Germany, Hesse, Wiesbaden, Miscellaneous City Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Hesse,  Germany
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Location of Hesse, Germany
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Current Location
Hesse is located in Germany.
Record Description
Record Type Miscellaneous Records
Collection years: 1709-1950
Languages: German
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Hessisches Hauptstaatsarchiv

What is in this Collection?

This collection from Wiesbaden includes a variety of records including such as church records, Jewish records, civil registration records, military records, emigration records, etc. The inclusive years of these records run from approximately 1709 to 1950. Original records are in the Hauptstaatsarchiv Wiesbaden. The records are handwritten in narrative style and in later years in formatted forms. For help reading these records, see Germany Handwriting.

Church registers were created to record important events in the life of the parishioners such as baptisms, marriages, and burials. This recording of data helped provide citizenship benefits and statistics for civil authorities also.

Church records and civil registration are reliable and accurate family history source in Germany. Other records may be used to help find clues when vital records are not available.

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Birth records may contain the following information:

  • 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
  • Legitimacy

Marriage records may contain the following information:

  • Names of the bride, groom, their parents (usually fathers) and witnesses
  • Date and place of marriage and marriage proclamations or banns
  • Age of bride and groom (sometimes date and place of birth)
  • Residence of the bride, groom and their parents
  • Religion of the bride and groom
  • Occupation of groom and fathers

Death records may contain the following information:

  • Names of the deceased, spouse and parents
  • Date and place of death and burial
  • Age and residence of deceased (sometimes date and place of birth)
  • Cause of death

How Do I Search This Collection?

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

Look at each image or record comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images or records and compare the information about the individuals listed to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind there may be more than one person in the records with the same name and you will want to look carefully at dates, places and relations to identify your ancestor from another person. You also may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name if they were known by a nickname or changed their name from the original birth record name. Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life and may be listed in records with any of those variations. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination.

I Found Who I was Looking for, Now What?

  • Use the age in the citizen to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in church or civil records.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have moved, been recruited or lived nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify. Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. This compiled list can help you identify possible relations that can be further verified by researching vital records in the country.
  • 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.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, Now What?

  • 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.
  • Keep in mind that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of local genealogical societies.

Citations for This Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

Germany, Hessen, Wiesbaden. City Archive Records. Hauptstaatsarchiv Wiesbaden, Hessen, Germany.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record will be available with each record once the collection is published.

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