Source Information

Archives of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck Lübeck, Germany, Citizenship Register, 1591-1919 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2009. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors.
Original data: Bürger- und Einwohnerannahme, Staatsangehörigkeit. Microfilm nos. 5939-5948, 5989. Archiv der Hansestadt Lübeck, Lübeck, Germany.

Collections included:
    -Bürgerannahmebücher, Innere Stadt, 1591-1811, 1813-1865 (Kämmerei 1337-1340)
    -Bürgereidbücher, Innere Stadt, 1691-1870, mit Register 1785-1832 (ASA Interna, Bürgerrecht 3-8)
    -Bürgermatrikel, Innere Stadt, 1810-1819 (Stadt- und Landamt)
    -Bürgermatrikel für das Landgebiet mit Beiakten, 1848-1870 (Stadt- und Landamt)
    -Bürgerbuch, Travemünde, 1643-1832 (Stadthauptmann Travemünde)
    -Verzeichnis der in den lübeckischen Staatsverband Aufgenommenen mit Beiakten, 1871-1919 (Stadt- und Landamt)

About Lübeck, Germany, Citizenship Register, 1591-1919

Historical Background:

The Free City of Lübeck is located in northern Germany on the Baltic Sea. It is one of the largest cities in the state of Schleswig-Holstein and is the largest German port on the Baltic. Due to its location, the city was the capital of the Hanseatic League (a trading monopoly comprised of cities and guilds along the northern coast of Europe that existed from the 13th to 17th centuries) for several hundred years.

About the Database:

This database contains citizenship registers (Bürgerbücher) for the city of Lübeck from 1591-1919. These registers record the names of individuals who became citizens (were granted citizenship) of the city during this time period. The collection is NOT a register of all inhabitants of Lübeck.

In addition to the name of the new citizen, each entry also records the date they received citizenship and names of witnesses. Later records may also include the person's age or birth date, birth place, occupation, residence, and notes and other information relative to their citizenship.

Because of the city’s physical location on the coast and its political position in the Hanseatic League, these registers could include the names of people from all over Europe.

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