Civil register
(809 words)

1. In general

Since the end of the early modern period, important personal (person) circumstances with relevance to family law have been recorded in civil registers: for example, births, the legitimation of children, adoptions, marriages (Marriage, contraction of), divorces (Marriage, dissolution of), and deaths (cf. Family law). Depending on the extent to which the separation of church and state is observed (Church and state, separation of), an individual's fait…

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Scholz-Löhnig, Cordula, “Civil register”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 15 August 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025418>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907



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