Information in a Napoleonic Death Registration

This list explains the information in the “ideal” civil register.

  • The place and date of registration of death were given, including time of day.
  • Two witnesses presented themselves to report the death. Their occupations, residences, and ages were given.
  • The witnesses testified concerning the death, including the place and the date and time of day the death occurred.[i]
  • The name of the deceased was given with varying amounts of information. Age and occupation were almost always given. Sometimes, the names of the parents, the birthplace, and other survivors were included.
  • A statement was usually included as to whether the death was confirmed by eyewitnesses.
  • The summation included a statement that the entry was read to the witnesses and that they signed it or did not sign it based on their ability to read or write.
  • Throughout the entry there might be information which indicated further relationships.[ii]


[i] Civil Registers in Russian-Ruled Poland, 7.

[ii] Civil Registers in Russian-Ruled Poland, 8.

About suwalkigermans

I started family research in 1993. My first two books focused on my maternal grandparents. Both families came from Kreis Rosenberg, West Prussia, to Big Rapids, Michigan. I left the Spurgats from Wylkowiszki in the Russian Empire as the third book because of the difficult and challenging research it required. After I published the book in 2010, I wondered what to do next. I thought I might try to share some of my research with others and maybe at the same time, by going digital, someone would find me. When you read the comments, you will see that happened. The best part of all this is helping others.
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