Mecklenburg-Schwerin Naturalization and Citizenship
For a comprehensive understanding of naturalization and citizenship records, study the article Germany Naturalization and Citizenship.
Citizen Registers[edit | edit source]
- "Bürgerregister Mecklenburgs sind in dem Werk Bürgerbücher aus Mecklenburg", by Franz Schubert (FHL 943.17 X2s): L2 contains citizens of Schwerin from records from the years 1560, 1586, 1855, 1622, 1672, 1726, 1770, 1832, 1859, 1869 and 1887. M1 includes Neubrandenburg from 1676 to 1893. A1 contains citizens of Stavenhagen from 1724 to 1741 and 1772-1918.
- Index Librorum Civitatum
Stadtbuch[edit | edit source]
A Stadtbuch is a record a city kept, starting in medieval times. It is a collection of written pages, first in Latin later in the vernacular of the area.
The content of a Stadtbuch varies with growing literacy. The oldest records contain a mixed variety (Stadtbuch mit vermischtem Inhalt), such as laying down the law for the city, collecting judgments. Legal certainty was created and citizens received parameters by which to interact with the city administration, legal issues, business affairs etc. For instance, land records were created by town clerks and stored by authority of the city council. Such records then received public credibility and became evidential. Since the 14th century city records became more categorized. The matters of the city council were kept separate from business between citizens, such as property issues and marriage contracts. There was a book for financial matters, statutes, city law and ordinances as well as for judicial protocols, in and outgoing correspondence, citizenship records and expatriations.
A Stadtbuch allows a glimpse into the life of citizenry and touches on the development of city law, politics, social structure and population statistics.