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*The Duchy of Anhalt was a historical German dychy. The territory is now part of the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt.  
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*In 1918, Anhalt became a state within the Weimar Republic. After World War II. It was united with the Prussian parts of Saxony in order to form the new area of Saxony-Anhalt. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principality_of_Anhalt Wikipedia]
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*In 1918, Anhalt became a state within the Weimar Republic. After World War II. It was united with the Prussian parts of Saxony in order to form the new area of Saxony- (Sachsen-) Anhalt. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principality_of_Anhalt Wikipedia]
  
 
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Anhalt, German Empire
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Guide to Anhalt, German Empire ancestry, family history, and genealogy before 1945: birth records, marriage records, death records, family history, and military records.

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Historical Background[edit | edit source]

  • The Duchy of Anhalt was a historical German dychy. The territory is now part of the federal state of Saxony- (Sachsen-) Anhalt.
  • Anhalt’s origins lie in the Principality of Anhalt, a state of the Holy Roman Empire.
  • The prince, Joachim Ernest, united the whole of Anhalt under his rule in 1570. The first united principality of Anhalt was short-lived, and in 1603, it was split up into the mini-states of Anhalt-Dessau, Anhalt-Bernburg, Anhalt-Köthen, Anhalt-Zerbst and Anhalt-Plötzkau. In 1665, the princes of Anhalt decided that, if any branch of the family became extinct, its lands should be equally divided between the remaining branches. 
  • Once or twice, Calvinism was favoured by a prince, but in general the house was loyal to the doctrines of Martin Luther. 
  • In 1806, Napoleon elevated the remaining states of Anhalt-Bernburg, Anhalt-Dessau and Anhalt-Köthen to duchies (Anhalt-Plötzkau and Anhalt-Zerbst had ceased to exist in the meantime). These duchies were united in 1863 to form a united Anhalt again, due to the extinction of the Köthen and Bernburg lines.
  • The new duchy consisted of two large portions – Eastern and Western Anhalt (separated by part of Sachsen), and of five small enclaves, each surrounded by Prussian territory: 
    • Alsleben
    • Muhlingen, 
    • Dornburg, 
    • Gödnitz, and 
    • Tilkerode-Abberode. 
  • In 1918, Anhalt became a state within the Weimar Republic. After World War II. It was united with the Prussian parts of Saxony in order to form the new area of Saxony- (Sachsen-) Anhalt. Wikipedia

Getting Started[edit | edit source]

Getting Started with Germany Research

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Historical Geography[edit | edit source]

Anhalt within the German Empire
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Anhalt 1871-1946

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Modern State of Saxony- (Sachsen-) Anhalt
Former States Now in Saxony- (Sachsen-) Anhalt

Green: Anhalt
Orange: Province of Saxony (Sachsen)
Brown: Brunswick (Braunschwieg):
Blankenburg and Calvorde enclaves
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History of Anhalt in the German Empire
Geo-Political Differences Today
FamilySearch Catalog
(organized by 1871 Meyer's Gazetteer)
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(Sachsen-) Anhalt 1945: Merged into current state of Saxony- (Sachsen-) Anhalt with the Province of Saxony, Magdeburg, Halle, and the Brunswick enclaves of Calvorde and eastern Blankenburg. (Map)

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Finding Birth, Marriage, and Death Records for Anhalt, German Empire[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.

2. Use gazetteers and/or parish 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 Studying Your German Locality 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.

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 after 1850, use civil registration.[edit | edit source]

Follow the instructions in Anhalt, German Empire Civil Registration.

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

Follow the instructions in Anhalt, German Empire Church Records.


More Research Strategies and Tools[edit | edit source]

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