Adressbücher von Ost u. West Preußen (East/West Prussian Addressbooks)

  • Because of limited funding we are forced to consolidate all of our library into a single “database.”

Our complete collection of addressbooks is available here!

This page contains links to a partial version of our total number.  All links on this page take you to the original source libraries (for which we accept no responsibility).

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Adress- und Einwohnerbücher für Stadt- und Landkreis Elbing – Ost u. West- Preußen

 Addressbooks for the City & County of Elbing (East & West Prussia)

Andere Elbinger Buecher – Other Elbing Books

Adressbücher nebst allgemeinem Geschäfts-Anzeiger von Bromberg und dessen Vororten (Westpreußen)

Addressbooks and Business Listings for Bromberg and its area (West Prussia)

Książka Adresowa Miasta Bydgoszczy, 1925, 1926, 1928, 1929, 1933, 1936/37. Toruń

Danzig Adressbücher

Graudenz Adressbücher

Marienwerder Adressbücher

Thorn Adressbücher

Adressbücher 1866, 1869, 1876, 1880, 1884, 1887, 1892, 1897, 1900, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1919 Toruń

Zoppot Adressbücher


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  1. Andreas Cako
    31 March, 2010 @ 10:40 pm

    Thanks for all of the work you are pouring into this project.

    I can’t get any of the DJVU Elbing address book documents to open. MacDJview opens up fine, but other than the title of the document on top, the entire document is blank. I tried many different years, but the results are the same. Any tips?

    Thanks, Andreas Cako

  2. Mark Rabideau
    1 April, 2010 @ 7:16 am

    Hello Andreas

    I have no experience using Apple products (I am a Linux person). About the best I can recommend is that you go to the DJVU site and see which plugin they recommend for your browser/ OS. This link may help: ; this might also provide some pointers:

    Another thing you might try is going to the dlibra site in Elblag to see if you have a similar problem there ( . If you do, then the problem is at your end. If everything works fine there then the problem is likely on ManyRoads. Please let me know if it looks like my files are somehow damaged, so I can try and fix them.

    Viel Glueck … bis demnaechst.

  3. Fred Rump
    6 April, 2010 @ 11:25 am

    The pages work wonderfully and I’ve now gone through all of them to find my forebears and trck their movements through the city.

    Thanks for putting these pages all in one place.

  4. Mark Rabideau
    6 April, 2010 @ 4:33 pm

    It is my pleasure Fred. I am glad the materials are useful.


  5. Mark Rabideau
    23 April, 2010 @ 6:26 am

    Today I received this note from a fellow Elbing-L list group member:

    das Telefonbuch Elbing 1820 ist eine wahre Fundgrube für mich!!
    Vielen vielen Dank!!

    Mit freundlichen Grüßen
    Charlotte Kickton,
    noch immer auf der Suche nach
    Christian (Gottlieb) LYMPIUS
    * um 1782-1784
    und allen LYMPIUS und LIMPIUS weltweit.

  6. Andreas Cako
    24 April, 2010 @ 9:50 am

    Without changing a thing on my end, all of the DJVU docs now open up intact. Thanks again for all of your hard work.

    Staring at the listing for Great-Grandfather hits me deep.

    Metzner, Paul, Fleisher,
    Horst Wessel Strasse 209 25 98

  7. Mark Rabideau
    24 April, 2010 @ 11:51 am


    Das freut mich sehr. Die leben immer noch bei uns in unserem Herzen.

    Wie meine Oma immer gesagt hat: es war einmal.


  8. Wolfgang R. Thun
    8 July, 2010 @ 8:24 pm

    Eine wundervolle, sehr hilfreiche Seite.
    Vielen Dank und herzliches Tschuess
    aus Florida
    Wolfgang RT.
    Dauersuche: Treichel, Fehlau, S(z)kodowski, Saul, Scherke,Ahrens.

  9. jan de jong
    12 December, 2010 @ 1:47 pm

    zeer indrukwekkende site (very impressive site)

  10. irina
    26 December, 2010 @ 4:23 pm

    mark my puter wont open none of them


  11. Mark Rabideau
    26 December, 2010 @ 4:43 pm

    I am sorry, Irina. They work fine here. Perhaps you are missing a DJVU plugin. Do you have a new ‘puter? You might check here for pointers: -or-


  12. Mike Maher
    27 December, 2010 @ 6:21 am

    I’ve (thus far) determined that my g-grandparents were from the village of Firmelsdorf in the former duchy of Saxe-Coberg (now northern Bavaria). They emigrated to Mendota, Illinois in the mid-1850s. I think that was not part of Prussia at the time. Am I right? Do you have any further info regarding that area?

  13. Mark Rabideau
    27 December, 2010 @ 7:17 am

    Hi Mike, I recommend you look on this page: Please open the link lists for German History & German Genealogy. You may find useful information and pointers there. As for history of your area I recommend reading this for starters (which you probably already have viewed: ) I hope these help a bit.

  14. john a armstrong
    18 February, 2011 @ 4:15 pm

    will you take visa

  15. Mark Rabideau
    18 February, 2011 @ 5:41 pm

    Hi John… I believe paypal allows for VISA.

  16. Gerhard Konitzki
    19 February, 2011 @ 6:49 am

    Hallo Mark,
    beim Download des Adressbuches Graudenz 1913 ist dieser bei ca 9,5 MB abgebrochen worden trotz bestehender Internetverbindung. Woran kann das liegen?
    Mit freundlichen Grüssen

  17. Mark Rabideau
    19 February, 2011 @ 7:00 am

    Hallo Gerhard, Ich werde ein neues wieder Hoch-Laden. Vielen dank fuer das Kontact. Gruss, …mark

  18. Trudy Gollan Krueger
    22 February, 2011 @ 8:50 pm

    I can’t believe it!!! I just found my grandfather in the Elbing address book. That’s the first document that I’ve ever found on any relative on my fathers side of the family…he had a phone too.

    Thank you for all your great work.

    Trudy Gollan Krueger
    Flint Michigan USA

  19. Mark Rabideau
    22 February, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

    Trudy, das freut mich sehr! I am very happy!

  20. Anna
    13 March, 2011 @ 3:56 pm

    I’m new to this – can you tell me how to read the addressbook? I know the name of the person I’m looking for, but I don’t know her parent’s names or their occupations. Thanks!

  21. Mark Rabideau
    14 March, 2011 @ 5:26 am

    Hi Anna… the address books work similarly to our phone books. Last name alphabetic, First name. If you have an incorrect spelling of the last name you’ll need to try German variations of any Americanized spelling(s). For example if your last name is Amtshettler you might try Ampschetler or Amptschetler… Good hunting.

  22. Anna
    15 March, 2011 @ 9:07 am

    Thanks! What do the numbers after their names reference?

  23. Mark Rabideau
    15 March, 2011 @ 9:25 am

    Not certain which pages you are looking at but probably the street number.

  24. Paul Prengel
    13 October, 2013 @ 6:49 am

    You work and effort is really commendable !
    I haven’t been too active lately, in part because of frustration for not getting further in Ost Preussen, and also because I have been pretty busy otherwise.
    Thank you for your good work
    ps: always looking for info on Prengel from Wesseloven

  25. Mark Rabideau
    13 October, 2013 @ 6:54 am

    Vielen dank (und bitte schoen), Paul. Ich freue mich sehr… ich hab’ viele Dokumenten von die Mennoniten gefunden, hoffentlich hilfen die. Gruss, …mark

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