Internet sites for doing German (and Pomeranian) genealogy
These websites worked as of 03 March 2011. They have been useful in my own research, but of course there are many more that can be found via Google or Cyndis List.
A brief history of Pomerania: http://www.genemaas.net/Pommern.htm
Federation of East European Family History Societies: http://feefhs.org/dpl/pommern-home.html
Die Pommerschen Leute (The Pomeranian People): The indices to immigrants’ genealogy and place names: http://www.pomeranianews.com/dv_indices_intro.html
Die Pommerschen Leute , The newsletter http://www.pomeranianews.com/ has the immigrant genealogies submitted by subscribers.
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Pommerscher Verein Friestadt. Pommerscher Verein Freistadt
Germanic Genealogy Society. Germanic Genealogy Society
My Pomerania My Pomerania
Sacramento German Genealogy Society, Publishers of award-winning Der Blumenbaum. Sacramento German Genealogy Society
The FEEHS (Federation of East European History Soc.) “Map Room”: http://www.feefhs.org/maps/indexmap.html
Pomerania in relation to other states in the German Empire, 1870: http://www.genemaas.net/images/germany-1870.JPG
An outline map of Pomerania in 1939: http://hinterpommern.de/Karten/Pommern/kreise1939.html
For West Prussia (and Ost/East Prussia) and Schlesien (Silesia): http://www.kartenmeister.com/preview/databaseuwe.asp
The maps are from the Ludwig Ravenstein series -- he (his company) made very detailed maps of the entire Prussian Empire for decades. The maps at the Kartenmeister site are from about 1905.
For locations anywhere in the German/Prussian Empire, try these sites:
1883 Ravenstein map and gazetteer (place name index): http://www.library.wisc.edu/etext/ravenstein/
The search works with either present-day (e.g. Polish) names or old German names. The map display is in present-day (Polish) terms.
[Note: if you are using "dial-up" for email and internet connections, then the maps and name indexes will take a long time to download, because each page is quite large.]
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SHIPS PASSENGER LISTS
Start with Cyndis List: http://www.cyndislist.com/ships.htm