Germany, Prussia, Brandenburg, Cottbus, Miscellaneous City Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Cottbus, Brandenburg, Prussia,  Germany
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Location of Cottbus, Brandenburg, Prussia, Germany
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Current Location
Parts of Brandenburg are now in Poland. Cottbus is in Germany.
Record Description
Record Type Church Records
Collection years: 1672-1919
Languages: German
Title in the Language: Deutschland, Brandenburg, Cottbus Archivgut
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Stadtarchiv Cottbus


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This Collection will include records from 1672 to 1919.

This is a collection of mixed records from the city archives of Cottbus. Most of the records are handwritten in narrative style and, in later years, in formatted forms. The records may include items from Sandow as well as the following:

  • Military records
  • Land and proprety records
  • Citizen rolls
  • Jewish records
  • City directories
  • Wills and estates
  • Land and tenancy records
  • Court records
  • Tax records
  • Funeral sermons and sexton records
  • Voting registers
  • Council meeting protocols
  • Hospital books

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"Deutschland, Preußen, Brandenburg, Cottbus, ausgewählte Bestände des Stadtarchivs 1672-1919." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Stadtarchiv Cottbus (Cottbus City Archives).
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