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Births and baptisms


Entries about children at the beginning of church record keeping are most likely pertaining to baptisms. Later entries additionally cover the date of birth. A child typically was baptized within a couple of days after birth, usually on a Sunday when witnesses or godparents were available to take on their responsibility as helpers in guiding the child, or as guardians in case the child is orphaned. Earlier records may not provide the name of the mother or her maiden name. There also may not be any record of witnesses or their place of origin.
Births and baptisms are recorded in books according to years as the events occurred. The entries are handwritten in Kurrent which is the official style of the time (until 1920s). Intermixed with the German language are Latin phrases, abbreviations, and archaic terminology, as well as other languages depending on temporary foreign occupancy.
The entries themselves are organized in paragraph or column format, but basically contain the same information: Date of birth, date of baptism, name of child, gender of child, name, profession, and residence of parents and witnesses, see online class. Sometimes additional information is given. The child was baptized immediately by the midwife, the child was stillborn, the child died, the child was illegitimate, and the mother may or may not know who the father was or would not reveal the name of the father.
The dominant religion of Hannover was Protestantism after the Reformation. However, Catholics, Evangelical-Reformed, and Jewish congregations are also represented.
If a birth occurred after 1874 it was recorded at a civil registration office (Standesamt). In such a document the details of a birth are contained, i.e., who appeared to report the birth, where and when the birth took place, who the parents were and other information pertaining to gender, religion, and citizenship. To obtain a civil registration record of a birth please read the article.




Finding a birth or baptism in Evangelical church records

Situation Possible Solution

My ancestor was born in... Are there any church records?

-Check the Hannover gazetteer to determine which parish was the record custodian.

-Check FamilySearch "Records" to see if records are available. If they are, order them into your nearest FamilySearch Center.

If records are not available at FamilySearch, check the online database of filmed church books of the Evangelical Church Hannover (Verfilmte Kirchenbücher) and write a request to Kirchenbuchamt Hannover following the guidelines in FamilySearchWiki, [[Germany_Letter_Writing_Guide|letter writing-guide].


I know that my ancestor came from Hannover. How do I find out from where in order to find a birth record?

-Search for your ancestor’s name in the FamilySearch film collection for the city of Hannover to eliminate the question: Did he/she come from the city or not?

- Use Genevolu to determine where in Hannover your ancestor’s name might be represented. Compare your results with the Hannover gazetteer and determine possible parishes.
- Check emigration repositories (enter the word: Auswanderung) and check the catalog for listings at FamilySearch.
- Go online and check for emigration from Hanover or enter Landdrostei + the year + emigration (Auswanderung) to see if anybody has listed emigrants.

I cannot locate a birth/baptismal record for my ancestor.
Browselink list (GenWiki)
Browse Ahnenforschung.net (Niedersachsen)
Contact expert (databank ofNiedersächsischer Landesverein für Familienkunde)


 Locating a birth or baptism in Catholic Church records

Situation
Possible Solution
I have a birth place for my ancestor. How do I retrieve a birth record?
-Check FamilySearch catalog for birth place
-Check the website Osnabrück Diocese
-Check deaneries of Hildesheim diocese
-Check the website Hildesheim Diocese
-Contact the deanery in which the birthplace of your ancestor appears

I know that my ancestor came from Hannover. He was Catholic.
-First you must determine from where In Hannover your ancestor originated. Check all available US records, census, incoming ship records, naturalization records, etc.
- Use Genevolu to determine where in Hannover your ancestor’s name might be represented.
-Compare your results with the deanery maps of Osnabrück and Hildesheim to establish in which deanery jurisdiction (see above) your ancestor’s name is located.
- Check emigration repositories (enter the word: Auswanderung) and check the catalog for records at FamilySearch to see if your ancestor was listed as an emigrant.
- Go online and check for emigration from Hanover or conduct a search entering Landdrostei + the year + emigration (Auswanderung) to see if anybody has listed emigrations

I cannot locate a birth/baptismal record for my Catholic ancestor.
Check parishes Osnabrück
Check out local archives and their holdings (ehe. Reg.Bez.)
Contact Arbeitskreis Familienforschung Osnabrück
Contact expert


Finding a birth or baptism in Evangelical-Reformed records

Situation
Possible Solutions
I know the birth place of my ancestor. Where can I locate a birth record?
-Check FamilySearch catalog for appropriate records.
-Contact Landeskirchenamt Leer

My ancestor was Evangelical-Reformed but I do not know his place of birth. How can I find out?
- Use Genevolu to determine where in Hannover your ancestor’s name might be represented.
-Search the alphabetical list of Evangelical-Reformed parishes in Ostfriesland
- Check emigration repositories (enter the word: Auswanderung) and check the catalog for listings at FamilySearch.
- Go online and check for emigration from Hanover or enter Landdrostei + the year + emigration (Auswanderung) to see if anybody has listed emigrants.

I cannot locate a birth/baptismal record for my Evangelical-Reformed ancestor.
Contact expert


Finding a birth in Jewish records

Situation
Possible Solutions
I know the birth place of my ancestor. Where do I locate a birth record?
Check FamilySearch catalog
My ancestor was Jewish but I do not know a place of birth. How can I find information?
Check online database „Juden in
Nordwestdeutschland

Check online database JewishGen

I cannot locate a birth record for my Jewish ancestor.
Contact expert



Finding a birth in Civil Registration

Situation
Possible Solutions
I know the birth place of my ancestor. Where do I locate a birth record?
Civil registration records are with the civil registration office of the respective city, in the city archives, the communal archives (by former districts) or communal archives by locality or the state archives to which the locality belonged (enter Personenstandsurkunden in allgemeine Recherche field
My ancestor was born after 1874 but I do not know where. How can I find information?

Read "Locating Civil Registration Records" and

"Locating civil registration records not at the Family History Library" in FamilySearch Wiki.

I cannot locate a civil registration record.
Ask expert










 

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