Germany, Prussia, Pomerania Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Records

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Collection Time Period

This collection of church book card indexes for birth, marriages, and deaths covers the period between the years 1600-1900.

Record Description

Church book card indexes for births, marriages, and deaths in Stralsund and the neighboring community of Voigdehagen; includes burial card indexes for the St. Johannis Church in Stralsund. The cards are arranged alphabetically in groups of approximately 1500 images each. Card indexes may be hand written or type written in pre-printed cards. It also includes Evangelical and some Catholic church records, and church book duplicates, of baptisms, marriages, and deaths for various areas of historical and modern Germany.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found on most birth/baptism card index include:
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  • Surname and given names
  • Date of birth
  • Date of christening
  • Legitimacy
  • Number of child (in birth order)
  • Father’s surname and given names
  • Father’s occupation
  • Father’s residence
  • Mother’s maiden name and given names
  • Mother’s age (occasionally)
  • Mother’s residence
  • Names of witnesses or godparents
  • Parish name
  • Year of the register in which the event was recorded
  • Page of the register in which the event was recorded
The key genealogical facts found on most marriage card index include:
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  • Surname and given names of groom and bride
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Groom’s date of birth
  • Groom’s place of birth
  • Groom’s place of residence
  • Groom’s occupation
  • Bride’s age
  • Bride’s place of birth
  • Bride’s place of residence
  • Bride’s marital status
  • Parish name
  • Year of the register in which the event was recorded
  • Page of the register in which the event was recorded
  • Parents’ names, with maiden name of mother, their origin, and place of residence
The key genealogical facts found on most death card index include:
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  • Surname and given names of deceased
  • Date of death
  • Date of burial
  • Place of death
  • Place of residence
  • Cause of death
  • Age at time of death
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Former occupation
  • Year of the register in which the event was recorded
  • Page of the register in which the event was recorded
  • Marital status
  • Maiden name
  • Heirs
  • Cemetery name

How to Use the Records

This collection of index cards is of great use in genealogical research; it can be searched by surname and includes valuable genealogical data on many of the individuals included. This collection of card indexes can be searched by surname.

Record History

This collection indexes over 95% of the christenings, marriages, and burials that took place in Stralsund between 1619 and 1900.

This cardfile, created by the Stadtarchiv Stralsund, was initiated in the 1930s and completed about 1980.

There are several sets of cardfiles as follows:

  • Stralsund Births
  • Stralsund Marriages
  • Stralsund Deaths
  • Burials for the St. Johanniskirche
  • Voigdehagen Births
  • Voigdehagen Marriages
  • Voigdehagen Deaths

These indexes were created from the church books of the various parishes in Stralsburg and Voigdehagen:

  • St. Jakobi
  • St. Marien
  • St. Nikolai
  • Heilige Dreifaltigkeit (Roman Catholic)
  • Heilgeist (Hospital church)
  • St. Jürgen (Hospital church)

Beginning with 1875, civil registration books were also indexed which include records for some few Jews residing the area. The original books indexed by the cardfile are located in the Stadtarchiv Stralsund in Germany.

Why This Collection Was Created

In 1616 a resolution required all parish clergy to keep a separate book to record names and events which took place in their parish district. This index of available church books makes it easier to find the records of birth, marriage, and death.

Record Reliability

This collection of church books card indexes for Stralsund, Pomerania were created from available church books. Information given varies; it may be very complete or might only have names.

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Related Wiki Articles

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Contributing to this Article

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Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection:

  • United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71.
  • Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023.

Sources of Information for This Collection

Zusammenstellung der in der Provinz Pommern vorhandenen Kirchenbücher. (Rep. 40) III 172/1-3. Landesarchiv Greifswald, Germany.

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