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Staatsarchiv Hamburg'
Kattunbleiche 19
22041 Hamburg
Phone: 040 115
Fax: 040 4279-16001
Online database search
Family search information and holdings

Genealogical Research in the State Archive of Hamburg[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Civil registration records kept by the former civil registration offices of Hamburg are now in the State Archive of Hamburg for the following time frames:

Births: 1874 formerly Prussian civil registration offices / 1876-1901
Marriages: 1874 formerly Prussian civil registration offices / 1876-1931
Deaths     1874 formerly Prussian civil registration offices /1876-1981

Further records are with the civil registration offices in Hamburg.  One can search names in the general register, contact email:

A register of all civil registration offices since 1874 can be located here

Address books[edit | edit source]

At the website of the Uni Hamburg all address and telephone books for Hamburg are being digitized. Further information can be found here

Citizens' registers[edit | edit source]

  • For the years 1892-1925 the registration cards for those who died or moved from Hamburg are available.
  • Further cards were destroyed in 1943.
  • For the time frame 1943-1945 an alphabatical register is available as microfilm in the archive.
  • For data after 1945 the state archive can merely give information because of privacy laws.
  • A house register is available for 1939-1968, however, privacy laws apply here as well.

Civil Registration and church books[edit | edit source]

Civil registration books of the Marie 1811-1815
Church books of the Evangelical-Lutheran church of Hamburg before 1866
Church books of the Reformed Church before 1884 and the Mennonites
Civil Registration from 1866 to 1875
Records of cities annexed to Hamburg  in 1937 from Prussia (Altona, Harburg, Wandsbek) and parishes are in their books. This is also true for the Evangelical-Lutheran parishes of the Alt-Hamburg area from before 1865.
Records can be found in the appropriate Kirchenkreis of the Nordelbische Landeskirche.
Catholic records for the Archdiocese Hamburg can be retrieved through Erzbistum Hamburg

Emigration[edit | edit source]

Emigration lists are available for the years 1850-1934 on microfilm. Online data is available for the years 1877 to 1914 at [1]

Other archival records[edit | edit source]

The inventory of the Hamburg State Archive can be retrieved here 

Research assistance[edit | edit source]

The State Archive Hamburg has provided a list of researchers they endorse, who will do research for you. Here is the list

Source: Staatsarchiv Hamburg

Church and State Archives[edit | edit source]

Copies and even originals of some church records are deposited in various archives. Although some general descriptions of which records are in which archives are given here, you can and should e-mail the archive to make certain they have the records you want. The Family Search page of the State Archives gives this explanation of which church records it holds and where to find those it does not. Notice that there are two different groups within the protestant/Evangelical/Lutheran church.

A. The Staatsarchiv Hamburg houses the church books of the Protestant-Lutheran church communities in Hamburg before 1866 and the Reformed communities before 1884, the church books of the Mennonite community, and the Jewish communities.

Staatsarchiv Hamburg
Kattunbleiche 19
22041 Hamburg
Phone: 040 115
Fax: 040 4279-16001
Holdings list at GenWiki
Family search information and holdings

B. The church books of the Evangelical-Lutheran parishes in Alt Hamburg (now at Hamburg-Ost), dating back to 1865 are in this archive:
Church District Archives Hamburg-Ost
Höltingwiete 5
21073 Hamburg

Tel: 040 519000-975 (Family Research)
Fax: 040 519000-970

C. The church books of the Catholic church communities are not located in the State Archives of Hamburg, but in the responsible church offices.

Diocesan Archives Archbishopric Hamburg (Visiting Address)
Schmilinskystraße 80
20099 Hamburg
Diocesan Archives Archbishopric Hamburg (MailAddress)
Am Mariendom 4
20099 Hamburg

Phone: 040 24877 294
Fax: 040 24877 288