== Determining the Location of a Civil Registration Office ==
Research your town name in [http://www.meyersgaz.org '''MeyersGaz.org'''] to find the location of the registry office (''Standesamt''). It is indicated by the abbreviation '''"StdA"'''. <span style="color:DarkViolet">''''This is the Standesamt location you will use when searching for civil registration records anywhere in the FamilySearch catalog and collections. Ancestry.com collections will also use this location name. Records in archives will use this location prior to the consolidation of registration offices in the 1970's.'''</span><br>
:*To e-mail the municipality to '''verify that the civil registry for your town is there'''.
::#Consult this address list for the exact contact information, which should include an e-mail address: [https://www.
standesamt.com/ '''Standesamt.com''']. In the horizontal menu bar, hover over "+registry office" or "+Standesämter", then the name of the modern state, for a drop-down list of links to modern cilvil registrars.
::#Send a message asking whether you have the correct office for your ancestors' home town. You can also use e-mail to request records and arrange payment. Use the [[German Letter Writing Guide|'''German Letter Writing Guide''']] to write your questions in German.
to the subject of the record sought will be required in cases where the required time period has not yet elapsed. Even then, the records may be accessible if it can be shown that all "participating parties" have died at least 30 years ago. Participating parties are both parents and the child in birth records, and both spouses in a marriage.
==Finding Civil Registration Records == ===1. Online Records ===
*[https://www.ancestry.de/search/collections/erfurtbirths/ Erfurt, Germany, birth register 1874-1901], index and images, ($). Includes records for: [https://www.ancestry.de/interactive/61384/47443_ef2%5E138bsa1876-00001?backurl=&ssrc=&backlabel=Return '''Bischleben'''], [https://www.ancestry.de/interactive/61384/47443_ef2%5E138moa1876-00001?backurl=&ssrc=&backlabel=Return '''Molsdorf'''].
*[https://www.ancestry.de/search/collections/erfurtmarriages/ Erfurt, Germany, marriage register 1874-1900], index and images, ($). Includes records for: [https://www.ancestry.de/interactive/61385/47448_ef2%5E138bsb1876-00001?backurl=&ssrc=&backlabel=Return '''Bischleben'''], [https://www.ancestry.de/interactive/61385/47448_ef2%5Emob1876-00001?backurl=&ssrc=&backlabel=Return '''Molsdorf'''].
*[https://www.ancestry.de/search/collections/erfurtdeaths/ Erfurt, Germany, death records 1874-1935], index and images, ($). Includes records for: [https://www.ancestry.de/interactive/61386/47453_EF2%5E138BSC1876-00001?backurl=&ssrc=&backlabel=Return '''Bischleben'''], [https://www.ancestry.de/interactive/61386/47453_ef2%5E138moc1876-00001?backurl=&ssrc=&backlabel=Return '''Molsdorf'''].
===2. 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, and/or by members of supporting organizations. To find records:
:::a. Click on the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=52864&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Germany%2C%20Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha%22 '''records of Germany, Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha'''].
:::f. 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.
===3. 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 Addresses====
standesamt.com/Standesaemter-Thueringen/16 '''Standesamt Addresses for Thuringia''']*[https://www. standesamt.com/Standesamt-Coburg/1690 '''Standesamt Address for Coburg''']
Use this address format:<br>
= ==4. Compiled and Published Secondary Sources
:*[https://familysearch.org/ask/learningViewer/377 '''Old German Script Part 2''']
:*[https://familysearch.org/ask/learningViewer/426 '''Old German Script (German Church and Civil Records) Part 3''']
German/ en/intro.aspx '''German Script Tutorial''']*[https://script.byu.edu/Documents/List_of_Names_-_German.pdf '''List of Names in Old German Script'''] A comprehensive list of German given names, written in old script, with possible variations.
*[http://altdeutsche-schrift.de/adsschreiben.php#schrifftfeld '''Old German Script Transcriber (alte deutsche Handschriften):'''] See your family names in the script of the era. Type your name or other word into the font generator tool. Click on the 8 different fonts. Save the image to your computer and use it as you work with old Germanic records.<br>
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