Here you will find only some simple hints. A more detailed help is available at the links listed below
- First of all you should read the SGG Faq by Jim Eggert. It is
directed to those who are beginning with genealogy. You can receive this FAQ also by an email to
LISTSERV@RZ.UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE with the line "GET GEN-DE-L.FAQ-02" in the body.
- Next I wrote a small FAQ for Mecklenburg.
2. General Websites
3. Mecklenburg related Webpages
4. Newsgroups / Mailing Lists
5. 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:
- Or make an online search at FEEFHS
- And another web site: Familienforschung in
- 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:
6. 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).
A short remark: some of the following books are labeled with . 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
- The Mecklenburg Genealogy Handbook by Charles
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
- In Search of Your German Roots : A Complete Guide to Tracing Your Ancestors in the Germanic Areas of Europe; Angus Baxter / Paperback /
- Genealogical Research Guide to Germany;
Margaret Krug Palen / Published 1988
- Genealogy Online for Dummies (For Dummies); Matthew L. Helm, April Leigh Helm; Paperback, from the Amazon.com review:
The Helms have put together an excellent introductory guide to doing genealogical research online. They've avoided the usual trap of organizing
their book by resources, which may be easy for the author but makes it harder on the user. So instead of devoting this chapter to useful Web
sites, that chapter to valuable newsgroups, and so forth, they've organized the book in a way closer to the way you'd organize good family
They begin with a series of chapters on preparation, including doing initial groundwork, developing a plan, picking the names to begin
researching, and locating ancestors geographically. Next, they deal with the means for finding valuable records and then delve into getting the
most from your resources. Chapter 8, for example, discusses organizing and presenting your findings, while chapter 9 deals with cooperating with
other researchers so that you can all be more effective (and probably make some new friends in the bargain).
As is always the case with a Dummies series book, the Helms present a "Part of Tens" section, in this case four chapters each covering
10 top online genealogical sites, tips for designing your genealogical Web page, sites for beginners, and general tips for "smooth
sailing." An enclosed CD-ROM contains nine genealogy programs plus a wide assortment of Internet tools and utilities. --Elizabeth
- Genealogy Via the Internet : Tracing Your
Family Roots Quickly and Easily: Computerized Genealogy in Plain English; Ralph Roberts
- Netting Your Ancestors : Genealogical Research
on the Internet (Item#2931); Cyndi Howells
- Virtual Roots : A Guide to Genealogy and Local
History on the World Wide Web; Thomas Jay Kemp
- Genealogy Online : Researching Your Roots :
Web Edition; Elizabeth Powell Crowe
- Ancestors : A Beginner's Guide to Family
History and Genealogy; Jim Willard, et al / Paperback / Published 1997
- The Complete Idiot's Guide to Genealogy
(Complete Idiot's Guide To...); Christine Rose, et al / Paperback / Published 1997
- Books about Mecklenburg - History, Landschaft
- W. Karge, E. Muench, H. Schmied: Die Geschichte Mecklenburgs (The History of Mecklenburg); Hinstorff Verlag, Rostock 1993, ISBN
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.
- Fritz Reuter: Seed-Time and Harvest; Or During
My Apprenticeship (translated from Reuter's "Ut Mine Stromtid", his most famous work) It is the story of three groups of rural
peasants in Mecklenburg - those who work for the nobility on large estates, those who are tenant farmers, and those who live in small villages.
This books is a "must " if you want to understand the life of these people (I have a German translation of this book).
- Fritz Reuter: When the French Were Here; or In
the Year 1813 (was translated from Reuter's "Ut de Franzosentid") The story takes place in a small village in Mecklenburg
during the French occupation and the ensuing War of German Liberation. Mecklenburg suffered greatly during 1813 because of the ravages and
plundering of French troops (I have a German translation of this book).
- Fritz Reuter: Seven years of my life
- How lived German Immigrants in America?
- Where can I ask / look for old books?
- Can I make online searches at German libraries?
You can try at the DBI-LINK database service of the Dt. Bibliotheksinstituts Berlin.
8. 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 ( Deja News, Infoseek, Yahoo, Excite,
- I looked at Four11, Bigfoot, InfoSpace, WhoWhere, and Switchboard for other email accounts with my surnames and send them a mail to visit my
- 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,
- leave a message at the Mecklenburg mailing list and at the s.g.g newsgroup (or s.g.g. mailing list)
9. Other genealogical resources
- Have a look at this site:
http://www.cleaningservicenewyorkcity.com/nyc-genealogy.html ... found by Kendal.
- For simple questions concerning emigration look at my Schwerin archive, German Ports, Ships to America pages.
- For information about German noble families check www.rootsweb.com/~autwgw/sgi and www8.informatik.uni-erlangen.de/html/ww-person.html
- Do you want to know something about a given location? Write a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, write the
location name in the body (wildcard and soundex search possible, for help send INFO in the body) or have a look at www.genealogienetz.de/misc/geoserv.html.
How to go from one German city to another: Falk-Online (by car).
Further location finding services in the net are:
- National Archives and Records Administration are the depository for federal records such as census, immigration and military files (Web address, Genealogy
- A lot of organizations, associations, private persons, ... provide their service for genealogists. If you have a lot of time, you can surf
through the following web sites:
- Source for Family History Online
- U.S. Genealogical Web Project,
- FTM site,
- FTM related web site,
- The Genealogy Homepage FTM sponsored),
- GenServ Homepage,
- Genealogy / Familienforschung / Ahnenforschung,
- Federation of East European Family History Societies,
- Global Genealogical Supply,
- International Internet Genealogical Society,
- Genweb Database Index by Tim Doyle.