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Germany, Württemberg, Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart, Catholic Church Records, 1520-1975
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Württemberg,  Germany
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Record Description
Record Type Church
Collection years: 1520-1975
Languages: Latin, German
Title in the Language: Deutschland, Württemberg, Bistum Rottenburg-Stuttgart, katholische Kirchenbücher
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Why Should I Look at This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Church records (parish registers, church books) are the main source of genealogical information in Germany before civil registration began in 1876. They record details of baptisms, marriages, confirmations, deaths and burials. Generally, the majority of the population can be found in the records. Additionally, these records can contain financial account books which may detail expenses incurred in performing marriages, funeral masses, etc., Lists of persons receiving communion, penance registers, lists of church members and registers naming members of each family.

It is important to know the religious affiliation of your ancestors as Catholic and Protestant parishes kept separate records. Catholic registers, especially the earliest volumes, are generally written in Latin. In many regions, it was also common for the local church records to function in the role of civil registrar.

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection has baptism, marriage, and burial records from the Catholic records from the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart in Germany from the years 1520 to 1975.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are written in German. For help reading them see:

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Date of birth
  • Name of child
  • Parents’ names (including mother’s maiden name)
  • Gender
  • Witnesses or godparents


  • Date of marriage
  • Name of bride and groom
  • Names of bride and groom’s parents
  • Age of bride and groom
  • Birth year of bride and groom


  • Date of death
  • Name of deceased
  • Parents’ names
  • Spouse’s name (if married)
  • Occupation of deceased

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

For more information about these records see Germany, Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records.

Coverage Map[edit | edit source]

Inventory[edit | edit source]

For a list of all the titles included in this Historical Records publication see Germany, Württemberg, Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart, Catholic Church Records - Inventory.

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching, it is best to know:

  • The name of the person you are searching for
  • The date or approximate date of birth, marriage, or death

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the information to find your ancestors in censuses. These can help you find additional family members
  • Use the age in the record to find an approximate birth year, which will help you find a birth or death record. Sometimes a person is buried in a city or town in which they did not die so it is not always accurate to assume that a burial place is the same as a death place
  • It may be helpful to look at civil registration information for additional information on birth, marriage, and death records
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found to find more generations of the family

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the time period, either German Civil Registration records or German Church records may be more useful
  • While searching, it is helpful to know such information as the ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as an ancestor and that the ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times
  • Keep in mind that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation
  • Search the indexes and records of local genealogical societies

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.