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Title in the Language of the Records
Deutschland, Sachsen, Bautzen, Kirche Aufzeichnungen 1699-1915
This collection of Lutheran Church records for Bautzen covers the years 1799-1914. The records include notices of births, marriages, and deaths as well as marriage applications and documentation.
For a list of record categories and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.
Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
- Lutheran churches in Bautzen, Germany. Germany, Saxony, Bautzen, church records. Archivverbund, Bautzen, Saxony, Germany.
Important genealogical information found in baptismal duplicate records are:
- Names of the child, parents, and witnesses or godparents
- Date and place of birth and baptism
- Residence and religion of the parents
- Occupation of the father
- Whether the child was legitimate or illegitimate
Important genealogical information found in marriage duplicate records are:
- Names of the bride, groom, their parents (usually the fathers), and witnesses
- Date and place of the marriage and the marriage proclamations (called "banns")
- Age of the bride and groom (sometimes the date and place of birth)
- Residence of the bride, groom, and their parents
- Religion of the bride and groom
- Occupation of the groom and of the fathers
Important genealogical information found in death duplicate records are:
- Names of the deceased, spouse, and parents
- Date and place of the death and burial
- Age and residence of the deceased (sometimes the date and place of birth)
- Cause of death
How to Use the Record
To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒ Select the “Quellengattung, Zeitraum, und Bandnummer” 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.
Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to baptisms, marriages, and death or burials make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:
- The place where the event occurred
- The name and surname of the person
- The approximate date of the event
- The name of the parents or spouse
Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the records. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.
- Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
- Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
- Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
- Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
- Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
- Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
- The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
- Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
- Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
- Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
Keep in mind:
- The information in church records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
- Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800.
- There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
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"Bautzen Marriage Records," index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org): accessed 14 March 2012, entry for Johan May Raack and Anna Maria Augusta Schmidt, married 28 January 1905; citing image no. 11 of 490; ; Free Family History and Genealogy Records'; Germany, Saxony, Bautzen, Church Records, 1699- 1915 Trauungsanzeigen 1905- 1909.
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