Greifenberg / Pommern
Introduction to Timelines
for the correct Heuer Family, I encountered many, many more people with the same
name and I began collecting these records, always making a copy of the church
record, whether it was a birth, marriage or a death. I noticed that at
certain times, the handwriting of the scribes changed drastically, making
identification difficult, but I was fortunate to have a friend, Hans Seebohm, born in Germany some 80 years ago who helped with the most difficult
records, "there were some even he could not decipher".
As the records piled up,
I began organizing them by congregation or (Kirchenspiel). The Heuer
family I was searching for, were first found in Borntin, one of four villages
with that name in Pommern. After ordering the first three Borntin films, I finally had the
correct one. Using the information from that record, I was able to work
backwards to where they had been before Borntin, which was the congregation of
Zirkwitz. There I found that they had come from Neides, in the
congregation of Carnitz (Karnitz). This was a particularly good film,
beginning with 1765 and continuing to 1874 and was copied completely with
births, confirmations, marriages and deaths.
After collecting all of
the pertinent records for this family, I branched out to find the marriage
partners and other family members. That led me to other
congregations, where I almost always found Heuer's.
If you are among the
fortunate Pommern Heuer genealogical researchers who know the name of the
village your ancestors came from, you will very likely find all the information
about their birth, confirmations, marriages and deaths in the church records for
Pommern that we have listed below by Kirchenspiel. These records were
copied from the films I obtained from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints who filmed the original church records. The Mormon Church maintains
these films in Salt Lake City and they can be ordered at your local Family
History Center, usually a part of the local LDS church. After you order
them, there will be a short wait until they are mailed. Then you can view them
at the same center, and make copies of the records you want to keep.
Each individual church
record was checked for recorded events that related to Heuer families.
The church or "Kirchenspiel" (Church
Parish) was normally centrally positioned with smaller villages
surrounding. Therefore records were maintained for several villages in the
"Kirchenspiel". Following are timelines
for those churches/villages where records were found.
by: Gertrude Zimmermann
We did not
find filmed records for Schwessow , Jatzel, Loppnow or Schmalenthin. For
Loppnow and Schmalenthin there may be some records in the City of Greifenberg
records are to be found in Kirche Plathe records in Kreis Regenwalde, film
numbers 1334629, 1334630, 133631 & 1334629.