[[Category:Germany Civil Registration]]
Civil registration records are records of births, marriages, and deaths kept by the government. In Westphalia (Westfalen), they started
1 October 1874. Civil registration records were '''also kept between 1808 and 1815''' due to being occupied by Napoleonic France. '''If your family had a birth, marriage or death recorded during that brief time period, it will contain great information, due to the high level of detail in French records.'''
=Finding Civil Registration Records =
==1. Online Records==
and MyHeritage can be searched free of charge at your local [https:// www.familysearch.org /help/fhcenters/locations/ Family History Center.]
*These records from '''Minden''' cover: '''Barkhausen, Dankersen, Dützen, Haddenhausen, Häverstädt, Kutenhausen, Leteln, Meissen, Minden, Todtenhausen, and Unterlübbe.'''
::[https://www.ancestry.de/search/collections/minden/ Minden Births, 1874-1905]---[https://www.ancestry.de/search/collections/mindenmarriages/ Marriages, 1874-1935 Marriages, 1874-1935]---[https://www.ancestry.de/search/collections/mindendeaths/ Deaths, 1874-1966], index and images.
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== 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://
www.familysearch.org /help/fhcenters/locations/ '''Family History Centers'''] near you, and/or by members of supporting organizations. To find records:
:::a. Click on this link to the [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=50659&query=%2Bplace%3A%22Germany%2C%20Preu%C3%9Fen%2C%20Westfalen%22 '''Records of Germany, Preussen, Westfalen'''.] Open the link '''Places within Germany, Preussen, Westfalen'''.
:::b. Click on the '''"Civil registration"''' topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
====Finding an OFB====
*[http://wiki-de.genealogy.net/Kategorie:Ortsfamilienbuch_zu_Nordrhein-Westfalen OFB's for North Rhine-Westphalia]
*[http://ofb.genealogy.net/ '''Click here'''] to see OFBs at GenWiki. These are indexed and searchable. [
https: //www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/img_auth.php/b/bf/1-Online_Ortsfamilienb%C3%BCcher-Instruction.pdf '''OFB Instructions'''].
*A bibliography of OFBs held by the [http://www.ahnenforschung-hessen.de/zentralstelle/zentralstelle.html Central Office for Person and Family History,] and available in their archive in Frankfurt am Main-Höchst, is listed [http://www.ahnenforschung-hessen.de/zentralstelle/ortssippenbuecher.htm '''here'''.] You can arrange for copied pages to be sent to you for a fee or donation. Use the "Find" function on your keyboard to search the bibliographies, as they are not alphabetical.
:::[[German Word List|'''German Genealogical Word List''']]
*These video webinars will teach you to read German handwriting:
ask/ learningViewer/ 375 '''Old German Script Part 1''']:*[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''']:*[https://script.byu.edu/Pages/ the-german-documents-pages/ the-german-documents(english) '''German Script Tutorial''']*[https://script.byu.edu /Plugins/FileManager/Files/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>