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Civil registration and indexes (enregistrement civil, état civil)

Research use: This type of record is the most important single source from 1797 to the present. Supplies vital information and links families.

Record type: Births, marriages, divorces, and deaths.

Time period: 1797-present.

Contents: Official civil registration was introduced in the Grand Duchy by a French decree in 1797. At that time the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg was a part of France under the name of "Departement des Forêts." Birth records--name of child, date of birth, names and ages of parents. Marriage records--Date and place of marriage, birth dates or ages and birthplaces of bride and groom, names of parents. Death records--place of death, date of death, age, birthplace, and parents' names. Every 10 years tables décennales (decennial tables) are made, in which births, marriages, and deaths are arranged in alphabetical order by date.

Location: Local municipal offices. There are 126 municipal offices in Luxembourg in which documents are written twice in the original. One copy remains in the municipality; the second is sent to the appropriate tribunal in Luxembourg City or in Diekirch. The indexes are preserved in the Public Records Office of Luxembourg and run from 1797 to 1952 inclusive.

Percentage in Family History Library: 90%.

Population coverage: 95%.

Reliability: Excellent.[1]


Luxembourg Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)


  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Luxembourg,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1988-1997.


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