About this collection
This collection contains death records and name directories from Ebersberg covering the years 1876 up to and including 1951. Ebersberg is the administrative center of the district of the same name in the German state of Bavaria. The city is situated about 19 miles east of Munich in the foothills of the Alps. Ebersberg’s history is closely tied to the Benedictine monastery founded there in the year 934. During the time period of this collection, Ebersberg belonged, until 1918, to the Kingdom of Bavaria. In addition to Ebersberg, this collection includes records from Aßling, Dorfen, Kirchseeon and Oberndorf. The records from those communities cover varying time periods.
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
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: Occupation, Given Names, Last Name, Maiden Name, 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 as separate volumes covering several years each. They contain the following details:
- Sequential number
- Last Names and Given Names of the deceased
- 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 often a relative of the deceased. In later years death information was usually submitted by hospital administrators. The records also contain WWII casualties (called "Kriegssterbefälle" in the documents). The Ebersberg collection also contains references to unknown victims of concentration camps who were buried in Ebersberg Park. These entries were added some years after the actual deaths. 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.