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Researching & Ordering >> Research Guides >> Family and Biographical Data

Family and Biographical Data

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This research guide helps you to find the biographical data of particular persons or how their family members are related.

If you want to research your family history, you will first of all trace one person after the other and thus build up your family tree. In doing so you will go back into the past generation by generation starting in the present. If you skip any generations or even centuries, this can lead to incorrect results.

When did the person you are looking for live?

1) From 1870/74/76 (introduction of civil registers)

2) Between the 16th/17th centuries (establishment of church registers) and 1870/74/76

3) Before circa 1600 or if church registers are missing.

Did you know?

Please note that people's names were often written differently depending on the written document and having the same name does not always mean that there is a relationship.

Today it is often no longer possible to determine a relationship without doubt.

However, the frequency of a name in a certain place or a certain region can indicate, in which area to research the person you are looking for.