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Citizens’ roll
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The granting of municipal civic rights to individuals was documented in writing. In many towns, this was done in a citizens’ roll, a chronological list of new citizens with personal data (name, occupation, the nature of the grant if applicable, place of origin, special characteristics or memorabilia). Citzens’ books are a superlative source for both genealogical research and the social history of the urban middle and upper classes in the Middle Ages and early modern era. The occupational data recorded in them, for example, provide information about the social structure of the…

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Fahrmeir, Andreas, “Citizens’ roll”, 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 01 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_017897>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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