Handy guide: Civil Registration births, marriages and deaths in Germany


Obtaining a birth certificate for an immigrant ancestor is a goal that many researchers set for themselves, but what many do not realise is that the registration of births, marriages and deaths by civil authorities, along with the issue of associated certificates, is a relatively recent process, especially in Germany. 

This handy guide (4 page booklet) gives readers an overview of when civil registration was introduced in various German speaking countries, together with examples of what information you'll find on a German birth, death and marriage certificate, and details on how to obtain a certificate.

4 page A4 booklet, b&w and colour photos

Eric Kopittke, Unlock the Past handy guide, 2017

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