How do I find death records in Germany?
Records of birth, marriage and death are generally kept at the German vital records office (Standesamt) where the event occurred. Most cities have websites at www. (nameofcity).de where you can find the contact information for the appropriate Standesamt and request a copy of your birth or marriage certificate.
How do I find German records?
The two websites generally considered to be the most complete are RootsWeb www.rootsweb.com and the Mormon Church’s Family Search www.familysearch.org. Both are set up for searches. You can enter the known facts about your ancestor and, with luck, come up with additional details.
Are there Census records for Germany?
A census is a count and description of the population. A few censuses have been taken by various German states, provinces, and cities, and by some ecclesiastical officials. Censuses were not taken nationally in Germany and therefore exist for only a limited number of places and times.
Does ancestry have German records?
At Ancestry.com, key data such as names and gender is often indexed and therefore easily accessible through our search pages for each German language database. However, the records are in German, and you will naturally get the best results if you search keywords, occupations, and place names in German.
Do German death certificates have cause of death?
Please note: German death certificates do not give the cause of death, unlike in the UK, as this is considered confidential information.
How do I get a copy of a death certificate in Germany?
Germany – Obtain Death Certificate
- To obtain a death certificate from the Federal Republic of Germany, you must contact the competent German agency (i.e. the “Standesamt” or Registrar’s Office).
- Your letter should be addressed to the Standesamt of the place (Village, Township, City) where the death was registered.
Are German birth records public?
Most civil registers are still located at the local civil registration offices, but some are collected in city or state archives. Since 2009 birth records have been public after 110 years, marriages after 80 years and deaths after 30 years.
How do I find relatives in Germany?
If you are interested in genealogical research and would like to trace your German ancestors, some of the most reliable websites can be found here:
- About the USA: Genealogy.
- Ancestry Germany.
- Family Search.
- National Archives.
- The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation (passenger manifests from 1820 until 1957)