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German Online OFB's

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Date: 1631 [unknown]
Location: Magdeburg, Erzstift Magdeburg, Heiliges Römisches Reichmap
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Online Heritage Books

The Online Heritage Books (OHBs, in German OFBs) are online versions of a heritage book of a particular town. The entries from the books are connected to each other and eventually build a tree. In many cases those OHBs are transcriptions of the church books of the town. The people who work with the primary sources (that are explained on the starting page of the particular town and which are often church books, local censuses, published town histories and similar stuff) do that for a long time before the publication. In Germany there is the "Verein für Computergenealogie" (shortage Compgen) "Association of Computerized Genealogy". This club offers the infrastructure to publicize the online versions of the heritage book. Compgen has also transcribed many other resources, like the list of casualties of WWI or many Address books of many different towns.


The particularity of the OHB Magdeburg is that they actually use very little church records. This is because in 1631 Magdeburg was completely destroyed and with it all church records. After that battle was taken a census, which is used as a primary source for this OHB. Beside the battle of 1631, there was a bombing in 1945. In that bombing, again all church records since 1631 were destroyed. So for this OHB, the local publisher, which is the "Arbeitsgemeinschaft Genealogie Magdeburg" (something like "Working Group Genealogy Magdeburg") used the following sources: There is used a weekly newspaper, some books where families of certain guilds were collected, some special censuses that were processed in different books about the (immigrational) history of Magdeburg, an address book of 1817 and some registers that are kept in the City Archive.

Records drawn upon to compile this secondary source include:

  • The microfilm of marriage proclamations that was scanned by the LDS.
  • The Census of Magdeburg taken in 1631, after the destruction of Magdeburg in the 30-Years-War.
  • The Guild Books of various guilds where it was noted when a member got a child or married.
  • A weekly newspapers where all the family announcements are used for this OHB.
  • The Address book of Magdeburg of 1817
  • Inhabitant lists of certain immigration groups that had immigrated to Magdeburg
  • Edited by: Arbeitsgemeinschaft Genealogie Magdeburg
  • Published by: "Verein für Computergenealogie" (shortage Compgen) "Association of Computerized Genealogy".
  • Citation Example:
<span id='OFB_Magdeburg'></span>Arbeitsgemeinschaft Genealogie Magdeburg, ''[[Space: Arbeitsgemeinschaft Genealogie Magdeburg — Magdeburg | Arbeitsgemeinschaft Genealogie Magdeburg — Magdeburg]]'' (Verein für Computergenealogie)
  • Inline Citation Example:
<ref>[[#OFB_Magdeburg|OFB Magdeburg]]: [https://ofb.genealogy.net/famreport.php?ofb=magdeburg&ID=I6116&nachname=Schr%C3%B6der&lang=de Record]</ref>

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