How to Find Ancestor's Records in Bavaria



What kind of records does this page talk about?


Birth resp. Baptism
Death resp. Burial
Marriage

You want

- to find your ancestors' records after 1876: You have to contact the "Standesamt" (civil registry office) of the "Gemeinde" (township) your ancestor's village belonged to.

Note 1: Only direct descendants are entitled to receive information from the Standesamt.
Note 2: The address of the Standesamt is usually the same as the towns' hall. If not, they are flexible enough to forward your enquiry.

- to find your ancestors' records before 1875: You have to contact the church archives. Only in exceptional cases, it's the parish who still keeps the records. Usually the parish doesn't even have a single copy of the records. Check at first, which parish your ancestors belonged to.

The next step is to find out in which archives the records are kept now.


Find the Gemeinde (Commune / Municipality) for a Bavarian Village

Bavarian Genealogical HelperTEMPORARILY OUT OF SERVICE
Note 1: These data are of 1964, there can have been changes since.
Note 2: You can check the URL, snail mail / email address, phone/fax number of Gemeinde, Gemeindeverwaltung, Stadtverwaltung, Standesamt, Verwaltungsgemeinschaft etc. through
http://www.baykomm.de/suche.htm
or the homepage of the city / municipality / commune:
http://www.XXXXXXXXX.de or http://www.gemeinde-XXXXXXXXX.de
(XXXXXXXXX is the name of the city or township).

Find information on a different geographical entities from hamlets to the State of Bavaria:

For very detailed information, but not on all geographic units, see http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/XXXXXXXXX or WIKIPEDIA-Volltextsuche

Find the Parish for a Bavarian Village

Bayerische Landesbibliothek Online (BLO)

Find the Parish for a Bavarian Village

Bavarian Gazetteer for all Bavaria
Bavarian Genealogical Helper (BH), a more comfortable list for Upper Bavaria TEMPORARILY OUT OF SERVICE
Bavarian Genealogical Helper (BH), a more comfortable list for Lower BavariaTEMPORARILY OUT OF SERVICE

Find the Catholic Diocese / Bishopric for a Bavarian Village / Town / Parish

http://www.bistum-eichstaett.de/pfarreiensuche/

Find Out Which Parish Records the Diocesan Archives Keep

Catholic Records:


Archiv des Bistums Augsburg: Holdings BH List Homepage Email
Archiv des Erzbistums Bamberg: Holdings Homepage Email
Diözesanarchiv Eichstätt: Holdings BH List Homepage Email
Archiv des Erzbistums München und Freising: Holdings BH List Homepage Email
Archiv des Bistums Passau: Holdings BH List Homepage Email
Bischöfliches Zentralarchiv Regensburg: Holdings (only Franconian records listed here!) BH List Homepage Email
Diözesanarchiv Würzburg: Holdings Homepage Email
City of Würzburg only: Matrikelamt des Katholischen Stadtdekanates Würzburg: Holdings can be accessed also through the Diözesanarchiv Würzburg.
A second copy of the records of Alzenau can be found in the Alzenau City Archives. Email
A second copy of the records of Ernstkirchen-Schöllkrippen can be found in the Parish of Ernstkirchen-Schöllkrippen.


Please note:
If a parish is listed under "Holdings", it means the records are kept in the respective archives.
If a parish is listed under "BH List" (Bavarian Genealogical Helper by Wilhelm Kemendics), it has to be checked with the archives whether or not they keep the records already.

Lutheran Records:


City of Nürnberg only: Landeskirchliches Archiv der Evang.-Luth. Kirche Bayerns: Holdings Homepage Email
Rest of Bavaria: Landeskirchliches Archiv, Kirchenbucharchiv Regensburg: Holdings Homepage Email
Records of parishes that are not listed can still be found in the respective parishes.

Homepage for all Bavarian State Archives

Another List of Bavarian Archives

Bayerische Landesbibliothek Online (BLO)

Hints for Genealogists

Easy German English Dictionary for Genealogists


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