Hanover (Hannover), Prussia, German Empire Genealogy

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Guide to Hanover (Hannover), German Empire ancestry, family history, and genealogy before 1945: birth records, marriage records, death records, both church and civil registration, compiled family history, and finding aids.

Hanover (Hannover)
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Historical Background[edit | edit source]

  • The Kingdom of Hanover (Hannover)was founded in 1814 at the Congress of Vienna as the successor state of the Electorate of Brunswick-Lüneburg.
  • From 1814-1837, it was united with Great Britain, and ruled by its kings.
  • As a result of the German war between Prussia and Austria, the Kingdom of Hanover (Hannover) lost its independence in 1866. Prussia annexed it as the province of Hannover.
  • In 1946, the state of Hannover was re-established. It merged soon afterwards with the smaller neighboring countries Braunschweig, Oldenburg, and Schaumburg-Lippe to form the new state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen).

Königreich Hannover (Wikipedia)

Getting Started[edit | edit source]

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Historical Geography[edit | edit source]

Hanover (Hannover) within the German Empire

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Province of Hanover (Hannover), Prussia (Preussen) 1866-1946

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Hanover (Hannover) Within
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1871 Region
Geo-Political Differences Today
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(organized by 1871 Meyer's Gazetteer)
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Hanover (Hannover)

1946: Merged into Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen)

Preussen, Hannover

Finding Birth, Marriage, and Death Records for Hanover (Hannover)[edit | edit source]

Most of the information you need to identify you ancestors and their families will be found in two major record groups: civil registration and church records. To locate these records, follow the instructions in these Wiki articles.

1. Find the name of your ancestor's town in family history records.[edit | edit source]

Records were kept on the local level. You must know the town where your ancestor lived. If your ancestor was a United States Immigrant, use the information in the Wiki article Germany Finding Town of Origin to find evidence of the name of the town where your ancestors lived in Germany. Also, see:

Hannover City or Kindgom of Hannover[edit | edit source]

If information about your own ancestor shows that they were from Hannover, they might have been from Hannover City or somewhere else outside the city but within the Kingdom of Hannover (surrounding the city). Use the indexes of births, marriages, and deaths at Kirchenbuchindex, 1774-1875 to determine whether they were from the city.

2. Use gazetteers and/or parish register inventories to learn more important details.[edit | edit source]

Your ancestor's town might have been too small to have its own parish church or civil registration office. Find the location of the Catholic or Lutheran (Evangelical) parish that served your ancestor's locality. Find the name of the civil registration office (Standesamt) that serves your ancestor's locality. Use the Wiki article Finding Aids For German Records for step-by-step instructions.

Germany was first unified as a nation in 1871. An important gazetteer, Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-lexikon des deutschen Reichs, "Meyer's Gazetter" for short, details the place names of villages, towns, counties (kreise), and higher jurisdictions used at that time. In the Research Wiki, FamilySearch Catalog, and FamilySearch Historical Records, the records of Germany are organized using those place names.

You can also consult Hanover (Hannover) Parish Record Inventories to learn the Lutheran or Catholic parish that would have kept records for your town.

At the end of both World Wars, the boundaries of the states were changed dramatically, as areas of Germany were distributed among the Allied nations. Eventually, after re-unification in 1990, the states of Germany settled into what they are today. It is also necessary to understand Germany by this system, as it affects the locations of civil registration offices, archives, and mailing addresses used in correspondence searches.

3. For birth, marriage, and death records from 1809-1815, then beginning again on 1 October 1874, use civil registration.[edit | edit source]

Follow the instructions in Hanover (Hannover) German Empire Civil Registration.

4. For baptism, marriage, and death records, use church records or parish registers.[edit | edit source]

Follow the instructions in Hanover (Hannover), German Empire Church Records.

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