The regional church archive in Magdeburg is one of two archives of the Lutheran-Protestant Church in Central Germany (EKM). The second archive is located in Eisenach. Both archives administer different areas within the borders of the EKM. They collect and preserve the historical records of the former Lutheran-Protestant Church of the Church Province of Saxony (KPS), including the former Prussian province of Saxony and extending to the majority of the present state of Saxony-Anhalt, large parts of Thuringia and smaller peripheral areas of the federal states of Brandenburg and Saxony.
The historical church records of the KPS date back as far as the late 1500s. They have been microfilmed and are currently being digitized. The archives hold approximately 60,000 parish registers from over 3,000 communities including baptism, confirmation, marriage and death records. Most records are written in historical German handwriting ("Kurrent" or "Sütterlin.")
List of microfilmed records
Digitized records from the church districts of Bad Liebenwerda and Elbe-Fläming are available online at Archion. Further districts will follow successively. Please note that in some cases not all records within a church district are available at once and that there may be subsequent deliveries at a later date. If you are searching for records that are not yet available online, we also provide access to microfilmed copies in our reading room. Please make an appointment by email. If you live abroad, you can engage the services of a genealogist. We provide their contact details upon request.
We are obligated to charge for some of our services, including record copying. We charge a daily fee of €8 for access to the archives' collections. Black and white printouts are 30 cents per page. Feel free to bring your camera or smartphone (€5 for an unlimited number of pictures.)
Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Phone: +49 0391 506 659 90
We are committed to protecting the health and savety of visitors and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. The archives are open for research with limited capacity. Wearing a face mask is mandatory.