About this collection
This collection contains death records from the German department of Rehna covering the years 1876 up to and including 1950. In the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, a "department" is a subdivision within an administrative district. The city of Rehna is situated in the state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and is centrally located in Nordwestmecklenburg about 15 miles from Lübeck, from Schwerin and from the Baltic Sea coast. The collection includes records from the registry offices of Rehna, Carlow, Demern, Falkenhagen, Grambow, Lankow, Schlagsdorf and Utecht. However, for some communities the records end before 1950.
Beginning on January 1, 1876, birth, marriage and death records in the former German Empire were created by local registry offices. The collected records are arranged chronologically and usually bound together in the form of yearbooks. These are collectively referred to as "civil registers." Occasionally, alphabetical directories of names were also created. While churches continued to keep traditional records, the State also mandated that the personal or marital status of the entire population be recorded.
What you can find in the records
Death records were created using preprinted forms that were filled in by hand by the registrar. In each record the date of death usually differs from the date it was registered. Depending on the individual form or on the formulations used by the registrar, you may find:
- Sequential or Certificate Number
- Registration Date
- Informant: Occupation, Given Names, Last Name, Residence, Address
- Deceased: Occupation, Given Names, Last Name, Maiden Name, Age, Denomination, Residence, Address, Birthplace, Marital Status, Parents, Place/Date of Death, Time of Death
More about using this collection
Each record comprises one page. Additional events from the life of the deceased were sometimes recorded later on in the margins. These notes, sometimes referred to as "narration," can contain very useful information but they have not been indexed. As a result, information from the notes will not found via the search form. After 1938, they may often include details about the marriage of the deceased. The “Informant” was usually a relative of the deceased. Images for individual year-ranges may be displayed by selecting the place of registration in the box "Browse this collection” then by selecting the year-range desired.