Germany, Prussia, Brandenburg, Cottbus, Miscellaneous City Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Brandenburg and Cottbus, Prussia,  Germany
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Location of Brandenburg and Cottbus, Prussia, Germany
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Current Location
Parts of Brandenburg are now in Poland. Cottbus is in Germany.
Record Description
Record Type Church Records
Collection years: 1672-1919
Languages: German
Title in the Language: Deutschland, Brandenburg, Cottbus Archivgut
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Stadtarchiv Cottbus

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This Collection will include records from 1672 to 1919.

This is a collection of mixed records from the city archives of Cottbus. Most of the records are handwritten in narrative style and, in later years, in formatted forms. The records may include items from Sandow as well as the following:

  • Military records
  • Land and proprety records
  • Citizen rolls
  • Jewish records
  • City directories
  • Wills and estates
  • Land and tenancy records
  • Court records
  • Tax records
  • Funeral sermons and sexton records
  • Voting registers
  • Council meeting protocols
  • Hospital books

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These records may contain the following information:

  • 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

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  • Use the age in the marriage records to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in church or civil records.
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  • 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.

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Collection Citation:

"Germany, Prussia, Brandenburg, Cottbus, Miscellaneaous City Records, 1672-1919." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Stadtarchiv Cottbus (Cottbus City Archives).

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