Genealogical Vocabulary

In order to undertake family tree research, it is good to know some specific words. I will continuously add words to the vocabulary which you can  download as PDF here.

If you need a translation for a specific word or phrase for your genealogy research, please comment below.

German English Comment
Aktueller Pfarrbereich Current scope of parish List of all villages currently within the scope of the parish
Alle anzeigen Show all  
bis until  
Bücher Books  
Buchtyp Type of church book, i.e. which records are covered  
Diözese Diocese  
Folio Page of church book  
Gegenwart now  
Historische Abweichungen Differences in scope in the past For example in the context of a parish
Index Sterbebuch Index of death entires If a church book does not include an index of entries, there is a separate index for a certain term
Index Taufbuch Index of baptismal entries If a church book does not include an index of entries, there is a separate index for a certain term
Index Trauungen Index of marriage entries If a church book does not include an index of entries, there is a separate index for a certain term
Jahr year  
Kirchenbuch Church book  
Lagerungsort Location of the book e.g. parish – meaning the original book is stored in the local parhish
Liste der Bücher List of books  
Matrikel Church book  
Matrikenführung Church register administration Details on register types and availability of church records
Ort Village  
Pfarre Parish  
Signatur Title number of the book  
Sterbebuch Church book with death records  
Suchen search  
Tauf-, Trauungs- und Sterbebuch Church book containing entries for baptisms, marriages and deaths  
Taufbuch Church book with records of babtisms  
Taufe Baptism  
Trauung Wedding  
Trauungsbuch Church book with wedding records  
Verwaltungsgeschichte History of scope For example in the context of the scope of a parish for church records
von as of  
Zeitraum Time period  
Zeitraum bis Date until For example in the context of availability of parish records
Zeitraum von Date as of For example in the context of availability of parish records

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