Germany, Anhalt, Köthen, Miscellaneous City Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This collection consists of city records from Köthen for the years 1630-1921.

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Germany, Anhalt, Köthen, Miscellaneous City Records, 1630-1921
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Köthen, Saxony-Anhalt, Prussia,  Germany
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Flag of the German Empire, 1871-1917
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Location of Köthen, Saxony-Anhalt, Prussia, Germany
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Map of the German Empire, 1871-1917
Record Description
Record Type Miscellaneous Records
Collection years: 1630-1921
Languages: German
Title in the Language: Deutschland, Anhalt, Köthen, ausgewählte Bestände des Stadtarchivs 1630-1921
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Stadtarchiv Köthen

What is in This Collection?

This collection contains images of various documents related to city government and administration, including residence lists, city directories, citizen rolls, and registers of military recruits. The original records are held at the Stadtarchiv Köthen.

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These records are in German. For help reading these records see the following guides:

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What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Citizen Rolls

  • First and last name
  • Occupation of individual
  • Age of individual
  • Religion of individual

Military Recruit Registers

  • First and last name
  • Birthdate of individual
  • Religion of individual
  • Name and occupation of father
  • Name of mother
  • Observations

Address books

  • First and last name
  • Maiden name of married women
  • Street name and house number
  • Occupation of individual

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  • Name of the person
  • Date of the record

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What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Copy down all the information from the record
  • Cite the record; see below for help citing this records in this collection
  • Use the information to find your ancestors in census records. These can help you find additional family members
  • Use the age in the record to find an approximate birth year

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • Consult the Germany Record Finder to find other records
  • 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:
    • They 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 recorders 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 a broader list search results
  • Search the records of nearby locations. While a person in this period rarely ever lived more than about 20 miles from their place of birth, moves within this range were common

Research Helps

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Germany.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"Deutschland, Anhalt, Köthen, ausgewählte Bestände des Stadtarchivs 1630-1921." Images. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. Stadtarchiv Köthen (Köthen City Archives).
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