Germany, Bavaria, Nördlingen, Miscellaneous City Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Bavaria,  Germany
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Location of Bavaria, Germany
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Current Location
Bavaria is located in Germany
Record Description
Record Type Miscellaneous Records
Collection years: 1385-1943
Languages: German
Title in the Language: Deutschland, Bayern, Nördlingen Archivgut
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Stadtarchiv Nördlingen


What is in This Collection?

This collection of mixed records from the city archives of Bavaria covers the inclusive years of about 1385 to 1943. Most of the records are handwritten in narrative style and, in later years, in formatted forms. For help reading these records, see Germany Handwriting.

This collection may include records such as:

  • Censuses
  • Church records
  • Citizenship rolls
  • City directories
  • Emigration records
  • Genealogy records
  • Obituaries
  • School records
  • Wills

Most of the time these records are created to help civil authorities and for the benefits of its citizens. Most of the records listed in this collection are reliable to a point, depending on the knowledge of the person giving the information and the person that received it and recorded it. The most used records for genealogical research are the civil registration records after 1876 and the church records before that date. However, if those are not available, the population registers (census) and emigration records are also reliable and great records to search for data that will help find other family members and other records.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Germany, Bavaria, Nördlingen, Miscellaneous City Records, 1385-1943.

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These records may contain the following information:

  • Names of parents, children, witnesses
  • Dates and places of events, ages
  • Residence and religion of principals
  • Occupation of principal person and maybe of other people listed depending on the record
  • Legitimacy

How Do I Search This Collection?

It is helpful to know at least one of the following:

  • Your ancestor's name
  • Residence
  • Age or birth date
  • Names of family members

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

To search by image:

⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select “Record type, Year range, and Volume” which takes you to the images.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Germany, Bavaria, Nördlingen, Miscellaneous City Records, 1385-1943.

What do I do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

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

  • Use the age in the citizen to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in church or civil records.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have moved, been recruited or lived nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify. Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. This compiled list can help you identify possible relations that can be further verified by researching vital records in the country.
  • When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

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

  • Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the time period, either German Civil Registration records or German Church records may be more useful.
  • While searching, it is helpful to know such information as the ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as an ancestor and that the ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
  • Keep in mind that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of local genealogical societies.

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

"Germany, Bavaria, Nördlingen Miscellaneous City Records, 1385-1943." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Stadtarchiv Nördlingen [Nördlingen City Archive].

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