Surnames/tags: Brandenburg Germany
Welcome to the Brandenburg Team Page
- This Team was created to offer a place to collaborate on Brandenburg research. You can ask questions in the comments below or offer suggestions on new resources to attach to our resources list.
How Can You Help the Brandenburg Team?
- There are extensive profile improvements that need to be done in this region and we could really use your help. See Profile Improvements, below.
- Members with knowledge of this region can answer questions and offer guidance on this page, our Google Group and on G2G.
- Ensure the information and links on this page are up-to-date (especially for archival and research site information)
- Do you live in Brandenburg? You can offer archive, library, church, etc. research visits for other members.
- Create new Space pages for region-specific geographical, topical, or other, that include images, history, and anything helpful for collaborating and helping other researchers.
Overview of Brandenburg
- State of the Federal Republic of Germany: 1990
- Capital: Potsdam
- English: Brandenburg
- German: Brandenburg
|Map of Brandenburg in Germany|
- Eastern part of Old Brandenburg (about 25%) belongs to Poland since 1945. Located in the Northeast part of Germany Brandenburg is the fifth largest state by area and the tenth by population. Potsdam is its largest city and its capital. It surrounds the city state of Berlin. It also borders the states of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, and Saxony, and the country of Poland. Part of what was the historical area of Brandenburg, the Neumark east of the Oder–Neisse line, after Germany's defeat in World War II became part of Poland.
- Brandenburg.de: Land Brandenburg Portal
- Wikipedia: Brandenburg
- Britannica: Brandenburg
- NationsOnline: Brandenburg
- Brandenburg.de: Discover Brandenburg
- Wikipedia: Potsdam
- Wikipedia: Brandenburg an der Havel
- Wikipedia: Cottbus
- Wikipedia: Frankfurt (Oder)
- Wikipedia: Oranienburg
- Maps Coordinates: 52°21′43″N 13°0′29″E
- Google Maps: Brandenburg map
- Meyers Gazetteer
- Wikipedia: Population density in Berlin-Brandenburg in 2015
- FamilySearch: Province of Brandenburg Kingdom of Prussia, 1905, Administrative Map
- FamilySearch: Karte der Ämter in Brandenburg
- Wikipedia: Administrative divisions of Brandenburg
Coat of Arms
|Coat of Arms of Brandenburg|
We'd appreciate your help with sourcing, connecting, merging and fixing database errors on the profiles in this region. Click the LINKS below to get lists of profiles in Bavaria that need some love (click "get profiles" in the left column to generate a list):
- SOURCERS: to get a list of unsourced profiles that need reliable sources added, click HERE. For more information/instruction on sourcing, see Germany Project Sourcerers Team
- CONNECTORS: to get a list of unconnected profiles that need to be connected to the main tree, click HERE. For more information/instruction on connecting profiles, see Germany Project Connectors Team
- ARBORISTS: To get a list of unmerged matches that need research and sourcing, with the goal to ultimately merge or reject the match, click HERE. For more information/instruction on merging and unmerged matches, see Germany Project Arborists Team
- SUGGESTIONS: To get a list of suggestions aka database errors that need data doctor attention, click HERE. For more information/instruction on clearing database errors, see Germany Project Data Doctors Team.
- Team Leader: OPEN ... any volunteers??
- Team Members:
Free Space Pages and One-Place Studies in Brandenburg
Have you created a page that you'd like included below? Add a profile comment below with a link to what you would like to contribute.
|Team or Topic||Team Members|
|Brandenburg from Brandenburg Legends||Jack Day|
Research Help and Regional Resources
Online Resource Compilations
- Genealogy.net: Online Familienbücher aka OFBs (regional family books). Also see THIS PAGE for Familienbücher that are not available online, but our members will do lookups for you.
- German Genealogical Society of MN: Brandenburg Resources and Email Lists
- The Ancestor Hunt: free online resources for international newspapers: see the section for Germany.
- Genealogy.net: GenWiki, main page
- German Roots.com: German Genealogy Resources on the Internet
- WikiTree Category: Germany Genealogy Resources
- WikiTree: Germany Project Resources
- FamilySearch: Brandenburg Online Genealogy Records
- Ancestry.com: Brandenburg family history research page
- Archion.de: Protestant church records ($subcription site)
- Matricula: Catholic Church records
- FamilySearch: Germany Online Genealogy Records
- FamilySearch: German Church Records
- FamilySearch: German Civil Registration
- Tripadvisor: Churches & Cathedrals in Brandenburg
- Join My Church: Churches in Brandenburg
- FamilySearch: Germany Church Directories
- FamilySearch: German Jewish Records
- Wikipedia: Religion in Germany
- Germany Genealogy Group: German Emigration Database
- Historisches Museum Bremerhaven: German Emigrant Database
- Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild: Transcribed Ships Manifests Departing from Germany. Ports of departure include: Altona, Bremen, Bremerhaven, Cuxhaven, Geestemunde, Hamburg, Stettin, Swinemunde (currently Swinoujscie, Poland), German Unspecified Ports
- GermanRoots.com: Online German Emigration Records, Lists and Indexes
- GermanyRoots: Ship's Database
- WikiTree Immigration/Emigration Categories:
- FindAGrave: Cemeteries in Brandenburg
- Tourist Link: Cemeteries in Brandenburg
- Tripadvisor: Brandenburg Cemeteries
Colleges and Universities
- They often have local records and have professors who are versed in local lore so can be a wonderful resource and many are multilingual.
- Universität Potsdam: The University of Potsdam was established in 1991 and is one of the youngest universities in Germany
- European University Viadrina: founded in 1506 at Frankfurt/Oder
- College Wikipedia: Universities In Brandenburg
- Wikipedia: Category:Universities and colleges in Brandenburg
- UniRank: Brandenburg Universities
Local Phone Books
Local Genealogy Groups
- WikiTree: List of Addresses for Family Research in Germany
From Wikipedia: Brandenburg originated in the Northern March in the 900s AD, from areas conquered from the Wends. It later became the Margraviate of Brandenburg, a major principality of the Holy Roman Empire. In the 15th century, it came under the rule of the House of Hohenzollern, which later also became the ruling house of the Duchy of Prussia and established Brandenburg-Prussia, the core of the later Kingdom of Prussia. From 1815 to 1947, Brandenburg was a province of Prussia.
Following the abolition of Prussia after World War II, Brandenburg was established as a state by the Soviet Military Administration in Germany, and became a state of the German Democratic Republic in 1949. In 1952, the state was dissolved and broken up into multiple regional districts. Following German reunification, Brandenburg was re-established in 1990 and became one of the five new states of the Federal Republic of Germany.
- Wikipedia: Province of Brandenburg
- Wikipedia: History of Brandenburg
- Wikipedia: Margraviate of Brandenburg, a major principality of the Holy Roman Empire from 1157 to 1806
- Ostbrandenburg.com: Neumark/Ostbrandenburg
Culture and Travel
Lakes and hiking trails and cosmopolitan cities. This area of Germany has castles and quaint villages. Old world and futuristic blended. Cuisine is hearty and down to earth with lots of meat and potato style dishes.
- Brandenburg Tourism: Discover Brandenburg
- House of Brandenburg-Prussian History: deu: Haus der Brandenburgisch-Preußischen Geschichte
- Museen in Brandenburg: Museums
- Brandenburg Castles
- German Foods: Recipe Collections – Recipes from Brandenburg
- Wikipedia: Brandenburg cuisine
- Wikipedia: Lower Oder Valley National Park
- Wikipedia: Spreewald
In Germany a number of different written languages and dialects were used. Below are some links to sites which may help you with old documents.
- Wikipedia: Sütterlin
- FamilySearch: Germany - Handwriting
- Wikipedia: Kurrent
- Wikipedia: Blackletter
- Wikipedia: Fraktur
- Wikipedia: ß
- WikiMedia: Brockhaus 1894 Deutsche Mundarten (map)
- Latin phrases because many old records are written in Latin this is a handy list of commonly used Latin phrases.
- WikiTree: Genealogy Glossary of multiple languages using common genealogy related words.
Last updated by Traci Thiessen: 25 Jan 2022
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