[http://data.matricula-online.eu/de/deutschland/hildesheim/ '''Matricula, Catholic Records of the Diocese of Hildesheim Online''']
=== 4. Writing to a Local Priest for Church Records ===
*Baptism, marriage, and death records may be searched by contacting the local Catholic or Lutheran church or the Catholic diocese archives.
*[http://www.landeskirche-schaumburg-lippe.de/kirchengemeinden/ '''Evangelische-Lutherische Landeskirche Schaumburg-Lippe''' parish list]
*[https://www.bistum-hildesheim.de/bistum/pfarrgemeinden/ '''Hildesheim Diocese''' parish addresses]
*Because many churches now have known e-mail addresses, you can quickly check whether the parish records are stored at the parish church or have been moved to archives. If possible, do this before sending a more detailed inquiry or any money. Links for church addresses are found on the wiki pages for the individual states and counties of Germany.
====Writing to a Local Parish====
Write a brief request in German to the proper church using this address as a guide, replacing the information in parentheses:<br>
*[http://postalcode.globefeed.com/Germany_Postal_Code.asp '''Click here''' ]for postal code help for Germany.
====How to Write a 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'''.]]'''
==Other Religious Groups==
To learn how to determine the location of other religious records, namely Jewish, French Reformed, German Reformed, etc., watch [https://www.familysearch.org/ask/learningViewer/489 '''Hansen’s Map Guides: Finding Records with Parish Maps,'''] beginning at 48:00 minutes, to learn how to locate these congregations. Then go back and watch from the beginning to understand how to use the reference book. This course teaches you how to use a set of reference books found at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. If you are not in Salt Lake City, use the [https://www.familysearch.org/ask/help '''Contact Us'''] feature to request information from the books.
===3. Compiled and Published Secondary Sources =====