38300 Wolfenbüttel / Germany
The Regional Church Archive with its headquarters in Wolfenbüttel organizes and makes accessible the archive documents of the Protestant-Lutheran Church in Brunswick. It administers the church books of parishes in Brunswick, films of church books as well as garrison and field church books and stores numerous estates and collections. A central task of the Regional Church Archive is to make the stored archive documents usable.
The Protestant-Lutheran Regional Church in Brunswick comprises 300 parishes and 12 provostries between Wolfsburg and Bad Harzburg, Peine and Helmstedt, as well as in the exclaves Calvörde and Blankenburg. The Regional Church thus includes territories of the two federal states Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt, to be precise a part of the former administrative district Brunswick and Hanover and the areas around Blankenburg (Harz) and Calvörde.
The Regional Church Archive Wolfenbüttel stores original church books from 1815 to the 20th century, partly also older volumes, as well as certain digitized materials and microfiches. Further, especially older church books from Brunswick are predominantly stored at the Lower Saxony State Archive, the parishes, and the Municipal Archive Brunswick.
In legal terms, the church books of the Regional Church in Brunswick belong to the parishes, but the archive is entitled to film and digitize the inventory. Large parts of the church books stored in the Regional Church Archive Wolfenbüttel are currently being digitized by a service provider or are already available in digital form.
At the moment, 80 parishes with the respective church records are available online for your family research (status: January 2022). Moreover, some field church books can also be viewed.
A small part of the church records as of 1815 is still stored in the respective parishes. It is planned to digitize them.
If you need a church book for your family research that is not (yet) recorded online with Archion, it is possible to conduct research on site in the reading room of the Regional Church Archive Wolfenbüttel. Please find more relevant information on the homepage of the archive: Benutzung | Evangelisch-lutherische Landeskirche in Braunschweig (landeskirche-braunschweig.de)