Germany Mecklenburg Census Population Schedules 1900

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Germany Mecklenburg Census Population Schedules 1900

How to Use this Record

Locate the individual in the census to determine other family members, their dates and places of birth as well as relationships one to another.

Why this Record was Created

The census was taken for purposes of taxation and military conscription as well as to provide data on the religious, occupational, and language background of the people.

Record History

The census covers territory controlled by the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Census enumerators went to each house in each of the 2,559 census districts and recorded all the inhabitants as of December 1, 1900.

Record Description

The 1900 census population schedules consist of two forms: the individual forms (Zählkarten), which lists 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).

Record Coverage

Mecklenburg censuses were conducted intermittently from 1636 to 1939. The 1900 census covers 95 to 98 percent of the population in Mecklenburg-Schwerin.

Record Content

Each household list includes the following information:

  • Name of the place being enumerated
  • Street address
  • Name of the head of household
  • Full name of each individual in the household
  • Relationship to the head of household
  • Gender of each individual
  • Whether the individual is deaf or mute

The enumeration cards for those present list the following genealogical information:

  • Full name
  • Gender
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Religion
  • Occupation
  • Citizenship
  • Residence
  • Whether active in military service

The enumeration cards for those temporarily absent provide the same information in addition to the whereabouts of the individual.

Record Reliability

This census information could be given by any member of the household, but the census taker had to return if information given on the first visit was incomplete. Each record was signed by the census taker as verification of its accuracy.