Genealogical research

The Church Record Office hosts original books spanning a period of more than 400 years. Photo: Clemens Buchwald

Until the end of the 19th century, church records were often the only source for the biographical data of a person. The dates of baptisms, weddings and funerals were registered in that kind of a book. In some cases, more details like the dates of birth and death, a person's occupation, his or her origin and additional information can be found, too.

Church offices are only obligated to provide information until the end of 1875, since civil registry offices have been established in the German Empire on January 1, 1876. For genealogical Research from 1876 on, please contact the Archive of the city of Hannover (German Website).

Archive of the city of Hannover

Stadtarchiv Hannover
Am Bokemahle 14–16
30171 Hannover

Phone: +49 511 168-46 934
Fax: +49 511 168-46 590

Hannover and Hannover is not always the same!

When the origin of a person is indicated as »Hannover« (or »Hanover«) in many documents, especially in lists of passengers and emigrants in the 19th and 20th century, this does not necessarily refer to the city of Hannover. It could also refer to the state of Hannover (1811–1866 Kingdom of Hannover, 1866–1946 Prussian Province of Hannover). More indication is needed to clearly identify that person's origin.