Wednesday, February 15, 2017

German / Prussia / Pommern Genealogy Research

Vital Records from Pommern, Petersen
Researching Preußen, Pommern, Ancestors - Germany
The hardest part of researching Pomeranian ancestors is finding the records, then of course it’s off to deciphering the script.  So hopefully you paid attention in your German script courses.

Begin Your Research
As with most genealogy, we suggest you learn about your region.  So be sure to understand the history and territory of Pomerania. Pomerania, today, defines the Germany - Poland border and runs along the Baltic Sea, from Stralsund Germany to the Vistula River (near Gdansk Poland and is now Kolin (Pyrzyce) within the Stargard County in north western Poland.

Compiled Resources
The a3Genealogy researchers are offering a few of our favorite resources that may assist with this search.
Family Search.  The family search wiki on Pomerania Online Genealogy Records is a good resource to have when ferreting out this family tree. 
German Online German Genealogy Records and DatabasesMany online resources are listed.
Vital Records: Census, Marriage, and Death records.  
Pommern Baptism Records
As Pomerania spanned to the far east side of Mecklenburg on the Baltic Sea, be sure to review the Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census Records at ($) and the Grevesmühlen, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany, Marriages, 1876-1920Death records: Grevesmühlen, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany, Deaths, 1876-1950. Grevesmühlen is one of the oldest towns in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Germany, Prussia, Pomerania Church Records, 1544-1945. 
Pommern Church Records
This collection has an index and images of the originals. Be sure to peruse both and MyHeritage ($). A portion of these records have been transcribed on ($) Pomerania, Germany, Parish Register Transcripts, 1544-1883.

Pomerania, Germany, Passenger Lists, 1869-1901. 
Passenger List
We encourage those with late arrivals. 1869 - 1901,  to review the ships originating in Stettin and Swinemünde (Szczecin and Swinoujscie in Polish). Remember your Danish ancestor may be found on the Stettin Passenger lists also. 

Other Resources
·         Germanic Genealogy Society: Pomerania page.
·         Family Search, microfilm #1496985, Kirchenbuchduplikat, 1794-1874, in German.  Film Description: Protestant parish register transcripts of births, marriages and deaths for Kordeshagen, Pommern, Germany; now Dobrzyca (Koszalin), Koszalin, Poland. 
·         Family Search, microfilm #896089 Kirchenbuch, 1752-1866 in German and Poland (indexed).  Film Description: Parish register of births, marriages and deaths in Kratzig, Pommern, Germany, now Kraśnik Koszaliński, Poland.

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