German Genealogy Tip #28: “Evangelisch” Means Lutheran/Reformed Church

October 27, 2014 Josiah Schmidt German Genealogy Tips

Church in Machtlos, Gemeinde Ronshausen, Germany

Church in Machtlos, Gemeinde Ronshausen, Germany

When researching German records, you will often see an individual’s religion listed as “evangelisch” or “evangelische”. This is an umbrella term that describes most of the Protestant denominations after the Reformation. In Germany, this term was more likely to describe a church with Lutheran beliefs, and in Switzerland, this term was more likely to describe a church with Reformed/Calvinist beliefs. When Germans came to America, they often brought it with them under the name of the “German Evangelical Church”.

One Response to “German Genealogy Tip #28: “Evangelisch” Means Lutheran/Reformed Church”

  • patty says:

    thanks for the information….I was wondering what the religion of my Great-Grandparents was when I read “Evangelisch, Brombach, Loerrach, Baden.


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