New, never-before digitized Kirchenbücher for Kreis Greifenhagen are now online for free access. We were asked by a reader to look into the missing book from the Szczecin Archive for the village of Selchow from 1810 to 1848. Naturally, once stumbling upon the entire undigitized collection, we felt it pertinent to obtain not just that […]

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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, […]

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These books cover the Altelutheranische (Old Lutheran) emigration from Pommern to North America and Australia. These records greatly complement the work of Wilhelm Iwan’s Die Altlutherische Auswanderung um die Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts: Eine Episode deutscher Auswanderung: Band II, which can also be searched in full-text at Archivaria. These Old Lutherans dissented to Friedrich Wilhelm […]

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There have been a number of dead-ends and brick walls in my family tree, some that have persisted for generations. I only began researching my family’s history when I studied abroad in Germany in 2014. Some branches of my family tree were well-documented by previous family members. Others were complete mysteries. It wouldn’t be my […]

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Learn how to read anything in any language with these helpful tips. Generate subtitles for videos in your language, translate webpages on the fly, break the language barrier in conversation or while traveling, and read any book. These educational technologies are just a few of many that can help bring you the information you long […]

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After a rather productive six-and-a-half years of family history research, I encountered a terrible problem. My downloads folder had over 4,000 files, most of them related to my genealogy work. I’m German through-and-through, and I have been living up to the organizational reputation. “Ordnung,” as my Opa-in-law would say. However, at times, it is much […]

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Making my way north towards Cammin, Hackenwalde was one of the first places I drove through in Pomerania. In hindsight, Hackenwalde’s village is a great example of pre-war Pommern. The church, while renovated on the inside, boasts traditional small-town church architecture. Houses are also typical of the previously small farming communities. One of the highlights […]

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Alt Quetzin is a small rural village in the former Kreis Kolberg-Körlin, today known as the Polish village, Kukinia. The outskirts of the village are largely farm land. On my trip, I decided to stop through this village, as this was the former residence of my great-great-uncle Kurt. I wanted to see the village he […]

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Henkenhagen, today Ustronie Morskie, was located in Kreis Kolberg-Körlin and situated on the Baltic Sea (Ostsee). There is a beautiful beach by the sea, an amusement park, and plenty of places to shop and sightsee. The main parish church goes by Podwyższenia Krzyża Świętego, or “Exaltation of the Holy Cross” in English, and was built […]

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I stumbled upon Ost and Berg Dievenow while driving back from Cammin Stadt. We had just finished visiting both the Centrum Słowian i Wikingów (Slavs and Vikings Center) in Wollin and the larger city of Cammin all in one day. We had taken a detour to see Soltin just before the sun had set. I […]

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