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Ancestors in Specific Locations

The information in this section is focused on three specific localities: Mecklenburg, Germany; Skåne, Sweden; and Buckinghamshire, England. You will find that much of the information about the province or county applies to the country as a whole. For example, the events I’ve described in Mecklenburg generally occurred in all of Germany and affected people throughout the country. So, if you have ancestors from these three countries, the information may be helpful to you also. However, circumstances and events did vary from place to place. This information is focused on these three specific localities and so is of most use to people with ancestors from these places. (In case you’re wondering, I’ve chosen these three places because my ancestors lived there – meaning my research has focused on these places.)

Each locality has a history and peasant life section with detailed descriptions. But again, I haven’t included everything. For further information, please look in the “Useful Links and Sources” page of the relevant locality. I’ve listed the books I used to get the information on this site. This would be a great place to start if you’d like to do further reading. In this same section, I’ve provided some links with descriptions that tell more about the place – particularly about the records and how to use them. This will be growing over time. Check this section often for more information. The Records section of this site contains further information on getting the most out of the basic records.

Also, don’t forget to check the Ancestors from Western Europe section for general information about peasant life, including demographics (with hints on where to look in the records to find births, marriages, and deaths), descriptions of homesteads and food as well as much more.

For more information on a particular topic, click on that link:

 Mecklenburg, Germany
   Some Major Events in History
   Peasant Life
   Useful Sources and Links
 Skåne, Sweden
   Some Major Events in History
   Peasant Life
   Useful Sources and Links
 Buckinghamshire, England
   Some Major Events in History
   Peasant Life
   Useful Sources and Links