Source Information

Stadtarchiv (City Archive) Karlsruhe Karlsruhe, Germany, Marriages, 1870-1921 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016.
Original data: Namensregister, Heiratsregister, 1870-1921. Stadtarchiv Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Deutschland.

About Karlsruhe, Germany, Marriages, 1870-1921

About this collection

This collection contains marriage records from Karlsruhe covering the years 1870 up to and including 1921. Karlsruhe is the second largest city in the German state of Baden-Württemberg and is situated about 4 miles east of the right bank of the Rhine River. The city was established in 1715 by Charles III William, Margrave of Baden-Durlach, and takes its name from the German for "Charles' Rest." The city is nicknamed the "fan city" (die Fächerstadt) because of its design layout, with straight streets radiating fan-like from the Palace. It's also now known as being the headquarters of Germany's Federal Court of Justice and the Federal Constitutional Court. During the time period of this collection, until 1918, Karlsruhe was part of the Grand Duchy of Baden. In addition to Karlsruhe this collection includes records from another 19 communities including Knielingen, Durlach and Mühlburg. These latter communities have become boroughs of modern Karlsruhe but each enjoys an individual historical heritage. The last year for records varies by community.

Beginning on February 1, 1870, birth, marriage and death records in the former Grand Duchy of Baden 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

After 1871, 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, Age/Birthdate, Birthplace, Residence/Address as well as details about his parents and their place of residence
  • Bride: Occupation, Given Names, Last Name, Maiden Name, Denomination, Age/Birthdate, Birthplace, Residence/Address as well as details about her parents and their place of residence
  • Witnesses
  • Signatures

More about using this collection

Records before 1876 have one entry per page. After the introduction of a number of uniform formats, each record had a front and back page which are successively displayed. 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. Images for individual year-ranges may be displayed by selecting the Civil Registration Office in the box "Browse this collection” then by selecting the Year Range desired. If a name directory was created for a community, it can be found at the end of each respective register.

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