Where can I find records for Pommern ?

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I am trying to locate a birth record for Henry Droese who was born 04Feb1841 (Droese-2).  He is listed as Heinrich Droese from "G Crössin" in "Preusen" on the Ship's Passenger List.  Is this Gross Krössin in Pommern (now Krosino, Poland) ?  On one of his children's birth record he and his wife are listed as born in "Hinter Pommern, Deushland".   This looks like it may be the same area but I have no idea where to start looking for records.  His wife's death record says she was born in Schmäling, Germany.  The only Schmäling I can locate is near Gutersloh, 450 miles from Krosino.  She's not listed in any of the churches near Gutersloh so I am hoping there may be another Schmäling near Krosino.  Thank you for your help !!!!
WikiTree profile: Henry Droese
in Genealogy Help by Steven Beckler G2G6 (7.2k points)

You might want to check out the website https://mypomerania.com/.

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The WikiTree Germany Project page has this page high includes links for Pomerania. See https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Lists_of_Adresses_for_Family_Research_in_Germany

by George Fulton G2G6 Pilot (417k points)
selected by Anonymous Burnett
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Ok, here is what I found: On a map of 1794 there is Groß Crössin. And on another map of 1794 there is Klütz, to which belonged a Haus Schmeling. If you wanted to see the records, you would have to look in today's Poland.

by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (803k points)
Thanks for your comment Jelena. Can anyone share a comment whether it is easy to look for records in the West of Poland? 2 years ago I went looking East of Warsaw for records of the family of my father-in-law which was deported to Siberia in 1940. Language was difficult but my wife and I were treated with a lot of good humour and support by all branches of government and the local diocese.
I have zero experience with Polish authorities. So I am out of that part of the question.
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Some records are available at FamilySearch, for example see this from the catalog:

https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/1874205

by George Fulton G2G6 Pilot (417k points)
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Unfortunately, I cannot help you with the village Schmäling. But here's some general information on Pomerania: Pommern or Pomerania was divided after WWII. Hinterpommern or Eastern Pomerania belongs to Poland today, Vorpommern or Western Pomerania still is part of Germany. Both parts belonged to Prussia and Germany until WWII. Many church records are lost due to the devastation of war. But some were saved and are available online at Archion. You can have a look for free if there are records available for the parish you want to research. To browse through the records you need to pay.

by Daniel Schewe G2G1 (2.0k points)
Thank you.  I am currently a member of archion and looked at their records for Hinterpommern.  Unfortunately none of the churches in or around Gr Krössin are listed. I was hoping that Poland may have had the records stored elsewhere.  I'm guessing the records were destroyed in WWII and this will be the end of that part of my line.  Thanks again.
Keep in mind that just because records are not on Archion that doesn't mean they're destroyed. A lot of records are simply not yet online. Try contacting the local church and municipal authorities or the state archive. They can tell you for sure what records exist and how to access them.
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by Helmut Jungschaffer G2G6 Pilot (545k points)
Thank you, Helmut, for your contributions. When I see your name in a comment then I immediately open it because I'm sure it will be informative.

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