The Regional Church Archive in Karlsruhe is considered as the “memory” of the Protestant Regional Church in Badenia. It is repsonsible for the supervision of the archived documents from more than 600 parishes, 24 church districts, and further church institutions.
The Protestant Regional Church in Badenia is located in the west of the federal state Baden-Wurttemberg and is therefore one of two Protestant regional churches in this state. It comprises the territory of the former state of Badenia that existed until 1945.
Currently, almost 2,300 church books from 270 parishes are stored in the Regional Church Archive in Karlsruhe. More than half of the parishes still keep their church books on site within the parish. As soon as a congregation opts for central storage in the Regional Church Archive, backup filming gaps are closed, the books are digitized and subsequently passed on to Archion for online publication within the framework of the vesting periods.
As church books are unique, hand-written and therefore irreplaceable sources, almost all church records of the Badenian Regional Church were backed up as films in the 1960s. In recent years, these filmed church books have been digitized by a service provider on behalf of the Regional Church Archive and made available for you online on Archion.
Church books from more than 600 Protestant parishes in Badenia are available online for your family research. These include church and family books from the earliest written records to the year 1870. Individual church books reach beyond 1870 if they were started before that year and do not exceed the data protection limit.
Occasional subsequent deliveries will still expand the inventory. These are church books that were not filmed in the 1960s. These subsequent filmings are always commissioned when parishes transfer further books for custody to the Regional Church Archive in Karlsruhe.
If you need a church book for your family research that is not (yet) recorded online with Archion, it is possible to research in the microfilms or digitized material on site in the Regional Church Archive in Karlsruhe. Furthermore, many local family books are available in the archive’s reference library. Please find further information on the homepage of the Regional Archive: Familienforschung (archiv-ekiba.de)