About this collection
This collection contains death records and name directories from Oschersleben (Bode) covering the years 1874 up to and including 1985. Oschersleben is located on the Bode River about 22 miles from Magdeburg in what is now the German state of Saxony-Anhalt. It was first verifiably mentioned in a document from the year 994. The city's best known modern attraction is the Motorsport Arena built in 1997. But its most notable landmark is the figure "The Sower" designed by sculptor Stephan Walter - a symbol of the fertile soils of the Magdeburge Börde plainlands. During the time period of this collection, until 1944, Oschersleben belonged to the Prussian Province of Saxony. In addition to death records from the city of Oschersleben, this collection includes records for eleven communities according to modern districting. The timeperiods covered vary.
On September 20th 1792, the French National Assembly passed a law governing the documentation of civil status in France. The French model for recording Births, Marriages and Deaths was officially introduced when French troops began the occupation of the left bank of the Rhine on May 1st, 1798 and established new departments of France. Throughout the entire former German Empire, civil registration was taken over and performed by local registry offices beginning on January 1, 1876.
Beginning on October 1, 1874, local registry offices were made responsible for creating birth, marriage and death records in the former Prussian provinces. The collected records are arranged chronologically and usually in bound yearbook form which are collectively referred to as "civil registers." Complementary alphabetical directories of names may also have been 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
Death records were created using preprinted forms that were initially filled in by hand by the registrar. Later, the forms were completed by typewriter. In each record the date of death 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
- Informant: Occupation, Given Names, Last Name, Maiden Name, Residence/Address, Denomination
- Deceased: Occupation, Given Names, Last Name, Maiden Name, Age, Denomination, Residence/Address, Place/Date of Birth, Spouse/Parents, Place/Date of Death, Time of Death
- Beginning in 1938, the records may also include a Cause of Death and cross references to corresponding birth and/or marriage registers
- From 1938 to 1957, the Cause of Death is often included
More about using this collection
Each record comprises one page. Additional events from the life of the deceased 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 found via the search form. The “Informant” was usually a relative of the deceased.
These records also document casualties (Kriegssterbefälle) from the Second World War. Occasionally, records for some of the dead were also later made available by the "German Office for the Notification of Next-of-Kin of Members of the Former German Armed Forces who were Killed in Action" (WASt) in Berlin. Between 1943 and 1945, this institution was temporarily located in Saalfeld. Under "Browse this collection," select the Civil Registration Office and Year Range for the desired records.