What is the Pommern Database? I conceived the idea to create this database early in the summer of 2016. At that time, there was no central database for searching. Pieces were fragmented all over the internet. The Pommerscher Greif had not yet introduced their “Quellensuche” to see what vital records are still available. Little by […]

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When looking for my family on online genealogy web sites, I often find that people are listing that my Pomeranian ancestors are from the village of Pommern, Cochem-Zell, Rheinland-Pfalz. I have copies of the church books from the town where my Pomeranians came from and they are NOT from Pommern, Cochem-Zell, Rheinland-Pfalz. The lesson to […]

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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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#002 Why You Should Verify Place Names (Podcast)

 
 
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Learn about different places in Pommern with the same names and other confusing and frequently mixed-up locations. This podcast will give you the tools to verify your ancestor’s place of origin, also explaining why it is so important to take a few extra minutes to look into the accuracy of your information. [read more=”Show transcript” […]

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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. [read more=”Show transcript” less=”Hide transcript”] Hello and welcome to the first […]

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The city of Blumenau, Brazil was founded on September 2, 1850 by German immigrants. The place takes its name from its founder, Dr. Hermann Bruno Otto Blumenau. Many from the lists below show variations of place names from Pomerania but may be spelled incorrectly. For example, Podewils is spelled “Podewels” and “Podewelg” and Nelep is […]

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Emigration to the United States: A history of over 150 years Gramenz, West Pomerania This article is a re-posting from a website that is no longer online. It is believed to have originated from http://home.versanet.de/~dieter-priebe/history.html and was originally written by Cindy and David Johnson. The original article has been left in its original form. However, […]

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Every year, the Pommerscher Verein Freistadt in Mequon, Wisconsin puts on its annual Pommerntag. Last year was no different. The 42nd Pommerntag was held on June 25, 2017, at Rotary Park in its usual fashion. The North Reuter Pavilion housed a plethora of genealogy resources, everything from photographic displays to family name indexes. Several booths […]

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The Pommernchronik, or Pomeranian Chronicle, had been lost for more than 70 years. This 600-page manuscript, nearly 400 years-old, was recently discovered by the Blochman family from Marl, Germany in the attic of a multi-family residential house. At the end of 2017, the document was handed over honorably to Andreas Roloff, a specialist in digitization […]

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The Ostdeutsche Familienkunde was a quarterly publication that produced content for former eastern German territories. Of particular interest to the Pomeranian researcher is the collection of indexed archival documents that include persons dating back to the 1600s. Some of these documents are not currently online, and this journal contains some of the only readable copies […]

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