Germany Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Collection Time Period

This collection includes the years 1582 through 1958.

Record Description

This index is an electronic database of information compiled from a variety of sources including the following:

  • Family Records
  • Church Records
  • Civil Registration

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

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in death or burial index entries may include:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Name of the spouse (if married)
  • Death or burial date
  • Death or burial place
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials 

Coverage Table

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

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.

Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection

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.

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 deaths or burials throughout Germany. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.

Why This Record Was Created

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

Record Reliability

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.

Related Web Sites

Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898

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Related Wiki Articles

Germany Civil Registration

Known Issues

Important.png Problems with this collection?

B.A.: Place names containing the letters B.A., i.e. B.A. Germersheim and B.A. Kandel, were mislabled during extraction as coming from Bayern (Bavaria). B.A. is derived from the Bistrumsarchieve (BA) of Trier, Rheinland-Pfalz which housed this collection. Therefore Germersheim and Kandel are located in Rheinland-Pfalz and not Bavaria.

The two collections Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898 and Germany Marriages, 1558-1929 were originally published on the Record Search site under the titles: Germany Baptisms, 1700-1900 and Germany Marriages 1700-1900.  In August of 2010, the records were combined into Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898 and Germany Marriages, 1558-1929. During the republishing process, some of the records were omitted.

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Sources of Information for This Collection

"Germany Deaths and Burials, 1582-1958," database, FamilySearch ( Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

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Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection:

"Germany Death and Burials, 1582-1958." images, FamilySearch; accessed March 24, 2011. entry for Anna Swartz, died 3 March 1731; citing Death Records, FHL film 193085; Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.