These books detail property ownership for Groß Jestin in Kreis Kolberg-Körlin. Unfortunately, these records start later than the ideal situation, with many pages starting in the 1850s and 1860s. However, with the Standesamt completely lost and the only surviving church records (deaths) from the 1800s and 1900s being held hostage by the Archiwum Diecezji Koszalińsko-Kołobrzeskiej, these registers remain a valuable tool for family historians.

As Myron Gruenwald published forty years ago: “They are NOT your records; they are OURS! Let our people go!” At that time, Gruenwald was directing this to the Evangelical Archives in Greifswald that opposed having its records filmed. Today, the problem still persists in various sectors. At the least, some institutions are choosing to have their collections monetized by Archion. Others are making scans available for free. And some either completely restrict access or make access so difficult that the records might as well not exist in the first place. The only thing we can do is voice our opinion loudly and respectfully in the hopes that at some point, somebody listens.

Let’s just hope that when they are finally put in the public domain, the memory still exists to rebuild the story of those ancestors and that the purpose was not lost to time.


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