About this collection
This collection contains death records from the Bornheim boroughs of Hersel, Sechtem and Waldorf. It covers the years 1798 up to and including 1932. The city of Bornheim is located in the Rhein-Sieg District in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It lies on the West bank of the Rhine between Cologne and Bonn. The area was colonized early. The Roman-built Eifel Aqueduct once ran through the borough of Waldorf and supplied Cologne with drinking water. Bornheim was first mentioned in a document from the year 945. Bornheim Castle is the city's notable attraction. During the time period of this collection until 1814, Bornheim belonged to the French Département de la Roar.
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. In the former Prussian provinces, on 1 October 1874, the responsibility for this documentation was assumed by local registry offices and referred to as "civil registers."
The civil registration records are usually arranged chronologically and bound in yearbook form. 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
Civil registry records were initially handwritten. Later, they were recorded in German on preprinted forms. The French Republican Calendar was used as the dating system in the registers until 1805. Deaths between 1805 and 1814 are documented in French. Starting in 1815 they were recorded once again in German. Beginning in 1876, standardized preprinted civil registry forms were used. In each record the date of a 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
- Registration Date
- Informant (sometimes including family relationship): Given Names, Last Name, Age, Occupation
- Deceased: Given Names, Last Name, Maiden Name, Occupation, Age, Residence, Birthplace, Spouse/Parents, Place/Date of Death
More about using this collection
Additional events from the life of the deceased were sometimes recorded later on in the margins of the record. 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 usually a relative of the deceased.
Under "Browse this collection,” select the Civil Registry Office and Year Range for the desired records. If name directories, "Namensverzeichnis" are included," they are usually located at the end of the respective register.