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Title in the Language of the Records[edit | edit source]

Deutschland, Geburten und Taufen, 1558-1898

Record Description[edit | edit source]

This index is an electronic database of information. The entries are primarily from the IGI along with some entries derived from compiled and original records such as:

  • Family Records
  • Church Records
  • Civil Registration

It may also include indexes generated by the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church.

There may be entries that cite a specific source such as the following:

  • "Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636-1850: a Family Register for the People" by James Arnold
  • "Paul Dingwell Genealogical Collection" by Paul Dingwell
  • A county or state vital record registration

These entries are in this collection for one of the following reasons:

  • They were submitted by private individuals to the LDS Church and as such are part of the IGI resulting in their inclusion in this index.
  • They have been indexed through the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church. If this is the case, the index they are a part of has been included as part of this database.

The Vital Record Index databases are not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records although some sub-indexes (an index to a set of records within the database) have been found. When we identify a sub-index, we remove it from the database and post it separately on FamilySearch under its appropriate title. = Record History ==

For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies of the original records. In 2000, some of the entries were published on 8 CDs by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the “Western Europe Vital Records Index: Germany Region.” This is an index of some births or baptisms throughout Germany. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored the indexing of this collection to help individuals find information about their ancestors.

Church records and civil registration were official records and are some of the most reliable sources of information available for those who were born, married, or died in Germany.

This index is not complete for any particular place or region.

Citations for This Collection[edit | edit source]

Template:The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

Germany Births and Baptisms, 1559-1898.   IGI, digital copies of original records, and compiled records. FHL digital and microfilm copies. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.

Record Content[edit | edit source]

The key genealogical facts found in birth or baptism index entries may include:

  • Name of the child
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Christening date (if the source is a church record)
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

This collection is a partial index of records for the localities listed below as of April 2010. The table below shows the number of records by locality. Localities not listed may not have any records in this collection.

Most of these records date from the time period indicated in the columns below; however, there may be records before and after these dates. Record counts where the locality information was incomplete are included below under the country name. Because of this, you may wish to search only by country.

As this is an index of records compiled from various sources, it is strongly recommended that you verify the information in original records. Due to privacy laws not all records may be displayed.

Locality Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898 Marriages, 1558-1929 Deaths and Burials, 1582-1958
Baden 2,600,193 1,032,792 191,654
Bayern 3,261,551 288,387 469,532
Brandenburg 802,429 82,480 205,237
Braunschweig 4,895 962 0
Bremen 37,127 272 0
Deutschland (Germany) 946,524 353,094 1,242,899
Elsaß-Lothringen 0 112 402
Hamburg 274 0 0
Hannover 47,230 17,730 22,780
Hessen 1,363,715 355,763 74,724
Hessen-Darmstadt 235,780 66,706 8,611
Hessen-Nassau 63,551 4,286 12,404
Hohenzollern 137,631 29,299 0
Lippe-Detmold 585,589 156,792 6,208
Lübeck 11,445 0 0
Mecklenburg-Schwerin 277,099 56,744 121,054
Mecklenburg-Strelitz 4,285 3,429 3,426
Oldenburg 67,002 15,256 0
Ostpreußen 94,198 15,721 1,958
Pfalz (Bayern) 1,665,783 375,905 12,131
Pommern 160,271 4,232 256
Posen 240,686 44,376 0
Preußen 2,930,534 643,539 711,545
Rheinland 5,681,033 1,485,690 48,091
Sachsen 10,329 2,692 1,620
Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha 3,064 1,021 0
Schaumburg-Lippe 323 0 0
Schlesien 18,593 2,755 0
Thüringen 1,093 307 0
Westfalen 5,397,491 1,675,687 28,850
Westpreußen 285,669 25,057 2,118
Württemberg 6,843,411 1,515,133 468,351
Totals 33,778,798 8,256,219 3,663,851

How to Use the Record[edit | edit source]

Use this index to help you learn more about your ancestors. The information could help you identify family relationships and lineages as well as direct you to original records of your ancestors, which may contain additional information.

In birth or christening records, if a surname is not listed for the child, the indexer often assigns the father’s surname to the child. This surname may not be correct. So if you are looking for a birth or christening, search by the given name of the child, adding parents' names and as much locality information as is permitted.

Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection[edit | edit source]

Each entry in this index has a source listed which includes a batch number. You will need to trace the batch number for the individual entry to learn its source. Please see the following wiki articles for more information on batch numbers:

If an FHL film number is given in the entry for your ancestor, search for it in the Family History Library Catalog.

Known Issues with This Collection[edit | edit source]

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

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Contributions to This Article[edit | edit source]

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections[edit | edit source]

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection[edit | edit source]

"Germany Births and Baptisms, 1559-1898." index, FamilySearch ( accessed March 24, 2011). entry for Maria Schultz, baptized 9 March 1739; citing Church Records, FHL microfilm 1,043,918; Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.-->