Germany, Bavaria, Schwabach Miscellaneous Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description

This is a collection of miscellaneous records from Schwabach, Bavaria, Germany covering the years 1404 to 1950. Includes records such as: census, church record duplicates, citizenship & business license applications, city directories, court records, emigration records, guardianship & orphan records, land and property records, marriage & residency applications, probate records, and tax records. Most of the records are handwritten in narrative style and, in later years, formatted forms. The text of the records is in German.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

Germany. Various entities in Schwabach. Miscellaneous records, 1404-1950. Stadtarchiv Schwabach, Bavaria, Germany.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found on these various records may include:

  • Names of parents, children, witnesses
  • Dates and places of events, ages
  • Residence and religion of principals
  • Occupation of principal person and maybe of other people listed depending on the record
  • Legitimacy

The key genealogical facts found on birth records may include:

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  • Date, place, and time of birth
  • Name of child
  • Parents' names, marital statuses, and residence
  • Occupation of parents
  • Legitimacy
  • Number of born children for the couple
  • Baptismal date
  • Witnesses' names and occupation
  • Death date, if child died in infancy

The key genealogical facts found on baptism records may include:

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  • Date and place of baptism
  • Date and time of birth
  • Parents' names, occupation, and residence
  • Parents' marital status
  • Legitimacy of child
  • Godparents' names
  • Godparents' marital status, occupation, and place of residence

The key genealogical facts found on marriage records may include:

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  • Date and place of marriage
  • Name of groom
  • Groom's occupation, residence, marital status, and age
  • Maiden name of bride
  • Bride's parents, their occupation and residence
  • Bride's age

The key genealogical facts found on death records may include:

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  • Place and date of death
  • Complete name of the deceased
  • Occupation and place of work
  • Age at time of death
  • Cause of death

How to Use the Records

In order to find data in this collection, it will be necessary to know the name of the ancestor, the place of the event, and an approximate event date.

Some records have indexes at the end of the volume. Frequently, these indexes are arranged by the given name of the individual and sometimes use the Latin form of the name. Those volumes without indexes need to be searched chronologically for the individuals sought.

Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Use the locator information in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the records. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination. Be aware that as with any index, transcription errors may occur.

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about other people listed in the record. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.

For example:

  • Use the baptism date and place to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate civil and land records.
  • The father’s occupation can lead you to employment records, military records, or other types of records.
  • The parents' places of origin can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • Marriage date and place may help find a couple's children.
  • Burial place may also help to know of a family's migration pattern.
  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile baptism entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the baptism records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born, married and died in the same place or nearby.

Keep in mind:

  • The information in church records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.

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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

“Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” images, FamilySearch ( accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata > San Ponciano > Matrimonios 1884-1886 > image 71 of 389 images, Artemio Avendano and Clementina Peralta, 1884; citing Parroquia de San Ponciano en la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Matrimonios. San Ponciano, La Plata, Buenos Aires.