Civil Records contain vital information about births, marriages, and deaths. Other information such as occupations and places of residence are included.
Land Records are useful when primary sources like church books and civil registers have been lost. They may include specific information about a person or listing children for inheritance claims.
Address Books help list a place of residence. Very little identifying information is provided about the individuals contained within. Many of these are dated after 1900.
Guild Records are a separate set of vital information outside of typical government records. These were not actually government records but were privately held by the guilds. The guild would provide protection for members similar to unions and insurance companies today.
Wills, Probates, and Testaments were supposed to have been held by the Amtsgericht, or district courts and have information about matters of inheritance.
Intent to Marry records were especially important for people who were previously married, as they detail much more about what each person were bringing into the marriage. These records mention any conditions for the marriage, dowry, and anything else that would have been important to include to certify the couple’s legitimacy for being wed.
Police Records are sometimes mentioned within government notices like a Kreisblatt. Specific police blotters detail much more about the activity of the police force and any arrests.
Government Notices contain a hodge-podge of information about places, people, and historical events. Occasionally, one can find “wanted” notices about people who are suspected or accused of a crime. You might also be able to find property purchase notices or editorials about current events.
Nazi Party Records are an important source of untapped information. Over 70,000 rolls of microfilm detail personal and historical facts, party censuses, family trees, applications, and more information concerning a person’s biographical story.
Communist Party Records detail specific information about the KPD and include residence information, church exit dates, military service, and other biographical information.