West Germany began issuing certificates of origin (Abstammungsurkunde) on July 1, 1970. We do not have any information on if, or when, these certificates
will be issued by the authorities in areas formerly in East Germany.
Certificates of origin are similar to birth certificates (Geburtsurkunde) but give more information about an individual's family. For example, a birth certificate
for an adopted child shows the adopting parents as his parents. A certificate of origin
shows his natural parents and the adoption and adopting parents' names are shown in
the “changes of birth entry” section.