From: Matthias C. Teichert
Records and Genealogical Information
For further information:
Civil registers of births, marriages, and deaths were introduced in October
1874. The Civil registry office is called Standesamt. Before this time, the
Lutheran church records (1815-1874) or special Dissidenten-Register (1847-1874)
served as official registers, and a duplicate copy was deposited at the local
Most Standesamt (Polish: Urzed Stanu Cywilnego) records remained in the old
offices and were taken over by the Polish authorities in the areas annexed
by Poland in 1945. They are listed in the Gazetteer of Polish People's Republic
Localities. The full title is SPIS MIEJSCOWOSCI POLSKIEJ RZECZYPOSPOLITEJ
LUDOWEJ, published in Warsaw 1968, and on LDS microfilm #844,922. However
some Standesamt records may be available at the Brandenburgische
Landeshauptarchiv, An der Orangerie 3, D-14469 Potsdam, Germany. A few pre-WWII
civil registry records can also be found at Standesamt I, Rückerstr.
9, D-10119 Berlin, Germany. Standesamt records less then 100 years old can
be found in their current Polish adminstration offices. Records over
100 years old are archived in Polish State Archives (please see Polish Archives
Census records from the Neumark/Brandenburg can be found under the title
of 'Statistischen Jahrbücher für Preussen' in the Geheimen Staatsarchiv
Preussischen Kulturbesitzes, Archivstr. 12/14, D-14195 Berlin (Dahlem). Records
before 1903 are listed under the title 'Statistisches Handbuch für den
Preussischen Staat'. These do not give birth, marraige, or death dates. The
censuses contain information on a individuals address, profession, family
members etc. They only exist for cities and communities with populations
of 10,000 or more.
Prior to 1874, the church records (Kirchenbücher) of the official churches
(Evangelic and Catholic) served as recognized documents for the purpose of
proving one's birth, marriage, and death and had to meet certain standards
of accuracy and completeness. Members of minor (unrecognised) churches had
to record their vital statistics with the pastor of the official churches.
Some of the Kirchenbücher can be found at the Evangelisches Zentralarchiv
in Berlin, Kirchenbuchstelle, Jebenstr. 3, D-10623 Berlin. However many
Kirchenbücher still remain in Poland (see Polish Archives below) and
are archived at State Archives. A partial list of 20,000 locations from
the former eastern provinces exists at
& Civil Registries.
The church register for the town of Dobersaul (also known as Schönrode)
in Kreis Crossen, from 1811-1870, is availalbe as a computer file from
Please see German Genealogy's
for information on Military records.
Other possible genealogical sources are German Lineage Books (Deutsch
Geschlechterbücher) and the materials of the
Zentralstelle für Genealogie archive in Leipzig, which contains
thousands of family pedigrees and histories. Details on both of these sources
can be found on the
site. German Lineage Books can be found in the LDS Family History Centers
Also of consideration are Ortssippenbücher which contain the genealogies
of many families from a locality. For a list of most of the localities
Please note that locations and existence of Ortssippenbücher from the
Neumark are unknown. A possible means of determining the existense would
be to contact the Polish National Library in Warsaw. For relevent information
see the Polish Archives below.
Researchers with more recent roots in the Neumark and Germany may find the
Ahnennachweiss or Ahnenpass (Certifcate of aryan ancestory) useful. During
the Third Reich this certified that the family/individual was of pure
German/Germanic descent. It traced the family's/individual's pedigree back
to 1800 (1750 for SS members). The information contained in the documents
were: names, religion, profession, birth, marraige, and death dates of the
individuals in the pedigree. Certain professions and organizations requirred
this of their members, notably farmers (a suitable breeding stock for Nazi
racial policy), NSDAP (Nazi Party) members, members of the Allgemeine and
Waffen SS, and various other professions during the Third Reich.
Ahnennachweisse can only be found in the personal possesion of the
families and are not availble in archives.
Heimatort Kartei (Expellee Card Index)
Heimatort Kartei, Auf Dem Kreuz 41, D-86150 Augsburg, Germany, is a church
suported organization which collects former addresses and whereabouts of
German expellees from former areas in Germany that are now part of Poland
For those seeking professional genealogical research, the firm
& Fülling are recommend. The company has a Polish researcher
who has accsess to relevent archives in Poland.
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