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Germany, Prussia, Pomerania Church Records, 1544-1945
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Pomerania, Prussia,  Germany
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Location of Pomerania, Prussia, Germany
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Current Location
Parts of Pomerania are located in Germany and Poland.
Record Description
Record Type Church
Collection years: 1544-1945
Languages: German
Title in the Language: Deutschland, Pommern Kirche Aufzeichnungen
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Landesarchiv Greifswald


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes birth, marriage, and death records from 1544-1945. These records come from Evangelical Lutheran and Roman Catholic church records, as well as transcripts for a portion of Pomerania now located in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany and Szczecin, Poland. Original records are located in the Landesarchiv Greifswald, Germany.

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Birth

  • Date of birth
  • Name of child
  • Parents’ names (including mother’s maiden name)
  • Gender
  • Witnesses or godparents

Marriage

  • Date of marriage
  • Name of bride and groom
  • Names of bride and groom’s parents
  • Age of bride and groom
  • Birth year of bride and groom

Death

  • Date of death
  • Name of deceased
  • Parents’ names
  • Spouse’s name (if married)
  • Occupation of deceased

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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  • Your ancestor's name
  • Residence
  • Age or birth date
  • Names of family members

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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  2. Click Search to show possible matches


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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the age in the citizen to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in church or civil records
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have moved, been recruited or lived nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify. Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. This compiled list can help you identify possible relations that can be further verified by researching vital records in the country
  • When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Consult the Germany Record Finder to find other records
  • Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the time period, either German Civil Registration records or German Church records may be more useful
  • While searching, it is helpful to know such information as the ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as an ancestor and that the ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times
  • Keep in mind that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation
  • Search the indexes and records of local genealogical societies

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Germany.


Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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