Parish Registers

In our parish register repository we keep:

  • about 6,000 Protestant parish registers from the former Prussian church provinces beyond the Oder-Neisse border (Eastern Prussia, Western Prussia, Farther Pomerania, Posen, eastern territories of Mark Brandenburg and Silesia). These areas today belong to Poland, Russia, and Lithuania. German Protestant parishes no longer exist.
  • about 750 Protestant  military church registers of the former Prussian army and the German Wehrmacht.
  • about 70  Parish  Registers  from  German-speaking  congregations  outside  of  Germany. Personal records from Danish refugee camps (1943-1949) are available for official use only.

The main purpose of our parish register repository is to issue substitute documents from the available registers for people who have lost their personal documents, when they came from the former eastern provinces of Germany. These copies are recognized as legally valid for retirement and inheritance purposesRequests for genealogical searches can be accepted only to a limited extent. In general, you have to conduct your research in our reading room. Of course, the staff of our parish register repository is willing to advise and support you in your research.

Please note, that all written references supplied by our staff is subject to fees.

For all questions concerning our parish registers, please contact:

Frau Elisabeth Pabst
Tel.: + 49 30 22 50 45 - 36


Contact us

Evangelisches Zentralarchiv
Bethaniendamm 29
10997 Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 22 50 45 - 20
Fax: +49 30 22 50 45 - 40

Opening Times:
Monday - Friday 09.00 - 16.00

Please notice, that our reading room is closed from 24th December until 3rd January.

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