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Pomeranian Genealogy

Libraries, Archives & Museums

(Archive und Bibliotheken)

See also Polish Records for Former Pommern Areas Under Polish Jurisdiction (Archives in Hinterpommern - Polen)

Archives (Archiv)

  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft ostdeutscher Familienforscher e.V.
    Schriftführerin Marianne Stanke
    Dahlienweg 7
    53229 Bonn, Germany
    The institution covers the Baltics, Swabian settlers on the Danube in Hungary (Donauschwaben) Galicia and Bukovina, Central Poland and Volhynia, East Brandenburg-Neumark, East and West Prussia, Pomerania, Posen, Silesia, the Sudetenland, Southeastern Europe, and others. The society uses Polish civil registers (Personenstandsregister) as well as indexes of archives in Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic, among other sources, to answer information requests.

  • Archive in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. by Andreas Hanacek. (In English and German)

  • Archive in Deutschland

  • Archive in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern_Andreas Hanacek (In English and German)

  • Archives in Germany. (In English and German)

  • Archives in Pommern. by Gunthard Stuebs. (In English and German)

  • Archives in Vorpommern. Addresses and information on archives. (In English and German)
  • ARIADNE (Archivverbund Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
  • Bildarchiv der Universität Marburg

  • Der Bundesbeauftragte für die Unterlagen des Staatssicherheitsdienstes der ehemaligen DDR . Federal commission which holds the records of the former East German secret police - the Stasi. Includes a description of their holdings and instructions on who may access these records and the process for doing so. (In German)
  • Evangelisches Zentral-Archiv in Berlin .
    Bethaniendam 29
    10997 Berlin, Germany
    Telephone: 011 49 30 22 50 45 36
    The archive preserves the records of the Evangelishe Kirche in Deutschland (EKD-Evangelical Church of Germany) and the Evangelische Kirche der Union (EKU-Evangelical Unifed Church) The archive's collections include Evangelical church holdings from former German areas now in other countries as well as from the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany) Evangelical parish records from the 17th-20th centuries are available.
  • Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz
    Archivstraße 12-14
    14195 Berlin-Dahlem
    Includes incomplete collections of records from former Prussian provinces east of the Oder-Neisse line: East Prussia, West Prussia, Posen, Silesia, and Pomerania.

  • Herzog von Croÿ'sches Archiv
    48249 Dülmen, Germany
    Postfach 13 51, 48234 Dülmen
    This is a private archive and is open to serious researchers only. There are a few records from the private collection of Saleske on Pommern, 1860-1945.

  • Information on German Archives,  presented by Gunthard Stuebs. (In German)
  • Kalliope (Metasuche zu Nachlässen, Briefen und weiteren Handschriften)

  • Landesarchiv Berlin   National archives in Berlin. (In German)
  • Landesarchiv Greifswald
    Martin-Andersen-Nexö-Platz 1
    17489 Greifswald
    fon: 03834 5953-0
    fax: 03834 5953-63
    The archive contains records for Pommern (Pomerania) from the 12th century to 1945, and the area of Rostock from 1952 to 1990. Records are organized as follows: duchy of Pommern-Wolgast (12th century-1640), Swedish Pomerania (1648-1815), Brandenburgian Pomerania (1654-1806, province of Pomerania (1815-1945). No catalog of holdings is available, only publications of church records. The archive contains emigration lists, releases from citizenship, as well as passenger lists (the port of Stettin) from the 19th century. The archive has church records for West and East Pomerania. The primary 19th century publication is the Verzeichnis der pommerschen Kirchenbücher in Vorpommerschen Landesarchiv Greifswald, a catalog of the Pomeranian church records in the archive (Temmin edition, 1996). There are around 70 holdings available for the West and east Pomeranian city administrations. Censuses of Swedish Pomerania and Prussian Pomerania are kept for the 18th and 19th centuries. Military muster rolls for Swedish Pomerania and Prussian Pomerania are kept for the 18th and 19th centuries. There are holdings available from areas which border on eastern Pomerania (now in Poland), as well as holdings from provincial and city administrations and court records.
  • Landeskirchliches Archiv, Greifswald.
    Pommersche Evangelische Kirche archives
    Rudolf-Petershagen-Allee 3   (früher Karl-Marx-Platz 15, Nähe Bhf.)
    Postfach 187
    17489 Greifswald, Germany
    Telephone: 011 49 38 34 57 25 33
    This is an archive for church-run institutions and the state church offices and establishments. Although the archive is almost completely unindexed, it is organized into: Records: provincial and state religious assemblies, bishop's chancellery, church administration, consistory from 1945 on; Collections: photo collections with about 600 photographs from the 19th and 20th centuries; Church Records: from Hinterpommern, as well as duplicates from Vorpommern and some military parish records. A short overview of church records can be found in the book Schnellüberblick Kirchenbuchbestand. Greifswald: Landeskirchliches Archiv, 1995.

  • Malvine (Metasuche zu Manuskripten und Briefen in Europa)

  • Overview of Archives in Pommern. Wegweiser für familien- und heimatkundliche Forschung in Pommern. (In German)

  • Ozeaneum Museum, Stralsund, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Ozeaneum presents an underwater journey through the northern seas. One of the permanent exhibits focuses on the Baltic Sea, which was so important for Pomerania.

  • Research Center for German Emigrants in the USA  (In English)

  • Sächsisches Staatsarchiv
    Schongauerstr. 1
    04329 Leipzig, Germany
    Telephone: 011 49 341 255 55-00
    The archive serves the Leipzig region. There are some 23,000 records of emigration to all continents, especially to the United States (alphabetically organized by family name). The archive tries to collect materials from all areas where German-speaking people have lived.  Microfilmed parish registers of the former Reichssippenamt (Imperial lineage office) dating until 1874 are available from Posen, East and West Prussia, Pomerania (Pommern), and Silesia (Schleisen). There are also records from areas of German settlement abroad, such as Bessarabia, Bukowina, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Transylvania (Siebenbürgen), Sudetenland (now in the Czech Republic), Slovenia, South Tirol (Südtirol), and other countries and provinces of the German Empire.
  • SEZAM (Staatsarchive in Polen)
  • Staatsarchiv Stettin/Archiwum Panstwowe w Szczecinie
  • Staatsarchiv Stettin (Archivführer zu den Beständen)
  • Staatsarchiv Köslin/Archiwum Panstwowe w Koszalinie

  • Staatsarchiv Sigmaringen
    Karlstr. 1-3
    72488 Sigmaringen / Postfach 16 36
    Sigmaringen, Germany
    Documents on the history of the possessions of the house of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen in Hinterpommern, Posen, Niederschlesien (Lower Silesia), and Böhmen (Bohemia) during the period ca. 1855-1945 are in holding Dep. 39 (Fürstlich Hohenzollernsches Haus- und Domänenarchiv.
  • Staatsarchive in Deutschland

  • Stadtarchiv Linden
    Konrad-Adenauer-Str. 25
    35440 Linden, Germany
    Kontakt über Kreisarchiv Gießen
    Fon: 0641/9390-603
    Fax: 0641/33448
    The archive preserves local card files from East Prussia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Danzig/West Prussia, Pomerania, Mark-Brandenburg, Poland, Wartheland, Lower Silesia, Upper Silesia, Groß-Breslau, etc.

  • Stadtarchiv Werdau
    Markt 12
    08412 Werdau, Germany
    Postfach 3, 08401 Werdau
    There are records pertaining to settlers that came from Silesia, East Prussia, Pomerania, and the Sudetenland.
  • Standesamt Berlin I
    Rückerstraße 9
    10119 Berlin, Germany
    Telephone: 011 49 30 9 02 07-0
  • Studienstelle Ostdeutsche Genealogie (Klaus-Dieter Kreplin)

  • Universitätsarchiv Greifswald. University archive in Greifswald. (In German)

  • Wartenberg, Heiko. Archivführer zur Geschichte Pommerns bis 1945. Schriften des Bundesinstituts für Kultur und Geschichte der Deutschen im östlichen Europa, Bd. 33. München: Oldenbourg, 2008.
  • Zentrale Datenbank Nachlässe im Bundesarchiv

Libraries (Bibliotheken)

Library Catalogs

  •  Hofmann, Barbara, compiler. Stiftung Haus des Deutschen Ostens: Bestandskatalog. Bd. 4. - Pommern, Provinz Posen. Düsseldorf 1982. 270 pages.

  • Katalog czasopism zagranicznych Ksiaznicy Szczecinskiej. (Katalog der ausländischen Zeitschriften der Stettiner Bibliothek) Szczecin 1989. 754 pages.

  • Kessler, Dr. Wolfgang, compiler. Bücherei des Deutschen Ostens - Bestandskatalog. Bd. 1 - Ostpreußen, Westpreußen, Pommern, Mecklenburg. Herne 1982. 436 pages. ISBN 3-92 3371 01-2

  • Niedersächsische Landesbibliothek Hannover: Verzeichnis der Schriften über Pommern (Stand vom 31.12. 1963). (Katalog des Schriftums über den deutschen Osten, Bd. 3). Hannover 1964. 592 pages. ISBN 3-87585-392-X
  • Repositories of Primary Sources - Europe - Germany . A list of links to online resources from the Univ. of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives. (In English)

  • Stiftung Pommern: Katalog der Bibliothek. Systematischer Katalog. 2. erw. Auflage. Kiel 1992. 558 pages.
  • Voigt, R: Schnellberblick Kirchenbuchbestand. Greifswald: Landeskirchliches Archiv der Pommerschen Evangelischen Kirche, 1995.

Museums (Museen, wissenschaftliche und sonstige Einrichtungen)