Landeskirchenarchiv Eisenach

Archive of the Lutheran-Protestant Church in Central Germany

Landeskirchenarchiv Eisenach
Ernst-Thälmann-Straße 88
99817 Eisenach

Phone: +49-3691-65 804 70

For your genealogical research you will find church records from Thuringia 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.

Chruch records of the regional church archive in Eisenach

Information about the area

The regional church archive in Eisenach (Landeskirchenarchiv Eisenach) is one of the two archives of the Lutheran-Protestant Church in Central Germany. The second regional church archive is located in Magdeburg. The Landeskirchenarchiv Eisenach manages the historical tradition of the former Lutheran-Protestant Church in Thuringia. It once included large parts of the present federal state of Thuringia and smaller peripheral areas of the present federal state of Saxony-Anhalt. An exception is the region around the town of Schmalkalden. It is still part of the Lutheran-Protestant Church of Kurhessen-Waldeck.

Church records from Thuringia online

Soon you will be able to do your research in the first Thuringian church records online at Archion. The import of the digitized church books starts at the beginning of 2020 and will be continued annually in several tranches. So that you can plan your genealogical research, you will find below the intended order in which the church records go online.

Church records from dífferent locations in:

Kirchenkreis Hildburghausen-Eisfeld
Kirchenkreis Eisenach-Gerstungen (4 places)
Kirchenkreis Bad Salzungen-Dermbach
Kirchenkreis Hildburghausen-Eisfeld
Kirchenkreis Meiningen
Kirchenkreis Sonneberg
Kirchenkreis Rudolstadt-Saalfeld
Kirchenkreis Arnstadt-Ilmenau
Kirchenkreis Schleiz
Kirchenkreis Greiz
Kirchenkreis Apolda-Buttstädt
Kirchenkreis Weimar
Kirchenkreis Gotha


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.

The film list will help you figure out which church district your wanted location belongs to. The current version can be found on the homepage of the Landeskirchenarchiv Eisenach under this link:

Church records on-site in the Landeskirchenarchiv Eisenach

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