Landeskirchenarchiv Magdeburg

Archive of the Lutheran-Protestant Church in Central Germany

Landeskirchenarchiv Magdeburg
Freiherr-vom-Stein-Str. 47
39108 Magdeburg

Phone: +49-391-506 659 90

For your genealogical research you will find church records from Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt online at Archion

Church records of the Lutheran-Protestant Church in Central Germany / Evangelische Kirche in Mitteldeutschland

Historically, the Lutheran-Protestant Church in Central Germany has two regional archives – one based in Eisenach, one in Magdeburg – each administering different areas within the borders of the Lutheran-Protestant Church in Central Germany.

All historical church records of the Lutheran-Protestant Church in Central Germany are recorded by the two regional church archives in Eisenach and Magdeburg, microfilmed and then digitized from the film. The entire inventory includes approximately 60 000 Lutheran-Protestant parish registers from over 3000 communities in which ecclesiastical acts such as baptisms, marriages, funerals and confirmations were registered. The church records are handwritten in old German writing. The earliest few specimens date to the 1520s. Nationwide, however, the church records system was only introduced after the Thirty Years' War.

Church records of the Regional Archive in Magdeburg

Information about the area

The regional church archive in Magdeburg (Landeskirchenarchiv Magdeburg) is one of the two archives of the Lutheran-Protestant Church in Central Germany. The second regional church archive is located in Eisenach. The Landeskirchenarchiv Magdeburg manages the historical tradition of the former Lutheran-Protestant Church of the church province of Saxony. It once included the territory of the former Prussian province of Saxony and extended to the vast majority of the present state of Saxony-Anhalt (without Anhalt), large parts of Thuringia and smaller peripheral areas of the federal states of Brandenburg and Saxony.

Church records from Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia online

From December 2019 on you will be able to search the first church records of the Landeskirchenarchiv Magdeburg at Archion. The import of the digitized church books will be continued annually in several tranches. So that you can plan your genealogy, you will find below the intended order in which the church records go online.

Church records from different locations in these church districts:

Kirchenkreis Elbe-Fläming (digitally available)
Kirchenkreis Bad Liebenwerda (digitally available)
Kirchenkreis Egeln Kirchenkreis Naumburg-Zeitz
Kirchenkreis Halle-Saalkreis
Kirchenkreis Haldensleben-Wolmirstedt
Kirchenkreis Halberstadt

Further church districts will follow, but the order is not yet fixed. Please note that in some cases not all historical church records within a church district are completely available online at once and there may be subsequent deliveries at a later date.

In the location list you can see which location belongs to which church district. The current version can be found on the website of the Landeskirchenarchiv Magdeburg under this link:

Church records on-site in the Landeskirchenarchiv Madgeburg

If you need a church book for your genealogical research, which is not yet available online at Archion, you have the opportunity to do your research on-site in the Landeskirchenarchiv Magdeburg. Microfilms of the recorded church books are already available there. Further information can be found on the website of the archive: