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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:
*[ 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.
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.===
Civil&nbsp;registration&nbsp;records&nbsp;are&nbsp;records of births, marriages, and deaths kept by the government. In Schaumburg-Lippe, they were started 1 January 1876. German terms for these records include ''Standesamtsregister'', ''Zivilstandsregister'', or ''Personenstandsregister''. They are an excellent source for information on names and dates and places of births, marriages, and deaths. These records are kept by the civil registrar (Standesbeamte) at the civil registry office (Standesamt). Study these links to learn what information can be found in them:
*[[Germany Civil Registration#Births (Geburtsregister)|'''Births (Geburtsregister)''']]
=====3. Compiled and Published Secondary Sources=====
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Compiled genealogies and published genealogies are <span style="color:Red">'''secondary sources''',</span> not <span style="color:Red">'''original or primary sources.'''</span> <br>
As such, they are subject to human error through <span style="color:Red">'''translation or transcription errors==4. For baptism, mistaken interpretationsmarriage, and opinion decisions of another researcherdeath records, use church records or parish registers.'''</span> <br>===
You should make every effort to base your research on the <span style="color:Red">'''actual, original records or their digitized images.''' </span>
======Town Genealogies (Ortssippenbuch or Ortsfamilienbuch )======
See the class {{LearningCenter2|502|'''Online Ortsfamilienbücher at'''}} 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.
'''Church records (parish registers, church books)''' are an important source for genealogical research in Germany before 1876. They recorded details of baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials. The vast majority of the population was mentioned. To learn more about the '''types of information you will find in church records,''' click on these links:
*[[Germany Church Records#Baptisms (Taufen)|'''Baptisms (Taufen)''']]
*[[Germany Church Records#Marriages (Heiraten)|'''Marriages (Heiraten)''']]
*[[Germany Church Records#Burials (Begräbnisse)|'''Burials (Begräbnisse)''']]
*[[Germany Church Records#Confirmations (Konfirmationen)|'''Confirmations (Konfirmationen)''']]
*[[Germany Church Records#Family Registers (Familienbücher)|'''Family Registers (Familienbücher)''']]
'''For a comprehensive understanding of church records, study the article''' [[Germany Church Records|'''Germany Church Records.''']]
===4. For baptism, marriage, and death records, use church records or parish registers.===
== Finding Church Records==
===1. Online Records===
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