Germany, Hessen-Nassau, Diocese of Limburg, Catholic Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Germany, Hessen-Nassau, Diocese of Limburg, Catholic Church Records, 1601-1919
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Record Description
Record Type Church Records
Collection years: 1601-1919
Languages: German
Title in the Language: Deutschland, Limburg, Katholische Kirchenbücher, 1601-1919
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Why Should I Look at This Collection?

Church records (parish registers, church books) are the main source of genealogical information in Germany before civil registration began in 1876. They record details of baptisms, marriages, confirmations, deaths and burials. Generally, the majority of the population can be found in the records. Additionally, these records can contain financial account books which may detail expenses incurred in performing marriages, funeral masses, etc., Lists of persons receiving communion, penance registers, lists of church members and registers naming members of each family.

It is important to know the religious affiliation of your ancestors as Catholic and Protestant parishes kept separate records. Catholic registers, especially the earliest volumes, are generally written in Latin. In many regions, it was also common for the local church records to function in the role of civil registrar.

What is in This Collection?

Catholic church records from Bistum (Bishopric or Diocese) Limburg, Germany including baptisms, marriages, and burials. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Limburg was organized in 1827 from the Dioceses of Trier and Mainz.

The diocese includes land formerly included in the Duchy of Nassau, the city of Frankfurt am Main, the County of Hesse-Homburg, and the area around Biedenkopf, in Hesse.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Date of baptism
  • Name of child
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Parents’ names (including mother’s maiden name)
  • Witnesses or godparents


  • Date of marriage
  • Name of bride and groom
  • Names of bride and groom’s parents
  • Age of bride and groom
  • Birth year of bride and groom


  • Date of death
  • Name of deceased
  • Parents’ names
  • Spouse’s name (if married)
  • Occupation of deceased

Collection Content

For more information about these records see Germany, Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records.

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For a list of all the titles included in this Historical Records publication see Germany, Hessen-Nassau, Diocese of Limburg, Catholic Church Records - Inventory.

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