Ever wondered what’s in the Stettin archives? It’s been difficult to determine exactly what is stored in Szczecin unless you speak either German or Polish or have the money to hire a professional researcher. As always, my goal with this website is to help give you more control over how to research your family’s history. […]

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Are you curious about Prussian military records for Pomerania? There’s a reason they haven’t been added as a resource to My Pomerania. Unfortunately, most of the records of the Prussian army were destroyed when the Heeresarchiv in Potsdam was bombed in 1945. We’re talking about a lot of paper records and a very large fire. […]

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A while back, I was informed that there were large numbers of German immigrants who settled in Missouri (with the Missouri Lutheran Synod, go figure, right?) I still lived in somewhat of a denial that many Pomeranian immigrants must have made their way there, believing that it must have been from other areas of Germany. […]

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Looking for ways to connect with others who are researching in the same territories as you? Several Facebook groups currently exist for Pommern, and new ones seem to be cropping up more frequently. Here are just the ones we know about currently: Kolberger Lande is a dual-language English/German forum with representatives from both sides of the […]

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The Database for Family History in Pomerania The Pommerndatenbank, the Database for Family Research (Genealogy) in Pomerania, is an online database covering all of Pomerania which was compiled for people researching their ancestors. It can be found at pommerndatenbank.de. Gunthard Stübs maintains the Pommerndatenbank and the three different databases within it. His Pomeranian ancestry makes […]

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The experienced family researcher with ancestors in Pomerania knows the situation. The sources for family research in Pomerania are archived, due to the special historical and legal situation, in the various archives and offices in Germany and Poland. The church books and civil registry office documents are distributed on: State archives in Poland (State Archive […]

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The Ostdeutsche Familienkunde was a quarterly publication that produced content for former eastern German territories. Of particular interest to the Pomeranian researcher is the collection of indexed archival documents that include persons dating back to the 1600s. Some of these documents are not currently online, and this journal contains some of the only readable copies […]

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Here is a list of little-known resources hidden in the Greifswald and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern archives. https://ariadne.uni-greifswald.de/ http://www.stadtbuecher.de/en/archive/landesarchiv-greifswald/#153169 Some of my personal interests are in the areas of Belgard, Körlin, and Kolberg: Bürgerbuch der Stadt Belgard (Citizen Registers) 1 Volume: 1593 – 1627 Archival reference code: Rep. 38 Hs Belgard Nr. 1 (Film 180022007002310) Privilegienbuch der Stadt Belgard 1 […]

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As previously mentioned, the National Archives (NARA) in College Park, Maryland holds a great deal of information to the family researcher. After World War II, captured German records were seized and microfilmed by the United States government. The problem, however, is not accessing the information. By now, most of the information contained within these documents […]

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