While visiting the church in Klaptow, I inquired with two of the locals about the cemetery. The older man thought I was a German and the boy tried to tell me he didn’t speak German, or “Niemicki.” I tried to tell him I was an American who was looking for “stare groby,” or the old […]

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The charming neo-Gothic palace in Podewils is literally disappearing before our eyes. The following article was translated with permission from Zwiadowca Historii concerning the dilapidation of a once-beautiful former manor house in Pommern. It chronicles its history in Belgard to modern times as Podwilcze in Zachodniopomorskie. Unfortunately, this is not the only historical structure to […]

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We have just updated our Pommern Database with entries from the Archiv für Innere Kolonisation from Rützow in Kreis Kolberg-Körlin. This list gives the names of early owners of the colony in Rützow in 1911 and the amount of land they owned on their Rentengüter (the word “Güter” here denotes large farms). Currently, the Archiv für […]

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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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