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Research Help for Mecklenburg Genealogy
by Dieter Garling

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Here you will find only some simple hints. A more detailed help is available at the links listed below. This page was written years ago. Sometimes I got hints to update this page. If you see some outdated informations or have some good hints - please drop a line. Thanks :-)

1. FAQs

  • First of all you should read the SGG Faq by Jim Eggert. It is directed to those who are beginning with genealogy.
  • Next I wrote a small FAQ for Mecklenburg.

2. How to start with genealogy

There are several pages for beginners:

Sarah Brian from ForeverCurious recommended several genealogical links:


3. General Websites

And the world largest (partly commercial) websites are:

4. Mecklenburg related Webpages

5. Newsgroups / Mailing Lists

6. Genealogical Databases and Online Search

  • You can search for people, who are interested in the same surname as you, or you can store your interest in special surnames in:
  • at the German Gen Web Project www.rootsweb.com/~wggerman/
  • Another good source are several census from Mecklenburg, microfilmed by the Mormons. Detailed information you will find at Carols website.
  • List of references to genealogical resources available at:

    7. Professional Assistance in Mecklenburg

    Karl-Heinz Steinbruch is a professional genealogist. He is living in Schwerin and has direct access to several archives. You can mail him at Mecklenburgica.Steinbruch@t-online.de (Homepage).

    8. Literature

    A short remark: some of the following books are labeled with book. That means, you can buy this book online at Amazon.com. The link of that book will lead you to a book description at Amazon.com.

    • Genealogy and Mecklenburg
      • book The Mecklenburg Genealogy Handbook by Charles Hall
        Bob Genter (Jericho, Vermont) wrote about the book: "It has a history of Mecklenburg and how records were kept, maps, and a list of place names and the LDS film numbers for relevant archives."
    • Books for Genealogy Beginners please consider - this list is a litle bit outdated ... internet is developing fast ...
    • Books about Mecklenburg - History, Landschaft
      • W. Karge, E. Muench, H. Schmied: Die Geschichte Mecklenburgs (The History of Mecklenburg); Hinstorff Verlag, Rostock 1993, ISBN 3-356-00527-8
        This book (in German) is the best description of Mecklenburg history which I know.
      • Lisa Jürß: Carl Malchin, ein mecklenburgischer Maler; Verlag Atelier im Bauernhaus Fischerhude 1995, ISBN 3-88 132-246 9
        Carl Malchin painted excellent pictures from the Mecklenburg countryside. Some of them are presented in my web site.
    • How lived the people in Mecklenburg?
      Carol Gohsman Bowen writes in her Mecklenburg GenWepPage: Fritz Reuter, known as the greatest of all Low German dialect writers, was born in Mecklenburg. Two of his books which have been translated into English describe the life of the common people in Mecklenburg during the first half of the 19th century. ... If you want to learn about the life of your ancestors, I recommend both of these books.
    • How lived German Immigrants in America?
    • Where can I ask / look for old books?

    9. How to search for Cousins living today in Mecklenburg?

    Difficult. I found several cousins the followings ways:

    • I put the surnames of my ancestors in the RSL and in the Mecklenburg Surname List (see above how to do)
    • I build a webpage to help other people in their research and to help me to find relatives - this webpage I included in several search services with informative keywords
    • Carol Goshman Bowen did successfully: she searched in the German telefon book (www.teleauskunft.de) with her surname (with different spellings) and wrote to families in their Mecklenburg region: one positive answer! (she reported on her webpage about that). BTW, German postal codes you will find at www.plz-suche.de.
    • Use People Finder at IAF, WhoWhere, InfoSpace.
    • leave a message at the Mecklenburg mailing list and at the s.g.g newsgroup (or s.g.g. mailing list)

    10. Other genealogical resources

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