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Berlin, Germany Genealogy

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Guide to Berlin ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records. During the German Empire, 1871-1945, Berlin belonged to Brandenburg. For research in Berlin records during the German Empire, see Brandenburg, German Empire Genealogy.


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Historical Background[edit | edit source]

During the time of the German Empire, 1871-1945, Berlin was part of the Prussian province of Brandenburg.

Using Berlin Directories to Narrow Down Your Place of Origin[edit | edit source]

See, Berlin Evangelical Parish Jurisdictions and Berlin Civil Registration, to learn how you can use city directories to find the parish in Berlin where your ancestors lived.

Major Records for Berlin[edit | edit source]

Most of your research goals can be met by using just two important record groups, Berlin Civil Registration and Berlin Church Records. Click on the links here or in the sidebar for more details, instructions, and record links. Map Berlin 2.jpg