This collection contains birth records from Limbach-Oberfrohna covering the years 1876 up to and including 1907. This town was created in 1950 with the merger of the villiages of Limbach and Oberfrohna. It is located about 9 miles west of Chemnitz and about 43 miles southeast of Leipzig in the modern German state of Saxony. Limbach was first mentioned in a document from the year 1248. Limbach's main attraction is its 16th-century town hall. During the time period of this collection, both localities belonged to the Kingdom of Saxony. This collection also includes records from other surrounding communities and neighborhoods that fall within the area administered by modern Limbach-Oberfrohna. The time periods covered in those records vary.
Beginning on January 1, 1876, birth, marriage and death records in the former German Empire were created by local registry offices. The collected records are arranged chronologically and usually bound together in the form of yearbooks. These are collectively referred to as "civil registers." Occasionally, alphabetical directories of names were also created. While churches continued to keep traditional records, the State also mandated that the personal or marital status of the entire population be recorded.
What you can find in the records
Birth records were created using preprinted forms that were filled in by hand by the registrar. In each record the date of a birth usually differs from the date it was registered. Depending on the individual form or on the formulations used by the registrar, you may find:
- Sequential or Certificate Number
- Registration Date
- Informant: Occupation, Given Names, Last Name, Maiden Name, Residence/Address, Denomination
- Mother: Given Names, Last Name, Maiden Name, Denomination, Residence/Address
- Child: Birth Date, Time of Birth, Sex, Given Names
More about using this collection
Each record comprises one page. Additional events from the life of the child were sometimes recorded later on in the margins. These notes, sometimes referred to as "narration," can contain very useful information but they have not been indexed. As a result, information from the notes will not be found via the search form. The “Informant” was often a midwife or the child's father. Under "Browse this collection,” select the Registration Office and Year Range of the register desired.