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1. Check if the correct parish was chosen. A good source to check is a gazetteer.<br>2. Have parish jurisdictions changed?<br>3. Check with the diocese (Bistum) or deanery (Dekanat) if a duplicate record does exist and where it was deposited.
*'''When church books no longer exist because they were destroyed what should the research strategy be'''?
Gather information from other records:<br>1. Tax records (Steuerlisten, Schatzungslisten) – located in state archives<br>2. Debt registers, citizenship records, fire insurance registers (Schuldenregister, Löscheimerlisten, Brandregister, Bürgerlisten) – located in city archives, mayor‘s office<br>3. Guild records, notary records, land records (Innungslisten, Zunftbücher, notarielle Akten, Grundbuchsachen – state archives<br>4. Kataster, Bannbücher (cadastral , absolvent books) – state archives, cadastral offices, finance departments<br>5. Tax records of parishes (Lagerbücher) – church archives<br>6. House lists, address books, house ownership lists, military records, vaccination records (Häuserlisten, Adressbücher, Hauswirtslisten, Stammrollen, Impflisten) – city archives<br>7. News papers (Zeitungen, Amtsblätter) - city archive, state archive<br>8. Emigration records, census records, Wählerlisten (Auswanderungsakten, Volkszählungen,<br>voting records) – state archive<br>9. Cemetery records (Gräber, Gottesacker) – city archive
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