Can anyone answer these questions for me? I'm especially curious about Civil records.
Are both Civil records and Church records held in the Archives?
How far back do Civil records go?
Where can I obtain a Civil record?
I am trying to find out if I can obtain a Civil death record for my g.g.g.grandfather, Stanislaw Ostrowski who died in 1871 in Marcinkowo (Mogilno). I have a Catholic Church record for his death. I would like the Civil record in hopes that it would state where he was born.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
In the Duchy of Posen (after 1848 the Province of Posen) until 1874 civil records were simply copies of parish registers (both Catholic & Protestant). From 1874 through the end of WWI civil records were created in free standing registry offices. In 1871 the ecclesiastical death record was the civil record. Three years later the keeping of civil records was no longer the responsibility of priests and ministers.
I hope this answers your question,