Bishopric Passau/Historical Database

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The Historical Demographic Database of the Bishopric Passau aims to scan all church records before 1900 containing

  • 1. baptisms,
  • 2. marriages and
  • 3. funerals,

make the image data accessible and at the same time create a database, in which all the data of the records are to be entered. This will display a complete and reliable survey of most demographic processes in the Bishopric Passau after the introduction and realization of the conduction of church records, usually after 1600.

The project covers the area of the today’s bishopric. As the database is based on the record books kept in the Diocesan Archives, it cannot document the whole area of the historic Bishopric of so-called Greater Passau.

The present processing state [Jan 25, 2006] is as follows:

Contents

Text Databases

  • 1. All the indices for the marriage records are covered in the database. These generated 393,486 index data records for all marriages in the Bishopric from the beginning of documentation until 1900 – of course some marriage records are lost, thus not all historic processes can be documented. These index data records of marriages usually contain the following information:
  • Parish, place, date, surname of groom, first name of groom, surname of bride, first name of bride. Each data field can be searched for separately.
  • 2. From the marriage entries, 86.689 records are entered by now. The covered area extends to most of Altötting County and to part of Rottal-Inn County. Entries are recorded with all indications and notes (up to 600 fields per data record).
  • 3. Furthermore, there is also a partial index database on baptisms; by now, it contains approximately 677,161 baptisms, about one third of the whole number.
  • 4. Besides, there are some minor sample databases (baptism records; death indices; death records).
  • 5. For financial reasons, the database entry had to be suspended temporarily [Jan 25, 2006]. This database enables the Bishopric Passau to research persons without any indication of a location.

Scans

  • Starting in 2005, the Bishopric Passau has scanned the indices and the records of many parishes. By now [Jan 25, 2006], the Bishopric Passau has scanned the church records of about half of the parishes. The records before 1900 are going to be scanned and are accessible according to the regulations of the terms of use. For the time being, the scans are available at the computer only through the archives personell.

Conclusion

  • The advantage of the existence of this database for familiy historians and homeland researchers is obvious. It is possible to access the database for a fee. Since early 2006, Passau Bishopric has started to work out terms of use for the retrieval of scans.

Source

  • Email from Dr. Herbert W. Wurster, director of the Diocesan Archives, dated Jan 1, 2006.
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