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[ '''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.
*[ '''Evangelische-Lutherische Landeskirche Schaumburg-Lippe''' parish list]
*[ '''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>
*[ '''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 [ '''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 [ '''Contact Us'''] feature to request information from the books.
=====3. Compiled and Published Secondary Sources=====
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