The Regional Church Archive has got two locations, one in Düsseldorf and one in Boppard. The activities of the Regional Church Archive focus on archive maintenance in the complete territory of the Protestant Church in Rhineland, the organization, recording and permanent storage of archive collections, the mentoring of users including the support of scientific works, and the publication of scientific studies on Rhineland’s church history.
The area of the Protestant Church in Rhineland is identical with the former church province of Rhineland and currently comprises parishes in subregions of North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, the Saarland, and Hessia.
For historical reasons, the older church records of the parishes in Rhineland are handed down in a fragmented structure which can pose special challenges to genealogists. These church records are kept in local parishes, in the State Archive Duisburg, in various communal archives and, naturally, in the Archive of the Protestant Church in Rhineland.
The Protestant Archive in Boppard is commissioned to plan and coordinate the digitization of church books from the regional church. The majority of the historical parish church records has already been digitized and can be viewed there in the reading room. Depending on the rescources available, further church book digitizations are planned for the years to come, especially for volumes from the late 19th and early 20th century that have so far been kept in the respective parishes.
Almost 2,500 church records from Protestant parishes in Rhineland are already available online for your family research, and this portfolio is continuously being expanded. It is our long-term goal to make all historic church records available online.
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 at the Protestant Archive in Boppard. Church books that have already been digitized are available in digital form there. Please find further information on the homepage of the Boppard archive: