This is a collection of birth records from Grevesmühlen and the communities of Diedrichshagen, Friedrichshagen, and Roggenstorf.
Dating back to the 13th century, Grevesmühlen is one of the oldest towns in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, lying near the coast of the Baltic Sea in an area surrounded by lakes, woods, and plains. Following the unification of Germany in 1871, civil registration began in 1876 in Mecklenburg.
These records use a standard form that typically includes the following details:
- certificate number
- date of registration
- witness name, residence, religion, and how identified to the registrar
- mother’s name and maiden name, religion, and residence
- child’s birth date and gender
- child’s name (or if not yet named, “noch nicht”)
Tip: Because some births were recorded before the child was named and therefore don’t include a given name, if you’re having trouble finding an ancestor who should be included, try searching for a surname and year (or date, if known) of birth.
Some birth records might be stricken through, which means they are invalid, i.e. the event did not occur. The implication is that a child might not have survived the birth, or that the recorder made an error in transcription.
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