How to read the 1815 census for Lübeck, Germany

I am moving on with the resources I use. This blogpost will describe the 1815 census for Lübeck, Germany.

It is the first one which includes not only the inner city districts but also the parts outside of the town walls and other Lübeck territories in the area. Below you find the areas per volume. Highlighted in blue are those which contain information from outside of the town walls.

  • volume 1: Landwehr-Bezirk Holstheintor
  • volume 2: Landwehr-Bezirk Ritzerau
  • volume 3: Jacobi-Quartier
  • volume 4: Maria-Magdalena-Quartier
  • volume 5: Marien-Quartier
  • volume 6: Landwehr-Bezirk Mühlenthor
  • volume 7: Landwehr-Bezirk Burgthor
  • volume 8: Landwehr-Bezirk Travemünde

This is also the first census where my family comes into the pictures. Schlutup, the area where my family lived belongs to the colume 7: Landwehr-Bezirk Burgthor.

I stick to the first page of the census for the Marien-Quartier like in the last postings introducing Lübeck censuses. Just to make it easier to compare A reminder: so far the Marien-Quartier was the first volume, here it is volume 5.

1815 census Lübeck - Marien Quartier page 1

1815 census Lübeck – Marien Quartier page 1

The content is slightly different, although the form looks familiar. I numbered the columns to make it easier to follow:

  1. name of the street
  2. provides the number of the house, barrack or cellar
  3. 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.
  4. name of the head of the household. The number 1 next to the name means the person was single, number 2 provides the information that the head of the household was married
  5. occupation and profession
  6. lists the number of sons living in the household
  7. provides the number of daughters living in the household
  8. lists the number of male apprentices
  9. provides number of male assistents
  10. provides the number of female housekeepers and lady’s companions
  11. here we come to the male servants and
  12. female servants
  13. number of male family members or other related people in the household
  14. number of female family members or other related people in the household
  15. is just the addition of all listed members so far
  16. name of people who are living in the household but do not belong to the family
  17. their occupation
  18. and the number of people who are living in the household but do not belong to the family
  19. the form terminates with a column for written remarks.

Let’s have a look at row 40 in this example.

J.C. Dimpker lives in the Mengstrasse 40. He is married hatter and has one son and one daughter living with him and his wife, who is not named. He also has 2 male assistants and one female servant living in the household. Which adds up to 7 people living in the household.

I hope this helps to find your way around.



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