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 If you see some outdated informations or have some good hints - please drop a line.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 :-)
- 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
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:
- 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/
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).
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- Books for Genealogy Beginners please consider - this list is a litle bit outdated ... internet is developing fast ...
- 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.
- 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,
- 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
- 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
- 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)
- 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: