This document contains documentation during the Nazi time for the inheritable farm of Otto Albert Berthold Elert and his wife Erna Emma Martha Grützmann in Rarfin. While certain other files have pages from the Grundbücher attached, this one does not. Other sources indicate that Otto was a Bürgermeister, Bauer and Bauerhofbesitzer, Schulz, and Kirchenvorsteher in […]

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Having once worked there as a butcher prior to being drafted in the war, my cousin visited Schivelbein on his trip to Pommern in 1994. These are the pictures he took while there from the war memorial to St. Marienkirche, the Steintor, and city streets.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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While visiting the church in Klaptow, I inquired with two of the locals about the cemetery. The older man thought I was a German and the boy tried to tell me he didn’t speak German, or “Niemicki.” I tried to tell him I was an American who was looking for “stare groby,” or the old […]

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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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