|INFORMATION FOR BEGINNERS||Back|
|Please note that our archival collection of Parish Registers are only from Protestant parishes.|
If your ancestors were members of other churches, please check with the archives of those
|The following information must be known as a starting point before one begins to search in our
Archive for material on a particular individual:
|2.||Date of birth|
|3.||Place of birth|
|Here is an example of how one
should proceed with genealogy
research in our Archive.
|You know that your great-grandfather was born in June 1856 in Meldienen, district
Ragnit, East Prussia, and you want to trace his antecedents.
|1.||You clarify with the responsible Archival specialist as to which Protestant Parish was in
charge of the Meldienen records in 1856 (it was the Parish of Kraupischken), and
whether the baptismal records of that year are to be found in our Archive.
|2.||You look for your great-grandfather's entry in the Baptismal Register, and you will find
there the names of his parents.
|3.||You look in the same Baptismal Register for older siblings of your great-grandfather, in
order to limit the range of the marriage date of his parents.
|4.||His oldest brother was born in 1845.|
|5.||You look in the Marriage Registers of Kraupischken from 1845, backwards, for the
marriage date of the parents.
|6.||You find the marriage entry in the year 1843. This entry also records the birthdate (or
the age) and the place of origin of the couple.
|7.||You establish the Protestant Parish that was responsible for these areas mentioned and
whether their Parish Registers are found in our Archive.
|General information on genealogical research can be found, for example, at the websites of
the various genealogical societies and in various publications.