Germany, Bavaria, Dinkelsbühl Miscellaneous City Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Dinkelsbühl, Bavaria,  Germany
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Record Description
Record Type Miscellaneous City Records
Collection years: 1804-1946
Languages: German
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Stadtarchiv Dinkelsbühl

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This collection includes records from 1804 to 1946.

This is a collection of marriage supplements, residency records, and emigration records for Dinkelsbühl, Middle Franconia, Bavaria, Germany. Most of the records in this collection are handwritten in narrative style and, in later years, in formatted forms. The record text is in German. This collection of mixed records from the city archives includes records such as, emigration from 1836 to 1927 and vital records from 1805 to 1939. These records were created by civil authorities to keep a record of the citizens and their events in life and for the benefits of its citizens. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying information about the creation of any of the types of records in this collection here. Most of the records listed in this collection are reliable to a point, depending on the knowledge of the person giving the information and the person that received it and wrote it. The most used records for genealogical research are the civil registration records after 1876 and the church records. However, if those are not available, the emigration records are also reliable and great records to search for data that will help find other family members and other records.

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"Germany, Bavaria, Dinkelsbühl Miscellaneous City Records, 1804-1946." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Citing Städt. Archiv Dinkelsbühl (Dinkelsbühl City Archives).

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