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Germany, Hessen-Nassau, Diocese of Limburg, Catholic Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Germany
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Location of Germany in Europe
Record Description
Record Type Church Records
Collection years: 1601-1919
Languages: German
Title in the Language: Deutschland, Limburg, Katholische Kirchenbücher, 1601-1919
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Why Should I Look at This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Church records (parish registers, church books) are the main source of genealogical information in Germany before civil registration began in 1876. They record details of baptisms, marriages, confirmations, deaths and burials. Generally, the majority of the population can be found in the records. Additionally, these records can contain financial account books which may detail expenses incurred in performing marriages, funeral masses, etc., Lists of persons receiving communion, penance registers, lists of church members and registers naming members of each family.

It is important to know the religious affiliation of your ancestors as Catholic and Protestant parishes kept separate records. Catholic registers, especially the earliest volumes, are generally written in Latin. In many regions, it was also common for the local church records to function in the role of civil registrar.

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

Catholic church records from Bistum (Bishopric or Diocese) Limburg, Germany including baptisms, marriages, and burials. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Limburg was organized in 1827 from the Dioceses of Trier and Mainz.

The diocese includes land formerly included in the Duchy of Nassau, the city of Frankfurt am Main, the County of Hesse-Homburg, and the area around Biedenkopf, in Hesse.

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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are written in Latin and German. For help reading these records see the following:

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

The following information may be found in these records:

Birth

  • Date of birth
  • Name of child
  • Parents’ names (including mother’s maiden name)
  • Gender
  • Witnesses or godparents

Marriage

  • Date of marriage
  • Name of bride and groom
  • Names of bride and groom’s parents
  • Age of bride and groom
  • Birth year of bride and groom

Death

  • Date of death
  • Name of deceased
  • Parents’ names
  • Spouse’s name (if married)
  • Occupation of deceased

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

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

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

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  • Cite the record. See below for help citing records in this collection.
  • Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Note that family members often appear on an individual's vital records, such as a person's role of witnesses to a marriage.

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

  • When looking for a person with a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which individual is correct. Use other information, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to determine which candidate is the correct person. If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records
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  • Vary the search terms. For example, expand the date range or search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of results

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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