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''[[Europe]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Germany Genealogy|Germany]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Berlin (Berlin)''' <br>
 
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==== Introduction  ====
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Guide to '''Berlin (Berlin), Germany ancestry, family history, and genealogy:''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records. <br>
 
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===Finding Birth, Marriage, and Death Records for Berlin===
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*[[Berlin Civil Registration|'''Civil registration''']]
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*[[Berlin Church Records|'''Church records''']]
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*[[Berlin Ortsippenbücher|'''Town genealogies''']]
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Berlin, the capital of Germany, is also Germany's largest city.&nbsp; Because of&nbsp;its size, research can be time-consuming.&nbsp; In ''Meyer's Orts und Verkehrs Lexicon ''published in 1912 we find that at this time there were 70 Evangelical chapels, 15 Catholic chapels, 15 synagogues, 3 Reformed churches and 2 Baptist churches.&nbsp;  
 
Berlin, the capital of Germany, is also Germany's largest city.&nbsp; Because of&nbsp;its size, research can be time-consuming.&nbsp; In ''Meyer's Orts und Verkehrs Lexicon ''published in 1912 we find that at this time there were 70 Evangelical chapels, 15 Catholic chapels, 15 synagogues, 3 Reformed churches and 2 Baptist churches.&nbsp;  
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==Find Important Information About Your Ancestors' Town==
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*To begin using the records of Germany, knowing that your family came from Berlin 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.
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*Details about the town will also help:
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**the county or "Kreis" of that town,
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**where the closest Evangelical Lutheran or Catholic parish church was (depending on their religion),
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**where the civil registration office ("Standesamt") was, and
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**if you have only a village name, you will need the name of the larger town it was part of.
  
==== Church Records  ====
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==Gathering Information to Locate Place of Origin==
 
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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.   
To help locate Lutheran Parishes in Berlin please go to this link [http://www.progenealogists.com/germany/berlin/berevpar.htm Berlin Evangelical Parish Jurisdictions]
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*Use [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Germany_Gathering_Information_to_Locate_Place_of_Origin '''Gathering Information to Locate Place of Origin'''] as a guide in exhausting every possible record to find what you need.
 
 
For a list of addresses of churches in Berlin this is a [http://ahnenforschung-klatt.de/berlin-kirchen.htm helpful site].
 
 
 
For good general information regarding Berlin, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berlin please click here]
 
 
 
Many parishes in Berlin have been indexed and names appear in the International Genealogical Index.&nbsp;&nbsp;Click [http://www.igi-index.de/index.php?page=27&seite=batch8&lang=de&sort=ort&id=b Batch number indexes for Berlin ]to see a list of parishes that have been indexed.&nbsp; This listing may not be complete.&nbsp; Click on the appropriate link in the last column to see the alphabetical list of christenings or marriages.&nbsp; Click on "Nächste Seite" for additional parishes.&nbsp;
 
 
 
==== Civil Registration  ====
 
 
 
Helpful information on Berlin Civil Registration offices can be found [[Prussia-Brandenburg_Civil_Registration|here]].
 
 
 
A link to [http://www.berlin.de/ba-mitte/org/standesamt/ Standesamt Mitte].&nbsp; To order civil registration certificates online click on "Online-anfordern". <br>
 
 
 
==== <span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1296683722109_859" />Directories  ====
 
 
 
Images of Berlin city directories can be found at this [http://adressbuch.zlb.de/ link].&nbsp; To proceed directly to the lists by year follow this [http://adressbuch.zlb.de/searchResultAdressbuch.php?CatalogName=adre2007&CatalogLayer=1&CatalogCategory=adress link].&nbsp; Some of the lists are arranged alphabetically by the name of the head of house and others are arranged by the names of the streets and house numbers.&nbsp; By using these directories for various years, you may determine the street address where your ancestor lived in Berlin. This information will help you identify the church and civil registration district to search to find additional information.
 
 
 
Changes in the names of the streets in Berlin can be determined by typing the name of the street in "Berlin from A. to Z" at this [http://www.luise-berlin.de/index.html link].&nbsp;
 
 
 
==== Forums ====
 
 
 
To search for Berlin in the Rootsweb archive click [http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/index/DEU-BERLIN here].
 
 
 
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==== History  ====
 
 
 
A description and history of Berlin published in 1786 can be found in Beschreibung der Königlichen Residenzstädte Berlin und Potsdam by Friedrich Nicolai.&nbsp; A link to this book can be found [http://books.google.com/books?id=4u4OAAAAQAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q=Gips&f=false here].
 
 
 
==== Maps  ====
 
 
 
Map of Berlin in 1907 with street index can be found [http://www.blocksignal.de/krt/f.php?r=4&k=b07 here<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1299619678734_913" />]. Click on the map to browse images.&nbsp; To locate a specific street, click on "Zum Strassenverzeichnis".
 
 
 
An excellent 1908 map of Berlin&nbsp;(1:20,000) with a street index is available by following this [http://mitglied.multimania.de/Pomerania2/ link].
 
 
 
==== Melde Records  ====
 
 
 
[http://www.landesarchiv-berlin.de/lab-neu/pic/03/_04/emk.pdf Melde Records (moving records)] information can be found for the years 1875-1960 in Berlin. However, because of loss and damage from the War it can be missing data for many time periods. Till now people with birthdates prior to 1850 could rarely be found. You must be able to provide the following information:<br>
 
 
 
*name
 
*maiden names of women
 
*Name they were known by&nbsp;
 
*birthdate
 
*occupation
 
 
 
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At the above link is the form that needs to be submitted by the requester.  
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==Meyers Gazetteer==
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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.
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*Use [http://www.meyersgaz.org/ '''MeyersGaz'''], the digital gazetteer, to find the details you need, particularly the Kreis (county) it belonged to, found after '''"Kr"'''.
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*[http://www.meyersgaz.org/help/help.html '''MeyersGaz Help Guide''']
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*[[Abbreviation Table for Meyers Orts und Verkehrs Lexikon Des Deutschen Reichs|'''Abbreviation Table''']]
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|'''For Berlin Localities:'''<br>
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Enter "Berlin" in the Search field.  A list of locations within Berlin will appear with hyphenated names. You will need to be able to narrow down your town of origin further than just "Berlin". 
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Here is part of an entry from MeyersGaz.org. (The whole entry can be studied at [http://www.meyersgaz.org/place.aspx?id=10788067 Heusenstamm, MeyersGaz].)
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The most important facts here are:<br>
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#Heusenstamm is in '''Offenbach Kreis''' (Kr).
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#It has its own Standesamt (StdA) or civil registration office.
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#It has its own Catholic parish church.
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#By clicking on the "Ecclesiastical" option, we learn that the closest protestant church is 2 miles away in Bieber.
  
Another address to try for the Melde Records:
 
  
Landeseinwohneramt Berlin<br>Friedrichstraße 219<br>10958 Berlin<br>Tel.: 030/90269-0
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==== Military  ====
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==Using Berlin Directories to Narrow Down Your Place of Origin==
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See, [[Berlin Evangelical Parish Jurisdictions|'''Berlin Evangelical Parish Jurisdictions''']] and [[Berlin Civil Registration|'''Berlin Civil Registration]], to learn how you can use city directories to find the parish in Berlin where your ancestors lived.
  
Many military units were stationed in Berlin.&nbsp; This [http://www.preussenweb.de/regiment1.htm link ]will help you learn about the various Prussian military units.
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== Research Tools  ==
  
==== Periodicals  ====
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*[[German Word List|German Word List]]
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*[[Latin Genealogical Word List|Latin Word List]]
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*[[Deciphering German Script (Kurrentschrift)|Handwriting]]
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*[[Germany - German Handwriting 1500s - 1920 (Kurrentschrift)|Handwriting Guide]]
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*[http://script.byu.edu/german/en/welcome.aspx German Handwriting Tutorial]
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*[http://www.kurrentschrift.net/index.php?s=schreiben: Kurrentschrift Converter] (enter German genealogical word, click on "convert", view your word in Kurrentschrift (Gothic handwriting)
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[[Category:Germany_Cities_and_Towns]] [[Category:Berlin, Germany]]
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[[Category:States of Germany]]
  
Link to digitized issues of [http://www.diegeschichteberlins.de/mitteilungen/1884-1943.html Mitteilungen des Vereins für die Geschichte Berlins ]are available for the years 1884-1943.&nbsp; An index to articles is included.&nbsp;<br>
 
  
==== Stadtbücher  ====
 
  
An inventory of Berlin Stadtbücher can be found [http://www.trend-monger.net/testing/inventar/eineStadt/Berlin here].<br>  
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Guide to Berlin (Berlin), Germany ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

Finding Birth, Marriage, and Death Records for Berlin



Berlin, the capital of Germany, is also Germany's largest city.  Because of its size, research can be time-consuming.  In Meyer's Orts und Verkehrs Lexicon published in 1912 we find that at this time there were 70 Evangelical chapels, 15 Catholic chapels, 15 synagogues, 3 Reformed churches and 2 Baptist churches. 

Find Important Information About Your Ancestors' Town

  • To begin using the records of Germany, knowing that your family came from Berlin 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 "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.

Gathering Information to Locate Place of Origin

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.

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.



For Berlin Localities:

Enter "Berlin" in the Search field. A list of locations within Berlin will appear with hyphenated names. You will need to be able to narrow down your town of origin further than just "Berlin".

Screen Shot 2017-03-11 at 10.19.29 PM.png

Here is part of an entry from MeyersGaz.org. (The whole entry can be studied at Heusenstamm, MeyersGaz.)

The most important facts here are:

  1. Heusenstamm is in Offenbach Kreis (Kr).
  2. It has its own Standesamt (StdA) or civil registration office.
  3. It has its own Catholic parish church.
  4. By clicking on the "Ecclesiastical" option, we learn that the closest protestant church is 2 miles away in Bieber.


MeyersGaz.png

Using Berlin Directories to Narrow Down Your Place of Origin

See, Berlin Evangelical Parish Jurisdictions and Berlin Civil Registration, to learn how you can use city directories to find the parish in Berlin where your ancestors lived.

Research Tools


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