Ventura County Genealogical Society
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Registrations of births, marriages, and deaths first began for some areas in Germany in 1792 when the French invasion of the area west of the Rhine brought that region under their administration.
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In the three centuries before German civil registration, the best bet for finding vital records is in the German parish registers.
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Early German church records date to 1524. Requirements for record keeping were begun by the Lutherans in 1540 and Roman Catholics in 1563, but it is typical to find church record books that start around 1650.