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Localization of Bremen within Germany



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General Informations

District Organization and Population


The Federal State of Bremen is a two-city state. Two cities, one state: Bremen and Bremerhaven, 65 km apart.The old merchant city and the young maritime town constitute the smallest German state in terms of both, area (404 and population (668,000).

The Cities consist of the following municipal areas:






Will follow later

Associations, Societies, Museums

Genealogical Societies

DIE MAUS , Society for Family Research e.V. Bremen

Am Staatsarchiv 1
D-28203 Bremen
Web adress:

Historical Societies

Historische Gesellschaft Bremen e.V. (Historical Society Bremen)

Am Staatsarchiv 1
D-28203 Bremen
Telephone: +49. (0)4 21.325 128

Other Societies

Verein von Freunden des Focke-Museum (Society of Friends of the Focke Museum)

Schwachhauser Heerstrasse 240
D-28213 Bremen
Web adress:
Mrs Bahns ( 9.00 a.m.- 1.00 p.m.)
Telephone: +49. (0)4 21.361 3046

The society supports culture, public relations and scientific work of the Focke-Museum.

Männer vom Morgenstern (Men of the Morning Star)

Neue Strasse 21
D-27624 Ringstedt
Tel.: 04708-242
Web adress:

The society mainly works on the history and traditions of the areas around the Elbe and Weser rivers. The library of the society is located at the Fishing Harbour.


An der Packhalle V, Abt.1
D-27570 Bremerhaven

Museums for local history

Focke-Museum (specializing in local art and culture)

Schwachhauser Heerstrasse 240
D-28213 Bremen
Web adress:


Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday - Sunday: 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Heimatmuseum Schloß Schönebeck (Local History Museum Castle Schoenebeck)

Im Dorfe 3-5
D-28757 Bremen

Historical exhibits of Vegesack and northern Bremen. Features Gerhard Rohlfs, who was born in Vegesack and performed research in Africa.

Archives, Libraries, Civil Registrars


Staatsarchiv Bremen (State Archive Bremen)

Am Staatsarchiv 1
D-28203 Bremen
Web adress:

General information:

Telephone: +49.(0) 421.361 6221


Monday: Closed
Tuesday and Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The viewing of archive material must be prearranged. If it is desired to view material at the opening time, it must be arranged the day before. This also applies to material, such as land books, which are stored elsewhere. The original books are often hand written and are sometimes difficult to read. There is a fee to use the material; however, the use of the library is free.

Stadtarchiv Bremerhaven (City Archive Bremerhaven)

Stadthaus 5
Postfach 210360
D-27524 Bremerhaven


Monday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thusday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday: Closed

(Note: Emigration records are not available.)

Clerical District Archive of the Protestant Church of Bremen

Franziuseck 2-4
D-28199 Bremen
Web adress:

This archive contains the records of the protestant parishes, many of which are on microfiche.


State and University Library of Bremen

Bibliothekstrasse 1
D-28359 Bremen
Telephone.: +49. (0) 421.218 2615
Web address:

Library in the Focke Museum

Schwachhauser Heerstraße 240
28213 Bremen
Web adress:
Telephone: +49.(0) 421.361 3487 / 3575
Fax: +49.(0) 421.361 3903

Management: Hannelore Bade

Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
By appointment only
No user charge mo-fr 8.30 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.

Research areas: Navigation; Art History, Arts and Crafts;
Numismatics; Archaeology and Ethnology as they relate to Bremen.
40,000 (±) books
166 magazines
2 newspapers

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), Family History Center

Ottilie-Hoffmann-Strasse 2
D-28213 Bremen
Telephone: +49.(0) 421.223 8557

Appointments are necessary.

Civil Registrars

Registry Office of Central Bremen

Hollerallee 79
D-28209 Bremen

Registry Office of North Bremen

Weserstrasse 75
D-28757 Bremen

Registry Office of Bremerhaven

Postfach 210360
D-27524 Bremerhaven

Genealogical and Historical Documents

The list is sorted by respective locations:

Archive of the MAUS

Parish Registers

Apart from individual losses, the parish registers of the city and the surrounding areas are completely existent till 1875. Copies and microfiches can be used in the working-rooms of the MAUS.

The following shows (in parentheses) the beginning of the parish registers. For details, including gaps, visit the pages of the city quarters.

Churches in the City and the suburb of Bremen:

  • St. Petri-Dom (1642)
  • Unser Lieben Frauen (1651)
  • St. Martini (1665)
  • St. Ansgarii (1581)
  • St. Stephani (1639)
  • St. Pauli (1650)
  • St. Remberti (1639)
  • St. Michaelis (1700)
  • St. Johannis (1634)
  • Poorhouse (1760- death records only)
  • French community (1689)
  • Catholic community (1750)
  • Israelitic community (1811)

Nearby parishes (includes churches belonging to Bremen since 1939):

  • Arbergen (1663)
  • Arsten (1701)
  • Blumenthal (1717)
  • Borgfeld (1694)
  • Büren-Grambke (1701)
  • Büren (1782)
  • Grambke (1782)
  • Gröpelingen (1680)
  • Horn (1679)
  • Kirchhuchting (1679)
  • Lesum (1656)
  • Oberneuland (1739)
  • Rablinghausen (1750)
  • Seehausen (1702)
  • Walle (1673)
  • Wasserhorst (1746)

There are also copies of parish registers from churches of nearby parishes that do not belong to Bremen:

  • Achim (1715-1852)
  • Neuenkirchen (1746-1840)
  • Osterholz (1715-1852)
  • Ritterhude (1663- 1852)
  • Scharmbeck (1715-1852)
  • Schwanewede (1715-1852)

Personal Civil Records Register

Civil Status (predecessor of the civil registrar) In 1811, one year after being a part of the French Empire, Bremen started registering civil records and this was maintained when the French occupation ended in 1813.

In parts, these records are more detailed than the parish registers. The registers for the city and the suburbs are complete from 1811-75. Alphabetic name registers exist for each parish; BUT, there are NO civil records for the villages that came into Bremen’s possession in 1939!

Other Resources

Family Trees

These were written by registrars of the civil office until 1933 and show names, birthdates, birthlocations, parent's name(s), spouse and children.They are on microfiche and registered. All the names of existing trees can be found here: (only in german)

Citizenship Records

Contain documentation of people who took the Bremen Citizen’s Oath. For people outside of Bremen, a guarantor is mentioned. Photocopies and registers exist from:

  • Altstadt-Bürgerbücher 1289-1797 (Old Town)
  • Neustadt-Bürgerbücher 1661-1822 (New Town)
  • Vorstadt-Bürgerbücher 1661-1738 (Suburb)

Grey maps

The grey maps are a collection of family trees, obituaries and interesting information about families researched by members of the MAUS. They are organized alphabetically and linked by registers to other families. More than 2,500 maps are available.

Bremen pastors

This documentation was provided by Mrs Tusnelde Forck (up to her death in 1972) and made by order of the Bremen Protestant Church. The research focuses on the pastors and ministers of the Bremen churches, dating back to the Reformation.

MAUS Magazine

A small magazine edited irregularly. Of special interest:

Schorling, Hans
Sources for family-researching in Bremen, nearby parishes and surrounding areas
In: Magazine of the Maus
Number 3, October 1927 and Number 4, July 1928.

Village Family Books

A collection of village family books from Bremen and Lower Saxony, e.g. Büren-Grambke, Gröpelingen, Lesum, Stuhr, Trupe Lilienthal and several from the Upstalsboom Society in East-Frisia.

General Literature

  • German Family Archive
  • Germans To America
  • Literature of the Society for Familyresearch in East- and West Prussia
  • People Listings
  • Estate books

Many other genealogical related literature.

CD Collection

Several genealogical programs, such as GenProfi, Forscher Kontakte FOKO / researcher contacts, Family Tree Maker and FTM CD's.

Historical address books for Bremen

In the data bank of historical address books ( ), address lists for Bremen (place) and surrounding territories later incorporated, for 1796, 1860, 1870 and 1908, can be searched, free of charge (in German).

State Archive Bremen

In the reading room you can find:

German Lineage Book

Bremer Document Book

From 787-1447

University Matricel

Evaluations of the historical university matricel from Altdorf, Basel, Köln (Cologne), Braunschweig, Frankfurt, Goettingen, Marburg, Strassburg (in France) and Wittenberg.

Bremen Directory

From 1794-2003 (most on microfiche). They also show a person's parish association.

Archived Resources (a selection)

Church Books

The originals of the protestant and catholic church books are located here, but they are not loaned out.

Testament Books / Wills

Register in each book.


A catalogue of land sales in the city. General register from 1438-1586, and from 1587-1835, a register in each book.

Suite Book

Collection of decisions of former courts from 1562-1811

Tax Registers

Listings (which were organized in parishes from 1668-1877) of citizens who paid or didn't pay taxes.

Accounting Books

Rheederbuch 1469-1812), Schütting (1605-1811) und Kämmerei (1438-1811)

Of interest for areas surrounding Bremen:

Court Minutes and Church Accounting

For the parishes Blockland, Borgfeld, Hastedt, Walle and Wasserhorst.

The so called Mainbook from 1609

Lots of historical family information for the parishes Arsten, Bederkesa, Gröpelingen, Huchting and Seehausen.


1595 - for the four counties around Bremen

Plough Tax Register

1604 - Obervieland, Niedervieland, Hollerland, Blockland, Werderland, Walle, Gröpelingen and Borgfeld.

Church Estates

1641 - listing of church estates in the city and surrounding areas.

State- and University Library

There is a big stock of valuable Bremen items. A small selection follows:

Bremen Weekly News

Includes family announcements since 1805.

Diaries and Travelbooks

That begins in the 16th century with many persons listed.


Many about daily life

Registers / Indexes

  • Mayors since 1562,
  • Pastors/ministers since 1522,
  • Doctors of the 15th-17th century.

The Almanac de Gotha


Societies, Museums

Promotion Society of the German Emigration Museum

Inselstraße 6
D-27568 Bremerhaven
Web adress:

Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00-12:00 a.m. (appointments desired)
User-charge: none
Research fields: Migration, especially Germany and previous States
Printmedia: 2.300
Other media: 300 pages of newspaper, graphics and letters from emigrants (Not yet cataloged)

History Museum Bremerhaven / Morning Star Museum

An der Geeste
D-27570 Bremerhaven
Telephone: +49.(0) 471.20 138
Web adress:


Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.

The Historical Museum Bremerhaven has installed an emigration database. For details see:

German Navigation Museum

D-27568 Bremerhaven
Web adress:


  • April - October daily 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • November- March: Monday: closed, Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The museum has a library and an archive that are open to every scientific researcher. There is a wide selection from the first textbook about navigation from 1578 to pictures of the newest ships. Appointments are necessary.


The passengerlists of emigration - ships from Bremen / Bremerhaven until 1919 are nearly all destroyed.

Passengerlists from 1920 - 1939 are archived in the Bremen Chamber of Commerce. A group of Maus members is copying the passenger lists into a database, which is published on the Internet at: Via Bremen to Everywhere

The same URL brings you to emigration records of citizens of Bremen, starting in 1552. More migration resources out of the State Archive are gradually being copied into the above database.


Actual Maps

Bremen Land Register and Surveying Office

Wilhelm-Kaisen-Brücke 4
D-28199 Bremen


Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Thursday: 2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

For the street name search, you can go online to City Map at

Historic Maps

The complete stock of maps of the State Archive / State Library has been missing since 1945. The University Library is reconstructing the stock and now has many historical maps from Bremen and north Germany. For details, look:


Will follow later

Miscellaneous Subjects

Researcher by profession

Jens Mueller-Koppe, historian

Schanzendorfer Str. 9
28307 Bremen
Web adress:


Transcript Office (for Old German handwritings)

Lessingstr. 58
28203 Bremen
Web adress:

Internet resources

General sites


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