Typically, I become frustrated when others try to monetize archival holdings. However, a little over a year ago, I stumbled onto information about a tour guide in Poland who was granted permission to photograph church books in the diocese archives. Skeptical at first, I put in my request and was quickly surprised at how fast […]

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Microfilm Collections Locked A number of researchers have been left in the lurch since the LDS operated FamilySearch removed physical microfilm collections from circulation in 2017. After an almost two-year waiting period, many of these same collections were digitized and provided online at no-cost. However, for researchers with a focus on former eastern German territories […]

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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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#001 Church Books and Civil Records (Podcast)

 
 
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Explore the history of church books and civil registry in Pomerania starting in the mid-1500s and detailing current locations of records today, including the information that is included in each record. We also cover a little bit about archives and Lutheran churches in America.

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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 church book for Arnhausen covers the years 1824-1848 with many gaps in-between. After 1825, many years go missing for the smaller communities, but remain for the villages of Battin, Arnhausen, and Heide. Around 1841, records continue. This is probably due to the church keeping books separate for each village during that period. Births, marriages, […]

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For the English-speaking researcher, it can often be difficult to track down just where records are stored or if they even exist. The makers of the website for Heimatkreis Neustettin have simplified this process for genealogists. This is by far the best resource I’ve been able to find referencing the Standesamt in Neustettin. It breaks […]

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People from Pomerania frequently immigrated to Rochester, New York. Consequently, there are a vast number of records that may be of use to others doing research in this area. While some of the churches listed at the following site were home to various backgrounds, one can also find places of origin. Some denote “Pommern” and […]

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