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Brunswick (Braunschweig) Church Records[edit | edit source]

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Church Records (Kirchenbuch or Kirchenbuchduplikate)[edit | edit source]

See Germany Church Records to learn more.

  • Entries for baptisms/christenings, marriages, and burials in the local church records are the main source to use prior to 1876, when civil registration began. Often two and sometimes three generations are indicated in the registers, with personal information on the family. Also after 1876, these records might be intact when the civil registers were destroyed, or vice versa. In addition, either the church records and civil records might contain information not it the other record.
  • You should try to determine whether your ancestors were Catholic or Lutheran (Evangelical).
  • You should try to determine where the parish church was that held jurisdiction over your town. Find the town in Meyer's Gazetteer. Click on the "Ecclesiastical" link for information in the menu bar. This will tell you whether the town had its own parish church and give you the names of several nearby parish churches and their distance.

1. Online Church Records[edit | edit source]

2. Microfilm Copies of Church Records in the FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]

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 Family History Centers near you. To find records:

a. Click on the records of Braunschweig, Germany.
b. Click on Places within Germany, Braunschweig and a list of towns will appear.
c. Click on your town if it appears, or the location which you believe was the parish which served your town or village.
b. Click on the "Church records" topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
c. Choose the correct record type and time period for your ancestor. "Geburten" are births. Taufen are christenings/baptisms. Heiraten are marriages. "Toten" are deaths.
d. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. FHL icons.png. 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 to a Local Priest for Church Records[edit | edit source]

  • Baptism, marriage, and death records may be searched by contacting the local Catholic or Lutheran church or the Catholic diocese archives.

Protestant[edit | edit source]

Catholic[edit | edit source]

Other Religions[edit | edit source]

Writing to a Local Parish[edit | edit source]

Write a brief request in German to the proper church using this address as a guide, replacing the information in parentheses:

For a Protestant Parish:

An das evangelische Pfarramt
(Insert street address, if known.)
(Postal Code) (Name of Locality)

For a Catholic Parish:

An das katholische Pfarramt
(Insert street address, if known.)
(Postal Code) (Name of Locality)

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 the German Letter Writing Guide.

4. Research Church and State Archives[edit | edit source]

Church records or duplicates may have been gathered from the local parishes into central archives, either by the churches or the state. Older records are frequently given to these archives for safekeeping. Some gaps in the church records of local parishes could be filled using these records. Archives might be unable to handle genealogical requests, but they can determine whether they have specific records you need, sometimes perform very brief research, such as just one record, or they may recommend a researcher who can search the records for you.

State Archives of Niedersachsen at Wolfenbüttel[edit | edit source]

Niedersachsen Landesarchiv Wolfenbüttel
Forstweg 2
38302 Wolfenbüttel

Telephone 05331 935-0
Fax 05331 935-211
E-mail (post office)

Bistumarchiv Hildesheim (Catholic)[edit | edit source]

Pfaffenstieg 2
31134 Hildesheim

Postal Address: Postfach 100263
31134 Hildesheim

Phone: 05121 - 3079 30
05121 - 3079 32
Fax: 05121 - 3079 50

Braunschweig, St. Joseph, 1898 - 1953
Braunschweig, St. Nicolai 1713 - 1969
Braunschweig, St. Hedwig 1949 - 1962
Braunschweig, St. Heinrich 1946 - 1960
Braunschweig, St. Christophorus 1953 - 1963
Braunschweig, St. Laurentius, 1904-1964
Braunschweig, St. Marien 1940 - 1982

Matricula, Catholic Records of the Diocese of Hildesheim Online

Land Archive of the Evangelical Lutheran Landeskirche in Braunschweig (Brunswick)[edit | edit source]

Landeskirchliches Archive Braunschweig
Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Strasse 1
38300 Wolfenbüttel

Tel .: 05331-802-198
Fax: 05331-802-710

Postal address:
Landeskirchliches Archive
Postfach 1664
38286 Wolfenbüttel