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Church register
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1. General

Church registers, also called church records or registries, are registers kept by the church to document baptisms (Sacrament), weddings, and deaths within the parish. Church registers are the most important source of historical demographics for the period between the Reformation (1517) and the introduction of official statistics in the 19th century.

In the 14th and 15th centuries, in many parts of Europe bishops began to require churches to keep registers in order to keep…

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Schröter, Wilko, “Church register”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 20 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022166>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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