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{{Record_Search_article|CID=CID1646446 |title=Germany, Westfalen, Minden Citizen Lists, 1574-1902|location=Germany|}}<br>
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''[[Germany Genealogy|Germany]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Westphalia, Germany Genealogy|Westphalia]]''         
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| title=Germany, Prussia, Westphalia, Minden, Miscellaneous Collections from the Municipal Archives, 1574-1902  
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| location=Germany              
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| LOC_01 =Prussia     
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| LOC_02 = Westphalia
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| LOC_03 = Minden
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| record_type =Miscellaneous Records       
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| start_year = 1574
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| end_year = 1902 
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| language = [[German Language and Languages|German]] 
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| title_language = Deutschland, Westfalen, Minden Bürgerrollen 
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| FS_URL_01 = [[Westphalia, Germany Genealogy]]             
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| FS_URL_02 = [[Westphalia Online Genealogy Records]]             
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| FS_URL_03 = [[Germany Church History]]               
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| FS_URL_04 = [[Germany Church Records]]                 
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| FS_URL_05 = [[Germany Genealogy]]               
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| RW_URL_01 = [http://www.hot-map.com/deutschlandkarte Interactive German Map]               
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| RW_URL_02 = [http://www.genealoger.com/german/ger_2_westfalen.htm German Genealogy: Westphalia]             
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| RW_URL_03 = [http://www.ekd.de/english/ Evangelical Church in Germany]               
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| RW_URL_04 = [http://adressbuecher.genealogy.net/ Historic Address books: Search]               
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| RW_URL_05 = [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~deunrhwf/?cj=1&sid=&netid=cj&o_xid=0000295820&o_lid=0000295820&o_sch=Affiliate+External Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany GenWeb] 
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| Current_LOC = Westphalia is located in Germany.
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| custodian = [http://kommunalarchiv-minden.de/ Kommunalarchiv Minden]               
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== What is in this Collection? ==               
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This collection of records from the city of Minden includes index and images of citizenship rolls and naturalization for the years 1574 to 1902, population registers for the years 1574-1902, and census records that enumerated citizens for the years 1574-1902. 
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This collection of records from the city of Minden includes index and images of citizenship rolls, population registers, and census records that enumerated citizens over three centuries,&nbsp;1574-1902. The information is handwritten horizontally through both pages of columns filling in the information as in a ledger type format. These records are written in [[German Word List|German]]. 
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To keep a record of their population, household heads were called to assemble at the local civil office, almost yearly, to provide their personal information, which was counted as a basic unit. This listing is called “volkszahlung”, local population census. 
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They also kept a similar register listing all the citizens that moved away to other localities. This register was called “abmeldungen”, relocation list of their citizens or cancellation list from the citizenship roll of that locality. 
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These procedures were not enforced, but head of households were admonished to do so. Therefore, these records may not cover the entire population. 
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The original records are preserved at the German State Archives in Schwerin. The Family History Library has copies on microfilm also. 
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The census was taken to assess military and taxation capacity, as well as for religious, occupational, and language background. 
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This census collection is a reliable source of information for genealogical purposes; however, it is dependent upon the knowledge of the informant and the way it was written by the civil officer.
  
== Title in the Language of the Records ==
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Image:Minden Westfalen Germany Citizen Roll (Bürgerroll) DGS 4407220 398.jpg|Census Record
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Image:Germany Westfalen Minen Census Records DGS 4407216 626.jpg|Census Record
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Image:Minden Westfalen Germany Citizens Acceptance (Bürgeraufnahmen) DGS 4407220 606 .jpg|Census Record
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'''These records''' may contain the following information:         
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*Address 
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*Full name 
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*Occupation 
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*Birth date 
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*Religion 
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*Birth place  
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*Nationality
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'''Deutschland, Westfalen, Minden Bürgerrollen 1574-1902'''
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==How Do I Search This Collection? ==
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It is helpful to know:
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*Your ancestor's name
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*Residence
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*Age or birth date
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*Names of family members
  
== Record Description  ==
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Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor.
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'''To search by image:''' 
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⇒Select "Browse" link in the initial search page <br> 
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⇒Select "Record type" category which takes you to the images
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==What do I do next?==
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Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.   
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===I Found Who I was Looking for, Now What?===               
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*Use the age in the citizen to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in church or civil records.                 
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*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have moved, been recruited or lived nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify. Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. This compiled list can help you identify possible relations that can be further verified by researching [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Germany_Vital_Records_Index_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) vital records] in the country.               
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*When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.               
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*[[Germany Church Records|Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.               
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===I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, Now What?===                    
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*Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the time period, either German Civil Registration records or German Church records may be more useful.                       
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*While searching, it is helpful to know such information as the ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as an ancestor and that the ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.               
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*Keep in mind that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.               
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*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.               
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.shtml nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well.             
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*Search the indexes and records of [[Germany Societies|local genealogical societies]].
  
This collection of records from the city of Minden includes index and images of citizenship rolls and naturalization for the years 1574 to 1850, population registers for the years 1882-1902, and census records that enumerated citizens for the years 1880-1900.  
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== Citations for This Collection  ==
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Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
  
This collection of records from the city of Minden includes index and images of citizenship rolls, population registers, and census records that enumerated citizens over three centuries,&nbsp;1574-1902. The information is handwritten horizontally through both pages of columns filling in the information as in a ledger type format.  
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Germany, Prussia, Westphalia, Minden, Miscellaneous Collections from the Municipal Archives, 1574-1902." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. [http://FamilySearch.org Website]: accessed 2016. Kommunalarchiv Mindens (Minden Municipal Archives).}}
  
To keep a record of their population, household heads were called to assemble at the local civil office, almost yearly, to provide their personal information, which was counted as a basic unit. This listing is called “volkszahlung”, local population census.
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'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link
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|title=Germany, Prussia, Westphalia, Minden, Miscellaneous Collections from the Municipal Archives, 1574-1902
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They also kept a similar register listing all the citizens that moved away to other localities. This register was called “abmeldungen”, relocation list of their citizens or cancellation list from the citizenship roll of that locality.
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'''Image Citation''':<br> {{Image Citation Link
 
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These procedures were not enforced, but head of households were admonished to do so. Therefore, these records may not cover the entire population.
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|title=Germany, Prussia, Westphalia, Minden, Miscellaneous Collections from the Municipal Archives, 1574-1902
 
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The original records are preserved at the German State Archives in Schwerin. The Family History Library has copies on microfilm also.
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== How You Can Contribute ==        
 
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For a list of records by date or locality currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1646446/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.
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The census was taken to assess military and taxation capacity, as well as for religious, occupational, and language background.
 
 
 
This census collection is a reliable source of information for genealogical purposes; however, it is dependent upon the knowledge of the informant and the way it was written by the civil officer.
 
 
 
=== Citations for This Collection  ===
 
 
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>  
 
 
 
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[[Germany, Westfalen, Minden Citizen Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
 
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
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'''The key genealogical facts found on most local population census lists are:''' [[Image:Minden Westfalen Germany Citizen Roll (Bürgerroll) DGS 4407220 398.jpg|thumb|right|Minden Westfalen Germany Citizen Roll (Bürgerroll) DGS 4407220 398.jpg]]
 
 
 
[[Image:Germany Westfalen Minen Census Records DGS 4407216 626.jpg|thumb|right|Germany Westfalen Minen Census Records DGS 4407216 626.jpg]]
 
 
 
[[Image:Minden Westfalen Germany Citizens Acceptance (Bürgeraufnahmen) DGS 4407220 606 .jpg|thumb|right|Minden Westfalen Germany Citizens Acceptance (Bürgeraufnahmen) DGS 4407220 606 .jpg]]&nbsp;
 
 
 
*Address
 
*Full name
 
*Occupation
 
*Birth date
 
*Religion
 
*Birth place
 
*Nationality
 
 
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
 
 
Next to parish registers, census records provide good family information, which could be used to research in other vital records. You must know how to read German Gothic script. You also need to know at least the name of your ancestor and the approximate place of residence at the time of the census.
 
 
 
== Related Websites ==
 
 
 
{{Incomplete Section}}  
 
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
 
*[[Germany|Germany]]
 
*[[Germany Census]]
 
*[[German Census Records|German Census Records]]
 
 
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
 
 
{{Contributor_invite}}
 
 
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
 
 
 
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
 
 
 
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].&nbsp;
 
 
 
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
 
 
 
{{Incomplete Citations}}
 
 
 
“Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata &gt; San Ponciano &gt; Matrimonios 1884-1886 &gt; 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.
 

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Record Type Miscellaneous Records
Collection years: 1574-1902
Languages: German
Title in the Language: Deutschland, Westfalen, Minden Bürgerrollen
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What is in this Collection?

This collection of records from the city of Minden includes index and images of citizenship rolls and naturalization for the years 1574 to 1902, population registers for the years 1574-1902, and census records that enumerated citizens for the years 1574-1902.

This collection of records from the city of Minden includes index and images of citizenship rolls, population registers, and census records that enumerated citizens over three centuries, 1574-1902. The information is handwritten horizontally through both pages of columns filling in the information as in a ledger type format. These records are written in German.

To keep a record of their population, household heads were called to assemble at the local civil office, almost yearly, to provide their personal information, which was counted as a basic unit. This listing is called “volkszahlung”, local population census.

They also kept a similar register listing all the citizens that moved away to other localities. This register was called “abmeldungen”, relocation list of their citizens or cancellation list from the citizenship roll of that locality.

These procedures were not enforced, but head of households were admonished to do so. Therefore, these records may not cover the entire population.

The original records are preserved at the German State Archives in Schwerin. The Family History Library has copies on microfilm also.

The census was taken to assess military and taxation capacity, as well as for religious, occupational, and language background.

This census collection is a reliable source of information for genealogical purposes; however, it is dependent upon the knowledge of the informant and the way it was written by the civil officer.

Sample Images

Click on images for a larger view.

These records may contain the following information:

  • Address
  • Full name
  • Occupation
  • Birth date
  • Religion
  • Birth place
  • Nationality

How Do I Search This Collection?

It is helpful to know:

  • Your ancestor's name
  • Residence
  • Age or birth date
  • Names of family members

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor.

To search by image:

⇒Select "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select "Record type" category which takes you to the images

What do I do next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, Now What?

  • Use the age in the citizen to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in church or civil records.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have moved, been recruited or lived nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify. Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. This compiled list can help you identify possible relations that can be further verified by researching vital records in the country.
  • When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

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

  • Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the time period, either German Civil Registration records or German Church records may be more useful.
  • While searching, it is helpful to know such information as the ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as an ancestor and that the ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
  • Keep in mind that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • 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.

Citations for This Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"Germany, Prussia, Westphalia, Minden, Miscellaneous Collections from the Municipal Archives, 1574-1902." Database with Images. FamilySearch. Website: accessed 2016. Kommunalarchiv Mindens (Minden Municipal Archives).

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Germany, Prussia, Westphalia, Minden, Miscellaneous Collections from the Municipal Archives, 1574-1902.

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, Westphalia, Minden, Miscellaneous Collections from the Municipal Archives, 1574-1902.

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