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New German Record Collections now available at MyHeritage


If you have ancestors in Hesse, Germany, then you'll enjoy these two new collections at MyHeritage.

Hesse Birth Index (1874–1911)

Hesse Marriage Index (1849–1931)

These collections, totaling 8.5 million historical records, are now indexed and searchable on MyHeritage.

In a shift from traditional church recordkeeping, in the mid-19th century, the German Empire began requiring the civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths for the entire population. These new collections are rich in detail, often providing biographical information that is far superior to that covered by church records. This makes them an excellent resource for German genealogical research.

You can read more in the MyHeritage blog and search now the Hesse Birth Index and Hesse Marriage Index.


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I agree that German records are excellent..... Mine come from Wurtemburg all around 1850's 1860's...

My German information was sourced directly from the German Archives approximately three years ago at a cost of course.... It came with surprises that my 2xggrandmother had five illegitimate children in Germany before she emigrated in 1858 and married in Oz in 1859.

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