Hi all! Continuing the series on reading the old German script. Today’s lesson: Sütterlin. This video will show you the main differences between Sütterlin and Kurrentschrift, picking apart how the letters are different. Take a listen and pay attention! Future episodes will walk you through real-life examples from a variety of records. So why make […]

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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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These inheritable farms (Erbhof) sometimes include pages of the Grundbücher. Click on the links below to view the books. Because the church books did not survive, these are vital substitutes. Der Erbhof Nr 1 Bd. I Bl. 2 zu Rarfin (Martin Friedrich Elert, Otto Elert)26/142/0/2/1929 Der Erbhof Nr. 1 Bd. I Bl. 2 zu Rarfin […]

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This is the first volume of the Grundbücher for Vorwerk in Kreis Belgard. I have a personal interest in this village, as church records indicated that my 4th great-uncle was born there to a herding family in 1829. This complements the surviving church book and may provide more expansive information on the residents. Grundbuch von […]

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These files are the inheritable farms in Klein Rambin. This collection appears to be somewhat fragmentary. One of them contains pages from the first volume of the Grundbücher. Erbhofakten betr. den Erbhof Nr. 2 Bd. I Bl. 3 und 35 zu Klein Rambin (1931-1942) Erbhofakten betr. den Erbhof Nr. 3 Bd. II Bl. 24 zu […]

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These books document the history of the villagers in Klein Rambin starting around the early 1800s. These were especially interesting to me, as my family originated in this village. It would seem that Michael Gehrke was the Schulz in Klein Rambin before Ernst Carl Gottlob Weiland (also spelled “Weyland”) took over the role following his […]

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These few items were incorrectly indexed in the Koszalin Archives as belonging to the Erbhof series for Podewils. These are inheritable farm records. Der Erbhof Nr. 25 Bd. III Bl. 49, Bd. I Bl. 18, Bd. V Bl. 146, Bd. III Bl. 72 zu Pumlow (Karl Marx)26/142/0/2/1924 Der Erbhof Nr. 40 Bd. I Bl. 4, […]

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These files appear to pertain specifically to the Vorwerk Ackerhof rather than the village of Vorwerk. According to the Belgard-Schivelbein website, Vorwerk was a farming village on the outset of the Belgard Castle, apparently lands that the castle used to till before it became its own settlement. Ackerhof was its own distinct farm, a Rittergut–or […]

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