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Rhineland, Prussia,  Germany
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Record Description
Record Type Catholic Church Records
Collection years: 1704-1957
Languages: German
Title in the Language: Deutschland, Rheinland, Bistum Trier, katholische Kirchenbücher, 1704-1957
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This collection is an index of birth, marriage, and death records from the Catholic Diocese of Trier, Germany, from 1704-1957.

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  • Baptismal date and place
  • Name and gender of child
  • Legitimacy of child
  • Parents' names
  • Parents' residence
  • Witnesses' names or godparents

Marriage

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Groom's name
  • Date and birth place of groom
  • Groom's residence
  • Groom's parents' names
  • Bride's name
  • Date and birth place of bride
  • Bride's residence
  • Bride's parents' names
  • Witnessess' name

Death

  • Date and place of death
  • Name of deceased
  • Date and place of birth
  • Parents' names of the deceased
  • Name of spouse if married
  • Names of witnesses
  • Cause of death
  • Date and place of burial

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Collection Citation
"Deutschland, Rheinland, Bistum Trier, katholische Kirchenbücher, 1704-1957." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 13 June 2018. Bistumarchiv (Diocese Archive), Trier, Germany.
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