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

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Foreign Language Title

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Collection Time Period

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 1800 to 1900.

Record History

For the church records the clergy were required to record the vital events (births, marriages and deaths) of people living within their jurisdiction regardless of their religion in the case there wasn’t a particular church in their area.

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Why This Records Were Created

These records are created to help civil authorities and for the benefits of its citizens.

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.

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Record Reliability

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.

Record Description

Images of a variety of records digitized at the Wiesbaden City Archive, which pertains to the German state of Hessen. The majority of the records are church, civil and Jewish records. Records are handwritten in narrative style and in later years in formatted forms. Text of the records is in German.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found on most birth or baptism or birth records include:

  • 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

The key genealogical facts found on most marriage records include:

  • Names of the bride, groom, their parents (usually the 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

The key genealogical facts found on most death records include:

  • 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 to Use the Record

In order to find data in this collection it will be necessary to know, besides the name of the ancestor, the town of the event, and an approximate 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 or other types of records such as military records.
  • The parent’s origin places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • Marriage date and place may help find their children
  • Burial place may also help to know of their 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 the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.

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Sources of This Collection

“Germany, Hessen, Wiesbaden City Archive Records”, database, FamilySearch (, 2010; from Hauptstaatsarchiv Wiesbaden, Hessen, Germany. “Germany, Hessen, Wiesbaden Archive records. Hauptstaatsarchiv Wiesbaden, Hessen, Germany. FHL digital images. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

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  • File, folder or jacket number
  • Locality
  • Record type
  • Page number
  • Line number
  • Date of entry
  • Digital identification number
  • Film number

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