Source Information

Ancestry.com. Grafing, Germany, Births, 1876-1906 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
Original data: Personenstandsregister Geburtenbücher im Original. Digital images. Stadtarchiv, Grafing, Germany.

About Grafing, Germany, Births, 1876-1906

About this collection

This collection from the municipal archives of Grafing contains birth records from Grafing covering the years 1876 up to and including 1906. Grafing is located about 19 miles south-east of Munich in the district of Ebersberg in Upper Bavaria, Germany. Formerly it was known as "Grafing am Gries." The collection also includes records from the community of Straußdorf.

Beginning on January 1, 1876, birth, marriage and death records in the former German Empire were created by local registry offices. The collected records are arranged chronologically and usually bound together in the form of yearbooks. These are collectively referred to as "civil registers." Occasionally, alphabetical directories of names were also created. While churches continued to keep traditional records, the State also mandated that the personal or marital status of the entire population be recorded.

What you can find in the records

Births records were created using preprinted forms that were filled in by hand by the registrar. In each record the date of birth usually differs from the date it was registered. Depending on the individual form or on the formulations used by the registrar, you may find:

  • Sequential or Certificate Number
  • Registration Date
  • Informant: Occupation, Given Names, Last Name, Maiden Name, Residence, Denomination
  • Mother: Given Names, Last Name, Maiden Name, Denomination, Spouse, Residence, Address
  • Child: Birth Date, Time of Birth, Sex, Given Names
  • Signatures

More about using this collection

Each record comprises one page. Additional events from the life of the child were sometimes recorded later on in the margins. These notes, sometimes referred to as "narration," can contain very useful information but they have not been indexed. As a result, information from the notes will not found via the search form. The “Informant” was usually a midwife or the child's father.