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==Finding Birth, Marriage, and Death Records for Schaumburg-Lippe==
<span style="color:DarkViolet">'''Most of the information you need to identify you ancestors and their families will be found in two major record groups: civil registration and church records. To locate these records, follow the instructions in these Wiki articles.'''</span>
===1. Find the name of your ancestor's town in family history records.===
Records were kept on the local level. You must know the town where your ancestor lived. If your ancestor was a United States Immigrant, use the information in the Wiki article '''[[Germany Finding Town of Origin]]''' to find evidence of the name of the town where your ancestors lived in Germany.
Also, see:
*[http://www.histag-schaumburg.de/page/page_ID/105?PHPSESSID=978489b6ec0b5240ae85bbad2e60005e Schaumburg-Lippe Emigrants, 1820-1914]
*[https://www.arcinsys.niedersachsen.de/arcinsys/einfachesuche.action Niedersachsen Archives Search Page], enter "Auswanderer" and surname.
 
===2. Use gazetteers and/or parish inventories to learn more important details.===
Your ancestor's town might have been too small to have its own parish church or civil registration office. Find the location of the Catholic or Lutheran (Evangelical) parish that served your ancestor's locality. Find the name of the civil registration office (standesamt) that serves your ancestor's locality. Use the Wiki article [[Studying Your German Locality|'''Studying Your German Locality''']] for step-by-step instructions.
 
Germany was first unified as a nation in 1871. An important gazetteer, [http://www.meyersgaz.org '''''Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-lexikon des deutschen Reichs''], "Meyer's Gazetter" for short''', details the place names of villages, towns, counties (kreise), and higher jurisdictions used at that time. In the Research Wiki, FamilySearch Catalog, and FamilySearch Historical Records, the records of Germany are organized using those place names. <br>
 
At the end of both World Wars, the boundaries of the states were changed dramatically, as areas of Germany were distributed among the Allied nations. Eventually, after re-unification in 1990, the states of Germany settled into what they are today. It is also necessary to understand Germany by this system, as it affects the locations of civil registration offices, archives, and mailing addresses used in correspondence searches.<br>
 
===3. For birth, marriage, and death records after 1 January 1876, use civil registration.===
Follow the instructions in [[Schaumburg-Lippe, German Empire Civil Registration|'''Schaumburg-Lippe, German Empire Civil Registration'''.]]
 
===4. For baptism, marriage, and death records, use church records or parish registers.===
Follow the instructions in [[Schaumburg-Lippe, German Empire Church Records|''' Schaumburg-Lippe, German Empire Church Records'''.]]
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