Germany, Hesse, Darmstadt City Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Germany, Hessen, Darmstadt City Records, 1627-1940
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|Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany|
|Flag of the German Empire, 1871-1917|
|Location of Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany|
|Map of the German Empire, 1871-1917|
|Location of Germany|
|Title in the Language:||Deutschland, Hessen, Darmstadt Stadt Urkunden|
|Hessisches Staatsarchiv, Darmstadt|
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This collection will include records from 1627-1940. Records in this collection include population registers, certificates of citizenship, recordings of citizens and residents, and emigration records. The information is handwritten horizontally in two pages of columns in a ledger-type format. For help reading these records, see Germany Handwriting. This collection of city records includes: Town records for 1716-1884; Emigration and immigration records for 1805-1940; Naturalization/Citizenship for 1821-1938; and Population registers for 1627-1939. These records were created mainly to have a record of people leaving town and to count the number of residents.
To keep a record of the population, the city called heads of households to assemble at the local civil office, almost yearly, to provide their personal information, which was counted as a basic unit. This listing is called “Volkszahlung” (local population census). The city also kept a similar register listing all the citizens who moved to other localities. This register was called “Abmeldungen” (relocation list). If the record was from a citizenship roll, it was called a cancellation list. Although the heads of households were admonished to comply, these procedures were not enforced. Therefore, these records may not cover the entire population.
The original records are preserved at the German State Archives in Darmstadt. The Family History Library has copies on microfilm.
This census collection is a reliable source of information for genealogical purposes; however, the accuracy of the information is dependent upon the knowledge of the informant and the way it was recorded by the civil officer.
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This collection consists of loose sheets arranged alphabetically by last name and then to some extent by given name. Given names are not in strict alphabetical order. Each numbered batch consists of approximately 40-50 entries and is labeled with a range of names. Each way pointed record set includes several batches. For example, the label "B-E (ST12-11-Nr-64-70)" means that this group includes entries for surnames beginning with "B" through "E" of the archive signature "ST12-11" and batches number 64 to 70.
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