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Church records (parish registers, church books) are an important source for genealogical research in Germany before civil registration began. They recorded details of baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials. The vast majority of the population was mentioned. To learn more about the types of information you will find in church records, click on these links:


For a comprehensive understanding of church records, study the article Germany Church Records.


In this region, part of Germany which was lost to other countries after World War II, many records, both church/parish registers and civil registration records, were damaged, destroyed, or misplaced.

Finding Church Records[edit | edit source]

1. Databases Useful for Determining the Location of Records[edit | edit source]

Parish Register Inventories[edit | edit source]

These reference aids explain parishes that existed during the German Empires and the records they kept.

Information on Surviving Records and Where They Are Kept[edit | edit source]

These websites give information on records still existing (after many records were destroyed, damaged, or misplaced, and where they are preserved and stored today. Links to online records are frequently included.

2. Online Church Records[edit | edit source]

Pommerscher Greif[edit | edit source]

This is the most important and comprehensive website for information about and links to existing records.

Archion ($)[edit | edit source]

Lutheran records for areas of Germany now in other countries are housed in the Central Archives in Berlin.

FamilySearch Historical Records[edit | edit source]

  • 1544 - 1945 Germany, Prussia, Pomerania Church Records, 1544-1945 at FamilySearch — index. Covers Anklam, Arnswalde, Bublitz, Cammin, Demmin, Dramburg, Greifenberg, Greifenhagen, Greifswald, Grimmen, Kammin, Köslin, Naugard, Neustettin, Pyritz, Randow, Rega, Regenwalde, Rügen, Saatzig, Schlawe, Soldin, Stralsund, Ueckermünde, Usedom-Wollin, and Wolgast (Kreis).


Ancestry.com ($)[edit | edit source]

Ancestry.com and MyHeritage.com collections can be viewed free-of-charge at a Family History Center near you.

  • Germany, selected Protestant church books 1518-1921 - at Ancestry.com, index and images ($). There are two categories found under "Browse this collection" (in the right sidebar). Under the (mistakenly labelled) "Schuldistrikt" drop-down menu, search through Pomerania (or Pommern) and Not stated.
Under Pomerania (Pommern) this collection covers: Anklam, Bad Sulza, Benz, Bergen, Bütow, Garz, Heygendorf, Kordeshagen, Köslin, Krummin, Lubow, Lübzin, Münsterberg, Niepars, Neuenkirchen -Griefswald, Neustettin, Netzelkow, Prössdorf, Samtens, Suckow, Vilmnitz, Wittichow, Wolkwitz (Petersberg), Wulflatzke, Wünschen (Köslin, Wusseken), and Zinzelitz.
Under Not stated this collection covers:Brietzig (Letnin), Cumehnen (Kumachevo), Dramburg (Drawsko Pomorski), Greifenhagen (Gryfino), Gross Brüskow (Bruskowo Wielkie), Grössin bei Schivelbein, Kalisz (Kalisz Pomorski), Klaushagen (Kluczewo u Szczecinek), Langenberg (Goleni), Pielburg-Dummerfitz-Linde (Sulinovo), and Rützenhagen (Rusinovo).
Mistakenly under Hannover this collection covers: Escherode
Mistakenly labeled, this collection covers: Köslin Jewish Records
This collection covers records for Altenwalde, Altheide, Altengrape, Alt-Liepenfier, Altenwedel, Altmühle, Alt-Prilipp, Amalienhof, Anklam (see St. Nikolai), Annlaw, Auenfelde, Augustwalde, Babbin, Baerbaum, Behlkow, Bald, Bandekow, Bärbaum, Barfüss, Bargischow, Barkow, Barskewitz, Batswitz, Baüer, Beclitz, Behlkow, Bewerdick, Beyersdorf, Blankenfelde, Blankensee, Blumenwerder, Borntin, Brachendorf, Braunsberg, Briesen, Briesenitz, Brietzig, Brüchhaüsen, Brünso, Brüsewitz, Brüssow, Bublitz, Büche, Buchholz, Buddendorf, Bulgrin, Burow, Buslar, Calenberg, Cadram, Callies, Camelsberg, Cammin, Carolinenhof, Carlsbach, Carlshoff, Carlshorst, Carlsthal, Carmersfelde, Carnitz, Claushagen, Coldemanz, Collin, Colzow, Constantinopel, Cossin, Cremmin, Cremzow, Crien, Cuno, Cunow, Daber, Dadow, Dahlow, Dameritz, Dargebanz, Darsewitz, Darz, Demmin, Diedrichsdorf, Dobberphul, Doelitz, Dorphagen, Draheim, Drammin, Drenow, Drewitz, Drummerfitz, Eichenberge, Eisenau, Ernsthof, Eschenriege, Espenwerder, Ernsthöhe, Eulenburg, Falkenberg, Faulenburg, Flacksee, Flakenheide, Franzfelde, Franzhausen, Freest, Friedrichswalde, Friedrichwilhelmsthal, Freienwalde, Freiheide, Friedrichswalde, Fürstenflagge, Fürstensee, Gahlkow, Galow, Galow-Damm, Gartz, Geesow Merscherin, Gellen, Gellin, Gerbin, Giesekenhagen, Giesenthal, Glansee, Glewitz, Glinkermühle, Goercke, Goerke, Goldenbeck, Gollnow, Gollnowshagen, Gönne, Gönnort, Gottberg, Graben, Gräbnitzfelde, Grabow, Gramenz, Gramzow, Greifenberg, Greifswalder Oie, Grimmen, Gristow, Gross Benz, Gross Christinenberg, Gross-Küdde, Gross Küssow, Gross Risetow, Gross Schlatikow, Gross Schönfeld, Gross Sophienthal, Gross-Schwarzsee, Gross Wachlin, Gross Wechow, Gross Zapplin, Gross Zarnow, Grossenhagen, Grünwalde, Grünewalde, Gümmin, Gumtow, Güntersberg, Gustebin, Gützlaffshagen, Hackenwalde, Hagenow, Hammer, Hansfelde, Heidebreck, Heinrichsdorf, Hermannsthal, Hermelsdorf, Heydebreck, Hoff, Hochfelde, Hohendorf, Hohenhaus, Hohenholz, Hohenreinkendorf, Hohenwalde, Horst, Hufenitz, Hütten, Isinger, Jagdhaus, Jagow, Jakobsdorf, Jambow, Jassow, Justin, Käckeritz, Kannenberg, Karkow, Karlsburg, Karzig, Kattenhof, Katzow, Kietzig, Kitzerow, Klacktow, Klein Chrisinenberg, Klein-Küdde, Klein Küssow, Klein Lindenbusch, Klein Rischow, Klein Schlatikow, Klein Schwarzsee, Klein Sophienthal, Klein Wachlin, Klein Zapplin, Klemmin, Klempin, Kletzin, Klützow, Koblentz, Koldemanz, Korkenhagen, Körtenthin, Köselitz, Kräplin, Kratzing, Kröslin, Krüssow, Küdde, Kukelow, Küssin, Küssow, Kutzer, Labenz, Labes, Langenhagen, Langkafel, Lanke, Lanzen, Lassan, Lassen, Lebbin, Lemaningen, Lentz, Leretzow, Lettnin, Libbehne, Liepgarten, Lietzow, Linde, Loissin, Loitz, Loppnow, Louisenthal, Lübgutz, Lubmin, Lübow, Lübsow, Lübtow, Lübzin, Ludwigsthal, Lühmannsdorf, Lümzow, Lüttkenhagen, Lütow, Mackfitz, Margarethenhof, Marienfliess, Marienhagen, Marientthorn, Marienwerder, Marsdorf, Marthenthin, Massow, Matethin, Matzdorf, Medewitz, Megow, Minten, Moderow, Moitzow, Mökow, Möllen, Molstow, Mossin, Muddelmow, Müggenhall, Mulkentin, Münchendorf, Münsterberg, Murchin, Müscherin, Naugard, Naulin, Neblin, Neclatz, Nemmin, Netzelkow, Neudamerow, Neüdorf, Neuendorf, Neuengrape, Neuenhagen, Neuendorf, Neumassow, Neu-Plestin, Neu-Prilipp, Neu-Sarnow, Neustettin Abbaü, Neu-Wuhrow, Nöblin, Nonnendorf, Nörenberg, Oberschaferei, Paatzig, Pagenkopf, Pansin, Parlin, Parlow, Parpat, Patzig, Paulsdorf, Peenemünde, Pegelow, Piejs, Pielburg, Piepenburg, Piepenhagen, Persanzig, Petznik, Pielburg, Pinnow, Plathe, Plestin, Plönzig, Pöhlin, Polchow, Pommershof, Porst, Priemhausen, Preland, Prilipp, Prillwitz, Prössin, Pudenitz, Pumptow, Pützerlin, Pyritz, Rackitt, Rackow, Radditz, Radduhn, Raffenburg, Rambin, Ratzebuhr, Raümersaüe, Ravenstein, Rehberg, Rehwinkel, Reickenbach, Rensekow, Rensin, Reppow, Repenow, Repplin, Reppow, Resehl, Ribbecardt, Ribbertow, Rissnow, Robe, Roggow, Rörchen, Rosenfelde, Rosenow, Rossow, Rottnow, Rotzow, Rubenow, Rubkow, Ruden, Ruhleben, Rûtznow, Saarow, Sabes, Sabow, Sandow, Sarnow, Sassenburg, Scharpeuort, Schellen, Schinchow, Schmalentin, Schlötenitz, Schneidemühl, Schnochonschen, Schönwalde, Schofhütten, Schönebeck, Schöneberg, Schöningen, Schönow, Schönwerder, Schützenaue, Schwanebeck, Schwarzin, Schwendt, Schwochow, Seefeld, Seehof, Seine, Sellin, Silbersdorf, Soldemin, Soltin, Sophienthal, Sophinhoff, Spandowerhagen, Sparsee, Speck, Spiegelsdorf, Stargard, Steinburg, Steinfurth, Steinhöfel, Steinmocker, Stengow, Sterelin, Stevenhagen, Stilow, Stölitz, Stolzenburg, Stolzenhagen, Storkow, Stralsund, Strebelow, Streesen, Stregow, Streitzig, Strohsdorf, Suckow, Suckowshof, Tempelburg, Theerofen, Thurow, Toltz, Tonnin, Totz, Trantow, Treptow, Treptow an der Rega, Tressin, Triebs, Tuchow, Uchtenhagen, Ückeritz, Vahnrow, Vehlingsdorf, Verchland, Viermorgen, Vierow, Vietzig, Voddow, Voigtshagen, Vossberg, Warlang, Warnitz, Warsin, Wartenberg, Weckow, Wegesen, Weinberge, Werben, Wilhelmshorst, Wisbü, Wischow, Wittenfelde, Wittichow, Wobberin, Woedtke, Woitfick, Woldenburg, Wolgast, Wollin, Woltersdorf, Wotenick, Wudarge, Wulchow, Wulkow, Wurchow, Wusseken, Wüstenfelde, Zachan, Zachrin, Zadelow, Zamborst, Zanow, Zarben, Zarnekow, Zarnikow, Zartzig, Zebbin, Zechendorf, Zeitlow, Zeitlowberg, Zemmin, Zicker, Ziethen, Zirkritz, Zitzmer, and Zugenhagen.



Other Collection and Indexing Projects[edit | edit source]

Instructions

3. Digital Copies of Church Records in the FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]

Try to find records in the collection of the FamilySearch Library. Many microfilms have been digitized for online viewing. Gradually, everything will be digitized, so check back occasionally. Some have viewing restrictions, and can only be viewed at a Family History Center near you, and/or by members of supporting organizations. To find records:

a. Click on the the Places within Germany, Preussen, Pommern (Pomerania).
b. Click on Places within Germany, Preussen, Pommern (Pomerania) and a list of towns will appear.
c. Click on your town if it appears, or the location which you believe was the parish which served your town or village.
d. Click on the "Church records" topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
e. Choose the correct record type and time period for your ancestor. "Geburten" are births. "Taufen" are christenings/baptisms. "Heiraten" are marriages. "Tote" are deaths.
f. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. FHL icons.png. The magnifying glass indicates that the microfilm is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm.

4. Research in Church and State Archives[edit | edit source]

Church records or duplicates may have been gathered from the local parishes into central archives, either by the churches or the state. Older records are frequently given to these archives for safekeeping. Some gaps in the church records of local parishes could be filled using these records.

  • Pdf Archive Inventory: "Part 1 of 2: Church records in Archives" - is an inventory of localities and the location or archive where their records should be found. The sixth column, "Archives", gives a number. To find the name and contact information, look up that number in the second column of this .pdf: Part 2: Archive Addresses.  It is not clear how up-to-date this inventory is.


Some archives offer searches for a fee. Archives might be unable to handle genealogical requests, but they can determine whether they have specific records you need, sometimes perform very brief research, such as just one record, or they may recommend a researcher who can search the records for you. Archivists are required to speak English.

To determine which archives hold your records, use these tools. These will also link you to contact information--addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses.

Kirchenbücher und Standesregister: Go to Suche. > Enter locality name. > Click Suche. > Find your Kreis. > Find your Parish > Click on the archive link to get contact information for the archive.

E-mail[edit | edit source]

  • You can e-mail archives and ask whether they have records for a parish. Also, you should inquire whether they provide research services and what their fees are. You can communicate with the archives in English.

5. Writing to a Local Priest for Church Records[edit | edit source]

Most church registers are still maintained by the parish. You might obtain information by writing to the parish. Parish employees will usually answer correspondence written in German. Your request may be forwarded if the records have been sent to a central repository. Using these addresses as guides, replacing the information in parentheses. If you do not know the street address of a church, you can omit it.
For State Archive
Urząd Stanu Cywilnego
(street name and number)
(postal code) (name of locality)
POLAND

For a Roman Catholic Parish
Parafia Rzymsko-Katolicka
(street name and number)
(postal code) (name of locality)
POLAND

For a Protestant Parish
Parafia Ewangelicka
(street name and number)
(postal code) (name of locality)
POLAND

  • In Poland approximately 134 protestant parishes exist. Some records formerly found in such parishes may now be archived in local Catholic parishes. For a list of the Protestant parishes in Poland, and their addresses, you can visit the Lutheran Church in Poland for a listing of Lutheran parishes which are in existence today.

For an Orthodox Parish
Parafia Prawoslawna
(street name and number)
(postal code) (name of locality)
POLAND

How to write a letter: Detailed instruction for what to include in the letter, plus Polish translations of the questions and sentences most frequently used are in the Poland Letter Writing Guide.

In some cases, the records are held in archives in Germany. For letters in German, including addressing the letter, plus German translations of the questions and sentences most frequently needed, use the the German Letter Writing Guide.

Other Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

To learn how to determine the location of other religious records, namely Jewish, French Reformed, German Reformed, etc., watch Hansen’s Map Guides: Finding Records with Parish Maps beginning at 48:00 minutes, to learn how to locate these congregations. Then go back and watch from the beginning to understand how to use the reference book. Also, you can read Map Guide to German Parish Registers. This video and handout teach you how to use a set of reference books found at the FamilySearch Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. If you are not in Salt Lake City, use the Contact Us feature to request information from the books.

6. Compiled and Published Secondary Sources[edit | edit source]

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Compiled genealogies and published genealogies are secondary sources, not original or primary sources.

As such, they are subject to human error through translation or transcription errors, mistaken interpretations, and opinion decisions of another researcher.

You should make every effort to base your research on the actual, original records or their digitized images.

Town Genealogies (Ortssippenbuch or Ortsfamilienbuch)[edit | edit source]

See the class, Online Ortsfamilienbücher at Genealogy.net, and Wiki article, Germany Town Genealogies and Parish Register Inventories on the Internet. Published town genealogies, Ortssippenbuch (town lineage book) or Ortsfamilienbuch (town family book), generally include birth, marriage, and death data for all persons found in the local records during a specified time period, compiled into families based on the opinion of the author. If one is available, it should only be used as an index or guide to finding the original records. They usually contain errors. Always verify their information in original records.

Pommernkontakte[edit | edit source]

The Pommernkontakte allows you to contact over 5,000 other Pomeranian researchers who may also be researching your ancestors, or have other helpful information to your search.

Reading the Records[edit | edit source]

German Records[edit | edit source]

  • It's easier than you think! You do not have to be fluent in French and German to use these records, as there is only a limited vocabulary used in them. By learning a few key phrases, you will be able to read them adequately. Here are some resources for learning to read German records.
German Genealogical Word List
French Genealogical Word List
Latin Genealogical Word List
  • These video webinars will teach you to read German handwriting:

Downloadable Handouts[edit | edit source]

Latin Records[edit | edit source]

Records of the Catholic church will usually be written in Latin:

Feast Dates[edit | edit source]

Search Strategy[edit | edit source]

  • Search for the relative or ancestor you selected. When you find their birth record, search for the births of their brothers and sisters.
  • Next, search for the marriage of their parents. The marriage record will have information that will often help you find the birth records of the parents.
  • Search the death registers for all known family members.
  • Calculate the birth date of the parents, using age at death and/or marriage to search for their birth records.
  • Repeat this process for both the father and the mother, starting with their birth records, then their siblings' births, then their parents' marriages, and so on.
  • If earlier generations (parents, grandparents, etc.) do not appear in the records, search neighboring parishes.