The list of books here provides a bibliography for the information included on the Mecklenburg pages. It also makes a great a place to start for doing your own research about the context of your ancestors’ lives. As of now, I haven’t included books focusing on the how-to side of Mecklenburg genealogy. Books that mostly contain information about Western Europe in general are included in the Useful Source and Links for Western Europe page.
The websites section below provides links to further information, including how-to instructions for this area – and for all of Germany. Be sure to try the Records section for help on how to get the most out of the records in this region.
Crepon, Tom. Translated by Patrick Plant. Mecklenburg and West Pomerania: Pictures of a Landscape. Rostock, Germany: Hinstorff, 1998.
Dodge, Theodore Ayrault. Gustavus Adolphus; a History of the Art of War From its Revival after the Middle Ages to the End of the Spanish Succession War. Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1895.
Gagliardo, John G. From Pariah to Patriot: The Changing Image of the German Peasant, 1770-1840. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky, 1969.
Harnisch, Hartmut. “Peasants and Markets: The Background to the Agrarian Reforms in Feudal Prussia East of the Elbe, 1760-1807. In The German Peasantry: Conflict and Community in Rural Society from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Century, Richard J. Evans, and W.R. Lee, editors. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1986, pps. 37-70.
McKay, John P., Bennett D. Hill, and John Buckler. A History of World Societies. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1992.
Mecklenburg Government. Grossherzoglich Mecklenburg-Schwerinschwer Staats-Kalender, 1848-1880 (Stadtarchiv Neubrandenburg, Germany).
Paulsen, Friedrich. Translated by T. Lorenz. German Education: Past and Present. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1908.
Petschauer, Peter. The Education of Women in Eighteenth-Century Germany: New Directions From the German Female Perspective. Lampeter, Wales: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1989.
Plaul, Hainer. “The Rural Proletariat: The Everyday Life of Rural Labourers in the Magdeburg Region, 1830-1880.” In The German Peasantry: Conflict and Community in Rural Society from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Century, Richard J. Evans, and W.R. Lee, editors. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1986, pps. 102-128
Sagarra, Eda. A Social History of Germany, 1648-1914. New York: Holmes & Meier Publishers, 1977.
Scott, Sarah. The history of Mecklenburg, from the first settlement of the Vandals in that country, to the present time, including a period of about three thousand years. London, Printed for J. Newbery microfilm.
Sheehan, James J. German History, 1770-1866 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989), 456.
Walker, Mack. Germany and the Emigration, 1816-1885. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1971, p. 185.
Read my article “Getting Acquainted with German Research through the Internet” first published in Internet Genealogy for some great websites on German genealogy. The article doesn’t focus on Mecklenburg specifically, but on Germany as a whole. However, the websites are very helpful for Mecklenburg research and several have Mecklenburg sections
I’ve also included a few of my favorite sites here:
World GenWeb's Mecklenburg - This is the World GenWeb’s Mecklenburg homepage. It is quite simply wonderful. Be sure to visit the history page, life of a farm women, reasons for emigration or any others that look interesting for a grasp of the historical context. For instructions and help for genealogy research in the area, try the church records, census records or other specific records sections.
GenWiki: Mecklenburg - This site has some of the same information as the site above, but also some new information on a wide range of topics.
Research Help for Mecklenburg Genealogy - This site has a section for frequently asked questions about Mecklenburg genealogy. It also has many links to Mecklenburg related pages, including several Mecklenburg email groups you can join and a list of books you can buy that focus on Mecklenburg and how to do genealogy there.