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This collection of census records pertains to the census of the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin conducted in 1867, 1890, and 1900. (Mecklenburg censuses were conducted intermittently from 1636 to 1939.) These records are in German/Gothic.
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A census of citizens of the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin was collected as of 2/3 December 1867. Authorized enumerators went from house to house in their appointed areas, recording in a “household list” of each person who was present at the time in the apartment or house. Household members who were not physically present at the time of the census were recorded in an addendum. The following information was recorded about each person: first and last name, gender, year of birth, religious affiliation, marital status, occupation or social standing, citizenship, the reason why visitors were in the census area, and distinguishing physical characteristics. Based on the 1867 census, the population of the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin was determined to be 560,668. Of those, 193,882 people lived in the cities.  
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A name index and images for a portion of The 1890 census consist of a name index arranged by towns under their enumeration district. Two types of forms are found for each town: Zählkarten and Namenslisten. The Zählkarten list individuals and give the date and place of birth, occupation, residence, gender and marital status, etc. The Namenslisten list the inhabitants of a given household and show relationship to the head of the household. Most of the census did not survive.  
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The 1900 census consist of two forms: the individual forms (Zählkarten), which list information about each person, and the household lists (Haushaltungslisten), which identify the members of a family and their relationship to the head of household; both forms are filed by place. These places are then arranged alphabetically by each manorial district or city (Ritteramt, Domänenamt, Klosteramt, Stadt).  
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The censuses cover territory controlled by the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. For the 1900 census, takers went to each house in each of the 2,559 districts and recorded all the inhabitants as of December 1, 1900, therefore covering about 95 to 98 percent of the population living in Mecklenburg-Schwerin in December of 1900.  
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== What is in This Collection? ==                        
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This collection of census records pertains to the census of the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin conducted in 1867, 1890, and 1900. (Mecklenburg censuses were conducted intermittently from 1636 to 1939.)
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A census of citizens of the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin was collected as of 2/3 December 1867. Authorized enumerators went from house to house in their appointed areas, recording in a “household list” of each person who was present at the time in the apartment or house. Household members who were not physically present at the time of the census were recorded in an addendum. The following information was recorded about each person: first and last name, gender, year of birth, religious affiliation, marital status, occupation or social standing, citizenship, the reason why visitors were in the census area, and distinguishing physical characteristics. Based on the 1867 census, the population of the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin was determined to be 560,668. Of those, 193,882 people lived in the cities.
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A name index and images for a portion of The 1890 census consist of a name index arranged by towns under their enumeration district. Two types of forms are found for each town: Zählkarten and Namenslisten. The Zählkarten list individuals and give the date and place of birth, occupation, residence, gender and marital status, etc. The Namenslisten list the inhabitants of a given household and show relationship to the head of the household. Most of the census did not survive.
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The 1900 census consist of two forms: the individual forms (Zählkarten), which list information about each person, and the household lists (Haushaltungslisten), which identify the members of a family and their relationship to the head of household; both forms are filed by place. These places are then arranged alphabetically by each manorial district or city (Ritteramt, Domänenamt, Klosteramt, Stadt).
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The censuses cover territory controlled by the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. For the 1900 census, takers went to each house in each of the 2,559 districts and recorded all the inhabitants as of December 1, 1900, therefore covering about 95 to 98 percent of the population living in Mecklenburg-Schwerin in December of 1900.
  
For a list of records by date or locality currently published in the Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census collections, see:
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===To Browse This Collection===
  
*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1883733/waypoints 1867 Census Records]
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'''Individual census records''' may contain the following information:     
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'''Records found on most individual forms''' generally contain the following information:
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'''To browse by image:'''
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⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br>
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⇒Select the "Place: Place number (District or City)" category<br>
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⇒Select the "Form" category which takes you to the images 
  
*Household Number and Street Address
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Look at each image or record comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images or records and compare the information about the individuals listed to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind there may be more than one person in the records with the same name and you will want to look carefully at dates, places and relations to identify your ancestor from another person. You also may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name if they were known by a nickname or changed their name from the original birth record name. Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life and may be listed in records with any of those variations. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination.                     
*Name of Head of Household
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===I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?===                         
*Full Names of All Members of Household
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*Use the age in the citizen to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in church or civil records.                         
*Relationship to Head of Household
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*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 [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Germany_Vital_Records_Index_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) vital records] in the country.                         
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*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.                         
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*[[Germany Church Records|Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
  
== How to Use the Records  ==
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===I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?===                             
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*Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the time period, either German Civil Registration records or German Church records may be more useful.                                 
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*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.                         
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*Keep in mind that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.                       
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*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.                       
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.html nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well.                     
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*Search the indexes and records of [[Germany Societies|local genealogical societies]].
  
Next to parish registers, census records provide more family information than any other Mecklenburg record for the time period. You must know how to read German Gothic script. To begin your search, it is helpful to know at least the name of your ancestor and the approximate place of residence at the time of the census.  
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{{Tip | More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1607939  Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin census, 1900]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
  
The censuses were taken to assess military and taxation capacity, as well as for religious, occupational, and language background. Census information was provided by any member of the household. If some information was incomplete, the census taker had to return to the household to complete the information. Each record was signed by the census taker as verification of its accuracy.  
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1536942 Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin census, 1890]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
  
The original records are preserved at the German State Archives in Schwerin. The Family History Library has copies on microfilm also.  
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1883733 Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin census, 1867]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
  
This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.  
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== Citing This Collection ==
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Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
  
=== Search the Collection ===
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"Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1867." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. <nowiki>http://FamilySearch.org</nowiki> : accessed 2017. Mecklenburgisches Landeshauptarchiv, Schwerin (Census Office. Mecklenburg State Archives, Schwerin).
  
'''To search by index:'''<br> Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
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'''To browse by image:'''<br>To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br>⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br>⇒Select the "Place: Place number (District or City)" category<br>⇒Select the "Form" category which takes you to the images
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Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. <br><br>  
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;Collection Citation:
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"Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1890." Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. <nowiki>http://FamilySearch.org</nowiki> : accessed 2017. Citing Volkszählungsamt. Mecklenburgische Landeshauptarchiv Schwerin [Mecklenburg State Archives, Schwerin].
  
=== For Help Reading These Records  ===
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These records are in Gothic German. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:
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*[[German Word List]] <br>  
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*[[Deciphering German Script (Kurrentschrift)]]
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"Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1900." Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. <nowiki>http://FamilySearch.org</nowiki> : accessed 2017. Citing Volkszählungsamt. Mecklenburgische Landeshauptarchiv Schwerin [Mecklenburg State Archives, Schwerin].
  
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
 
 
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Censuses (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
 
 
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
 
 
*[http://www.demogr.mpg.de/papers/working/wp-2009-023.pdf German Census Taking-Before 1871]
 
*[http://www.akvz.de/e107_plugins/akvzdb_menu/akvz.php AKVZ Database Menu] - In German
 
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
 
*[[German Census Records|German Census Records]]
 
*[[Germany Census]]
 
*[[Germany Genealogy]]
 
 
 
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.
 
 
 
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Mecklenburg-Schwerin,  Germany
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Record Description
Record Type Census
Collection years: 1867-1900
Languages: German
Title in the Language: Deutschland, Großherzogthum Mecklenburg Volkszählungen
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
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Landeshauptarchiv Mecklenburg-Schwerin


What is in This Collection?

This collection of census records pertains to the census of the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin conducted in 1867, 1890, and 1900. (Mecklenburg censuses were conducted intermittently from 1636 to 1939.) A census of citizens of the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin was collected as of 2/3 December 1867. Authorized enumerators went from house to house in their appointed areas, recording in a “household list” of each person who was present at the time in the apartment or house. Household members who were not physically present at the time of the census were recorded in an addendum. The following information was recorded about each person: first and last name, gender, year of birth, religious affiliation, marital status, occupation or social standing, citizenship, the reason why visitors were in the census area, and distinguishing physical characteristics. Based on the 1867 census, the population of the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin was determined to be 560,668. Of those, 193,882 people lived in the cities.

A name index and images for a portion of The 1890 census consist of a name index arranged by towns under their enumeration district. Two types of forms are found for each town: Zählkarten and Namenslisten. The Zählkarten list individuals and give the date and place of birth, occupation, residence, gender and marital status, etc. The Namenslisten list the inhabitants of a given household and show relationship to the head of the household. Most of the census did not survive. The 1900 census consist of two forms: the individual forms (Zählkarten), which list information about each person, and the household lists (Haushaltungslisten), which identify the members of a family and their relationship to the head of household; both forms are filed by place. These places are then arranged alphabetically by each manorial district or city (Ritteramt, Domänenamt, Klosteramt, Stadt). The censuses cover territory controlled by the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. For the 1900 census, takers went to each house in each of the 2,559 districts and recorded all the inhabitants as of December 1, 1900, therefore covering about 95 to 98 percent of the population living in Mecklenburg-Schwerin in December of 1900.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1867.
You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1890.
You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1900.

Sample Images

Individual census records may contain the following information:

  • Enumeration district
  • Full name and gender
  • Birth date and place
  • Marital status
  • Place of residence
  • Occupation
  • Religion

Household census records may contain the following information:

  • Household number and street address
  • Name of head of household
  • Full names of all members of household
  • Relationship to head of household

How Do I Search This Collection?

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1867.
You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1900.
You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1890.

To browse by image:

⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the "Place: Place number (District or City)" category
⇒Select the "Form" category which takes you to the images

Look at each image or record comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images or records and compare the information about the individuals listed to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind there may be more than one person in the records with the same name and you will want to look carefully at dates, places and relations to identify your ancestor from another person. You also may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name if they were known by a nickname or changed their name from the original birth record name. Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life and may be listed in records with any of those variations. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • 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?

  • 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.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of local genealogical societies.

Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation

"Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1867." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Mecklenburgisches Landeshauptarchiv, Schwerin (Census Office. Mecklenburg State Archives, Schwerin).

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Collection Citation

"Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1890." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Volkszählungsamt. Mecklenburgische Landeshauptarchiv Schwerin [Mecklenburg State Archives, Schwerin].

Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.
Collection Citation

"Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1900." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Volkszählungsamt. Mecklenburgische Landeshauptarchiv Schwerin [Mecklenburg State Archives, Schwerin].

Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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