There seems to be some confusion regarding birth/marriage/death records for
communities no longer in Germany, e.g. East Prussia or Silesia.
Civil records beginning in 1874 for many of these communities were taken before
the end of WWII to Berlin and are currently stored at Standesamt I,
Rueckerstrasse 9, 10119 Berlin.
A list of these records is contained in a reference book, Standesregister und
Personenstandsbuecher der Ostgebiete im Standesamt I in Berlin. This book lists
exactly for which years information is available, town by town.
Requests for copies of records may be sent to Standesamt I, and are governed by
the same limitations which apply throughout Germany, specifically Datenschutz.
Slightly simplified, this means that copies of records may only be obtained for
direct ancestors, not other relatives.
I would be happy to assist researchers without access to this reference work
who have specific questions.
Peter Lande Washington, D.C. <firstname.lastname@example.org>