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Dresden church and/or civil records

Lester Dietterick (View posts)
Posted: 14 Oct 2005 9:36PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Dietrich, Bower, Grasley
According to Vol. II of THE HISTORY OF LEHIGH COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, pub. 1914, Elias (b. 27 Jan 1713) and Sarah (m. 1737, d. 1743) Dietrich/Dieterich had at least three children who were born in Dresden:

Johann Elias, b. 1738
George Hans, b. 12 Nov 1742
Adam Lorentz, b. 1743

Where might I find church and/or civil records to verify the above. This family's religious affiliation was probably Lutheran.

Lester Dietterick

Re: Dresden church and/or civil records

xxx (View posts)
Posted: 16 Oct 2005 8:16AM GMT
Classification: Query
You probably won't be able to find any civil records, sind civil registry offices in Germany weren't established before1875.

The church records of Dresden have been put on microfilm an can be searched at:

Kirchenamtsratsstelle Dresden
Kreuzstr. 7
01067 Dresden
Tel.: 0351/4923-347
E-Mail: karst.dresden@evlks.de

Since you live so far away, maybe the employees would be willing to conduct the search for you - you might want to inquire about that (an inquiry should be written in German). Keep in mind though, that they will charge you for their services by the hour (and it won't be cheap). A big city such as Dresden had more than one church, If you can't give more detailed information, a search may take quite some time, provided they are willing to search at all.

Re: Dresden church and/or civil records

Lester Dietterick (View posts)
Posted: 16 Oct 2005 7:50PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Dietrich, Bower, Grasley
Thank you.

This is exactly the type of information for which I was looking.

Lester Dietterick

Re: Dresden church and/or civil records

xxx (View posts)
Posted: 16 Oct 2005 8:38PM GMT
Classification: Query
In addition you coul check: http://www.familysearch.org

If you use the 'place search' and put in 'Dresden, Saxony' you will get a list of all Dresden record the LDS-church has on microfilm
Or just click here:
(http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermain...)

I only browsed through the list quickly. There are a couple of church records, but mainly from catholic churches and from the LDS-church.

But the court records could be interesting if your ancestor owned some property. They go back to the 16th century. Court record are really hard to read though and you will spend lots of time searching them, because usually they don't have an index. The good thing is, that it's not expensive. For a small fee they will send the microfilms to a family history center close to you.
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