Germany, Bavaria, Middle Franconia, Brenner Collection of Genealogical Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Mittelfranken, Bavaria,  Germany
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Record Description
Record Type Family group sheets
Collection years: 1550-1900
Languages: German
Title in the Language: Deutschland, Bayern, Mittelfranken, Brenner-Archiv
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Stadtarchiv Ansbach (Ansbach City Archive), Germany


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

The collection consists of an alphabetical collection of family group sheets compiled from parish records and other sources in the district of Ansbach, Mittelfranken, Bavaria. It includes 97 parishes in the area for the period of about 1550-1945. The majority of the records are 1750-1900. The sheets were compiled by Tobias Brenner and others between about 1918 and 1945. The records are written in pencil on pre-printed forms in Gothic German handwriting. Many abbreviations were used for given names; there is a key to these abbreviations.

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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are written in German. For help reading these records see:

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

These records may contain the following information:

  • Names of family members
  • Birth dates and places
  • Marriage dates and places
  • Death dates and places

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

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

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

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

  • Add any new information to your records
  • 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 the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • 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
  • Search the indexes and records of local genealogical societies

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Germany.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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