Alt Quetzin is a small rural village in the former Kreis Kolberg-Körlin, today known as the Polish village, Kukinia. The outskirts of the village are largely farm land. On my trip, I decided to stop through this village, as this was the former residence of my great-great-uncle Kurt. I wanted to see the village he […]

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Henkenhagen, today Ustronie Morskie, was located in Kreis Kolberg-Körlin and situated on the Baltic Sea (Ostsee). There is a beautiful beach by the sea, an amusement park, and plenty of places to shop and sightsee. The main parish church goes by Podwyższenia Krzyża Świętego, or “Exaltation of the Holy Cross” in English, and was built […]

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While Körlin’s Standesamt survived, only its military church book for the garrison managed to make it to the present day. With such a huge gap in a historic city’s records, looking to the guilds can be a helpful start for understanding who worked in the area. The Schmied guild essentially covers blacksmiths belonging to the […]

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Kowanz belonged to the parish of Körlin. The church books for Körlin, however, have been lost due to the ravages and after effects of war. The Grundbücher for Kowanz help restore some of the family lineages lost, as these property records often list inheritors and family members of the property owner. Grundbuch von Kowanz Band […]

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This series of books contains an interesting history of land ownership in the 1700s, pre-dating most surviving church books. While there is little to be observed for the common people at the time, these pages reveal more about the noble families who owned the land and their children who inherited it. Land-Buch Fürstenthum-Camminschen Creyses [Bartin […]

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This Urkunden Sammlung, or collection of documents, lists names of owners and tenants in Lübchow in 1835 and 1836. This is important, as the earliest surviving civil registry dates back only to 1874 for this village. Urkunden Sammlung für Lübchow

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An Urkunden Sammlung is a collection of documents, in this case about a Rezess, or a written settlement of land detachments. These came into play after the edicts that freed the peasant farmers in the early 1800s following the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire. Here, owners and land agreements can be read for both […]

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This mortgage book complements the Grundbücher for Peterfitz and includes references to land in Klaptow. Further information is expanded upon and the earliest entries list more than just the owner’s “Ehefrau,” sometimes listing her full name and more information about when the property was acquired and from whom. The book is dated 1822-1845 but contains […]

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The land records for Peterfitz in Kreis Kolberg-Körlin contain entries of property owners for the village. Each entry in the first volume typically begins with mortgages and continues to listing the residents and some of their relatives. Peterfitz Grundbuch Volume 1 Peterfitz Grundbuch Volume 2 Other early records for this village are scarce, and church […]

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The Lübchow Grundbuch sheds light on inhabitants of the village prior to the institution of the civil registry office in 1874. As church records have not survived, this book provides a vital source of information for the landed villagers who lived there. Lübchow Grundbuch Volume 1 The beginning of the volume helpfully provides an index […]

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