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Birth records of Trier from before 1600
     German cities in medieval times saw a lot of migration movements on behalf of journeymen, merchants and female servants. The city of Trier was no exception. After some journeymen learned their trade in other cities under master craftsmen, they often found a bride and opportunity for employment away from home. In order to settle elsewhere they needed a birth certificate stating their roots. This practice was especially important because family names as such were not firmly in place, yet. For instance, Matthias Müller from Welschbillig, who was a baker in Trier had a son, who after receiving some education called himself henceforth Johannes Pistoris Welschbillig. Another possibility is that women’s family names become the name of the men they married, so that a son was named after the mother’s surname. Clemetten Hans von Angelsberg, the son of Schneider Claus from Christnach and Clemetten Else from Angelsberg, was such a case.

     The author Heinrich Milz has extracted the information found in Briefbücher of the city of Trier and published his findings inArchiv für Sippenforschung, 11 Jahrgang, Heft 8 (1934) beginning with page 250. The periodical can be found at the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, International Floor. The call number is 943 2as.

     The extraction of the same subject for the 17th century can be found in the same periodical 13. Jahrgang, Heft 1 (1936) starting with page 21, and for the 18th century a list can be found in Jahrgang 16, Heft 7 (1939) sstarting with page 197.

Citizenship records of Wetzlar 1614 – 1700

     The author Johannes Schroeter has extracted names of those who became citizens of Wetzlar starting with the year 1614. The citizenship lists are found in Archiv für Sippenforschung (1936) p. 132 ff. and in the same periodical 15. Jahrgang, Heft 5 (1938), starting with page 146. Mr. Schroeter indicated whether the person in question was a Bürgersohn (Bgs. = son of a citizen) or a Bürger (Bg. = citizen), otherwise the origin of each newcomer is given.

     The periodical is part of the FamilySearch book collection and can be accessed under call number 943 B2as.


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