Hannover, Germany Genealogy

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Welcome to the Hannover page! FamilySearch Wiki is a community website dedicated to helping people throughout the world learn how to find their ancestors. Through the Hannover page you can learn how to find, use, and analyze records of genealogical value. The content is variously targeted to beginners, intermediate, and expert researchers. Please visit the help page to learn more about using the site. The Hannover Page is a work in progress, your contributions and feedback are essential!

What Are You Looking For?  

   How to Find Information for Hannover Ancestors

 1. Birth information

 2. Marriage information

 3. Death information

 4. Handwriting



Getting Started with Hannover Research

Before starting research in Hannover, several questions need to be asked. For instance: What do I already know about the area of interest? What genealogical sources do exist for the area of interest? Who created the sources? Which repository has the sources I need? Who is an expert for my area of research? All these questions lead to more questions.

Where did my ancestor come from in Hannover? Do I know his date of birth, marriage or death? Were any of these events before 1876? If answered yes, research needs to be started with church records. Church records are kept either by the parish priest if the books are still in use, otherwise they are found in archives (ecclesiastical or state). For instance, the Evangelical-Lutheran church records for the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg and the Duchy of Braunschweig are in the State Archives of Oldenburg and Wolfenbüttel respectively. The State Archive of Bückeburg has microfiche of the Schaumburg church books. The State Archive of Stade has duplicate church books for the Duchies of Bremen and Verden for the years 1715-1852. 

If just Hannover is known as place of origin, the following source (Kirchenbuchindex, 1774-1875 Evangelische Kirche Hannover (StKr. Hannover) available through the Family History Center network should be checked out. These films list all names of people belonging to the Evangelical church in the city of Hannover. If the family name is not found here, the family is most likely from the Kingdom of Hannover instead of the city of Hannover. If the Family History Library has the  records in question they can be found under the name of the record keeping church. (Not every village had a church or had the authority to keep records!) Here is a link to all those Hannover parishes which have been filmed by the Landeskirchliche Archiv (Evangelical Church Archive) of Hannover. Click on "Verfilmte Kirchenbücher - detaillierte Auflistung". Records can be obtained through the

Kirchenbuchamt Hannover

Hildesheimer Strasse 165/167

30173 Hannover

If the research pertains to any time after the year 1876, research needs to begin with civil registration records, the records of the Standesamt. There arer rules(privacy laws) of what can be obtained from such an office. If the records have been archived, they can be found in so called Stadtarchive (city archives), communal or state archives.  Note: For a brief time civil registration records were kept when the Electorate of Hannover was part of the French Empire. Read about it in "Regional Differences

Another way to start your family research is to use a so called Ortsfamilienbuch (village lineage book). If the research is reliable such a book is a great resource because family names have been thoroughly researched and linked. Here is a link to some such books prepared for Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen).
An additional source to check for a lineage book is to browse the Family History Catalog at www.familysearch.org In the field “place search” enter your town, then look for “genealogies”.

The greatest hurdle in accessing the correct information is knowing where to look and what to look for. Rough guidelines can be found here however, one has to get a clue about ecclesiastical and secular administrations, their jurisdictions and responsibilities for ones area of research.


The spiritual/secular authorities in the [1]Kingdom of Hanover (1814-1866)

The authorities (Obrigkeiten) were persons or institutions of secular or ecclesiastical nature who were installed to exercise power in factual and legal ways over the population in the Kingdom of Hanover. The populace owed obedience to the hierarchy.
The religious rulers were the Catholic bishops and abbots and the Evangelical superintendants. The local priest was the man in charge within his parish boundaries. The secular leaders were the king and the landowners.
Following are the names of various administrations in the Kingdom of Hanover:

Secular administrations were:
Standesherrliches Amt

Ecclesiastical administrations were:

The Kingdom of Hanover was divided into Landdrosteibezirke (largest districts) to which belonged Fürstenthümer (principalities) and/or Grafschaften (earldoms) and Herzogthümer (duchies).
Thus the Kingdom of Hanover was administered into:

  1. Landdrostei Aurich

  2. Landdrostei Osnabrück

  3. Landdrostei Stade

  4. Landdrostei Lüneburg

  5. Landdrostei Hannover 

  6. Landdrostei Hildesheim

  7. Berghauptmannschaft Clausthal

     (belonged to Hildesheim)

This link lists in alphabetical order all villages in the Kingdom of Hanover with their various jurisdictions. The register is found in Statistisches Handbuch für das Königreich Hannover by Harseim and Schlüter, published in 1848.

Research Tools

  • Looking for ancestors in Niedersachsen, check out this link . Click on "Personen" and enter a name, date or place of birth or death, a profession and hit "Suche starten."
  • Tthe Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Bibliothek Niedersächsische Landesbibliothek has an alphabetical list of its online databanks which have historical, cultural, and other important information not only pertaining to Lower Saxony.
  • Search the online-archival registers of the Niedersächsiche Landesarchiv (State archive): Topic Archive and Libraries of the Hannover page.
  • Here is a Niedersachsen thread  listing village genealogies, emigration references, memorial books etc.

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Daverden is a town between Bremen and Verden/Aller in the province of Hannover situated on the rivers Aller and Weser.

It was mentioned for the first time in a document dating back to 1258 A.D.  Learn more about genealogical research in Daverden.

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