How to read the 1807 census for Lübeck, Germany

Do you research in Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany? If yes, the online available censuses are really helpful with your research.

Available (e.g. at ancestry.com) are the censuses for the following years:

  • 1807
  • 1812
  • 1815
  • 1831
  • 1845
  • 1851
  • 1857
  • 1862
  • 1871
  • 1875
  • 1880

This blogpost explains how to read the first one from 1807.

census 1807 Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

census 1807 Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

The 1807 census is divided into the volumes for the quarters (quartier) of the historical inner city:

  • Volume 1: Marien Quartier
  • Volume 2: Johannis Quartier
  • Volume 3: Jacobi Quartier
  • Volume 4: Maria-Magdalena Quartier

The page above is the first one from the first volume (Marien Quartier). The columns from left to right:

  • first column: “Straße”  – the name of the street
  • second and third column: “Wohnung” – the second column provides the number of the house, barrack or cellar – the third column provides the number of the corridor. A little explanation: When the houses in the front didn’t provide enough space anymore, barracks, booths and small cottages have been built in the back. Those were connected (and still are) via corridors. A collection of pictures can be found here.
  • fourth column: name of the head of the household and if he (in very rare cases a she) was married, single or widower (widow)
  • fifth column: occupation and profession
  • sixth and seventh column: number of children in the household (boys and girls)
  • eighth til tenth column: number of domestics – column 8 male apprenctises, column 9 male assistants and column 10 female housekeepers or lady’s companions
  • column eleven and twelve: number of servants (male and female)
  • column thirteen and fourteen: number of siblings living in the household (male and female)
  • column fifteen: the total number of family or other related people in the household

The section on the right provides information about people who are living in the household but do not belong to the family

  • columns 16-18: locals: name, occupation and profession, number of people
  • columns 19-21: foreigners: name, occupation and profession, number of people
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  1. Pingback: How to read the 1812 census of Lübeck, Germany | Barbara Schmidt

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