About this collection
This collection contains marriage records from Speyer covering the years 1876 up to and including 1918. Speyer, (also spelled "Speier" until 1825) is located about 12 miles south of Ludwigshafen and Mannheim in the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region of the Upper Rhine. Speyer is one of the independent cities in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate which was established in 1946.
Founded by the Romans, Speyer is one of the oldest cities in Germany and home to the Speyer Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the time period of this collection, Speyer belonged to the Kingdom of Bavaria.
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
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: Occupation, Given names, Last name, Denomination, Birthdate, Birthplace, Residence as well as details about any previously deceased spouses and about his parents and their place of residence
- Bride: Occupation, Given names, Last Name, Maiden Name, Denomination, Birthdate, Birthplace, Residence as well as details about any previously deceased spouses and about her parents and their place of residence
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, including divorces, 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.