How to read censuses for Mecklenburg-Schwerin

If you are looking for ancestors in the grandduchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (today part of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany), the censuses are a very helpful source to obtain information.

There exist 5 cencuses for the following years which can be accessed online via ancestry.com

  • 1819
  • 1867
  • 1890
  • 1900
  • 1919

The years 1867, 1890 and 1900 can also be viewed at familysearch.org

The forms for the various are very different. I will start today with the earliest one to explain what kind of information you can find.

1819

1819 census

The 1819 census is not household based but a consecutive list of all people being present in a village / city at the day when the census was taken.

From left to right the columns provide you with the following information:

  • consecutive number
  • male or female sex
  • first and last name
  • year and day of birth
  • place of birth
  • the parish the place of birth belongs to
  • occupation
  • if the person owns property
  • how long the person is already living in this place
  • single or married (family status)
  • religion (here in most cases lutheran, since that was the dominant religious denomination)
  • and general remarks

If you just see a stroke in a field that means the content of the field is the same as in the one above.

As an example here is how to read this census for my relative in row 47:

It is a male named Carl Christian Koop, born July 14, 1792 in Wüstenmark in the parish of Mühleneixen, he was a farmhand, had no own property, lived in the village for 1 1/4 years, was single and lutheran.

In my next blog about the Mecklenburg-Schwerin censuses I will take a closer look at the one from 1867

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