Germany, Anhalt, Dessau, City Directories (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Dessau, Anhalt,  Germany
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Location of Dessau, Anhalt, Germany
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Current Location
This locality is located in Germany.
Record Description
Record Type City Directories
Collection years: 1866-1919
Languages: German
Title in the Language: Deutschland, Anhalt, Dessau, Stadt-Verzeichnisse
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Stadtarchiv Dessau


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Collection Content

This collection contains city directories for Dessau, Anhalt, Germany. These city directories are generally arranged alphabetically by surname and by given name and provide the individual's occupation and address. Often included are classified directories of government offices and other institutions and services of public interest. Original directories are located in the Stadtarchiv Dessau, Saxony Anhalt, Germany.

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These records generally contain the following information:

  • Full name of ancestor
  • Names of family members
  • Name of spouse
  • Address or residence
  • Birth date and place
  • Religion
  • Nationality

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  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

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  • Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the time period, either German Civil Registration records or German Church records may be more useful.
  • While searching, it is helpful to know such information as the ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as an ancestor and that the ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

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Collection Citation:

"Germany, Anhalt, Dessau, City Directories, 1866-1919." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Stadtarchiv Dessau (Dassau City Archives).

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