Germany, Saxony-Anhalt, Diocese of Magdeburg, Catholic Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Germany, Saxony-Anhalt, Diocese of Magdeburg, Catholic Church Records, 1608-1945
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|Flag of the German Empire, 1871-1917|
|Location of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany|
|Map of the German Empire, 1871-1917|
|Title in the Language:||Deutschland, Sachsen-Anhalt, Bistum Magdeburg, Katholische Kirchenbücher, 1608-1945|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection contains Roman Catholic Church records from the Diocese of Magdeburg in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Church records (parish registers, church books) are the main source of genealogical information in Germany before civil registration began in 1876. They record details of baptisms, marriages, confirmations, deaths and burials. Generally, the majority of the population can be found in the records. Additionally, these records can contain financial account books which may detail expenses incurred in performing marriages, funeral masses, etc., Lists of persons receiving communion, penance registers, lists of church members and registers naming members of each family.
It is important to know the religious affiliation of your ancestors as Catholic and Protestant parishes kept separate records. Catholic registers, especially the earliest volumes, are generally written in Latin. In many regions, it was also common for the local church records to function in the role of civil registrar.
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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]
These records are written in Latin and German. For help reading them see:
- German Language and Languages
- German Genealogical Word List
- Germany Handwriting
- Latin Genealogical Word List
- Brigham Young University Script Tutorial : The German Documents
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
For more information about these records see Germany, Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records.
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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
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- Name of the person
- Approximate date of the event
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
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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
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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
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- Analyze the entry to see if it provides additional clues to find other records of the person or their family
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
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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]
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The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
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