German Census Records 1816-1916: The When, Where, and How of a Valuable Genealogical Resource

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 260 pages
Author: R, Minert
Year: 2016
ISBN: 9781925781700
Other: b&w & colour photos, maps, appendixes, index
Publisher: Family Roots Publishing & Unlock the Past

After wondering for several years why American researchers know very little about German census records, Dr Roger Minert, found an opportunity to live in Europe for six months to investigate them. He was sure that many existed, but he could find very little information about them.

While in Europe, he learned that even German researchers know very little about their census records!

How could such a potentially important resource be lost to obscurity? In this book (written in English), researchers can now learn where and when German census records were compiled, as well as why and how. The author also describes state by state the content of census records and explains how surviving census documents can be located.

This is groundbreaking information, of enormous value to anyone researching their German roots.

1. A History of Census Records in the German States
2. The Census of 1867: The Great Transition
3. Census Records in the German States from 1816 to 1864
4. Anhalt
6. Baden
7. Bayern [Bavaria]
8. Brandenburg
9. Braunschweig [Brunswick]
10. Bremen (Hansestadt Bremen)
11. Elsaß-Lothringem [Alsace-Lorraine]
12. Hamburg (Hansestadt Hamburg)
13. Hannover [Hanover]
14. Hessen [Hesse]
15. Hessen-Nassau [Hesse-Nassau]
16. Hohenzollern
17. Lippe
18. Lübeck (Hansestadt Lübeck) [Luebeck]
19. Mecklenburg-Schwerin
20. Mecklenburg-Strelitz
21. Oldenburg
22. Ostpreußen [East Prussia]
23. Pommern [Pomerania]
24. Posen
25. Reuß ältere Linie [Reuss Elder Line]
26. Reuß jüngere Linie [Reuss Younger Line]
27. Rheinprovinz [Rheinland Province]
28. Sachsen-Altenburg [Saxe-Altenburg]
29. Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha [Saxe-Coburg-Gotha]
30. Königreich Sachsen [Kingdom of Saxony]
31. Sachsen-Meiningen [Saxe-Meiningen]
32. Provinz Sachsen [Province of Saxony]
33. Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach [Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach]
34. Schaumburg-Lippe
35. Schelesien [Silesia]
36. Schleswig-Holstein
37. Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
38. Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
39. Wldeck
40. Westfalen [Westphalia]
41. Westpreußen [West Prussia]
42. Württemberg [Wuerttemberg]
43. German Census Records 1816-1916: What Do We Know Now?
44. Conclusions
Appendix A. Writing to Archives in Germany, France and Poland
Appendix B. Conducting Census Research in Archives in Germany, France and Poland
Appendix C. Interesting Documents Relating to German Census Campaigns
Appendix D. The States of Germany in 1871

"This book draws the attention of historians and genealogists to almost totally unknown resources. This is an amazing treasure for research in the German Empire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Roger Minert introduces researchers to the development and nature of census records and he encourages us to seek out and utilise those records. This is a gigantic step for genealogy in Germany." - Dirk Weissleder, President of the Federation of German Genealogy Studies

"Dr Minert's stupendous work has opened up a new world for German researchers. No longer must one laments that census records are inaccessible of even 'non-existent'. He has made census records known and accessible. All German genealogists should have this book and make it a standard reference in their research." - Dr Fritz Juengling, Research Specialist, Family History Library



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  • Splendid

    Posted by Julie Dworak on 11th Aug 2020

    Researching English census records showed me how valuable they are as a resource for family history. Having no idea where to start looking in Germany, this book has been tremendous.
    The book tackles each of the provinces, where they are, the years of the census, the instructions to enumerators, content of the record and an example, as well where they are accessible.
    It even has help for writing to foreign archives.

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