Germany, Baden, Church Book Duplicates (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Records

Deutschland, Badische Kirchenbücherduplikaten, 1810-1869

Record Description

This collection of church book duplicates currently covers the locality of Bondorf for most of the period of the Grand Duchy, from 1810 to 1869.

These church records are handwritten both in columnar format and in narrative style. Most records are in good condition to extract genealogical information. However, most of the earlier records are written in Gothic German script. These records were kept in bound volumes.

Inspired by the institution of civil registration in France in 1792, German states began creating church book duplicates. The German states required the clergy to create a transcript of their church books and turn them in annually to the state. The clergy recorded the vital events of births, marriages, and deaths of people living within their jurisdiction regardless of their religion. For example, Catholic or Jewish people living in an area that did not have a Catholic church or Jewish synagogue were often recorded in the Lutheran records. The reverse was also true in Catholic areas, where Lutherans and Jews were recorded in Catholic records. The duplicate books cover the majority of the population for those years in the Grand Duchy of Baden. Records may include entries from Kreis Neustadt, Amt Bonndorf, Gemeinde Bonndorf, and Ebnet.

Church book duplicates were created for the use of civil authorities.

German church book duplicates, like the originals, are the most reliable and accurate family history source until 1876 when civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths began in all of Germany. Church book duplicates may differ slightly from the originals because of transcription variations; however, these records are often more legible than the originals.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

Parishes in Baden. Baden, Church Book Duplicates. Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

Record Content

Germany Baden Bonndorf Catholic Church Book Duplicate Christenings.jpg
These christening records usually contain the following information:
  • Date and place of birth
  • Baptismal date and place
  • Name and gender of child
  • Legitimacy of child
  • Parents' names
  • Parents' residence
  • Witnesses' names or godparents

Germany Baden Bonndorf Catholic Church Book Duplicate Marriage.jpg
These marriage records usually contain the following information:
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Groom's name
  • Date and birth place of groom
  • Groom's residence
  • Groom's parents' names
  • Bride's name
  • Date and birth place of bride
  • Bride's residence
  • Bride's parents' names
  • Witnessess' name

Germany Baden Bonndorf Catholic Church Book Duplicate Burials.jpg
These death records usually contain the following information:
  • Date and place of death
  • Name of deceased
  • Date and place of birth
  • Parents' names of the deceased
  • Name of spouse if married
  • Names of witnesses
  • Cause of death
  • Date and place of burial

How to Use the Records

German church book duplicates are a back up source for parish registers, which are the best German records to identify individuals, parents, and spouses before the civil registration of vital events was created in different regions of the country between 1792 and 1876. In order to find your ancestor, you need to know at least the village where the person lived and an approximate date of an event in his/her life. If not found in that locality, we suggest you search in nearby villages and also try several years before and after.

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

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