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Brunswick (Braunschweig), German Empire Genealogy[edit | edit source]

How to Find Birth, Marriage, and Death Records
Brunswick Wiki Topics
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Beginning Research
Record Types
Brunswick Background
Reading the Records
Local Research Resources

Information[edit | edit source]

Brunswick (Braunschweig) was a duchy in the German was NOT part of Prussia. [1]

Getting Started[edit | edit source]

Getting Started with Brunswick Research

Links to articles on getting started with Brunswick research.

Brunswick Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Brunswick research.

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Historical Geography[edit | edit source]

Duchy of Braunschweig (Brunswick) within the German Empire


Duchy of Braunschweig (Brunswick) 1814-1918

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Free State Braunschweig (Brunswick) 1918-1945

Verwaltungsbezirk Braunschweig, an administrative district,
roughly the same area with a few minor changes 1945-1978

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Finding Your Ancestors' Town[edit | edit source]

  • To begin using the records of Germany, knowing that your family came from Brunswick will not be enough to use the records of Germany. Records are kept on the local level, so you will have to know the town they lived in.
  • Details about the town will also help:
    • the county or "Kreis" of that town,
    • where the closest Evangelical Lutheran or Catholic parish church was (depending on their religion),
    • where the civil registration office ("Standesamt") was, and
    • if you have only a village name, you will need the name of the larger town it was part of.

How To Find the Town[edit | edit source]

If you do not yet know the name of the town of your ancestor's birth, there are well-known strategies for a thorough hunt for it.

If You Know the Town, Use Meyers Gazetteer[edit | edit source]

Once you know the town name you need, the other facts you need are contained in Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-lexikon des deutschen Reichs, the gazetteer on which the FamilySearch catalog for Germany is based.

Here is part of an entry from (The whole entry can be studied at Heusenstamm, MeyersGaz.)

The most important facts here are:

  1. Heusenstamm is in Offenbach Kreis (Kr).
  2. It has its own Standesamt (StdA) or civil registration office.
  3. It has its own Catholic parish church.
  4. By clicking on the "Ecclesiastical" option, we learn that the closest protestant church is 2 miles away in Bieber.

  • If you find several towns of the same name, checking each one for the birth record of your ancestor may be needed to narrow down the field.

Research Tools[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]