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Title in the Language of the Record

Deutschland, Brandenburg, Wittenberge, Stadt-Verzeichnisse

Record Description

The collection consists of the following records for Wittenberge. The records are located in the Stadtarchiv Wittenberge. The records are in German.

  • 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 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. : accessed 2013. Citing Stadtarchiv Wittenberge.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

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
  • Religion
  • Nationality

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 "Quellengattung und Zeitraum" 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.

Related Websites

Germany GenWeb

Related Wiki Articles


Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: Germany, Brandenburg, Wittenberge, City Directories and Citizen Lists, 1851-1921

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.


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