Saxony, Germany Genealogy

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Guide to Saxony (Sachsen), Germany ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

How to Find Birth, Marriage, and Death Records for Saxony

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For German Research, You Must Know Your Ancestors' Town

  • To begin using the records of Germany, knowing that your family came from Saxony will not be enough to use the records of Germany. Records are kept on the local level, so you will have to know the town they lived in.
  • Details about the town will also help:
    • the county or "Bezirkamt or Kreis" of that town,
    • where the closest Evangelical Lutheran or Catholic parish church was (depending on their religion),
    • where the civil registration office ("Standesamt") was, and
    • if you have only a village name, you will need the name of the larger town it was part of.

Research to Find the Town

If you do not yet know the name of the town of your ancestor's birth, there are well-known strategies for a thorough hunt for it.

If You Know the Town, Next Use Meyers Gazetteer

Once you know the town name you need, the other facts you need are contained in Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-lexikon des deutschen Reichs, the gazetteer on which the FamilySearch catalog for Germany is based.

  • Use MeyersGaz, the digital gazetteer, to find the details you need, particularly the Bezirksamt it belonged to, found after (BA) and the Regierungsbezirk (Administrative District) Niederbayern (RB).
  • MeyersGaz Help Guide
  • Abbreviation Table
  • Here is part of an entry from

The most important facts here are:

  1. Wellheim is in Eichstätt Bezirksamt (BA).
  2. It is in Regierungsbezirk (Administrative District) Middle Franconia (MFranken) (RB)
  3. It has its own Standesamt (StdA) or civil registration office.
  4. It has one Catholic parish church (kath. K.).
  5. By clicking on the "Ecclesiastical" option, we learn that the Protest church for Wellheim is in Eichstätt. We also find other nearby churches.

Main Entry Page


Ecclesiastical Page



For town and city maps in Sachsen click here and then click on "Zur Kartendarstellung".  You can use a specific street address if you know it.

Another online map showing towns and administrations (Amtsgerichte = Lower Courts) can be found here

This site will give you parish jurisdictions and other interesting and helpful information regarding towns and cities in Sachsen.


The 1871 Kingdom of Saxony became
part of the Modern State of Saxony (Sachsen). German Empire - Saxony (1871).svg.png

Location of Modern Saxony
Within the German Empire, 1871

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Modern State of Saxony
Former Kingdom of Saxony
with Annexed Areas (See List Below.)

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Areas of Modern Saxony Annexed from Other 1871 States

Bautzen Kreis, Saxony:

  • Most of this Kreis was originally in Saxony, except for:
    • City of Hoyerswerda, Silesia (no records in library at this time)

Görlitz Kreis, Saxony

  • Görlitz City, Silesia
  • Görlitz Kreis, Silesia
  • Rothenburg Kreis, Silesia

Nordsachsen Kreis, Saxony

  • Delitzch Kreis, Province of Saxony
  • Torgau Kreis, Province of Saxony
  • Municipalities of Bitterfeld Kreis, Province of Saxony
    • Authausen
    • Durchwehna
    • Görschlitz
    • Kossa
  • Municipalities from Liebenwerda Kreis, Province of Saxony
    • Blumberg
    • Stehla
  • Municipalities from Wittenberg Kreis, Province of Saxony
    • Korgau
    • Wörlitz
    • Dahlenberg