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General Information Bavaria

Archives in Bavaria

Ecclesiastical Archives in Bavaria

Evangelical Lutheran

  • Many evangelical church records are still kept in the parishes, please check the holdings of the Church Archives first in order to direct your enquiry.

Roman Catholic

  • Introductory Remarks:

In Bavaria, most, but not all all of the original catholic church records are kept in the respective Diocesan Archives. You can read them on microfiche in the Diocese Archive, with two exceptions: In Augsburg, they are on microfilm instead of microfiche, in Passau, there was a digitalization program instead, which is not yet completed, and you will have to read the original records instead. For the actual state of the digitalization program see: Bistum_Passau/Historische_Datenbank

Only few parishes have ordered copies of the microfiche of their records, so in these few cases, they can be alternatively read in the parish as well. Therefore, most parishes won't be able to answer genealogical enquiries.

Please note: The Family History Libraries (FHL) of the Church of the Latter Days' Saints (LDS, Mormons) keep only records of the bishopric Augsburg, not of the other six Bavarian bishoprics. These can be researched in Bavaria only.

General Information Franconia

Archives in Franconia

Fränkischer Rechen

State Archives in Franconia

  • Mittelfranken (Middle Franconia)

  • Unterfranken (Lower Franconia)

Municipality Archives in Franconia

The Internet portal Archives in Bavaria contains information about municipally-owned archives. In the respective archive lists for Franconia are included: city archives (Stadtarchive), market archives (Marktarchive), municipality archives (Gemeindearchive), private family and Nobility archives (private Familien- und Adelsarchive), media archives (Medienarchive), archives of companies, universities and other institutes.
Links lead to more details about the respective archive holdings, addresses, user information etc.
Clicking on one of the below links opens up the respective list of archives in a new window.
THERE, mark the archive you want to know more about and click on: Archivdetails anzeigen   (show more details)
On the RESULT PAGE, click on:   Detailinformationen: abrufen   (show more details), to see the holding list (Bestände)

Municipality Archive in Middle Franconia]

Municipality Archive in Upper Franconia]

Municipality Archive in Lower Franconia]

Ecclesiastical Archives for Franconia

Brenner Archive (Middle Franconia)

The so-called Brenner Archive is especially of interest for family research in some parts of Mittelfranken (Middle Franconia) . It is an alphabetical collection of family group sheets compiled from parish records of 88 parishes in Middle Franconia. The original archive is stored in the Stadtarchiv Ansbach (town archive City of Ansbach) and consists of 1,600 bindesr with family group sheets reaching from the 16th to the 20th century. The family group sheets are sorted by surname and marriage date.

Microfilms of the data collection can be ordered via the FHL (Family History Library) of the LDS (Church of Latter Day Saints). There exists 764 microfilms, the FHL INTL film numbers start with: # 541801. Additional films with other material from the Brenner Archive are also available. Details about the films, see:

Click on: Title Search
In the search box enter: Brenner Archive (or alternative Brenner collection)
On result page click on: Brenner collection of genealogical records of Mittelfranken, Bayern, Germany. Main archive
On result page click on: View Film Notes (opens list with film numbers)

Archives in Germany

  • Deutsche Archive im Internet German archives in the Internet
    Overview of the Deutsche Archivschule Marburg (German School of Archiving, Marburg), with links to the categories:
    • Regional archive portals and: State Archives (Staatliche Archive) - Municipality archives (Kommunalarchive) - Ecclesiastical archives (Kirchliche Archive) - Literature archives (Literaturarchive) - Economical archives (Wirtschaftsarchive) - Archives of Parlaments, political parties and associations (Parlamentsarchive, Archive politischer Parteien und Verbände) - Archives of universities and other institutes (Universitätsarchive, Archive sonstiger Institutionen) - media archives (Medienarchive).


Administrative Districts in the Federal State Bavaria

Mittelfranken (Middle Franconia) | Niederbayern (Lower Bavaria) | Oberbayern (Upper Bavaria) | Oberfranken (Upper Franconia) |
Oberpfalz (Upper Palatinate) | Schwaben (Swabia) | Unterfranken (Lower Franconia) |

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