FamilySearch release 1.6M Catholic and Lutheran Church Records from Germany

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13 April 2021
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Lutheran Church at Witten, Germany
This week's record releases from free genealogy website FamilySearch include German Catholic and Lutheran Church records spanning the years 1540-1981

The new, browsable images cover more than four centuries of records for both the Catholic and Lutheran church in Germany, Prussia and Pomeria comprising:

  • East Prussia 1551–1992
  • North-Rhine-Westphalia 1580–1975
  • Pomerania 1544–1966
  • Rhineland-Palatinate 1540–1952
  • West Prussia 1537–1981

Video: how to use wildcards to enhance your searches on FamilySearch


Baptism, marriage and burial records are included and you can search with terms including ancestor's name; life event - eg birth, marriage; or relationship, eg spouse, mother.

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