Explaining the 1831 census of Lübeck, Germany

We have quite a gap between the 1815 census I told you about the last time and this one from 1831.

And as you can see in the image below, the 1831 census form is a lot simpler and less detailed than the ones before.

The 1831 census goes back to only listing citizens within the town walls. It contains the following volumns:

  • volumn 01: Maria Magdalenen Quartier I
  • volumn 02: Maria Magdalenen Quartier II
  • volumn 03: Maria Magdalenen Quartier III
  • volumn 04: Maria Magdalenen Quartier IV
  • volumn 05: Maria Magdalenen Quartier V
  • volumn 06: Marien Quartier I
  • volumn 07: Marien Quartier II
  • volumn 08: Marien Quartier III
  • volumn 09: Marien Quartier IV
  • volumn 10: Marien Quartier V
  • volumn 11: Marien Quartier VI
  • volumn 12: Marien Quartier VII
  • volumn 13: Marien Quartier VIII
  • volumn 14: Marien Quartier XI
  • volumn 15: Marien Quartier XII
  • volumn 16: Johannis Quartier
  • volumn 17: Jacobi Quartier

This looks like a lot, but if you take a closer look at the single volumns you can see that each one is only between 10 and 30 pages. The census can be found at ancestry.com or familysearch.org.

To make this blogpost better comparable to the previous ones, I kept the first page of the Maria-Magdalenen-Quartier as an example.

1830 census Lübeck, Germany

1830 census Lübeck, Germany

The very first row, even above the header provides the name of the registrar taking the census on the left (in this case: A.F. Naht) and the name of the street and number of the house on the right (in this case: Mengstrasse No. 45).

I numbered the columns again:

  1. name of the street
  2. this “no”, meaning number just provides the consecutive number
  3. name of the head of the household
  4. occupaction of the head of the household
  5. there is no header for this column. My GUESS: number of adults, meaning of the head of the household was married
  6. number of children. You see, there is no differentiation between sons and daughters like there was in previous censuses
  7. number of male servants
  8. number of female servants
  9. total number of people living in the household
  10. remarks

Let’s take a look at row no. 2 as an example: Joh. Croll lives at Mengstrasse 45. He is a merchant, and according to my guess he is married. He has one child living in the household and three female servants, adding up the total number of people living in house to 6 (including him).

I hope this series helps you with your research in my hometown.

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