Missing details on your ancestor? Check civil registrations!

I just finished reading a record that provided fantastic details on who was in a military detachment, what they did and even their spouses. It’s the kind of document any military historian would dream of having – except Luxembourg’s military records aren’t easily accessible.

So what was it? A civil registration. During the French occupation, citizens were required to bring witnesses to record births, deaths, and marriages. Those witness statements include the person’s name, age, occupation and occasionally, the relationship between the witness and the person giving the statement.

Unfortunately, the only way to find these references is to read through the civil registration page by page. But if you’re interested in finding out these precious details about your ancestor’s life, the time and effort are well worth it.

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