About this collection
This collection contains bith records from Troisdorf covering the years 1858 up to and including 1906. Troisdorf is located in the Rhein-Sieg District in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated along the Sieg river, a tributary of the Rhine, about 10 miles northeast of Bonn and 15 miles southeast of Cologne. Sieglar, now part of modern Troisdorf, was first mentioned in a document from the year 832. The city's notable attraction is Burg Wissem which since 1982 has been home to Europe's only Picture Book Museum. In this collection, Birth records for Sieglar begin in 1811. The community was part of the Grand Duchy of Berg until 1813. Up to 1927, Sieglar had its own mayor. The municipality of Troisdorf, however, fell under the mayorship of Siegburg until 1899.
On September 20th 1792, the French National Assembly passed a law governing the documentation of civil status in France. The French model for recording Births, Marriages and Deaths was officially introduced when French troops began the occupation of the left bank of the Rhine on May 1st, 1798 and established new departments of France. After the establishment of the German Enpire, civil registration was taken over and performed by local registry offices beginning on January 1, 1876.
The civil registration records are usually arranged chronologically and bound in yearbook form. 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
Civil registry marriage records were German-language forms that were filled in by hand. Beginning in 1876, standardized preprinted civil registry forms were used. The date that a birth was recorded commonly differs from the actual date of birth. 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, Spouse, Denomination, Residence/Address
- Child: Birth Date, Time of Birth, Sex, Given Names
More about using this collection
Additional events from the life of the child were sometimes recorded later on in the margins of the record. 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 later added in the margin notes. The “Informant” was often a midwife or the child's father. Under "Browse this collection,” select the Civil Registry Office and Year Range for the desired records.