Lands records for Semerow, formerly of Kreis Schivelbein, begin in the Grundbücher starting in 1855 and go through 1944. A quick look shows that these surnames appear in these book are: Becker, Borchard, Böttcher, Braasch, Braun, Bugs, Colberg, Dallmann, Damerow, Dreblow, Friedrich, Gruchow, Haese, Hanke, Hohenstein, Jagow, Krause, Lilge, Meyer, Neumann, Plautz, Ponath, Rabenhorst, Roggenbuch, […]

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These book cover the Concordienkirche (Konkordienkirche) in Landsberg an der Warthe, for births and marriages. The books in the archives begin in 1812 and continue through 1874. They were obtained in person and with permission of the archives in Gorzów Wielkopolski. Due to the regulations concerning daily limits, I was only able to photograph the […]

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These book cover the church of St. Marien, the Hauptkirche in Landsberg an der Warthe, for births, marriages, and deaths. The books in the archives begin in 1814 and continue through 1874. They were obtained in person and with permission of the archives in Gorzów Wielkopolski. The kind staff were incredibly helpful. It does appear […]

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Agricultural Laborers Rising Against the Heads of Big Estates. SOLDIERS ENFORCE WORK Military Repression Leads to a Wave of Protest Throughout the Nation TENSION IN POMERANIA Socialist Factions Join in Denouncing Course of Landed Proprietors. By George Renwick Special cable to the New York Times Originally published in The New York Times on July 18, […]

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These documents were sent in by one of our readers, and further exemplifies why ship manifests alone do not paint a complete picture of our ancestors. The documentation provided here can help us learn more about ancestor professions, social standing and wealth, and potentially where they came from. While these documents might be fragmentary or […]

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“How much better to get wisdom than gold. to choose understanding rather than silver.” Proverbs 16:16 A few weeks ago, I traveled to Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota to do some family history research. Unknown to some is that Concordia is home to the Germanic Genealogy Society’s library. Driving up, one can’t miss the […]

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I need to speak about the profession that generations of Rohrs were involved with.  Many of the old documents from Germany list the professions of the male line.  This is can also aid in finding additional information about one’s family and also confirm the information you currently have.  In the Rohrs’ case, this helped find […]

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The charming neo-Gothic palace in Podewils is literally disappearing before our eyes. The following article was translated with permission from Zwiadowca Historii concerning the dilapidation of a once-beautiful former manor house in Pommern. It chronicles its history in Belgard to modern times as Podwilcze in Zachodniopomorskie. Unfortunately, this is not the only historical structure to […]

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