Evangelical Church in Mecklenburg-Western PomeraniaFamily Research

The Parish Register Authority at the Church Archives at Schwerin keeps the registers and register copies of all parishes in the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Mecklenburg as well as military church registers of the garrison at Neustrelitz (1841–1874) and the Wehrmacht parishes at Hagenow, Neustadt-Glewe, Schwerin and Wustrow/Rerik (1935–1945).

The range of church registers includes over 4600 volumes (about 300 m). The earliest registers begin in 1611/12, but generally it is not before the end of the devastating 30 Years War (1618–1648) that most of the registers set in. The Parish Register Authority also preserves copies of the registers from the middle of the 18th century to the installation of the registry offices in 1875/76. The copies from 1875/76 to 1943/44 are kept by the Municipal Archives of Rostock (E-Mail: stadtarchiv@rostock.de) in case of the city’s parishes, the Archives of the Cathedral of Ratzeburg (Domarchiv, Domhof 35, D-23909 Ratzeburg) in case of the parishes of the former superintendency at Ratzeburg (Dom Ratzeburg, Carlow, Demern, Herrnburg, Schlagsdorf, Schönberg, Selmsdorf, Ziethen) and the State Archives at Schwerin (E-Mail: poststelle@lakd-mv.de) for the remaining parishes.

As the number of microfilm-readers in our reading room is limited, we ask you to announce your visit as early as possible – at least two weeks in advance (tel. +49 385 20223 292, E-Mail: schwerin@archiv.nordkirche.de).

To protect the registers from damage we only hand out film copies. A list of the available film copies can be found here (Tf = baptism, Kf = confirmation, Tr = marriage, St = funeral register). For opening hours and fees see the web site of the Church Archives. Digitized versions of some registers can also be viewed via the church book portal ARCHION.

In case you are unable to do the research on your own, we ask you to turn to local private researchers.



Mecklenburg State Archives at Schwerin (Landeshauptarchiv Schwerin), see for registers from 1876 to 1944 (with the exception of the city of Rostock and the former superintendency of Ratzeburg) and emigration permits beginning in 1863

Municipal Archives of the City of Rostock, see for Rostock registers from 1876 to 1944

Institute for Migration and Ancestral Research, provides help and purchases a data basis of emigrants from Mecklenburg and West Pomerania

Archives of the State and City of Hamburg (Staatsarchiv Hamburg), see for ships passenger lists of emigrants’ ships departing from Hamburg


Landeskirchliches Archiv Schwerin
Postfach 111063
19010 Schwerin
Tel.: 0385 20223 292
Fax: 0385 20223 299
E-Mail: schwerin@archiv.nordkirche.de 

Reading Room:
Am Dom 2
19055 Schwerin


Opening Hours:
tuesdays/ wednesdays: 9.00–15.00 Uhr
(Reservation required)