Parish register research

The next step is to find the ancestors in the church books.

The church records in Germany start at different times. Very old church books are mainly in Catholic areas. Most church records begin, however, only in the period after the 30 Years War, so after 1648.

Here we must first of all identify, are the location in which the church books, which one would like to see.

The best way is to turn to the right, the parish. On the telephone-CD’s can be found in the respective locality in “Parish” the relevant parish offices, their addresses and phone numbers. This can be clarified often basic questions with the responsible minister:

Are the church records available at the Rectory?
When will the church records?
Can the church records can be viewed on site and at what times?
Located on site a person who researches often in the church books and can give evtl.Hilfestellung?
Are there any of the church records Verkartungen or Ortsfamilienbuch?
There exists a local chronicle?

Many so-called national churches, church groups or dioceses have partially centralized archives, which are generally available to the public. Here one can not usually work on the originals, but only gets the microfilming.

So, having his first appointment in a parish, so certain things should be considered in every case. I assume that you have your documents if any are ordered, that we find a quick introduction to the research:

In the church records it is not birth, marriage and death registers, but baptism, marriage and burial books. These mainly include the ecclesiastical duties. In most cases, however, birth and death dates are given. Older books are found almost exclusively on the other hand, the baptismal and burial data.
Continue to exist confirmation books in Catholic areas also Communion and Confirmation books.
In the most recent church records, i.e. From about 1830 there are people register. This, of course, facilitate the search of his ancestors. If church records without registers exist, one should ask the pastor if of these books exist elsewhere register.
Now, one should perform his search systematically. If you search for a birth, you can make on the basis of these persons may register quickly identified. However, where the searched name but a so-called “default” in this place, to begin the first problems already. As the default name refers to names which appear increasingly in the village. In almost every town there are such names.
In the search should not be limited to the direct ancestors, but also more in touch with the siblings of the ancestors. This has the advantage that you can eliminate any confusion later easier. Furthermore, resulting from the inclusion of siblings is often a clue to other researchers who are looking for the same name.
Once you have found the birth, so one should look next after the marriage record of the parents of the baptized. Usually the marriage is almost a year before the birth of their first child.

The next step is to find the burial information of parents. As long as the books are equipped with registers, the search should not be too difficult. In the book there are death funeral and burial date, cause of death and the exact age of the deceased, eg with the indication of 72 years 5 months 3 days. Thus, the birth can be calculated easily. Remember, however, that pastors were not necessarily mathematical geniuses. One should, if the birth is not found immediately, and even two or three years ago, and looking after the calculated date. Often found in the burial books only an indication of the age, such as 54 years. Without further notice for the month and day Should not recalculated here encounter the birth of the deceased will likely come from a different locality. Here are the particulars of the godfathers in the baptized children to be evaluated.
If you manage not to go to a rectory in person, whether of time or distance reasons, so you write a letter to the local parish.

It should be noted that it describes exactly his problem. The pastors are almost all amateurs in the field of genealogy. The more precise you get portrayed the relationship, the sooner even a layman can think into the question inside.
Be in a nice, polite manner, they spread the issue is not too far off. Set no deadline! A short sentence with the word “…. I would love to hear from you soon …” is acceptable.

The letter should be accompanied by a self-addressed and stamped envelope so that copies without effort and costs can be returned. A note on the acquisition anfllender costs should also be there. The pastor must be otherwise inquire about the reimbursement only and clarify this point. This costs time and possibly money again. Enter any of your letter: “If the cost of the frame 50, – should not exceed Euro (or other assets), please get back to me first.”

Cash or a check in the envelope is not necessary to send along! It is useless and does not accelerate auc processing the request. They utilize the parish only under pressure.

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