Luxembourg, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1796-1941
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration Records
Collection years: 1796-1941
Languages: French, German
Title in the Language: Luxembourg registre d'état civil
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What is in This Collection?

This collection contains an index to and images of civil registration records from Luxembourg for the years 1796-1941. The events are recorded by hand in French or German. Some records are in partially pre-printed books where the information is then entered by hand. The name of a child not registered when born will not be given in the death record, but the gender of that child will be. If the child was stillborn it will be stated on the record, although sometimes this term was applied to children who died shortly after birth.

Civil birth, marriage, and death records have been kept from 1796 to the present, although this collection only has records until 1924. Some records between 1796 and 1805 follow the French Republican Calendar.

Reading These Records

For help reading these French records see the following guides:

Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Luxembourg Civil Registration, 1796-1941.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The information in these records usually include the following:


  • Name of child
  • Gender of child
  • Date and place of birth
  • Name of parents
  • Parents age and occupation
  • Names of witnesses


  • Date and place of marriage
  • Name of groom
  • Groom's birth date
  • Current residence
  • Names of groom's parents
  • Name of bride
  • Bride's birth date
  • Current residence
  • Names of bride's parents
  • Names of witnesses


  • Name and age of deceased
  • Day and hour of death
  • Birthplace of the deceased
  • Occupation of deceased
  • Current residence
  • Name of the spouse (when applicable)
  • Witnesses may be members of the family

Collection Content

Sample Images

For help reading these German records see the following guides:

How Do I Search This Collection?

You can either search the index or view record images. Before using either search method, it is best to know the following:

  • Name of the person
  • Date of the record

As you search, look for a record which matches this information.

Search the Index

  1. Go to the Collection Page
  2. Fill in the search boxes with the information you have
  3. Click Search" to bring up a list of possible matches

View the Images

  1. Go to the Browse Page
  2. Click on the correct City or Town link
  3. Click on the correct Record Type and Years link to open the image viewer
  4. Use the onscreen controls to move between images as you look for a match

How Do I Analyze the Results?

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?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Copy down all the information from the record image
  • If you have not already done so, find the image of the original record. The image may contain more information than was put into the index entry
  • Save or print a copy of the image for future reference
  • Cite the record; see below for help citing records in this collection
  • Use the information which has been discovered to find more. For instance, use the age listed in the record to estimate a year of birth, if that is yet undetermined

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • When looking for a person with a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which individual is correct. Use other information, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to determine which candidate is the correct person. If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records
  • Check for variants of given names and surnames. For much of the period of this collection, spelling was not standardized; pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation. A person might also have been listed under a middle name, nickname, or abbreviation of their given name
  • Vary the search terms. For example, either expand the date range or search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible matches

Research Helps

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

Citing This Collection

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
"Luxembourg, Registres d'état civil, 1796-1941." Database with images. FamilySearch. : 16 July 2018. Archives nationales de Luxembourg (National Archives), Luxembourg.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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