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IMAR Mecklenburg Emigrant Database
Background and Index
© copyright 1999-2003 by IGS; all rights
Latest Update: 4 August 2003
Bacckground: The Institute for Migration and Ancestral
Research (IMAR) was founded at Warnemünde / Rostock Germany
after the reunification of Germany. Their purpose is to study
and preserve records of Mecklenburg emigration and to assist
descendants of Mecklenburg emigrants in discovering and visiting
their ancestor's place of origin.
It is estimated that about 170,000 persons emigrated from
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern during the 19th and 20th Centuries. The
major destinations of these emigrants were the United States,
Canada, Australia, Chile, Brazil and Argentina. IMAR has begun
compilation of a database of Mecklenburg emigrants.
Information regarding about 20,000 persons has already been
entered into the database from documents held by the Mecklenburg
Main State Archive at Schwerin. Many of these records are
"Permit To Emigrate" forms approved for departing emigrants.
Records from other archives holding similar records and from
books or articles may be included.
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Database Contents: This IMAR database is not simply the
index you see on the two files linked below. It includes such
helpful information as each person's surname, the birth name (for
women), the person's given names, date of birth, sex, the archive
file number from which the information came, residence/home town,
the amt (court district) in which the hometown lies, occupation,
marital status, related persons mentioned, destination, the
source of information and the year of emigration, if known.
Using This IMAR Mecklenburg Database:
- Using the name of the archive and file number, you may
secure copies of the original documents for an individual.
- Because most of the persons desiring information about the
Mecklenburg emigrants do not live in Germany, IMAR has made an
agreement with the Immigrant Genealogical Society for their use
of the database to provide information to Americans seeking that
- The IGS volunteers can search the database for the full name
of your emigrant ancestor. You should supply information on age,
hometown, occupation, year of emigration, etc. to help us
identify the correct person.
- If IGS can identify your ancestor, we will print out the
information in the 17 fields of the database for you and provide
instructions for ordering copies of the originals.
- If there is more than one person with the same name and we
can not identify your specific ancestor, we will print out a list
for your evaluation.
- We will give instructions for ordering copies.
- Requested donation to IGS - US$10.00.
- There are now (as of late 2002) ovr 20,000 files in the IMAR
- The 2,578 surnames on the following list appear at least
once within the IMAR database:
Surnames in the IMAR "Mecklenburg Emigrants Database"
Requested Donation to IGS -- US $10.00
Send the Mecklenburg emigration record of
Surname Given names
Occupation ___________________ Emigrated __________
Your Name _______________________________________________________
City ______________________________ State ____ Zip _____________
Order from: Immigrant Genealogical Society P. O. Box 7369,
Burbank CA 91510-7369, USA.