Ancestry has published more than 2.9 million new records German civil registrations, which include birth, marriage and death records for the three cities of Frankenberg, Karlsruhe and Mönchengladbach.
Births, marriages, and deaths were first kept by religious denominations, but a civil registry modeled on the French system was implemented on 1 October 1874 in Prussian provinces, and throughout the German Empire on 1 January 1876.
Before diving into these new records, we’ve created a helpful guide to assist in reading these records, see below.
Need More Guidance?
Our German Research Center has some very helpful tools, like this PDF with German alphabet samples and this guide to symbols you may find in German records. There are also word lists and record samples from other German collections.
Download the German Civil Registration guide here.
For more tips on researching your German ancestry, see these tips for finding your German ancestors in civil registrations.
Get started searching the new collections:
Note: These collections include civil registry marriage and death records from Mönchengladbach, in the German state of North Rhine Westphalia, near the Dutch border, from 1798-1933 and 1798-1950. Early records in both collections, from 1798-1814, may be recorded in French under the French Republican Calendar.
Note: These databases include vital records and residence records from Frankenberg in the German state of Saxony in Germany and some of the surrounding areas.