited another nine volumes up completing the 16 volume third series. A full citation to the third series is: [2]


The stammtafeln (family trees) show genealogical tables that heavily rely on symbols as a "shorthand" of vital events. While this is common in Europe, many outside of Europe can find this confusing at first. Each volume contains a "Legend and Advice for the Use of the Genealogical Tables." The number of genealogical symbols have grown over the series, but consistency has been maintained.[4]

Two linked circles


Dagger shape
Crossed swords


German abbreviations are used extensively throughout the volumes which can cause confusion in translation. Some abbreviations used in the older volumes are slightly different from those in the newer series. In the examples below, see those for Viscount & Viscountess. It is important to refer to the "Legends and Advice" section in the front of each volume.[4]


Online index

The current publisher of the Europäische Stammtafeln, Vittorio Klostermann, has provided an online primary family or surname index in German to current volumes 1 to 29 by first surname letter. This does not include non-primary or secondary surnames or families of spouses and children marriages.[4]

A brief explanation to the online index. "The Roman numeral is the volume number and the Arabic numeral is the table number."[4] Examples:

Volume names

Current volume names of the Europäische Stammtafeln - Neue Folge = European family trees - new volumes or folders.

See also



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