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"Back to Your Mecklenburg Roots"
by Dr. Anja Alert of the
Institute for Migration
and Ancestral Research (IMAR)
in Warnemunde Germany
© Copyright, Dr. Anbja Alert, IMAR and IGS
Latest Update: 4 August 2003
Excerpts from an Article published in German-American
Genealogy, Fall 1996 by the Immigrant Genealogical
"Back to Your Mecklenburg Roots" by Dr. Anja
The Institute for Migration and Ancestral Research (I.M.A.R.) was
founded in Rostock after the unification of Germany in the Spring
of 1994. The background was that in the last century more than
220,000 people emigrated from the two duchies of
Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Mecklenburg-Strelitz. They also came
from Pomerania. The western part of this region belongs today to
Mecklenburg under the name of Western Pomerania.
I.M.A.R. helps the descendants of Mecklenburg emigrants to trace
the family roots here in Mecklenburg. It is able to locate the
origins of the ancestors and searches for local branches
of the family.
The people from the USA and from other countries, especially
those who are interested in genealogical research, send IMAR also
information about their ancestors. We put the data into our data
file of the Mecklenburg emigrants. IMAR already has more than
5,000 names of emigrants from Mecklenburg-Schwerin and 8,000
names from Mecklenburg-Strelitz for the period from 1835-1862 in
its files. The information for Mecklenburg-Schwerin includes the
whole period of emigration, which means from the 14th century to
the World War II.
IMAR develops and maintains friendly contact with Mecklenburg and
Western Pomeranian associations interested in historical
emigration. So, we are able to extend the information about the
emigration from this region. IMAR has been collecting as it
works a bibliography dedicated to the problems of Mecklenburg
emigration. It will be published, too. We are extracting
material from newspapers of the last century and collecting
letters of emigrants written to their Mecklenburg relatives.
With IMAR's assistance the descendants of Mecklenburg emigrants
can visit the old homeland or its districts particularly affected
by emigration and trace the origins of their ancestors. I.M.A.R.
will be able to trace living relatives, to visit them, too, or to
accompany visitors from the outside to the places of origin from
which the ancestors once set out to emigrate to unknown, far-off
Institute for Migration and Ancestral Research
Webmaster's Note: To the best of my knowledge and that of Jean
Nepsund (Research Director of IGS), there is no charge for
submitting a query and we know of no charge for checking as
specific person or single surname. However it is common courtesy
to send several International Postal Reply coupons on any
international genealogy letter.