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Germany, Anhalt, Dessau, City Directories, 1866-1919
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Dessau, Saxony- (Sachsen-) Anhalt, Prussia,  Germany
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Location of Dessau, Saxony- (Sachsen-) Anhalt, Prussia, Germany
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Current Location
This locality is located in Germany.
Record Description
Record Type City Directories
Collection years: 1866-1919
Languages: German
Title in the Language: Deutschland, Anhalt, Dessau, Stadt-Verzeichnisse
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Stadtarchiv Dessau


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains city directories for Dessau, which is located in the modern state of Saxony- (Sachsen-) Anhalt. These city directories are generally arranged alphabetically by surname and by given name and provide the individual's occupation and address. Often included are classified directories of government offices and other institutions and services of public interest. Original directories are located in the Stadtarchiv Dessau.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

City Directories

  • Full name of ancestor
  • Names of family members
  • Name of spouse
  • Address or residence
  • Birth date and place
  • Religion
  • Nationality

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  • Date of the record

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Consult the Germany Record Finder to find other records
  • 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:
    • An individual 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 scribes 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 broader list of search results
  • Search the records of nearby locations. While a person in this period rarely lived more than 20 miles from their place of birth, moves within this range were common

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