I am searching for marriage taxes or fees that had to be paid in 19th century Rhineland under Prussian rule.

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    Are you looking for information about them, or records of who paid them? Could you explain in the question a little more about what they were, if you know.
    – user104
    Jun 5 '13 at 17:35
  • genealogy.stackexchange.com/a/2796/104 might be helpful.
    – user104
    Jun 6 '13 at 16:13
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    Without more information about what you're looking for, it's hard to make a stab at answering this, which is why it's gathering votes to "close" (i.e. put it on hold until it's clarified).
    – user104
    Jun 7 '13 at 16:47
  • As an aside, I've come to the conclusion that this is very difficult to research on the 'net unless you speak German (which I don't). I'm relatively certain that there are few if any relevant tax records online; most of the promising leads I've found by googling are in academic papers behind paywalls. I suspect the tax in question is the fee for a marriage licence, which seems to have been higher for some groups (e.g. Jews and possibly Mennonites) than others.
    – user104
    Jun 9 '13 at 12:17
  • I can't imagine the user actually expects to find tax records form the 1800s in Prussia. It should be safe to assume that they're looking for information on laws and policies.
    – user47
    Jun 12 '13 at 19:57

Some marriage register records will have official stamps in them documenting that a fee was paid, and how much it was. I expect these fees varied from place to place and over time. Furthermore, different documents associated with a marriage might also have different fees. Below is an example of two such stamps (on two different pages) from an 1822 marriage in Gauersheim, a village near Kirchheimbolanden in the Pfalz.

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