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 […]

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I happened upon this church book in the Stettin Archives by mistake. Since it was such a small book, I opted to photograph it in addition to the items on my agenda. I’ll explain the story behind this after going into detail about this book. Quisbernow Kirchenbuch (1840) The church book for Quisbernow is a […]

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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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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 I received a response from Stanley Frymark, who lives in former Kashubian […]

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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 I received a response from Stanley Frymark, who lives in former Kashubian […]

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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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