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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.


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