Bremen, Germany Genealogy

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Guide to Bremen, Germany ancestry, family history, and genealogy after 1945: birth records, marriage records, death records. Template:Bremen1945 sidebar

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

  • At the unwinding of the Holy Roman Empire in 1806, Bremen became a sovereign state officially titled Free Hanseatic City of Bremen.
  • The Vienna Congress of 1815 confirmed Bremen’s independence.
  • In 1827, the state of Bremen bought the tract of land from the Kingdom of Hanover (Hannover), where future Bremerhaven would be established.
  • Bremen became part of the North German Confederation in 1867 and became an autonomous component state of the new-founded German Empire in 1871.
  • In 1935, Bremen became a regular city at the de facto abolition of statehood of all component German states within the Third Reich.
  • It was re-established as a state in 1947.  Wikipedia

Maps[edit | edit source]

Towns Within Bremen


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Towns Within Bremerhaven


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Germany was first unified as a nation in 1871. For German research prior to 1945, the Research Wiki, FamilySearch Catalog, and FamilySearch Historical Records are organized by the place names in use from 1871 to 1945. For research in that time period, use the Wiki links in the chart below:


1871 Region

History and Background

Geo-Political Differences Today
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(organized by 1871 Meyer's Gazetteer)
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Instructions for Research Before 1945

Bremen, officially (Free Hanseatic City of Bremen)

1949: Current state of Bremen

Bremen