This collection includes civil birth, marriage, and death records from Minden, in the modern German state of North Rhine Westphalia.
Initially, registrations of births, marriages, and deaths were kept by religious denominations, but with French occupation in the 1790s, a system of civil registration modeled on the French system was implemented in 1798. This collection includes civil registrations of births, marriages, and deaths beginning in 1811 and extending to 1873. In 1876, civil registration was implemented across unified Germany, and some of those records can be found in other Ancestry collections.
The earliest records are in French and in the Napoleonic format, which is a narrative form of record-keeping. With the departure of the French around 1814, the records reverted to German. Details on the records may vary depending on the record type and the year of the event.