Where to find 19th-century records from East Prussian Memelland, now Klaipeda province of Lithuania; re: my SINGER family #germany #lithuania


Russ Maurer
 

Civil registration began in East Prussia (including Memelland) in late 1874. The books include some delayed registrations from earlier years, but very few. All the civil registration books from the 19th C have been indexed and are included in the All-Lithuania database. I am not aware of any earlier vital records for Jews in Memelland (e.g., a parish record), and I believe very few Jews had legal residence there in that time frame. Ruth Leiserowitz is definitely the person to ask. Check out her website, jewsineastprussia.de or her facebook group, also called jewsineastprussia.

Russ Maurer, Klaipeda district coordinator, LitvakSIG


Joyaa Antares
 

Here are a couple of resources I have found invaluable:
1. Memel address books - https://www.bork-on-line.de/adressbuecher/
2. Memel ortsfamilienbuch - https://www.online-ofb.de/memelland/

FWIW, some of my family were also from Kretinga

Joyaa ANTARES
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Researching ZAUSMER, ZOUSMER, CHOUSMER, CHAUSMER, MARCUS, DAVIDOFF, COHEN, KAHN in Polangen, Kretinga, Darbenai, Libau, Riga, Memel


Max Heffler
 

Two resources for Memel/Klaipeda research:

 

1.       LitvakSIG Klaipeda District Research Group

Klaipeda (Memel) District

Coordinator: Russ Maurer

Shtetls: Klaipeda (Memel), Priekulë (Prökuls), Ðilutë (Silute, Heydekrug), Rusnë (Russ) and Smalininkai (Schmalleningken)

2.       Dr. Ruth Leiserowitz

 

Max Heffler

Houston, TX

 

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Hello, everyone!
According to family history, my SINGER ancestors originated in East Prussia and migrated to Lithuania ca. 1838. As the Memelland district of East Prussia (now Klaipeda, Lithuania) was directly across the border from Lithuania, my thought is that they moved from Memelland, specifically. This hypothesis was reinforced when I found a record of My gg-grandfather Shimon/Shimel Singer living in Kretinga (Crottingen in German; it's 20 km from Palanga) ca. 1860--Kretinga/Crottingen is a district that spans the Memmeland and Lithuanian borders (it seemed to be, at the time, a town in Lithuania and more of a woodland and/or rural area in Memelland). I've been trying to find German/East Prussian records for my Singer forebears from 19th-century Memelland for decades, to no avail. Any insights and/or guidance would be appreciated enormously. My gg-grandfather Shimon/Shimel and his brother, Girsh/Hirsh, were born in the 1820s, presumably in Memelland; I believe their father's name was Azrael. In Lithuania, the Singers lived in Pusalotas, Naujamiestis Panevezys, and Luoke. 
With many thanks for your attention and consideration,
Matt Singer


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Max Heffler
Houston, TX
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matt.f.singer23@...
 

Hello, everyone!
According to family history, my SINGER ancestors originated in East Prussia and migrated to Lithuania ca. 1838. As the Memelland district of East Prussia (now Klaipeda, Lithuania) was directly across the border from Lithuania, my thought is that they moved from Memelland, specifically. This hypothesis was reinforced when I found a record of My gg-grandfather Shimon/Shimel Singer living in Kretinga (Crottingen in German; it's 20 km from Palanga) ca. 1860--Kretinga/Crottingen is a district that spans the Memmeland and Lithuanian borders (it seemed to be, at the time, a town in Lithuania and more of a woodland and/or rural area in Memelland). I've been trying to find German/East Prussian records for my Singer forebears from 19th-century Memelland for decades, to no avail. Any insights and/or guidance would be appreciated enormously. My gg-grandfather Shimon/Shimel and his brother, Girsh/Hirsh, were born in the 1820s, presumably in Memelland; I believe their father's name was Azrael. In Lithuania, the Singers lived in Pusalotas, Naujamiestis Panevezys, and Luoke. 
With many thanks for your attention and consideration,
Matt Singer