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Civil registration records are records of births, marriages, and deaths kept by the government. In Baden), they were started in 1870 (with some available during the Napoleonic period 1792-1815)1 January 1876. German terms for these records include ''Standesamtsregister'', ''Zivilstandsregister'', or ''Personenstandsregister''. They are an excellent source for information on names and dates and places of births, marriages, and deaths. These records are kept by the civil registrar (Standesbeamte) at the civil registry office (Standesamt). Study these links to learn what information can be found in them:
*[[Germany Civil Registration#Births (Geburtsregister)|'''Births (Geburtsregister)''']]
*[[Germany Civil Registration#Marriages (Heiraten, Ehen, or Trauungen)|'''Marriages (Heiraten, Ehen, or Trauungen)''']]
== Determining the Location of a Civil Registration Office ==
Research your town name in [http://www.meyersgaz.org '''MeyersGaz.org'''] to find the location of the registry office (''Standesamt''). It is indicated by the abbreviation '''"StdA"'''. <span style="color:DarkViolet">''''This is the Standesamt location you will use when searching for civil registration records anywhere in the FamilySearch catalog and collections. Ancestry.com collections will also use this location name. Records in archives will use this location prior to the consolidation of registration offices in the 1970's.'''</span><br>
'''However, some of the offices were merged in 1970's, so the modern record location might be different than that listed in MeyersGaz. <span style="color:DarkViolet"> When writing for records, first find the modern registrar for your town.'''*For a small town within a larger municipality:</span>:*To find the '''current Standesamt''', go to the [https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Hauptseite '''German Wikipedia'''], and enter the name of the town in the search box. An article about the town will start with a first line such as: "Besse with about 3200 inhabitants is the largest district of the '''''municipality Edermünde''''' in Hessian Schwalm-Eder-Kreis ...." It is probable that the Standesamt is now located in the larger '''municipality''' (in this example , Edermünde). :*To e-mail the municipality to '''verify that the civil registry for your town is there'''. ::#From the Wikipedia town article, click on the name of the municipality that links to that article. ::#There will usually be an infobox on the right side of page that lists the address and the '''website of the municipality.''' ::#Click on the website. Look for '''"Kontakt (Contact)"''' information, which should provide an e-mail address. ::#Send a message asking whether you have the correct office for your ancestors' home town. You can also use e-mail to request records and arrange payment.*For larger towns which constitute a municipality:::*To find the '''current Standesamt''', go to the [https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Hauptseite '''German Wikipedia'''], and enter the name of the town in the search box. ::*This type of article will '''not''' state that the town belongs to another municipality, because it is itself a municipality. :*The infobox To e-mail the municipality to '''verify that lists the civil registry for your town is there'''. ::#Consult this address list for the exact contact information, which should include an e-mail address and : [https://www.standesamt.com/ '''Standesamt.com''']. In the horizontal menu bar, hover over "+registry office" or "+Standesämter", then the website name of the municipality will appear directly on modern state, for a this first page that comes updrop-down list of links to modern cilvil registrars.:*Follow :#Send a message asking whether you have the above instructions #2correct office for your ancestors' home town. You can also use e-4 abovemail to request records and arrange payment. Use the [[German Letter Writing Guide|'''German Letter Writing Guide''']] to write your questions in German.
==Privacy Laws==
==Finding Civil Registration Records ==
===1. Online Records=======Ancestry.com===='''Ancestry.com''' can be searched free of charge at your local [https://familysearch.org/locations/ Family History Center.]*These records for '''Mannheim''' cover: '''Feudenheim, Friedrichsfeld, Käfertal, Mannhein, Neckarau, Reinau, Sandhofen, Seckenheim, and Wallstadt.''' ::[https://www.ancestry.de/search/collections/mannheimgermanybirths/ Mannheim Births, 1870-1900]---[https://www.ancestry.de/search/collections/mannheimmarriages/ Marriages, 1870-1920]---[https://www.ancestry.de/search/collections/general-7573/ Deaths, 1870-1950]---[https://www.ancestry.de/search/collections/mannheimfamilysheets/ Family group forms, 1760-1900] - at Ancestry.com, index and images, ($).*These records for '''Waldshut-Tiengen''' cover: '''Aichen, Breitenfeld, Detzeln, Eschbach, Gurtweil, Indlekofen, Krenkingen, Oberalpfen, Tiengen, Waldkirch, and Waldshut.''' ::[https://www.ancestry.de/search/collections/waldshuttiengenbmds/ Waldshut-Tiengen, Germany, civil status register 1870-1945] - at Ancestry.com, index and images, ($). ===2. Digital Copies of Civil Registration From FamilySearch===
Try to find records in the collection of the FamilySearch Library. Many microfilms have been digitized for online viewing. Gradually, everything will be digitized, so check back occasionally. Some have viewing restrictions, and can only be viewed at the [https://familysearch.org/locations/ '''Family History Centers'''] near you, and/or by members of supporting organizations. To find records:
:::a. Click on the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=29395&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Germany%2C%20Baden%22 '''records of Germany, Baden'''].
:::c. Click on your town. If the town or village is not listed, find the town in [http://www.meyersgaz.org '''Meyer's Gazetteer]. See where the Standesamt (StdA.) was. It may have been in different place, because of the size of the town. Use the town found in Meyer's Gazetteer, not the current, merged office.
:::d. Click on the '''"Civil registration"''' topic, if available. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
:::ce. Choose the correct '''record type and time period''' for your ancestor. '''"Geburten"''' are births. '''Heiraten''' are marriages. ''' "Verstorbene"''' are deaths. :::df. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. [[File:FHL icons.png|75px]]. The magnifying glass indicates that the microfilm is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm.
===23. Writing for Civil Registration Certificates===
Civil registration records for Germany can be obtained by writing for recent records to the local civil registry (Standesamt) or for earlier records to the local archives. They may have been lost at one location of the other, so you might end up checking both. The first office you contact might choose to forward your request to the other location if necessary.<br>
====Addresses for the Local Standesamt====
====Local Standesamt Addresses====
 
*[https://www.standesamt.com/Standesaemter-Baden-Wuerttemberg/1 '''Standesamt Addresses for Baden-Württemberg'''] . Use this address format:<br>
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You should make every effort to base your research on the <span style="color:Red">'''actual, original records or their digitized images.''' </span>
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====Town Genealogies (Ortssippenbuch or Ortsfamilienbuch )====
See the class {{LearningCenter2|502|'''Online Ortsfamilienbücher at Genealogy.net'''}} and the Wiki article, [[Germany Town Genealogies and Parish Register Inventories on the Internet|'''Germany Town Genealogies and Parish Register Inventories on the Internet'''.]]
Published town genealogies, Ortssippenbuch (town lineage book) or Ortsfamilienbuch (town family book), generally include birth, marriage, and death data for all persons found in the local records during a specified time period, compiled into families based on the opinion of the author. '''If one is available, it should only be used as an ''index or guide'' to finding the original records. They usually contain errors. Always verify their information in original records.
====Finding OFB's====
*[http://ofb.genealogy.net/ '''Click here'''] to see OFBs at GenWiki. These are indexed and searchable. [https://s3.amazonaws.com/ps-services-us-east-1-914248642252/s3/research-wiki-elasticsearch-prod-s3bucket/images/b/bf/1-Online_Ortsfamilienb%C3%BCcher-Instruction.pdf '''OFB Instructions'''].
*A bibliography of OFBs held by the [http://www.ahnenforschung-hessen.de/zentralstelle/zentralstelle.html Central Office for Person and Family History,] and available in their archive in Frankfurt am Main-Höchst, is listed [http://www.ahnenforschung-hessen.de/zentralstelle/ortssippenbuecher.htm '''here'''.] You can arrange for copied pages to be sent to you for a fee or donation. Use the "Find" function on your keyboard to search the bibliographies, as they are not alphabetical.
*[http://wiki-de.genealogy.net/Badische_Ortssippenb%C3%BCcher '''Badische Ortssippenbücher''']
*[http://www.badische-ortsfamilienbuecher.de/buecher.php?sprache=DE&N=2#pathway '''Baden Ortssippenbücher:'''] This will be the most thorough list.
==Reading the Records==
===German Records===
*It's easier than you think! You do not have to be fluent in French and German to use these records, as there is only a limited vocabulary used in them. By learning a few key phrases, you will be able to read them adequately. Here are some resources for learning to read German records.
:::[[German Word List|'''German Genealogical Word List''']]
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