Germany, Prussia, Saxony, Various Protestant Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Germany, Prussia, Saxony, Various Protestant Church Records, 1594-1951 .
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Saxony-Anhalt, Prussia,  Germany
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Record Description
Record Type Church Records
Collection years: 1594-1951
Languages: German
Title in the Language: Deutschland, Preußen, Sachsen, Kirchenbücher aus ausgewählten evangelischen Kirchengemeinden
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Sächsisches Staatsarchiv

What is in this Collection?

This collection of records from 1594-1951 will contain handwritten transcriptions of Protestant church records for several parishes in Saxony, Prussia. Parishes include Bibra, Burgholzhausen, Eckartsberga, Gößnitz, Kalbitz, Lißdorf, Marienthal, Niederholzhausen, Plesimar, Seena, Taugwitz, and Wallroda.

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Reading These Records

These records are written in German. Many of the records are written in the German Gothic script; for help reading this style of writing, see the Germany Handwriting page.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Birth/baptism records usually include:

  • Name of child
  • Names of parents
  • Mother's maiden name
  • Names of witnesses
  • Date of baptism

Marriage records may contain the following information:

  • Name of bride and groom
  • Names of groom's parents
  • Names of bride's parents
  • Sometimes names of grandparents
  • Age of bride and groom
  • Information about witnesses
  • Place of residence
  • Date of marriage

Death records may contain the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Name of spouse (if married or widowed)
  • Name of parents (if child or single woman)
  • Age at time of death
  • Place of residence

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching, it is best to know the following information:

  • Name of the person
  • Date of the record

As you search, look for a record which matches this information.

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  1. Go to the Browse Page
  2. Click on the correct City or Town link
  3. Click on the correct Religion and Parish link
  4. Click on the correct Record Type and Year Range link to open the image viewer
  5. Use the onscreen controls to move between images as you look for a match

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking for, What Now?

  • Copy down all the information from the record.
  • Cite the record; see below for help citing this records in this collection.
  • Use the information to find your ancestors in census records. These can help you find additional family members.
  • Use the age in the record to find an approximate birth year.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • When looking for an individual with a common name, look at all the search results before deciding which is the correct person. Use other information, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to help with this decision. If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records.
  • Try variations of given names and surnames. An individual might appear under a different name in a record for a variety of reasons:
-They might have been listed under a middle name, nickname, or abbreviation of their given name.
-Spelling was not standardized for much of the period of this collection, so names were often spelled as recorders heard them. Pay attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try spelling variations that could have that pronunciation.
-Some women returned to their maiden names after the death of their husbands.
  • Vary the search terms. For example, expand the date range or search by either the given name or surname to return a broader list search results.
  • Search the records of nearby locations. While a person in this period rarely ever lived more than about 20 miles from their place of birth, moves within this range were common.

Citing This Collection

Proper citations make it easier to get back to sources that you have found, so citing sources properly can help you keep track of research. Correct citations also allow others to check completed research by giving them a way to find and examine records for themselves.

Below are the proper citations to use for this whole collection as well as for individual records and images within it:

Collection Citation
"Germany, Prussia, Saxony, Various Protestant Church Records, 1594-1951." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2017. Citing Evangelische Kirche. Sächsischen Staatsarchiv Leipzig.

Image Citation
The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Germany, Prussia, Saxony, Various Protestant Church Records, 1594-1951.

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