Vorwerk in Belgard was one of my absolute favorite places to visit while in Pommern. It is a small village on the outskirts of Belgard Stadt, just north of the village Ackerhof. Many of the buildings on the drive through appeared to be either renovated or new. This quiet little hamlet borders the Persante River. […]

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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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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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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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Without a doubt, the State Archives in Koszalin (Archiwum Państwowe w Koszalinie) are one of the most valuable resources for uncovering more in your family tree. While in Poland, I visited three major branches of the State Archives: Gorzów Wielkopolski (Landberg an der Warthe), Koszalin (Köslin), and Szczecin (Stettin). Of these, the branch in Koszalin […]

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I decided to visit Lübchow because of its proximity to Klaptow. There were enough family names I had previously seen from this village, and I knew a few people who were also researching families from this area. The village is only a five-minute drive from Körlin. Coming in from the south, the surroundings are a […]

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