Source Information

Ancestry.com. Rostock, Germany, Parish Register Transcripts, 1580-1945 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
Original data: Rostock Kirchenbuchabschriften, 1580–1945. Digital images. Archiv der Hansestadt Rostock, Rostock, Deutschland.

About Rostock, Germany, Parish Register Transcripts, 1580-1945

About this collection

This collection contains parish registers and transcripts from Rostock covering the years 1580 up to and including 1945. The Hanseatic City of Rostock is an independent city in the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and is situated on both banks of the Warnow River up to the coast Baltic Sea. The Warnemünde district is a seaside resort on the Baltic and the largest cruiseship departure port in Germany. Rostock received its town charter in 1218 and was an important member of the Hanseatic League. Numerous Brick Gothic buildings attest to its rich history.

In addition to Rostock , the collection includes records from the community of Rövershagen, about 10 miles away, with records beginning in 1580. Rövershagen is home to the oldes church in Mecklenburg. The date ranges in the Rostock parish collection may vary. Most records date from the end of the 17th century to the mid-19th century.

The parish register transcripts begin in 1876 and continue until 1945. In addition to births, marriages, and deaths, the records contain some confirmations and, from 1940, notations about WWII casualties.

What you can find in the records

Events in the original church registers are recorded in the handwriting of the local pastor. For the transcripts preprinted forms were used. Depending on the individual formulations used by the pastor or on the transcription of the original, you may gernerally find the following details in these records:

For Births:

  • Child: Given Names, Birthdate, Time of Birth, Legitimacy/Illegitimacy, Baptism, Witnesses
  • Parents: Father's Given Names, Last Name, and Profession/Trade; Mother's Given Names, Maiden Name and Profession/Trade; Parents' residence

For Confirmations:

  • Confirmation Date, Last Name, Child's Given Names, Birthplace, Birthdate, Baptism Date, Father's Name and Profession and/or Residence.

For Marriages:

  • Groom: Given names, Last Name, Occupation, Residence, Birthdate and Birthplace, details about his Parents
  • Bride: Given names, Last Name, Maiden Name, Occupation/Trade, Residence, Birthdate and Birthplace, details about her Parents

For Deaths:

  • Deceased: Given Names, Last Name, Maiden Name, Occupation/Trade, Age, Spouse/Parents, Deathplace, Time of Death, Cause of Death, Date of Funeral

More about using this collection

Under "Browse this collection,” select the relevant parish. Then, noting the specific content of a book, select the desired year-range, For some communities, alphabetical directories of names are listed at the end of the collection. The sequence of birth, marriage or death records may not be consistent. In the church books, entries about the same persons may often be found on preceeding or succeeding pages.

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