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Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1867Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1890, and Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1900.
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Mecklenburg-Schwerin,  Germany
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Record Description
Record Type Census
Collection years: 1867-1900
Languages: German
Title in the Language: Deutschland, Großherzogthum Mecklenburg Volkszählungen
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Landeshauptarchiv Mecklenburg-Schwerin


What is in this Collection?

This collection of census records pertains to the census of the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin conducted in 1867, 1890, and 1900. (Mecklenburg censuses were conducted intermittently from 1636 to 1939.) A census of citizens of the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin was collected as of 2/3 December 1867. Authorized enumerators went from house to house in their appointed areas, recording in a “household list” of each person who was present at the time in the apartment or house. Household members who were not physically present at the time of the census were recorded in an addendum. The following information was recorded about each person: first and last name, gender, year of birth, religious affiliation, marital status, occupation or social standing, citizenship, the reason why visitors were in the census area, and distinguishing physical characteristics. Based on the 1867 census, the population of the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin was determined to be 560,668. Of those, 193,882 people lived in the cities.

Aname index and images for a portion of The 1890 census consist of a name index arranged by towns under their enumeration district. Two types of forms are found for each town: Zählkarten and Namenslisten. The Zählkarten list individuals and give the date and place of birth, occupation, residence, gender and marital status, etc. The Namenslisten list the inhabitants of a given household and show relationship to the head of the household. Most of the census did not survive. The 1900 census consist of two forms: the individual forms (Zählkarten), which list information about each person, and the household lists (Haushaltungslisten), which identify the members of a family and their relationship to the head of household; both forms are filed by place. These places are then arranged alphabetically by each manorial district or city (Ritteramt, Domänenamt, Klosteramt, Stadt). The censuses cover territory controlled by the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. For the 1900 census, takers went to each house in each of the 2,559 districts and recorded all the inhabitants as of December 1, 1900, therefore covering about 95 to 98 percent of the population living in Mecklenburg-Schwerin in December of 1900.

To Browse these Collections

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1867.
You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1890.
You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1900.

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Individual census records may contain the following information:

  • Enumeration district
  • Full name and gender
  • Birth date and place
  • Marital status
  • Place of residence
  • Occupation
  • Religion

Household census records may contain the following information:

  • Household number and street address
  • Name of head of household
  • Full names of all members of household
  • Relationship to head of household

How Do I Search This Collection?

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1867.
You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1900.
You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1890.

To browse by image:

⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the "Place: Place number (District or City)" category
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Look at each image or record comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images or records and compare the information about the individuals listed to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind there may be more than one person in the records with the same name and you will want to look carefully at dates, places and relations to identify your ancestor from another person. You also may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name if they were known by a nickname or changed their name from the original birth record name. Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life and may be listed in records with any of those variations. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination.

I Found Who I was Looking for, Now What?

  • Use the age in the citizen to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in church or civil records.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have moved, been recruited or lived nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify. Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. This compiled list can help you identify possible relations that can be further verified by researching vital records in the country.
  • When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, Now What?

  • Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the time period, either German Civil Registration records or German Church records may be more useful.
  • While searching, it is helpful to know such information as the ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as an ancestor and that the ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
  • Keep in mind that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of local genealogical societies.

Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation for Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Census 1867

"Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1867." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Mecklenburgisches Landeshauptarchiv, Schwerin (Census Office. Mecklenburg State Archives, Schwerin).

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1867.

Image Citation:

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Collection Citation for Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Census 1890

"Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1890." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Volkszählungsamt. Mecklenburgische Landeshauptarchiv Schwerin [Mecklenburg State Archives, Schwerin].

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1890.

Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1890.


Collection Citation for Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1900

"Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1900." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Volkszählungsamt. Mecklenburgische Landeshauptarchiv Schwerin [Mecklenburg State Archives, Schwerin].

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1900.

Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1900.


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