My cousin visited the island of Rügen in 1996 and took numerous pictures of his journey. One of the places he and his wife stopped in was Vitt on the smaller island of Hiddensee. It also appears that they stopped in Wittow. There are pictures of old houses, churches, the port, Dornbusch Lighthouse, Cape Arkona […]

Read More →

The following photos were taken by my grandfather’s cousin sometime around 1994 during his visit back to Pommern. During this trip, he saw Kolberg and took numerous photos of the city, including the St. Marien Domkirche, Rathaus, Strand (beach), harbor, lighthouse, and streets. A lot has changed in Kolberg over 25 years, and the city […]

Read More →

This is the mortgage register for the Gerichtsmann Johann Voigt and his wife Abigail Perleberg in Rarfin from July 23, 1821 as the owner of the Bauerhof #3. Subsequently, the book contains documents relating to his son, the Bauer, Christian Friedrich Voigt with his wife Ernestine Radünz on February 22, 1842. Das Hypotheken-Wesen des Bauerhofes […]

Read More →

The following is a letter to Heather Knight from her father concerning his journey to Sammenthin to look for his Witt family and any traces of history. All text remains unaltered, except where necessary for spelling, grammar, or reading clarification. When possible, these instances are noted in brackets or italics. [It was] In May of 1983 […]

Read More →

Last Updated on December 12, 2019 The Gutknecht family has historical roots in Podewils dating back to the 1600s. This study focuses on possibly related lineages from the areas near Podewils in Kreis Belgard. My interest in this family stems from my own Gutknecht lineage, albeit a short and difficult to trace branch of the […]

Read More →

These documents outline the process of immigration for people within former Kreis Schivelbein, occasionally referencing locations from the surrounding Kreise, including Belgard. Within these pages, hope is provided for people to trace the origins of their Pomeranian families who immigrated to the United States, Canada, and Brazil. Some surnames that can be found in these […]

Read More →

On the way to the lapidarium in Bartin, we drove through Lustebuhr. It’s the type of village that you could miss if you’re not looking close enough as the road forks and splits off several times from the main drag. Taking a wrong turn could lead into a farmer’s field or down a narrow walking […]

Read More →

The Graf side of my family that ended up in Mayville, Wisconsin came from Kreis Cammin. Groß Stepenitz is a village on the western coast of the county, separating Cammin from Ueckermünde, Anklam, Stettin, and the island of Wollin by a channel. Groß Stepenitz is nearly impossible to miss since a large sign with a […]

Read More →

This is the book for Rogzow and Neugasthof in Kreis Kolberg-Körlin. These land registers begin in 1831 and chronicle the history of the village through the lens of property ownership. Because of hereditary rights, other family members are often listed as the book progresses from parents to children. Grundbuch from Rogzow and Neugasthof Volume 1 […]

Read More →