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Church Record Sunday: I have the parish name in Latin: now what?


Luxembourg started keeping records by commune in the early 1800s. While the commune structure has changed a little over time, it’s consistent enough that if you have a commune name and a date, you’re almost guaranteed to be able to find a record.

But about before 1800? Until the mid-1790s, Luxembourg relied on churches to record birth/death/and marriage records. So if you want to find a record, you need to search a specific parish by date. But to find the parish, you need to know the modern village or commune.

Not a problem until you realize you don’t know where the parish was located…


I ran into this case recently. Using civil registrations, I was able to determine where my ancestors were married. And then I got stuck… Why? Because handwritten documents are best read by someone who specializes in that language if you want to get all the information. I specialize in French, not Latin.


Thanks to help from Fiona Fitzsimmons of Eneclann (, we determined the bride was from Robinbour.

Big problem: Rodinbour doesn’t exist anymore… So where was this parish located?

Thankfully, AnLux can help. Thanks to their parish tables (, I was able to determine Rodinbour is probably  Rodenbourg, part of the commune of the same name… Now to find her parents!

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