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Localization Blumenthal within Bremen

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General Informations

Structure and administration

Registry Office

Economy

The former Amt Blumenthal

  • Aumund (incl. Lobbendorf); today part of Bremen
  • Beckedorf (incl.. Wölpsche); belongs today to Schwanewede
  • Blumenthal; today part of Bremen
  • Bockhorn; today part of Bremen (incl. Schwankenfurth; belongs today to Schwanewede)
  • Borchshöhe (to Aumund); today part of Bremen
  • Brundorf (incl.. Hahle, Brande, Korbeck und Lilkendey); belongs today to Schwanewede
  • Burgdamm; today part of Bremen
  • Eggestedt; belongs today to Schwanewede
  • Erve; belongs today to Ritterhude
  • Farge; today part of Bremen
  • Fähr (incl. Altfähr und Neufähr); today part of Bremen
  • Flethe; today part of Bremen
  • Grohn; today part of Bremen
  • Hammersbeck; today part of Bremen
  • Holthorst (incl. Hahnhorst und Welle); belongs today to Schwanewede
  • Lesum (incl. Neulesum); today part of Bremen
  • Lesumstotel (incl. Wullbrandt); belongs today to Ritterhude
  • Leuchtenburg (incl. Klein Hahnhorst); belongs today to Schwanewede
  • Löhnhorst (incl. Hünertshagen); belongs today to Schwanewede
  • Lüssum; today part of Bremen
  • St. Magnus; today part of Bremen
  • Meyenburg (own parish); belongs today to Schwanewede
  • Neuenkirchen; belongs today to Schwanewede
  • Neurönnebeck (incl. Dillen); today part of Bremen
  • Neuschönebeck; today part of Bremen
  • Platjenwerbe; belongs today to Ritterhude
  • Rade (to Neuenkirchen); belongs today to Schwanewede
  • Rekum (to Neuenkirchen); today part of Bremen
  • Rönnebeck; today part of Bremen
  • Schönebeck (incl. estate of Schönebeck und Friedrichsdorf); today part of Bremen
  • Schukamp (incl. Hamfähr und Lehmhorst); belongs today to Schwanewede
  • Schwanewede
  • Stendorf; belongs today to Ritterhude
  • Voraumund (incl. Bröcken); today part of Bremen
  • Vorbruch (incl. Steller Bruch und Göspe); belongs today to Schwanewede
  • Wollah (incl. Habichtshorst und Bentloge); belongs today to Ritterhude

History (overview)

Around 1250 
Some noble families, among other things the families Stedinge and von Oumünde (= von Aumund) let built the first castle in Blumenthal.
1305 
The first castle is pulled down.
1354 
The second castle (today House Blomendal) is build by the knight family of Blumenthal (between Aue and Becke).
1399 
First mention of a chapel in Blumenthal.
1436 
The knight family von der Borch pawns Blumenthal to Bremen.
1522 
Introduction of the Lutheran doctrine.
1571 
Destruction of 7 houses by lightning stroke (more than 50 %).
1586 
Rönnebeck first mentioned.
1604 
Building of the first church in Blumenthal. The church-tower is still standing.
1618 
The parish of Blumenthal embrace, as most parishes in Bremen, the Calvinist doctrine.
1653 
Swedish troops under the command of Count Königsmarck occupy the Blumenthal Castle (now called Haus Blomendal), Lesum and Burg.
1654 
Bremen loss the sovereignty ("ius territoriale") over Blumenthal on Sweden.
1663 
Bremen orders, that the inhabitants of Blumenthal have to visit the church in Lesum (St. Martini). Bremen can assert the right of patronage over the churches.
1712 
The duchy of Bremen, and with it Blumenthal, becomes danish.
1715 and 1719 
Hannover, since 1714 connected with England by personal union, buys the duchies of Bremen and Verden.
1741 
In the so called "Zweiter Stader Vergleich" (2nd arrangement of Stade) Blumenthal finally becomes a part of Hannover.
1814 
Hannover becomes a kingdom.
1866 
Annexation of Hannover by Prussia.
1877 
The new Blumenthal church is build.
1939 
On 01. Nov. Blumenthal, Lesum, Grohn, Schönebeck, Aumund and Farge, becomes a part of Bremen.
1943-45 
Building of a giantic bunker (called "Valentin") for submarine production in Farge. In Blumenthal develops an adjoining camp of concentration camp Neuengamme.

Religious Communities

Reformed Church (Calvinists)

To the parish of Blumenthal (Calvinist parish) belonged the districts of the today quarter of Blumenthal (exception Rekum), Vegesack, Fähr and Hammersbeck (today a part of Vegesack). It embraced also Schwanfurth, parts of Beckedorf and Löhnhorst which belongs to Lower Saxony today. Notice: Rekum belongs to the parish of Neuenkirchen.

Ev. ref. Gemeinde Blumenthal (Evangelical-reformed parish Blumenthal)

Landrat-Christians-Strasse 78
D-28779Bremen

Ev. ref. Gemeinde Rönnebeck-Farge

Farger Strasse 21
D- 28777 Bremen

Ev. ref. Gemeinde Rekum

Reeker Barg 2
D-28777 Bremen

Lutheran Church

For a long time the Lutherans had to visit the parish at Lesum. 1821 was founded a united parish at Vegesack. For details see also Burglesum.

Ev. luth. Martin-Luther-Gemeinde (Blumenthal)

Wigmodistrasse 33
D-28779 Bremen

Founded as a special Lutheran parish by seperation from the Calvinist parish Blumenthal in 1901.


Ev. luth. Gemeinde Bockhorn (Johann-Hinrich-Wichern-Kirche)

Himmelskamp 21
D-28779 Bremen

Ev. luth. Gemeinde Lüssum

Neuenkirchener Weg 31
D- 28779 Bremen

Ev. luth. Paul-Gerhard-Gemeinde (Rönnebeck-Farge)

Lichtblickstrasse 7
D-28777 Bremen

Catholic Church

The catholic parishes were founded at the beginning of the 20th century when many labour came from the former german eastern territories and Poland.

Kath. St. Marien-Gemeinde

Fresenbergstrasse 20
D-28779 Bremen

Kath. Heilig-Kreuz-Gemeinde

Treuburger Platz 10
D-28779 Bremen


Kath. Christ-König-Kirche

Dillener Strasse 112
D-28777 Bremen


Societies, Archives

Heimatverein Blumenthal e.V. (Local Society Blumenthal)

Auestrasse 9
D-28779 Bremen
Speak to: Klaus Peters

The Heimatverein Blumenthal e.V. has an archive and a local museum in House Blomendal.


Heimatverein Farge-Rekum e.V. (Local Society Farge-Rekum)

Unterm Berg 31
D-28777 Bremen
Speak to: Gerhard Scharnhorst

The Heimatverein Farge-Rekum has an archive.

Adress:
Archiv Farge-Rekum
Rekumer Strasse 82/84
D-28777 Bremen

Schifferverein für Rekum und Umgebung (Boatman Society for Rekum and surround)

Lämmerweg 59
D-28777 Bremen
Speak to: Hans-L. Hashagen

DOKUmentationszentrum Blumenthal e.V. (Document Center Blumenthal)

Heidbleek 10
D-28779 Bremen

Genealogical and Historical Documents

Parish registers

For the today quarter of Blumenthal you should use the parish registers of Blumenthal, Lesum and Neuenkirchen. Most of them are available as photocopies or on Microfiches in the working room of the MAUS.

Blumenthal (Calvinist parish)

The original parish registers till 1874 are located at the State Archive Bremen, the following at the parish.

  • Baptisms
    • 1717 - 1760 available (with many gaps)
    • 1761 - 1866 available
  • Marriages
    • 1755 - 1757 (with gaps)
    • 1760 (with gaps)
    • 1761 - 1874 available
  • Funerals
    • 1717 - 1761 available (with many gaps)
    • 1761 - 1853 available
    • 1854 - 1863 only parts of a register available

Neuenkirchen

The parish registers of Neuenkirchen are espacially interesting for the inhabitants of Rekum. Photocopies till 1840 are available in the working room of the MAUS. The original parish registers of 1744 to 1900 are located at the St. Michaelis parish in Neuenkirchen.

  • Baptisms 1744 - 1900 available
  • Marriages 1744 - 1900 available
  • Funerals/Death records 1744 - 1900 available

Lesum

For details see Burglesum.

Gravestones

A very good help is the photo collection of old gravestones of Ursula Siebert.

Ursula Siebert
Die alten Grabsteine zu Blumenthal (The old gravestones in Blumenthal)
Bremen 1981

This album is located in the working room of the MAUS.

General Sources

Most of the old documents concerning Blumenthal are located at the State Archiv Stade, Signature: Rep. 74 Blum. Amt Blumenthal.

Literature:

Deeters, Walter
Quellen zur Hof- und Familienforschung im Niedersächsischen Staatsarchiv Stade (Sources for farm and family research at the Lower Saxony State Archive Stade)
Göttingen 1968

Literature

Meyer, Günther / Fiedler, Ulf
Die Sparkasse und die Ortschaft Blumenthal
Verlag H. M. Hauschild GmbH
Bremen 1991

Fiedler, Ulf / Havighorst, Bernd
Das alte Blumenthal in Bildern
Verlag Johann Hinrich Döll
Bremen 1982

Knauf, Diethelm
Blumenthal 1860-1945
Edition Temmen
Bremen 1998

Fiedler, Ulf
Bremen-Nord
Verlag H. M. Hauschild GmbH
Bremen 1977

Web Resources

Homepage of Irmi Gegner-Sünkler
Mrs Gegner-Sünkler has a great collection of informations about Blumenthal and its inhabitants. You will also find informations about famous people from Blumenthal, e.g. Alma Rogge, Tami Oelfken, Manfred Hausmann and Captain Eduard Dallmann.

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