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Ehestandsbuch, Heiratsstandbuch, Ehevertrag, Heiratsbrief, Eherezess (prenuptial agreements)
are German words for a contract between engaged couples which are recorded in Ehestands- or Heiratsstandsbücher. They not only promise each other marriage but also sort out proprietary matters for the duration of the union as well as determine what is to take place if the marriage dissolves etc. The court enters all those who request a written permit to get married. For such action the couple has to pay. Their names are listed so that the authorities are not being swindled out of manumission or moving away fees.
A recording of intended marriages is also done to control the population growth, to insure proper support of families and other reasons. After a couple has received permission to marry, they have to be proclaimed three times before the marriage ceremony can take place.
Marriage contracts for Hessen-Nassau are available through www.familysearch.org Family History Library, Catalog, Keyword Search: Hessen-Nassau, Zivilstandsregister . Films can be ordered through the Research Center network.