Source Information

Stadtarchiv (City Archive) Bischofswerda
Ancestry.com. Bischofswerda, Germany, Marriages, 1876-1922 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2017.
Original data: Personenstandsregister Heiratsregister, Stadtarchiv Bischofswerda, Bischofswerda, Deutschland.

About Bischofswerda, Germany, Marriages, 1876-1922

About this collection

This collection contains marriage records from Bischofswerda covering the years 1876 up to and including 1922. The administrative center Bischofswerda is located about 22 miles east of Dresden at the edge of Upper Lusatia in the German state of Saxony. Unofficially, Bischofswerda is known as "Schiebock" by local residents. It was first mentioned in a record from the year 1227. Over the centruries, numerous devastating fires have periodically destroyed the town. Bischofswerda's main attraction is its large historic market square and town hall. During the time period of this collection, until 1918, Bischofswerda belonged to the Kingdom of Saxony. In addition to Bischofswerda, another 11 communities from the district of Bautzen are included in this collection. The date ranges of records from these communities may vary.

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

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 and 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 and Birthplace, Residence/Address as well as details about her Parents and their Place of Residence
  • Witnesses
  • Signatures

Each document has a front and back. These are displayed one ofter the other. 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. Entries for Address often include placenames and house numbers. Street names were not common in smaller communities. Under "Browse this collection,” select the City or District and then the Description and Year Range for the desired records.

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