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Pomeranian Genealogy

Kreis Franzburg
 and Franzburg-Barth

Kreis History

  • Vorpommern
  • Franzburg was part of Swedish Vorpommern from 1806, when it was traded to Denmark for Norway in 1814.
  • Franzburg was part of Denmark 1814-1815, and then was traded for the Duchy of Lauenburg in 1815.
  • Franzburg became a Kreis in 1815, and was part of the administrative district of of Stralsund until 1928.
  • On 1 February 1928 Franzburg changed its name to Franzburg-Barth.
  • Franzburg-Barth was part of the administrative district of Stralsund from 1928-1932.
  • Franzburg-Barth was part of the administrative district of Stettin from 1932-1945.
  • Kreiz Franzburg-Barth on the Baltic Sea had four major towns: Barth, Damgarten, Franzburg and Richtenberg.
  • Barth used to belong to the island of Rügen and it lies on a lagoon.
  • During World War II, Barth was the site of a prisoner of war camp for captured airmen, and thus was protected from allied bombing.
  • Barth has a Vineta museum and festival. Vineta is a legendary city, like Atlantis, that sank into the sea, because of the sinfulness of its inhabitants.
  • Damgarten is at the mouth of the Recknitz River forming the border with Mecklenburg. It started out as a fortress built by the princes of Rügen.
  • Damgarten merged with the city of Ribnitz in 1950, and calls itself the "Amber Town" because large deposits of amber are found nearby.
  • The city of Franzburg was established in 1587 by the Pomeranian Duke Bogislaw XIII. In 1648, it became part of Sweden, and in 1815 became Prussian.
  • Richtenberg was first mentioned in 1231 as Kirchdorf. The city was almost completely destroyed by fire in 1728.
  • Richtenberg is known for its famous whiskey distilleries that make "Richtenberger Korn."
  • This county is the most western part of Pomerania and is still a part of Germany.


  • Adreßbuch der Stadt Barth. Barth: Anthony, 1938. 3,775 records.

  • Drescher, Fritz. Der Kreis Franzburg-Barth. [Möser, Bez.] Magdeburg : Kunstdruck- u. Verlagsbüro Magdeburg, 1933.

  • Franzburg-Barth, Ger. (Landkries). Der Kreis Franzburg-Barth. Hrsg. im Auftrage des Kreisausschusses des Krieses Franzburg-Barth. Magdeburg, Kunstdruck- und Verlagsbüro, 1933.

  • Franzburg-Genealogie-L - Familienforschung und Ortsgeschichte im ehemaligen Kreis Franzburg-Barth.

  • Haselberg, E. von and Gesellschaft für pommersche geschichte und alterthumskunde. Der regierungsbezirk Stralsund ... Stettin : L. Saunier, 1881-1902.
  • Heimatkalender für die Stadt Stralsund und die Kreise Franzburg und Grimmen. Stralsund: Kreis-Wochenblatt, 1926-1926. (Periodical)
  • Homepage der Stadt Ribnitz-Damgarten.
  • Kreis Franzburg.

  • Der Kreis Franzburg. Stettin: Saunier, [1881].

  • Der Kreis Franzburg-Barth. Magdeburg : Kunstdruck- und Verlagsbüro, 1933.
  • Kreis Franzburg-Barth. (Map)

  • Kreis- und Heimat-Kalender des Kreises Franzburg für das Jahr .... Berlin : Schriftenvertriebsanstalt, 1909-1919.

  • Landkreis Franzburg
  • Landkreis Franzburg-Barth

  • Landkreis Franzburg-Barth: Gebietsstand von 1939. (Michael Rademacher). Statistics and communities.

  • Meinhold, Theodor. Heimatbüchlein für Barth und Kreis Franzburg. Stettin : Fischer & Schmidt, 1915.

  • Quellen und Schriften zur Bevölkerungsgeschichte Norddeutschlands Bd. 2. Kreis Franzburg/Barth. Göttingen: Selbstverl.

  • Schubert, Franz and Michael Reimer. Quellen und Schriften zur Bevölkerungsgeschichte Norddeutschlands / Vorpommern / 1 2,a Bd. 2, Kreis Franzburg, Barth ; Lfg. a, Barth. Kitzingen: Selbstverl., 1999.
  • Stadtarchiv Barth. City archive of Barth. (In German)

Research Contacts

Heimatkreisausschuß (HKA) Vorsitzender (Chair)

Heimatkreisbearbeiter (HKB) (Manager or Secretary)
Pommerscher Greif Ansprechpartner (Contact)
Michael Reimer
Priesterei 8
18320 Ahrenshagen, Germany
Tel.: 038225-61832