German Residential Records for Genealogists: Tracking Your Ancestors from Place to Place in Germany

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 196 pages
Author: R. Minert
Year: 2018
ISBN: 9781925781717
Other: b&w & colour photos, appendixes, glossary, index
Publisher: Family Roots Publishing & Unlock the Past

Living in Germany and Austria for six years, Roger P. Minert "registered" when he arrived and departed ten different cities. In each case he was required to provide personal details. 

As a researcher he wondered when the practice of collecting and documenting information on strangers and foreigners in Germany began. He found that the practice was used all over Germany, and goes back for centuries in some areas. Thus this book, German Residential Records For Genealogists: Tracing Your Ancestor From Place to Place in Germany, was conceived.

Vast numbers of the German residential records are found in archives all over Germany, with many having been microfilmed and available through the Family History Library. This book, arranged German state by German state, details the history of these records.

This book not only details the laws for each historic area of the German Empire, but includes examples, and state-by-state information on accessing these documents.

A History of Residential Registration in Germany|
1. Anhalt
2. Baden
3. Bayern (Bavaria)
4. Brandenburg
5. Braunschweig (Brunswick)
6. Bremen (Hansestadt Bremen)
7. Elsaß-Lothringen (Alsace-Lorraine)
8. Hamburg (Hansestadt Hamburg)
9. Hannover (Hanover)
10. Hessen (Hesse)
11. Hessen-Nassau (Hesse-Nassau)
12. Hohenzollern
13. Lippe
14. Lübeck (Hansestadt Lübeck, Luebeck)
15. Mecklenburg-Schwerin
16. Mecklenburg-Strelitz
17. Oldenburg
18. Ostpreußen (East Prussia)
19. Pommern (Pomerania)
20. Posen
21. Reuß älterer Linie (Reuss Elder Line)
22. Reuß jüngerer Linie (Reuß Younger Line)
23. Rheinprovinz (Rhineland Province)
24. Sachsen-Altenburg (Saxe-Altenburg)
25. Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha (Saxe-Coburg-Gotha)
26. Königreich Sachsen (Kingdom of Saxony)
27. Sachsen-Meiningen (Saxe-Meiningen)
28. Provinz Sachsen (Province of Saxony)
29. Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach (Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach)
30. Schaumburg-Lippe
31. Schlesien (Silesia)
32. Schleswig-Holstein
33. Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
34. Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
35. Waldeck
36. Westfalen (Westphalia)
37. Westpreußen (West Prussia)
38. Württemberg (Wuerttemberg)
Appendix A. Writing to Archives in Germany, France, and Poland
Appendix B. Conducting Residential Research in Archives in Germany, France, and Poland
Appendix C. The States of the German Empire from 1871 to 1918
Appendix D. Glossary
About the Author

'Wouldn't you know! Roger P. Minert has pounced on still another German research topic. And he's shared it with German family historians. We’ve known for a long time about the existence of these residential registration records, but we've not known much of anything about how to put those records to work in our own research. Now we can learn not only the background of these records – what this “signing in” and “signing out” business was all about through German centuries – but most important – now we can learn how to go about finding these ancestral “traveling around” records. When Minert recently found dramatic examples of these long-ago German “comings and goings” records, they lighted a spark in him that fired up this book." - Shirley Riemer, author, and German genealogy research professional

"Roger Minert has done it again! He has discovered yet another German record type that is universal, of utmost value to family historians, not widely recognized as a genealogical source, and has shown us how to use it.  I can vouch for the usefulness of this type of record. When I recently obtained my father’s citizenship file, I was amazed to learn his place of residence every day from birth until his emigration ...  Each local residential registration office keeps records of all arrivals and departures of everybody." - Ernest J. Thode, author, researcher, and lecturer in Germanic family history



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  • A good resource.

    Posted by Unknown on 4th Apr 2019

    This book is useful in explaining where records are held and what type they are.

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