My Grandfather was born in Breutskov in Mecklenburg Schwerin. The family
left there for the United States in 1879.
Are you sure with the spelling of your Grandfathers hometown? I tried to
find BREUTSKOV with the Mecklenburg location search engine on the "mfp"
homepage and could not find it. It does not look like a place in
Mecklenburg, but maybe the spelling is wrong. Probably you try yourself.
This is the english version of the mfp homepage:
I was, however, disappointed to learn that not all the land was returned
the wall came down. Is it true that parts of Mecklenburg and Pommerania
still not returned to Germany?
Mecklenburg was as you already learned autonom until after world war one.
And absolutely independant from Pommerania.
Afterwards Mecklenburg was ever German - East German after world war two.
Pommerania has ever been two only by name devided in Vorpommern (the west
parts closer to Prussia) and Hinterpommern (the east parts further away from
Prussia). Most parts of "Vorpommern" are located west of the river "Oder",
that is the German-Poland border since end of world war two. So in the year
of the reunion of both Germanys only the the parts of Pommerania that
remained german after world war two could still be german in a reunited
So former Hinterpommern and parts of Vorpommern are polish since 1945 and
will remain so.
I also had family from Posen. My Grandmother was born in Berlin but we
believe her family was from Pommerania. I was hoping I could follow her
Pommerania to locate the records of her parents. I think this may be too
difficult if the land has not be returned to Germany, as Posen is still in
Since Poland is part of the European Union now, it is quite easier now to
follow the Pommeranian roots, if there are records left. Lots of material
has been lost in world war two.
http://hinterpommern.de/ This is, sorry, an only german homepage with lots
of information about research in Poland for ancestors from Hinterpommern.
Maybe you know somebody who can help you with the translation.