The archives in Gdańsk have digitized the police records for the city of Danzig. The Allensteiner Indexierungsprojekt organized the collection on their website which can be viewed here. The list is quite long, and the card index starts at reference number 10/14/0/5/7000, which can be found towards the bottom. The collection itself is housed on the Polish Archives’ Szukaj w Archiwach under the series “Kartoteka.”

What’s especially nice about Szukaj w Archiwach is that one may download entire collections as a ZIP file. This allows for a greater degree of flexibility for reading on different devices, and it conveniently allows secondary preservation of archival holdings by those who want to keep personal copies.

The Meldekartei are important documents for those whose family members traveled. The Prussian government required that individuals register in places upon arrival. These people could be day laborers seeking work or apprentices on their Wanderjahr. This was also true for those arriving in port cities for immigration.

The image for Karoline Friederike Dawurskÿ, however, demonstrates some inaccuracies in the record keeping. According to my records, she was born August 1, 1831 in Rambow and was baptized on August 7 of the same year. Her confirmation in the church of Groß Dübsow in 1846 helps support her birth year, as does her death certificate, and no other people with that name were born to that parish in the surrounding years. Furthermore, her name was spelled two different ways on the same form. Her brother, Wilhelm Ludwig’s Meldekartei also shows his birth month as March when he was born in February in Alt Darsin. His place of birth is also corrupted, showing “Drosien” as his birthplace.

However, even though there are discrepancies between some personal information, these records prove to be valuable to helping narrow down timeframes and locations. As shown below, the Meldekartei for the Lemke family from Demmin gives the entire family’s histories, listing birth dates and places. It appears this family moved around frequently, from Demmin and Stargard to Potsdam and Danzig.

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