Germany, Saxony, Church Book Indexes - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Record Description
Record Type Church Records
Collection years: 1600-1900
Languages: German
Title in the Language: Deutschland, Sachsen, Kirchenbuchkartei, 1600-1900
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What is in the Collection?[edit | edit source]

These are not church records. They are images of index cards that record christenings, marriages, and burial records kept in churches from 1600-1900. In 1616, a resolution required all parish clergy to keep a separate book to record names and events which took place in their parish district. During the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) record keeping may not have been as consistent. Records from previous years might have been lost or destroyed.

This collection of card indexes to church records includes a number of localities in Saxony, Germany, including the following:

"Verschiedene Pfarrämter”
You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Click on images for a larger view.

Birth records may contain the following information:

  • Birth date
  • Place of birth
  • Name at birth
  • Parents’ names
  • Parents’ residence
  • Gender
  • Date and number of record

Marriage records may contain the following information:

  • Date and place of event
  • Name of bride and groom
  • Residence
  • Age of bride and groom
  • Names of parents
  • Names of witnesses

Death records may contain the following information:

  • Date and place of death
  • Name of deceased person
  • Age or birth date
  • Cause of death
  • Marital status
  • Name of spouse (if applicable)

Burial records may contain the following information:

  • Date and place of death
  • Name of cemetery
  • Name of deceased person
  • Age or birth date

How Do I Search the Collection?[edit | edit source]

When searching, it is helpful to know at least one of the following:

  • Your ancestor's name
  • Age and or residence
  • An estimated event year
  • A relative’s name

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor.

Search by Name by visiting the [ Collection Page:] View images in this collection by visiting the [ Browse Page:]

To browse by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Parish and Alphabetic Range" category which takes you to the images.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the age in the record to find an approximate birth year, which will help you find their other records.
  • Use the information in each record to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family member’s records to find more generations of the family.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that their may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.

{{Tip|Don't overlook items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. FHL Keyword Germany, Saxony, Church Records

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Historical Records/Guidelines for Articles.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

Citing this Collection[edit | edit source]

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection citation:

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.

Record citation (or citation for the index entry):

When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Germany, Saxony, Church Book Indexes, 1600-1900.

Image citation:
This template has been deprecated and is no longer used.

When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Germany, Saxony, Church Book Indexes, 1600-1900.