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===Finding Civil Registration Records ===
=====1. Digital Copies of Civil Registration From FamilySearch=====
Try to find records in the collection of the FamilySearch Library. Many microfilms have been digitized for online viewing. Gradually, everything will be digitized, so check back occasionally. Some have viewing restrictions, and can only be viewed at the [https://familysearch.org/locations/ '''Family History Centers'''] near you. To find records:
:::a. Click on the [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=55453&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Germany%2C%20Schaumburg-Lippe%22 '''records of Schaumburg-Lippe, Germany'''].
:::d. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. [[File:FHL icons.png|75px]]. The magnifying glass indicates that the microfilm is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm.
=====2. Writing for Civil Registration Certificates=====
Civil registration records for Germany can be obtained by writing to the local civil registry (Standesamt) or the district archives. Records may have been lost at one location of the other, so you might end up checking both. The first office you contact might choose to forward your request to the other location if necessary.<br>
======Local Standesamt Address======
*[http://www.standesamt.com/Standesaemter-Niedersachsen/9 '''Standesamt Addresses in Niedersachsen''']. Be sure to search this list in the original German, no the English translation. Use the Command + F (Find) tool on your computer.<br>
*[http://postalcode.globefeed.com/Germany_Postal_Code.asp '''Click here''' ]for postal code help for Germany.
======How to Write the Letter======
'''Detailed instruction for what to include in the letter, plus German translations of the questions and sentences most frequently used are in [[German Letter Writing Guide|the '''German Letter Writing Guide'''.]]'''
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=====3. Compiled and Published Secondary Sources=====
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You should make every effort to base your research on the <span style="color:Red">'''actual, original records or their digitized images.''' </span>
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======Town Genealogies (Ortssippenbuch or Ortsfamilienbuch )======
See the class {{LearningCenter2|502|'''Online Ortsfamilienbücher at Genealogy.net'''}} and the Wiki article, [[Germany Town Genealogies and Parish Register Inventories on the Internet|'''Germany Town Genealogies and Parish Register Inventories on the Internet'''.]]
Published town genealogies, Ortssippenbuch (town lineage book) or Ortsfamilienbuch (town family book), generally include birth, marriage, and death data for all persons found in the local records during a specified time period, compiled into families based on the opinion of the author. '''If one is available, it should only be used as an ''index or guide'' to finding the original records. They usually contain errors. Always verify their information in original records.
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