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Ancestry.com. Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany, Census, 1919 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors.
Original data: Freistaat Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Statistisches Landesamt. Volkszählung am 8. Oktober 1919. Microfilm reels: G654-G871. Landeshauptarchiv Schwerin. 5.12-3/20 Statistisches Landesamt (1851-1945).

About Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany, Census, 1919

This databse is a collection of the 1919 census for the German province of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. The records include both household lists (Haushaltungslisten) and lists of heads of household called Orts-Zählbezirk Listen. The Haushaltungslisten were signed by the head of household and list individuals at each residence and their relation to the head of the household. These records have been indexed for this database. The Orts-Zählbezirk Listen are arranged by cities/enumeration place. They are usually displayed at the beginning of the respective city’s Haushaltungslisten in the browse, but they have not been indexed. This census complements the Mecklenburg censuses of 1819, 1867, 1890, and 1900 already available on Ancestry.com.

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  • marital status
  • date of birth
  • place and district of birth
  • citizenship
  • municipality responsible for welfare

Historical Background

Mecklenburg-Schwerin was a former province of the German Reich but today is part of the federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The period 1919–1933 in Germany, follwing the end of World War I and the abdiction of Wilhelm II, Emperor of Germany, is known as the Weimar Republic, named after the city of Weimar, where the new constitution was concluded August 11, 1919. This census was taken on October 8 the same year. The original census returns were kept by the local governments and the records preserved by Mecklenburg-Schwerin are included in this database.

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