About this collection
This collection contains birth records from Hamburg covering the years 1876 up to and including 1901. Hamburg, officially the "Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg," is both a state of Germany and the country's second largest city. It is a significant location for the media industry and is known for its prestigious cultural institutions including more than 60 museums. Hamburg's many tourist attractions include the Fish Market, the Reeperbahn, the historic Speicherstadt warehouse district, the music scene, the Miniatur Wunderland model railway attraction and the Alster River. Situated on the Elbe River, Hamburg is also the largest seaport in Germany through which more than 5 million people emigrated between 1850 and 1934 making the city one of Europe's most important emigration ports. Passenger lists for Hamburg can also be found on Ancestry: Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850-1934
This collection contains birth records for various time periods from a number of Hamburg's modern municipal registries. Registers from the former Prussian communities of Alt-Rahlstedt, Finkenwerder, Poppenbüttel, Steinbek and Wandsbek begin as early as October 1, 1874.
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." 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
Births 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: Occupation, Given Names, Last Name, Maiden Name, Denomination, Residence/Address, Spouse
- 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 so that information will not found via the search form. The “Informant” was often a midwife or the child's father. You can browse through the images by time period. First select the desired Civil Registration Office in the box "Browse this collection,” then select the desired year range. See the following for an overview of Hamburg's Civil Registration Offices: http://fhh1.hamburg.de/Dibis/form/pdf/stverz.pdf
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