Source Information

Ancestry.com. Rostock, Germany, Marriages, 1876-1923 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
Original data: Personenstandsregister Heiraten, 1876-1923. Archiv der Hansestadt Rostock.

About Rostock, Germany, Marriages, 1876-1923

About this collection

This collection contains marriage records and name directories from Rostock covering the years 1876 up to and including 1923. The Hanseatic City of Rostock is an independent city in the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and is situated on both banks of the Warnow River up to the coast Baltic Sea. The Warnemünde district is a seaside resort on the Baltic and the largest cruiseship departure port in Germany. Rostock received its town charter in 1218 and was an important member of the Hanseatic League. Numerous Brick Gothic buildings attest to its rich history. During the time period of this collection Rostock was (until 1918) part of the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. In addition to Rostock, the collection includes records from another 10 communities. However, the records for most end before 1923.

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." 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

Marriage records were created using preprinted forms that were filled in by hand by the registrar. Depending on the individual form or on the formulations used by the registrar, you may find:

  • Sequential or Certificate Number
  • Marriage Date
  • Groom: Last name, Given names, Denomination, Birthdate and Birthplace, Residence/Address as well as details about his Parents and their Place of residence
  • Bride: Last name, Given names, Maiden Name, Denomination, Birthdate and Birthplace, Residence/Address as well as details about her Parents and their Place of residence
  • Witnesses
  • Signatures

The name directories are arranged alphabetically according to the last name of the groom. They are bound either as separate chronological volumes or together with their respective marriage registers. They contain the following details:

  • Sequential number
  • Last Name and Given Names of the Groom
  • Last Names and Given Names of the Bride
  • Groom's Occupation and Residence
  • Cross reference to marriage register
  • Notes, e.g. "Widowed"

More about using this collection

Each document has a front and back. These are displayed one ofter the other. Additional events from the life of the couple 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. Under "Browse this collection,” select the City and then the Volume and time period for the register desired. For some communities, alphabetical directories of names were created. Where such are available for a registry office, they are displayed and selectable in the Volume list. However, when a name directory is bound together with a register book, it can be accessed within that register by selecting the desired time period.

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