Below is a list of Pomeranian church books, estimated years of record dates, religion, online location, and other details such as the believed fate of missing books. More will be added as time allows. To report an unlisted church district’s records as missing or lost, please  send an email to chris@mypomerania.com. (Jump down to listing of records.)

In accordance with new Polish laws, each book must be indexed by the Pomeranian Genealogical Association (PTG) before it can be placed online. To register, please read the instructions. Already, Ancestry.com and FamilySearch have included many books that were previously on microfilm. In due time, the complete collection of church books will become available for searching.

Because web links are subject to change, please use the key below to determine where online access can be found for these specific church books, if any. If a parish is listed to be online at Metryki Genbaza, partial records only be currently accessible for the time being. Ancestry has currently listed several Pomeranian church books underneath a plethora of names, some which are also incorrectly listed. For help in locating these books, please see here:
A = Ancestry.com
F = FamilySearch.org
M = MetrykiGenbaza.pl
ARC = Archion.de
KSA = Koszalin State Archives
SZ = Szczecin State Archives
GF = Greifswald/Mecklenberg Libraries

WorldCat.org is also effective to discover which libraries hold parish newsletters (Gemeindeblatt, Gemeindeblätter).

Clicking on the table headers will allow you to sort by town, religion, etc.

About Evangelical Lutheran Church Books

For a complete listing of when church records began for each parish, read Martin Wehrmann’s article in Baltische Studien from 1892. He writes: “As in the other German countries, there are no church books in Pomerania before the Reformation.” As early as 1568, in a church statement, the determination of the course of worship and the ministry, it was determined that the “number of Communicates was to be diligent” and that a special book should be given “the names of all who trust them of the year and the day.” Thus the oldest church book preserved in Pomerania was the “Marriage Book of the Wolgastische Parish Church”, which began in 1538

Wehrmann mentions churches from the 16th century: Anklam, Grimmen, Werben, Spantekow, Belgard, Jassow, Buchholz, Hoff, Rehwinkel, Dalow, Bargischow, Nemitz, Cratzig, Prerow, Batzwitz, Cöslin, Greifswald and Treptow / Rega.

Before the war, the church books were stored in the parish archives, the saved books from Hinterpommern are now in the Polish state archives and diocesan archives as well as in German archives. Pre-Pomeranian church books are usually found in the local church archives as well as archives in Greifswald, Berlin and Leipzig.

About Catholic Church Books

The inhabitants of Pomerania were mostly evangelical. Wehrmann reported in 1892 only concerning Catholic books from Kolberg and Köslin. Many Catholic congregations were founded later on and often found in Catholics’ records in the Protestant church books. The Catholic church books were kept after the war on-site or in the Bishop’s Central Archives archives in Regensburg (Bischöfliches Zentralarchiv in Regensburg). In 2002, the originals were returned to the Polish diocesan archives, but the microfilms are still in Regensburg.

Military Church Books

Since the 17th century, the military church books have preserved personal standings and civil registry for ordinary soldiers and under-officers (Unteroffiziere). They are available between the years of ca. 1659 – 1944. Many of these are preserved, but one would need to know the garrison location or military division their relative was in, otherwise the search through the records will be arduous. Luckily, many of these have been indexed by Ancestry, albeit improperly listed and poorly legible digitization of microfilm. Originals can be found in their respective archives.

Other Records

In 1939, statistics showed 2.3 million inhabitants in Pomerania 90% Protestant, 8% Catholic, 0.5% other Christians, and 0.2% Jewish. Other Christians include Old Lutherans, German-Reformed, French-Reformed, separatists and other groups, some of whom had their own church records.

For a short time these persons were even officially registered in the so-called dissident registers. In 1847, the courts were responsible for the certification of the civil status of Jews and of persons who did not belong to the Protestant or Catholic Church (known as a “dissidents register”). This situation existed until September 30, 1874, when civil registry offices (Standesamt) were introduced.

Especially in the large cities of Pomerania, there were Jewish communities and some church books are preserved. The Jewish Museum in Frankfurt has copies of the microfilms of Jewish communities, which are kept in the genealogy center and has a listing of these films on its website.

Church Newsletters (Gemeindeblätter)

A number of community newsletters exist and have been preserved by various libraries in Europe, mostly in Germany or Poland. These can be extraordinarily helpful when a parish’s records have been lost, as these newsletters frequently include births, marriages, and deaths. More importantly, these newsletters could be considered more important than church books from a historical standpoint, because they contain other valuable information about the community and issues that were front and center at the time of publication. One might also find summaries of sermons.

Not every newsletter includes specific dates, but they typically point to a year or season at the bare minimum. Most of these are dated after 1900.

Comprehensive Church Book Listings

Please visit Pommerscher Greif e.V. for a comprehensive search. To search for online availability, click here. If you would like to see a catalogued listing of all books, please see the complete list. If you would like to search by Kreis, please see the place directory. As Pommerscher Greif actively maintains their database, the table below will no longer be updated.

In time, records will be uploaded to metryki.genbaza.pl. Because of new Polish laws, each book must be indexed by the Pomeranian Genealogical Association (PTG) before it can be placed online. To register, please read the instructions. Already, Ancestry.com and FamilySearch have included many books that were previously on microfilm. In due time, the complete collection of church books will become available for searching.

CityKreisReligionYearsOnline AccessDetails
AbtshagenSchlaweLutheran1794-1874
Alt BelzKöslinLutheran1794-1874
Alt LatzigKöslinLutheran1799-1860
Alt LobitzDeutsch KroneLutheran1840-1874M
Alt MarrinKolberg-KörlinLutheran1924-1941Evangelisches Gemeindeblatt Alt Marrin
Alt WerderKolberg-KörlinLutheran1920-1941Evangelisches Gemeindeblatt Alt Werder
ArnhausenBelgardLutheran1696-1759A
ArnhausenBelgardLutheran1824-1848Missing a few years
BastKöslinLutheran1762-1874
BattrowFlatowLutheran1799-1874M
BelgardBelgardLutheran1794-1874M
BelgardBelgardJewish1813-1847
BevilsthalDeutsch KroneLutheran1825-1874
BirkholzDramburgLutheran1831-1887M
BorntuchenButowLutheran1812-1874
BrotzenDeutsch KroneLutheran?
BublitzBublitzLutheran1836-1906
BulgrinBelgardLutheranNoneLost
BütowBütowLutheran1921-1941Evangelisches Gemeindeblatt für den Kirchenkreis Bütow in Pommern, umfassend die Gemeinden: Alt Kolziglow, Bernsdorf, Borntuchen, Budow, Bütow, Großnossin, Großpomeiske, Großtuchen, Jassen, Polschen, Sommin, Treblin und Zettin
CamminCamminLutheran1924-1941Pommersche Heimatkirche : Sonntagsbl. für d. Bistum Cammin
CopriebenNeustettinLutheran1922-1934Gemeindeblatt für die evangelischen Gemeinden der Parochien Tempelburg, Draheim, Heinrichsdorf, Lubow, Pöhlen, Coprieben und Klaushagen mit Neuwuhrow
DamerowSchlaweLutheran1871-1874M
DamitzKolberg-KörlinLutheran1936-1941Evang. Gemeindeblatt Drosedow, Trienke, Damitz
DegowKolberg-KörlinLutheran1920-1941Evangelisches Gemeindeblatt für das Kirchspiel Degow / Kreissynode Stettin-Land
DraheimNeustettinLutheran1922-1934Gemeindeblatt für die evangelischen Gemeinden der Parochien Tempelburg, Draheim, Heinrichsdorf, Lubow, Pöhlen, Coprieben und Klaushagen mit Neuwuhrow
DrahnowDeutsch KroneLutheran1802-1874
DrosedowKolberg-KörlinLutheran1936-1941Evang. Gemeindeblatt Drosedow, Trienke, Damitz
DummerfitzNeustettinLutheran1837-1913
EichfierDeutsch KroneLutheran1801-1874
EventinSchlaweLutheran1794-1874
FalkenburgDramburgLutheran1809-1835M
FlatowFlatowCatholic1799, 1811-1874M
FritzowKolberg-KörlinLutheran1920-1941Evangelisches Gemeindeblatt für die Kirchspiele Fritzow und Klaptow
GarrinKolberg-KörlinLutheran1920-1941Evangelisches Gemeindeblatt Garrin
GeritzKöslinLutheran1794-1874
GervinKolberg-KörlinLutheran1920-1941Evangelisches Gemeindeblatt für das Kirchspiel Gervin
GoldbeckBublitzLutheran1853-943
GollinDeutsch KroneLutheran1820-1874
Groß BrüskowStolpLutheran1868-1946Death records only
Groß ButzigFlatowCatholic1823-1874M
Groß GrünowDramburgLutheran1800-1830, 1836-1851M
Groß JestinKolberg-KörlinLutheran1930/31-1941Evangelisches Gemeindeblatt Groß Jestin
Groß MöllinKöslinLutheran1793-1874M
Groß RambinBelgardLutheran1927-1932GFEvangelisches Gemeindeblatt für Gr. Rambin, Battin, Ganzkow, Glötzin, Kl. Rambin
Groß StreitzKöslinLutheran1794-1874
GrunauFlatowLutheran1811-1874M
HeinrichsdorfNeustettinLutheran1922-1934Gemeindeblatt für die evangelischen Gemeinden der Parochien Tempelburg, Draheim, Heinrichsdorf, Lubow, Pöhlen, Coprieben und Klaushagen mit Neuwuhrow
JagolitzDeutsch KroneLutheran1799-1874
JamundKöslinLutheran1774-1874
JastrowDeutsch KroneLutheran1773-1887
KankelfitzRegenwaldeLutheran1921-1923GFGemeindeblatt für das Kirchspiel Kankelfitz
KarnkewitzSchlaweLutheran1794-1874
KarnkewitzSchlaweLutheran1836-1874/1880Death records continue from 1874 to 1880. Contents may overlap the Karnkewitz church books listed from 1794-1874.
KarwitzSchlaweLutheran1714-1841
KlanninKöslinLutheran1909-1944
KlaptowKolberg-KörlinLutheran1920-1941Evangelisches Gemeindeblatt für die Kirchspiele Fritzow und Klaptow
KlaushagenNeustettinLutheran1922-1934(With Neuwuhrow) Gemeindeblatt für die evangelischen Gemeinden der Parochien Tempelburg, Draheim, Heinrichsdorf, Lubow, Pöhlen, Coprieben und Klaushagen mit Neuwuhrow
KolbergKolberg-KörlinLutheran1931-1933Evangelisches Gemeindeblatt der Standortgemeine Kolberg
Kolberg (Mariendom)Kolberg-KörlinLutheran1920-1941Evangelisches Gemeindeblatt Kolberg Mariendom
Kolberg (St. Georg)Kolberg-KörlinLutheran1920-1941Evangelisches Gemeindeblatt Kolberg St. Georg (missin 1938)
Kolberg (St. Nikolai)Kolberg-KörlinLutheran1920-1941Evangelisches Gemeindeblatt Kolberg St. Nikolai
KönigsdorfFlatowLutheran1857-1874
KonikowKöslinLutheran1794-1874
KordeshagenKöslinLutheran1794-1874
KörlinKolberg-KörlinLutheran1927-1941Evangelisches Gemeindeblatt Körlin
KöslinKöslinDissidents1851-1874Book of dissenters: atheists, citizens unaffiliated with the church
KöslinKöslinLutheran1810-1818, 1869-1875St. Marienkirche, deaths records, also contains military records
KöslinKöslinJewish1812-1874M
KösternitzSchlaweLutheran1794-1874M
KratzigKöslinLutheran1752-1947
KrojankeFlatowLutheran1773-1935M
KrojankeFlatowCatholic1823-1875M
KrumpohlDeutsch KroneLutheran1850-1872
KurowKöslinLutheran1840-1874M
Lauenburg (St. Salvator)LauenburgLutheran1926-1930Gemeindeblatt der St. Salvator Kirchengemeinde Lauenburg.
LübenDeutsch KroneLutheran1860-1874
LubowNeustettinLutheran1922-1934Gemeindeblatt für die evangelischen Gemeinden der Parochien Tempelburg, Draheim, Heinrichsdorf, Lubow, Pöhlen, Coprieben und Klaushagen mit Neuwuhrow
LupowStolpLutheran1743-1936M
MalchowSchlaweLutheran1714-1811
ManowKöslinLutheran1794-1935
MarzdorfDeutsch KroneCatholic1823-1874M
Mützenow StolpLutheran1853-1945
NehmerKolberg-KörlinLutheran1920-1922, 1925-1941Evangelisches Gemeindeblatt Nehmer
NemitzSchlaweLutheran1772-1943
Neu GrunauFlatowCatholic1871-1874M
NeugolzDeutsch KroneLutheran1835-1872
NeustettinNeustettinLutheran1787-1815
PersanzigNeustettinLutheran1836-1883
PielburgNeustettinLutheran1716-1806, 1837-1907
PodewilsBelgardLutheran-Lost
PöhlenNeustettinLutheran1922-1934Gemeindeblatt für die evangelischen Gemeinden der Parochien Tempelburg, Draheim, Heinrichsdorf, Lubow, Pöhlen, Coprieben und Klaushagen mit Neuwuhrow
PrellwitzDeutsch KroneLutheran1799-1874
PrerowFranzburg-BarthLutheran1933-1941Der Darßer Bote : Gemeindeblatt für die Kirchengemeinde Prerow mit den Ortschaften Ahremshoop, Born, Prerow, Wieck
Preußisch FriedlandSchlochauLutheran1909-1945
PritzigRummelsburgLutheran1824-1949
QuatzowSchlaweLutheran1898-1951M
RadawnitzFlatowCatholic1823-1874M
RarfinBelgardLutheran-Lost
RügenwaldeSchlaweLutheran1680-1940
RummelsburgRummelsburgLutheran1922-1946
RützowKolberg-KörlinLutheranNoneBurned, all church books were lost at the end of the war when the Russian troops ethnically cleansed Pomerania
RützowKolberg-KörlinLutheran1920-1941Evangelisches Gemeindeblatt Rützow, Alt- und Neu-Quetzin
SchivelbeinBelgardLutheran1851-1858
SchlaweSchlaweLutheran1710-1798M
SchloppeDeutsch KroneLutheran1773-1788, 1773-17881773-1788: deaths, 1793-1824: births
SchloppeDeutsch KroneCatholic1830-1875M
SchmolsinStolpLutheran1655-1800, 1882-19131882-1913 births only
Schönow Deutsch KroneLutheran1799-1874
SchulzenhagenKöslinLutheran1794-1874
SchurowStolpLutheran1862-1946M
SchwarzowRandowLutheran1934Gemeindeblatt für die Kapellengemeinde Schwarzow
See BuckowSchlaweLutheran1831-1868Marriage and death registers
SimötzelKolberg-KörlinLutheran1920-1940Evangelisches Gemeindeblatt für das Kirchspiel Simötzel
SlawianowoFlatowCatholic1812-1874M
SorenbohmKöslinLutheran1794-1874M
SteinauFlatowCatholic1823-1874M
StolpmundeStolpLutheran1590-1796
StrippowKöslinLutheran1794-1874
TarnowkeFlatowLutheran1823-1897M
TempelburgNeustettinLutheran1922-1934Gemeindeblatt für die evangelischen Gemeinden der Parochien Tempelburg, Draheim, Heinrichsdorf, Lubow, Pöhlen, Coprieben und Klaushagen mit Neuwuhrow
TessinKöslinLutheran1794-1874
TreblinBütowLutheran1916-1930Trebliner Monatsblätter : Gemeindeblatt für das Kirchspiel Treblin ; mit den angrenzenden Ortschaften
TrienkeKolberg-KörlinLutheran1936-1941Evang. Gemeindeblatt Drosedow, Trienke, Damitz
VarchminKöslinLutheran1794-1874
VenzlaffhagenBelgardLutheran1896-1944
VirchowDramburgLutheran1862-1944M
Wendisch TychowSchlaweLutheran1882-1947M
WintershagenStolpLutheran?
WisbuhrKöslinLutheran1794-1874M
ZakrzewoFlatowCatholic1799-1874M
ZanowSchlaweDissidents1851-1874
ZanowSchlaweLutheran1839-1874
ZanowSchlaweJewish1841-1874M
ZerninKolberg-KörlinLutheran1920-1941Evangelisches Gemeindeblatt für das Kirchspiel Zernin
ZippnowDeutsch KroneLutheran1780-1915M
ZippnowDeutsch KroneCatholic1823-1874M
ZizowSchlaweLutheran1836-1884
ZowenSchlaweLutheran1851-1874
ZüllchowRandowLutheran1933-1941GFEvangelisches Gemeindeblatt für die Luthergemeinde Züllchow
ZützerDeutsch KroneLutheran1799-1874M
ZwilippKolberg-KörlinLutheran1920-1941Evangelisches Gemeindeblatt für das Kirchspiel Zwilipp