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 Weekly reporting of deaths and burials for churches in Dresden

When the Prussians attached Dresden in 1760 church books were destroyed which started in 1550 for the Kreuzkirche. A substitute are the so called Wochenmeldezettel which were created in 1700 and kept until 1875 with the exception of 1701 and 1717. All burials were registered since 1700, births since 1713, and marriages since April of 1775.

Wochenmeldezettel were created to satisfy sovereign demands to report deaths of persons who died beginning in 1700. The sextons of all Dresden churches and the hospital cemetery provided such reports on a weekly basis. Participating were the Kreuzkirche, Annenkirche, Neustädterkirche/Dreikönigskirche, Frauenkirche, Johanniskirche-Friedhofskirche, Friedrichstädter-Matthäuskirche. At the end of each week a summary was made of how many persons died altogether and how many died of hitziges Fieber (tuberculosis) Presumably, the government wanted to establish a health committee.

The family historian will find valuable information, especially for data from the Kreuzkirche, since records are not available before 1760. Burial information is organized by month and weekday with name and profession of the deceased. When children died, the name of the father, the residence, the age, the cause of death, and the burial date. The baptismal entries are not organized by date. The recordings always start on a Saturday and end on a Friday. An actual baptism can only be calculated. The data includes name and profession of father and the given names of the child. Unfortunately, the name of the mother is missing, as well as the names of witnesses. For illegitimate baptisms, the mother’s name is given and also who the father might be. All in all the information given is not less than what church books from the same timeframe may provide.

There exists an index (Zettelkartei) for nobility names and other VIPs also of non-German origins as for instance, officers, political dignitaries, ambassadors etc.


Leipzig Parishes

The Family History Library has not yet microfilmed the records of the parishes of Leipzig.  To acquire records, it is necessary to write to the church or archive in Leipzig or to the Civil Registration Office. The following link will give you the addresses of the| Evangelical Lutheran parishes of Leipzig 

This Leipzig Church and Civil Register has been created to help you determine the parish or civil registration jurisdiction that you ancestor would have belonged to.  Each street in the city is listed and for each street or part of a street, the parish and civil registration district that had jurisdiction for that street, is listed.  Although the jurisdictions given pertain specifically to the year 1936, it is likely that they would be applicable for the earlier years as well.  In order to use this register you must know what street your ancestor lived on.  You may know your ancestor's street address from old letters or similar material.  You can also determine their street address from a city directory.  City directories were generally published regularly, in some cases, yearly.

When you find the street name, look up the street in this register to determine which parish your ancestor attended and in what civil registration district they lived.  If the street extended into more than one jurisdiction you will need to know the house number.  In such cases the street name in the register is followed by house numbers.

Each parish maintained its own church records and when writing for information from church records you have a much greater chance of success if you know the specific parish your ancestor lived in.  Church records may also be housed at the Church archive in Leipzig, as well. Here is the address:

Kirchlichen Archiv Leipzig KAL
Rudolph-Sack-Str. 10
04229 Leipzig

There were four civil registration districts in Leipzig at this time.

Church Records in the Freistaat Sachsen

The church records for the Freistaat Sachsen are with the individual parishes. In order to determine which village belongs to what parish, see the gazetteer online at which will indicate the proper church. Following are the church districts (Kirchenbezirke) of Sachsen as they are formed today, see for the following regions:

Region Bautzen Kirchenbezirk Bautzen Kirchenbezirk Kamenz Kirchenbezirk Löbau-Zittau

Region Chemnitz Kirchenbezirk Annaberg Kirchenbezirk Chemnitz Kirchenbezirk Flöha Kirchenbezirk Glauchau Kirchenbezirk Marienberg Kirchenbezirk Stollberg, since 01.01.2009 this region is part of Kirchenbezirk Annaberg

Here is a link to some death records for the years 1906-1908 from Chemnitz. The dates appear in "Mitteilungen des Vereins für Chemnitzer Geschichte", XIV Jahrgang 1906-1908, page 183-187. s. also

Region Dresden Kirchenbezirk Dippoldiswalde Kirchenbezirk Dresden Mitte Kirchenbezirk Dresden Nord Kirchenbezirk Freiberg Kirchenbezirk Großenhain Kirchenbezirk Meißen Kirchenbezirk Pirna

Region Leipzig Kirchenbezirk Borna Kirchenbezirk Leipzig Kirchenbezirk Leisnig-Oschatz Kirchenbezirk Rochlitz Kirchenbezirk Grimma

Region Zwickau Kirchenbezirk Aue Kirchenbezirk Auerbach Kirchenbezirk Plauen Kirchenbezirk Zwickau

The 25 Kirchenbezirke are subdivided into 915 parishes.

Some of the Kirchenbezirke have Ephoral archives. Genealogical research can be conducted in such places. Church books are available from the 1600s on.

Here is a link explaining the loss of church records in Saxony.

Death Records in the City Archive of Leipzig

Since 1595 the death records of the city of Leipzig were not recorded as usual by the Church but were written down by the city council's office. This office issued burial certificates which the gravedigger needed. After the burial the certificate was returned and collected in the so called Leichenbuch. Since 1846 the burial certificates have been arranged alphabetically.

The books are located at the City Archive in Leipzig with the following archival registration numbers: Leichenschreiberei business records city council death record books 1595-1875 burial certificates 1846-1875 burial books of gravediggers 1690-1879 books of the graves at the Johannis cemetery 1680-1875 various registers and indexes


To contact the City Archive of Leipzig, see



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