Ancestry Posts Mecklenburg-Schwerin Censuses, 1890 and 1900

Ancestry____logo.bmpThe Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin was formed in 1815 through a division of the Duchy of Mecklenburg. It was the larger of the two resulting Mecklenburg Grand Duchies. Ancestry has added censuses for this area available for the years 1890 and 1900 for Ancestry members with World Deluxe or memberships.

In 1890, Mecklenburg-Schwerin was divided up into different district jurisdictions. These four district types were 1) Ritteramt (R.A.), 2) Domanialamt (D.A.), 3) Klosteramt (K.A.), and 4) Stadt. Each individual district, except for the Stadt districts, encompassed numerous towns. Each Stadt district included the city by the same name and, generally, suburbs.

The 1890 census consists of five form types:

  • Form A – Namensliste (Name List): Lists the members of a given household
  • Form B – Zählkarte (Census Card): Card providing more detailed personal information about an individual
  • Form C – Zählkarte, Abwesende (Census Card, Absentee): Card similar to Form B for members of the household not present at the time of enumeration
  • Form D – Bevölkerungs-Tabelle (Population Schedule): Lists the heads of house for each household in a given enumeration district
  • Form E – Control-Liste (Control List): Same as Form D

The 1900 census consists of two form types:

  • Haushaltungslisten (Household Lists): lists the members of each household and indicates relationships
  • Zählkarten (Census Cards): provides more details on each individual of the household, including birth date and birthplace. There were two types of Census Cards – one for individuals present at the time of enumeration, and another for individuals who were absent. Both cards contain the same information, except that the absentee card has an additional line where the individual’s whereabouts could be indicated, if known.

In both enumerations, since individuals may be listed on more than one form type, it is possible that you will get multiple search result hits for the same person. Please also note that discrepancies in information between forms for the same individual may exist. For example, a name may be abbreviated on one form, but not on another. Likewise, discrepancies in Ancestry’s indexing of a name between forms may also exist. For example, a name may be clearly decipherable on one form, but more illegible on another, resulting in two different indexed spellings of the same name.

For more information and to search these censuses, click through the following links:

Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1890 (in German)  
Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1900 (in German) 

Other Mecklenburg-Schwerin Censuses available at Ancestry:

Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1819
Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1867

Note: These forms are in German, but online translators like AltaVista’s Babelfish can aid in translations.


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