About this collection
This collection contains death records and name directories from Angermünde covering the years 1874 up to and including 1965. Angermünde is a city in the Uckermark District of the German state of Brandenburg. The city is located in a lake district about 50 miles northeast of Berlin, close to the River Oder and the Polish border. The first documentary mention of Angermünde was in 1263. Notable landmarks include the medieval parish church of St. Mary as well as a Brick Gothic style former Franciscan monastery. During the time period of this collection until 1946, Angermünde belonged to the Prussian Province of Brandenburg. In addition to Angermünde, another 11 communities are included. All year ranges end by 1965.
Beginning on October 1, 1874, local registry offices were made responsible for creating birth, marriage and death records in the former Prussian provinces. The collected records are arranged chronologically and usually in bound yearbook form which are collectively referred to as "civil registers." For some communities, complementary alphabetical directories of names may also have been 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
Death records were created using preprinted forms that were filled in by hand by the registrar. In each record the date of death 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
- Informant: Given Names, Last Name, Maiden Name, Occupation, Residence/Address, Denomination
- Deceased: Occupation, Given Names, Last Name, Maiden Name, Age, Denomination, Residence/Address, Place/Date of Birth, Spouse/Parents, Place/Date of Death, Time of Death
- Beginning in 1938, the records may also include a Cause of Death and cross references to corresponding birth and/or marriage registers
The name directories are arranged alphabetically according to the last name of the deceased. They are bound in chronological volumes separately or with several years combined. They contain the following details:
- Sequential number
- Last Names and Given Names of the deceased
- Death Date
- Cross reference to death register
More about using this collection
Each record comprises one page. Additional events from the life of the deceased 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 relative of the deceased. In later years death information was often submitted by hospital administrators. Under "Browse this collection,” select the Civil Registration Office and Year Range of the register desired. When name directories are available for a registry office, they are displayed and selectable at the end of the Year Range list.
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