Personenstandsregister Geburtsregister, 1874-1903. Digital Images. Stadtarchiv Heilbad Heiligenstadt, Heilbad Heiligenstadt, Deutschland.
About this collection
This collection contains birth records from Heilbad Heiligenstadt, Thuringia. It covers the years from 1874 up to and including 1903. It also includes records from Günterode which was incorporated into the city in 1992. "Heilbad" was officially added as part of Heiligenstadt's name in 1950 but it does not appear in these records. Heiligenstadt is located near the point where the German states of Thuringia, Hesse and Lower Saxony meet. It is also considered the geographical center of Germany. The surrounding historical region, the Eichsfeld (Oaksfield), was part of the Archbishopric of Mainz in the Middle Ages and reflects a strongly Catholic tradition. Heiligenstadt received its town charter in 1227. Starting in 1813 and during the time period of this collection, Heiligenstadt belonged to the Prussian Province of Saxony.
Mandated on January 1, 1876, birth, marriage and death records in Prussia and the former German Empire, were thereafter kept by local goverment 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
Birth records were created using preprinted forms that were filled in by hand by the registrar. In each record the date of a birth 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
- Registration Date
- Informant: Occupation, Given Names, Last Name, Maiden Name, Residence/Address, Denomination
- Mother: Given Names, Last Name, Maiden Name, Denomination, Residence/Address
- Child: Birth Date, Time of Birth, Sex, Given Names
More about using this collection
Each record comprises one page. Additional events from the life of the child 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. In cases where the child had not yet received a name at birth, the name was usually added later in the margin notes. However the name field in the search results will be empty. The “Informant” was often a midwife or the child's father. Under "Browse this collection,” select the Civil Registration Office and Year Range for the desired records.