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Overview of Bremen

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City-State of the Federal Republic of Germany: 1947
English: Bremen, Free Hanseatic City of Bremen
German: Bremen, Freie Hansestadt Bremen
Bremen location in Germany
The State of Bremen is comprised of the City of Bremen, which is also its capital, and the city of Bremerhaven which serves as the harbor for Bremen. The cities are 40.5 miles apart. Both cities are surrounded by areas of the state of Lower Saxony which is also called Niedersachsen. It is the smallest and least populous of the 16 German States. Hanseatic refers to a trading league of Northern cities active in the 13th through 15th centuries.


Bremen, short for Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, is a federal state of Germany and is the smallest of the 16 states of Germany. Bremen (state) consists of its capital city, also called Bremen and Bremerhaven. Bremen consists of two separate enclaves. Both are located on the river Weser, with Bremerhaven downstream serving as a North Sea Harbor. The cities Bremen and Bremerhaven are the only administrative subdivisions the state has.
Coordinates: 53°4′33″N 8°48′27″E

City of Bremen

Location of the districts in Bremen
City of Bremen

City of Bremerhaven

Location of the districts in Bremerhaven
City of Bremerhaven


Bremen's history on its official website begins in 780, while the city of Bremerhaven began in 1827.


Both Bremen and Bremerhaven are modern cities with abundant dining, shopping, and entertainment offerings. Museums, festivals, nature walks in parks, and historic areas are all part of the vibrant city scene.

Research Help and Regional Resources

Bremen has over 1200 years of history, which means over 1200 years worth of genealogical records for you to discover! This section provides information about how to discover, access, and cite these record sources.

There are 3 main types of records in Bremen:

  • Civil Registration - Civil registration didn't begin until about 1811 in Bremen. 1811-present for civil registrations of birth, death, marriage. There are two registry offices, Bremen-Mitte and Bremen-Nord.
  • Church Records - Church records (parish registers, or church books) are an important source for genealogy research prior to civil registration. The church recorded baptisms, marriages, deaths, burials. TIP: Find religion of ancestors
  • Family Heritage Books (Ortssippenbuch or Ortsfamilienbuch) - Town genealogies, known by many names including town lineage book, local heritage book, one-place-studies, Ortssippenbuch (OSB), and Ortsfamilienbuch (OFB) use civil registration records, but mainly relied on church records, and can therefore help you trace your ancestors, back as far as the 16th century.

Online Resource Compilations

Vital Records

Religious Facilities

Bremen, much like the rest of Germany has three main religious denominations, Catholic, Lutheran, and Reformed. Lutheran churches in general began requiring records around 1540. With some luck that means you could trace your ancestors all the way back to the 1500's!
Bremen Churches:
  • St Peter's Cathedral, Protestant Lutheran church, 1200+ years history, early gothic style building
  • St Stephens Cultural Church, Built 1139, Destroyed 1944 during the second world war, Rebuilt 1950
  • St Martini - St Martins Church, Founded 1229, Gothic brick building
  • St Johns Provost Church, Catholic, Bremen's main Catholic Church, Gothic Hall Church, 14th century
  • Our dear wives
  • St Ansgar
  • St Stefani
  • St Pauli, reformed
  • St Pauli, Lutheran
  • St Remberti
  • St Michaelis
  • Church of peace
  • St Jacobi


Local 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.

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Last updated by Traci Thiessen: 19 Jul 2022

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Address books for Bremen from 1794 to 1980 can be found here:
Thanks Gudula! This is super helpful info! I added it to the resource list above.
posted by Traci Thiessen
Hi guys, I have many ancestors from Bremen and have been researching them lately. See they were merchants and senators so quite prominant. What are you guys researching?
posted by Kylie Haese