Germany, Prussia, Rhineland, Brühl, Civil Registration (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Brühl, Rhineland, Prussia,  Germany
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Location of Brühl, Rhineland, Prussia, Germany
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Current Location
Rhineland is in Germany.
Record Description
Record Type Civil Registration
Collection years: 1798-1875
Languages: German
Title in the Language: Deutschland, Preußen, Rheinland, Brühl, Zivilstandsregister
FamilySearch Resources
  • [Rhineland, Germany Genealogy]
  • [Research Strategies for Rhineland]
Related Websites
Landesarchiv Nordrhein-Westfalen

What is in this Collection?

This collection contains civil registration of births, marriages, marriage proclamations, and deaths for Brühl, Rhineland, Prussia, Germany 1798-1875. Because of legal restrictions, this collection only contains an index; no images are available online. The first documentary reference to Brühl was recorded in 1180. A Cologne archbishop founded a manor house to administer local estates. In 1285, an archbishop gave Brühl its city charter and established self-administering courts. In 1469 Brühl became the capital of the county and Cologne Archbishops chose the city as the location of their residence. For almost 150 years the Cologne Archbishops territory was ruled from Brühl, according to the city's website. The city is home to the famous Augustusburg Castle.

Birth records may contain the following information:

  • Birth date
  • Child’s name
  • Child’s gender
  • Name of parents
  • Mother’s maiden name
  • Religion
  • Place of birth

Marriage records may contain the following information:

  • Date of marriage
  • Groom’s name
  • Groom’s birth year and age
  • Names of groom’s parents
  • Bride’s name
  • Bride’s birth year and age
  • Names of bride’s parents
  • Place of marriage

Death records may contain the following information:

  • Date of death
  • Name and age of deceased
  • Name of parents
  • Name of spouse (if applicable)
  • Place of death

How Do I Search This Collection?

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. Search the collection by name, 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 indexes and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

I Found Who I was Looking for, Now What?

  • Use the age in the marriage records 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 been born, married or died 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.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900. If the officiator of a marriage or death was a minister, you may be able to determine to which religion or congregation your ancestor belonged. Look for church records of the birth, marriage, or death which may provide more information on the family.

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

  • Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the time period, German Civil Registration records or German Church records may be more useful.
  • 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

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Collection Citation:

"Germany, Prussia, Rhineland, Brühl, Civil Registration, 1798-1875." Index. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Citing Bürgermeisterei. Personenstandsarchiv, Brühl. (Mayoralty, Civil Archives Brühl).

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

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