Germany, Prussia, Saxony, Census Lists - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Germany, Prussia, Saxony, Census Lists, 1770-1934
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|Saxony, Prussia, Germany|
|Flag of the German Empire, 1871-1917|
|Location of Saxony, Prussia, Germany|
|Map of the German Empire, 1871-1917|
|Title in the Language:||Deutschland, Preußen, Sachsen, Volkszählungen, 1770-1934|
|Multiple city archives, Germany|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 4 What Do I Do Next?
- 5 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection contains an index to census records from the province of Saxony in Prussia, now the modern state of Saxony-Anhalt in Germany.
|Saxony-Anhalt should not be confused with Saxony. Saxony-Anhalt formed from the Prussian province of Saxony, whereas Saxony formed from the Republic, formerly Kingdom, of Saxony.|
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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]
These records are written in German. For help reading these records see:
- German Genealogical Word List
- Germany Handwriting
- Brigham Young University Script Tutorial : The German Documents
What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
Individual Census Records
Household Census Records
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching, it is best to know the following information:
- Name of the person
- Census year
As you search, compare your results with this information to find a match.
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- Copy down all the information in the index entry
- Cite the index entry. See below for help citing records in this collection
I Can't Find the Person I Am Looking for, Now What?[edit | edit source]
- When looking for an individual with a common name, look at all the search results before deciding which is the correct person. Use other information, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to help with this decision. If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records.
- Try variations of given names and surnames. An individual might appear under a different name in a record for a variety of reasons:
- - An individual might have been listed under a middle name, nickname, or abbreviation of their given name.
- - Spelling was not standardized for much of the period of this collection, so names were often spelled as scribes heard them. Pay attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try spelling variations that could have that pronunciation.
- - Some women returned to their maiden names after the death of their husbands.
- Vary the search terms. For example, expand the date range or search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of search results.
- Search the records of nearby locations. While a person in this period rarely lived more than 20 miles from their place of birth, moves within this range were common.
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Germany.
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
Proper citations make it easier to get back to sources that you have found, so citing sources properly can help you keep track of research. Correct citations also allow others to check completed research by giving them a way to find and examine records for themselves.
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.