Dachau, Bavaria, Germany Genealogy

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History And Geography[edit | edit source]

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Dachau is a city in Bavaria (southern) Germany. It lies on the Amper River, just northwest of Munich. Dachau is situated on a hilly, picturesque setting that has long attracted landscape painters. Industries include the production of paper, cardboard, electrical equipment, textiles, and ceramics. Population in 2003 was estimated to be 39,474. First mentioned in 805, it remained a small market town until the 20th century, attaining civic status in 1934. a parish church (1625). The city’s picturesque natural setting has long attracted landscape painters.


See Wikipedia for more information on Dachau and Wikipedia/Dachau Concentration Camp

Online Records[edit | edit source]

  • There is some Dachau information at Find A Grave
  • Bavaria, Germany, WWI Personnel Rosters, 1914-1918 includes information on some soldiers from Dachau on Ancestry This source is most useful when you are able to enter the ancestors full name and place of birth. However if you don't know all those details enter what you can and you may be pleasantly surprised.
  • Various records can be found through the Meta-search tool on the website of the German Society for Computer Genealogy. You just need to enter Dachau, as the place name, click "start search" and it will provide an alphabetical (by last name) list of all the information on this data base for that city.
  • Family Search Catalog This link takes you to the FamilySearch Catalog list of microfilmed documents for civil records of marriage proclamations, marriage supplements, and permissions to change residence for Dachau residents. They have been digitized and are available online. Click on the camera icon to view them.

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Stadt Dachau, Rathaus II (Local Government Office) Augsburger Str. 1
85221 Dachau
Germany
phone:+49 8131 750 Website


Standesamt
Konrad-Adenauer-Straße 2-6
85221 Dachau
Germany
Telefon: 08131 - 75-0
Fax: 08131 - 75-44299
E-Mail: stadt@dachau.de
Website

The Standesamts (Civil Registration Offices) and the Rathauses (Town Hall) in Bavaria typically only have information as far back as the late 1800's. It is possible to contact them by email to determine what is available for Dachau. If you are seeking information concerning your family prior to that time it is necessary to go to church records.

Catholic Church Records[edit | edit source]

There are several Catholic Parishes in the city of Dachau and surrounding area. It is possible to see the location of all of them and find some information about each on Google Maps

  • You can visit the archives yourself to research the records. Privacy rules apply to birth records more recent than 120 years, marriage records 80 years, and death records 30 years. A day fee of about EU 7.00 is charged to use the records. Call in advance to make reservations.


Archiv des Erzbistums München und Freising - for most of Oberbayern
Karmeliterstrasse 1
D-80333 München
Germany
Phone: 089 - 2137 1346
Fax: 089 - 2137 1702
E-mail: Archiv@ordinariat-muenchen.de
Website

Lutheran Church Records[edit | edit source]

Bavaria was and is predominantly Catholic. If your ancestors lived in Dachau, there is a chance they affiliated with the Catholic Church. However, if you do not find them in Catholic records, you should search the Lutheran records.

  • According the Meyer's Gazetteer, in 1871, the closest Lutheran Church was in Pasing, which is 8 miles from Dachau. Today, two Lutheran Parishes serve Dachau.

Dachau - Friedenskirche Uhdestr. 2
Dachau
Germany
Tel: 0813187958
Fax: 0813154374
E-Mail: pfarramt@friedenskirche-dachau.de Website

Dachau - Gnadenkirche Anton-Günther-Str. 1
Dachau
Germany
Tel: 0813131420
Fax: 08131314215
E-Mail: pfarramt.dachau-gnadenkirche@elkb.de

  • Many records for the Lutheran (Evangelical) church are digitized and available online through Archion. This is not a free site, but requires registration and a membership fee. This link gives instructions on How to Use Archion
  • The Lutheran Archive for Bavaria is in Nurnberg. It is always a good idea to contact in advance and make an appointment to use any archive.

You can email to inquire about information for you ancestors.

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Veilhofstraße 8
90489 Nurnberg
Germany
E-Mail: archiv@elkb.de
Website

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

There are several cemeteries in Dachau and surrounding areas. Click on this link to Google Maps to see all of them. Select one and click on it in the column on the left. This will bring up the address and phone number and/or website of that particular cemetery.

  • However in a city this size walking through cemeteries would be very time consuming, unless you know which cemetery to go to and use the cemetery map to find the grave of your relative.
  • If you want to find information on your ancestors in a cemetery, keep in mind that in most German cemeteries the grave plots are re-used as often as every 25 years. (sometimes 50 -100 years). For this reason church and civil records are a better genealogy source, unless you find a cemetery that has kept a record of all those buried there in the past.
  • If you are lucky enough to go to Dachau and want to find a cemetery Find A Grave and Billion Graves both have great phone apps to help you locate cemeteries.

Additional Help[edit | edit source]

We hope that the above information will be useful to those seeking genealogy for their family from Dachau, Bavaria, Germany. If you are still struggling be sure to use the "Bavaria Wiki Topics" guide on the upper right side of this page. Another wonderful resource available on Wiki is the Wiki Wizard German videos.