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Access the records: Germany, Brandenburg, Wittenberge, City Directories and Citizen Lists, 1851-1921 .
Title in the Language of the Record
Deutschland, Brandenburg, Wittenberge, Stadt-Verzeichnisse
The collection consists of the following records for Wittenberge. The records are located in the Stadtarchiv Wittenberge.
- Citizen lists (censuses) for the years 1884-1921
- City directories (burgher rolls) for the years 1851-1913
Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
- “Germany, Brandenburg, Wittenberge, City Directories and Citizen Lists, 1851-1921.” Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Stadtarchiv Wittenberge.
The information varies by year; later years contain more information than the early years. Any of the following detail may be included in the record:
- Full name
- Address or residence
- Birthdate and place
How to Use the Record
Next to parish registers, citizen rolls provide some of the best family information. To begin your search you need to know at least the name of your ancestor and some identifying information such as birthdate. If you know only the age, you can approximate the birthdate. Use the birthdate and place, to locate your ancestor in church records.
The records are in written in German Gothic script. For help reading the records see the wiki articles:
Search the Collection
To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the Quellengattung und Zeitraum(Record Type and Years) which takes you to the images.
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
Using the Information
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.
Tips to Keep in Mind
When using these records keep in mind:
- The information may be incorrect.
- The ages listed may not be correct.
- A given name may not be the same as the name used in vital records.
- Names may be spelled as they sound. Look for variant spellings of the names as well as nicknames.
- Place-names may be misspelled.
- Some parts of the record may be illegible.
- If the family is not at the expected location, you should search the surrounding area.
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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.
Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection
"Germany, Brandenburg, Wittenberge, City Directories and Citizen Lists" images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 12 May 2013). City directories (burgher rolls) for the years 1851-1913 > L-Z > image 264 of 623 images; citing Emil Reinert
Example for an Indexed Collection:
“Delaware Marriage Records,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 4 March 2011), William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, 1890; citing Delaware, State Marriage Records, no. 859, Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover.
Example for a Browsed Collection:
“Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata > San Ponciano > Matrimonios 1884-1886 > image 71 of 389 images, Artemio Avendano and Clemtina Peralta, 1884; citing Parroquia de San Ponciano en la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Matrimonios. San Ponciano, La Plata.
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