Rhineland Naturalization and Citizenship

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It is customary in Germany to be registered with the authorities in ones town. This registration can go back to the early record keeping, such as citizenship lists. Here is a link from the city archive of Düsseldorf, listing all inhabitants since 1854.

The older records can only be researched by the city archive's personnel. They charge!

One can find the moving-in and moving-out dates in these records.

Source: http://www.duesseldorf.de/buergerinfo/41_203/003/01.shtml


Citizenship records of Neuß 1636-1710

     In the year 1586 the city of Neuß had lost its primacy and experienced siege after siege in the following centuries until 1714, when finally peace settled the area. The city of Neuß’ citizenship records testify of unrest because in 1642 only one citizen was admitted and in the next 2 ½ years nobody wanted to become a citizen of Neuß. The author Johannes Lenders has listed newcomers to Neuß from 1636 to 1710 in Archiv für Sippenforschung 16. Jahrgang, Heft 2 (1939). In the earlier entries only the name of the applicant appears, in later years also his place of origin and his profession.

     The above mentioned periodical is part of the FamiySearch book collection and can be accessed under call number 943 B2as.