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Pomeranian Genealogy

Kreis Arnswalde

Kreis History

City of Arnswalde

  • Arnswalde was first mentioned in 1269.
  • Between 1401 and 1454 it belonged to the Teutonic Knights.
  • It was located on the route from Stettin to Posen and Landsberg to Thorn/Torun.
  • A plague struck the town in 1800.
  • It was a weekend tourist destination from Berlin after a train was added in mid 1800s.
  • Was in Province of Brandenburg dating from the 13th century until 1938, and then became part of Pomerania.
  • In 1939, there were about 14,000 residents.
  • The Evangelical St. Marienkirche is next to the town square.
  • Part of the old city wall still stands.
  • The city is situated next to the Klücken Lake.
  • The town was 80-85% destroyed in World War II.
  • The Germans were expelled after the war, and Poles moved in from Lithuania and the Ukraine.
  • Since 1945, the town is called Choszczno.

Kreis Arnswalde

  • The Kreis was situated around the town of Arnswalde.
  • The small village of Rohrbeck is east of the city of Arnswalde near the center of the Kreis.
  • Rohrbeck is on the edge of a large forested area formerly the property of a large German estate.
  • In the 15th century, the area of Rohrbeck was owned by the von Wedel family.
  • Buckwheat, rye, barley, oats, peas, hay, sunflowers, beets, and potatoes were grown on the sandy land.

Archives and Libraries (Archive und Bibliotheken)

Archives (Archive)

Archiwum Państwowie w Szczecinie
(Staatsarchiv Stettin)
ul. Św. Wojciecha 13.
PL 70-410 Szczecin

Libraries (Bibliotheken)

Berliner Platz 5
44623 Herne
Tel. (02323)16 2805
Fax (02323)16 2609

Handbibliothek der FST Neumark
Dr. Gerd C. Schmerse
Meckelstedter Str. 9
27624 Meckelstedt


Research Contacts

Heimatkreisausschuß (HKA) Vorsitzender (Chair)
Waldfried Schnabel
Stuckenberg 33
24226 Heikendorf, Germany
Tel.: 04321-241052
Heimatkreisbearbeiter (HKB) (Manager or Secretary)
Waldfried Schnabel
Stuckenberg 33
24226 Heikendorf, Germany
Tel.: 04321-241052
Pommerscher Greif Ansprechpartner (Contact)
Norbert Gschweng
Domstr. 63
17489 Greifswald, Germany
Tel.: 03834-3209