The Grundbücher for Dassow begin in 1827 and document the history of land ownership for the village. What’s amazing about these books is that they sometimes list children and spouses and their birth dates. Currently, volumes 1-7 have been photographed. Grundbuch Volume 1 (1-20) Grundbuch Volume 2 (1-71) Grundbuch Volume 3 (72-120) Grundbuch Volume 4 […]

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This page is currently a work in progress as I study the patterns of movement of shepherds and herdsmen from the Belgard parish. Philipp Wedig Bloedorn and Barbara Catharina Wenzel Schäfer in Ackerhof Karoline Sophia born February 1, 1794 in Ackerhof   Christoph Klotz and Christina Steffers (Steffens?) Hirte in Roggow Christoph Friedrich born April […]

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When one thinks of Pomerania, it is difficult not to recognize the historical significance of Stettin. It was once the regional capital of Pomerania. Today, the city houses some of the oldest and most important artifacts from German times. The city is still beautiful and vibrant with plenty of things to do along boardwalk. The […]

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It might be repetitive for me to state, but even if your ancestral village’s birth, marriage, and death records have been lost, there is still hope to advance your family tree. It might come as a surprise that whole families can be found in land registers, among other documents. The only way to know for […]

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Klein Rambin is a place that is very near and dear to my heart. As the former residence of quite a number of my ancestors, it was previously difficult to research any further back. The civil registry started in 1874. Church books, however, are heavily fragmented and exist only from 1824-1848 for the church in […]

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This is the last will and testament of the married couple, Martin Wilhelm Callies and Christine Elisabeth Buske, from 1829. He was a Büdner in Jakobsdorf, Dramburg. Both of them made their mark on the document, a sign that neither could write and were probably illiterate. In 1859, they were too old and infirm to […]

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This book belongs to the Schneider guild in Gülzow, Cammin and records journeymen within the guild from 1825 to 1932. It is an important source for family history since all of the church books have been lost or destroyed, including the civil registry which began in 1874. Not all of the members of the guild […]

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