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Staatsarchiv Hamburg'
Kattunbleiche 19
22041 Hamburg
Phone: 040 115
Fax: 040 4279-16001
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Genealogical Research in the State Archive of Hamburg

Civil Registration

Civil registration records kept by the former civil registration offices of Hamburg are now in the State Archive of Hamburg for the following time frames:

Births: 1874 formerly Prussian civil registration offices / 1876-1901
Marriages: 1874 formerly Prussian civil registration offices / 1876-1931
Deaths     1874 formerly Prussian civil registration offices /1876-1981

Further records are with the civil registration offices in Hamburg.  One can search names in the general register, contact email:

A register of all civil registration offices since 1874 can be located here

Address books

At the website of the Uni Hamburg all address and telephone books for Hamburg are being digitized. Further information can be found here

Citizens' registers

  • For the years 1892-1925 the registration cards for those who died or moved from Hamburg are available.
  • Further cards were destroyed in 1943.
  • For the time frame 1943-1945 an alphabatical register is available as microfilm in the archive.
  • For data after 1945 the state archive can merely give information because of privacy laws.
  • A house register is available for 1939-1968, however, privacy laws apply here as well.

Civil Registration and church books

Civil registration books of the Marie 1811-1815
Church books of the Evangelical-Lutheran church of Hamburg before 1866
Church books of the Reformed Church before 1884 and the Mennonites
Civil Registration from 1866 to 1875
Records of cities annexed to Hamburg  in 1937 from Prussia (Altona, Harburg, Wandsbek) and parishes are in their books. This is also true for the Evangelical-Lutheran parishes of the Alt-Hamburg area from before 1865.
Records can be found in the appropriate Kirchenkreis of the Nordelbische Landeskirche.
Catholic records for the Archdiocese Hamburg can be retrieved through Erzbistum Hamburg


Emigration lists are available for the years 1850-1934 on microfilm. Online data is available for the years 1877 to 1914 at [1]

Other archival records

The inventory of the Hamburg State Archive can be retrieved here 

Research assistance

The State Archive Hamburg has provided a list of researchers they endorse, who will do research for you. Here is the list

Source: Staatsarchiv Hamburg