Most immigration records in some capacity reference individuals looking to leave the country and might provide additional information through passenger lists and grantings of permission to leave. These records for Kreis Belgard entail information on those who either left the German (or Prussian at that time) territory of Belgard.
- Akten des Landraths-Amts Belgarder Kreise betreffend die Aufnahme von Ausländern in den preußischen Untertanenverband (1859-1914)
- Acta des Landraths-Amts Belgarder Kreise, betreffend die Anstellung der Auswanderungs-Agenten (1873-1935)
- Acta des Landraths-Amts Belgarder Kreise, betreffend die Auswanderung preußischer Unterthanen (1875-1891)
- Acta des Landraths-Amts Belgarder Kreises, betreffend die Auswanderung preußischer Unterthanen (1891-1923)
- Akten des Preußischen Landratsamts Belgard betreffend Auswanderungsbewegung u. Einwanderung (1927-1939)
- Acta des Königlichen Landraths-Amts Belgarder Kreises betreffend die Anträge wegen Auswanderung nach Amerika (1853-1857)
- Acta des Königlichen Landraths-Amts Belgarder Kreises betreffend die Auswanderungen nach Amerika (1859-1863)
- Acta des Königlichen Landraths-Amts Belgarder Kreises betreffend die Auswanderungen nach Amerika (1864-1868)
- Acta des Königlichen Landraths-Amts Belgarder Kreises betreffend die Auswanderungen nach Amerika (1881-1889)
- Acta des Königlichen Landraths-Amts Belgarder Kreises betreffend die Auswanderungen nach Amerika (1894-1903)
- Akta des Landrats-Amts Belgarder Kreises betreffend Zu-und Abgänge deutscher Rückwanderer (1914-1926)
- Acta Gener: der Belgardschen Kreis Reistratur betreffend die Erteilung der Reisepässe (1809-1869)
The collections below from the archive in Szczecin are a combination of both emigration documents and a selection of people who moved into Prussian territory. Item #122 is the selection of foreigners in the Prussian association of subjects. Item #123 details the employment of emigration agents. As far as I could tell, #124 does not exist in the series; whether this was a misnumbering in the catalog or if an item should exist in this place is not known to us at this time. Items #125-126 are concerning the emigration of Prussian subjects. Occasional pages of the Belgard Kreisblatt intersperse the document. #127 has not yet been photographed, but it details the outward emigration and inward immigration movements. #128-132 are potentially some of the most important in the series for people in the Americas, as they list those who immigrated to other lands, predominantly in the U.S., Brazil, and Canada. While some manifests have survived and give clues as to when settlers arrived in the United States, unfortunately, early manifests do not always list the person’s specific former residence and are often vague terms such as “Pommern” or “Prussia.” These documents help establish a background for those individuals. While not every person who emigrated will be found, these documents provide substantial proof for the people who are mentioned in addition to places of residence and who they were emigrating with. Occasionally, other people in close connection with families will be listed, such as people they lived with in a village, especially in the case of day laborers being vouched for. #133 concerns files related to the departure and arrival of German citizens returning back to their home country.
Finally, #134 is a general file of the Belgard Kreis registrar concerning the issuing and granting of passports from the period of 1809 to 1869. At the first glance, this file seemed to contain very little information. However, after reviewing it, I was pleasantly surprised at the find of one of my own Priebe ancestors from Siedkow being given a passport to Dessau in the early 1800s. While I was hoping for a much more thorough file of all people, potentially apprentices on their Wanderjahr, it seems that this book is more specific to only select individuals.
For a more thorough look at what one might expect to discover within these pages, please consult our page on immigrations from Kolberg.
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