Geissenhainer Pastoral Records Database Completed

The following announcement was written by the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society,:

As of November 2015 the database of Geissenhainer pastoral records on the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society (MAGS) web site is complete. The Rev. Frederick W. Geissenhainer Jr. documented his pastoral acts during his tenure at St. Matthew’s and St. Paul’s Lutheran Churches in New York City between 1827 and his death in 1879. The five large volumes are maintained in the Klingenstein Library at the New-York Historical Society (NYHS).

These were Lutheran Churches that primarily served the German population of New York City in the mid-1800s, during the height of German immigration. Many immigrants worshipped here first before deciding to migrate to other parts of the United States. This is a good source to find marriages of couples and baptisms or confirmations of children between the time a family immigrated and before they moved on.

All of the baptism, marriage, and confirmation entries from the Geissenhainer records have been transcribed. Entries for confirmations stopped in 1860, while those for marriages continued through 1870. Baptisms spanned the entire timeframe from 1827 through 1879.

All of these records – with an every name index – are now available in the database section of the MAGS web site ( Images for these records are available from the NYHS library (

The Geissenhainer database contains 1,180 confirmation records; 5,663 marriages; and 11,698 baptisms, for a total of over 18,000 records. There are almost 52,000 unique names contained in the index. All the MAGS databases combined include over 32,000 records with more than 62,000 unique names.

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