MyHeritage Germany North Rhine Westphalia Death Index 1870-1940 #germany #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen


















MyHeritage announced an exclusive hsitorical recocollection from Germany, the North Rhine Westphalia Death Index 1870-1940. The collection includes 2,450,551 records along with scanned images of the original documents. The images have been fully indexed by MyHeritage for the first time, making the information more accessible and readily searchable than ever before. These records are available only on MyHeritage, and are an invaluable resource for anyone researching their German roots.

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The state of North Rhine-Westphalia is the most populous state of Germany with over 17.5 million inhabitants. During the period covered by the records in the collection, the region comprised 3 provinces: Westphalia, North Rhine, and the German Free State of Lippe. They were unified by the British after World War II.


The records may contain the following information: certificate number, date of registration which is different from the actual death date, name and occupation of the person reporting the death, given name, last name (and maiden name, if applicable) of the deceased, gender, religion, date and place and time of death, age at death, date and place of birth, residence and often other important information such as spouse and parents.


Millions more records will be indexed and added to this collection in the future, in a series of planned updates.


I usually do not post about additions to collections for any of the genealogical organizations but since this is an exclusive collection an exception is being made.


I have no affiliation with MyHeritage and am posting this solely for the information of the reader.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee