Hannover, Germany Genealogy
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Getting Started with Hannover Research
Before starting research in Hannover, several questions need to be asked. For instance: What do I already know about the area of interest? What genealogical sources do exist for the area of interest? Who created the sources? Which repository has the sources I need? Who is an expert for my area of research? All these questions lead to more questions.
Where did my ancestor come from in Hannover? Do I know his date of birth, marriage or death? Were any of these events before 1874? If answered yes, research needs to be started with church records. Church records are kept either by the parish priest if the books are still in use, otherwise they are found in archives (ecclesiastical or state). If the research pertains to any time after the year 1874, research needs to begin with civil registration records, the records of the Standesamt. There are rules of what can be obtained from such an office. If the records have been archived they can be found in a so called Stadtarchive (city archive).
The greatest hurdle in accessing the correct information is knowing where to look and what to look for. Rough guidelines can be found here however, one has to get a clue about ecclesiastical and secular administrations, their jurisdictions and responsibilities.
The spiritual/secular authorities in the Kingdom of Hanover (1814-1866)
The authorities (Obrigkeiten) were persons or institutions of secular or ecclesiastical nature who were installed to exercise power in factual and legal ways over the population in the Kingdom of Hanover. The populace owed obedience to the hierarchy.
The religious rulers were the Catholic bishops and abbots and the Evangelical superintendants. The local priest was the man in charge within his parish boundaries. The secular leaders were the king and the landowners.
Following are the names of various administrations in the Kingdom of Hanover:
Secular administrations were:
Ecclesiastical administrations were:
The Kingdom of Hanover was divided into Landdrosteibezirke (largest districts) to which belonged Fürstenthümer (principalities) and/or Grafschaften (earldoms) amd Herzogthümer (duchies).
Thus the Kingdom of Hanover was administered into: (the following pages are in German. Click on the button "Translate" on the top and the text can be read in English):
This website lists in alphabetical order all villages in the Kingdom of Hanover with their various jurisdictions. The register is found in Statistisches Handbuch für das Königreich Hannover by Friedrich Harseim and C. Schlüter published in 1848 by Schlütersche Hofdruckerei Hannover. The village index starts at page 321.
- Research Strategies for Hannover
- Looking for ancestors in Niedersachsen, check out Niedersächsische Bibliographie
- The catalog of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Bibliothek Niedersächsische Landesbibliothek*
- Search the online-archival registers of the State Archive "Niedersächsisches Landesarchivs"
- This site is very good as you can down load the exact location that your ancestors once or still live: http://www.library.wisc.edu/etext/ravenstein/
- Here is a thread listing village genealogies, emigration references, memorial books etc.
Daverden is a town between Bremen and Verden/Aller in the province of Hannover situated on the rivers Aller and Weser.
It was mentioned for the first time in a document dating back to 1258 A.D. Learn more about genealogical research in Daverden.
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