Pomerania isn’t Germany anymore – where are records archived?

What country is Pomerania now?


Most of Pomerania is now part of Poland, but its westernmost section is in eastern Germany, as reflected in the name of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania Land (state). The region is generally flat, and there are numerous small rivers and, along the east coast, many lakes.

How do I find my German ancestry records?

The two websites generally considered to be the most complete are RootsWeb www.rootsweb.com and the Mormon Church’s Family Search www.familysearch.org. Both are set up for searches. You can enter the known facts about your ancestor and, with luck, come up with additional details.

What happened to Pomerania?

While the German population in the Duchy of Pomerania adopted the Protestant reformation in 1534, the Polish (along with Kashubian) population remained with the Roman Catholic Church. The Thirty Years’ War severely ravaged and depopulated narrow Pomerania; few years later this same happened to Pomerelia (the Deluge).

When did Pomerania become part of Germany?

Western Pomerania (Vorpommern)

History of Pomerania (Pommern) in the German Empire Geo-Political Differences Today
Pomerania 1945: The western part became part of the current state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 1945: The eastern part, Pomeralia became the Pomeranian Voivodeship of Poland (Map)

What is modern day Pomerania?

Before that, the area was recorded nearly 2000 years ago as Germania, and in modern-day times Pomerania is split between Germany and Poland.

What did the Vikings call Pomerania?

Between 650 and 850 AD, West Slavic tribes settled in Pomerania. These tribes were collectively known as “Pomeranians” between the Oder and Vistula rivers, or as “Veleti” (later “Liuticians”) west of the Oder. A distinct tribe, the Rani, was based on the island of Rügen and the adjacent mainland.

Does ancestry have records from Germany?

At Ancestry.com, key data such as names and gender is often indexed and therefore easily accessible through our search pages for each German language database. However, the records are in German, and you will naturally get the best results if you search keywords, occupations, and place names in German.

How far back do German birth records go?

While most German civil records only go back to around the 1870s, parish registers go back as far as the 15th century.

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