Category Family Research

Standesamt I in Berlin

In 1874 the registry office ‘Standesamt I’ in Berlin became responsible for all civil certification outside of the German Reich. It is still located in Berlin. Here, births, marriages, and deaths of Germans abroad or on German ships were and… Continue Reading →

Berlin’s Registry Offices

With the introduction of registry offices (Standesämter) in 1874, Berlin gained more than 20 institutions of this kind, and dozens more were added with the incorporation of suburbs in 1920. The areas that these offices were responsible for changed again… Continue Reading →

Search for a Person at the Landesarchiv

If you want to know whether someone lived in Berlin, you can consult the printed Berlin address books (and later telephone books). Additionally, you can commission a search in the historical Berlin registration card index. The card index is not… Continue Reading →

Berlin Former Residents Registration Card Index

Residential addresses were gathered in the German Reich beginning in 1874. This data was gathered by police offices using a medium that was entirely new in its day, preprinted index cards. These registration cards were always meant for the ‘head… Continue Reading →

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