A few notes about facilities and conditions of research in our country:
The "Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesbibliothek"
D - 24103 Kiel
holds a stock of books and other printed or handwritten material (maps, documents) that are in whichever way related with Schleswig-Holstein, be they printed in the country, about it, or by authors that call it their home. It is probably the best stocked library in Schleswig-Holstein.
The use of their facilities is free of charge. Open daily.
The "Staatsarchiv Hamburg"
D - 22041 Hamburg
has the original passenger lists of the port of Hamburg, outgoing vessels, starting about 1850.
Most emigrants who had their last residence in Schleswig-Holstein embarked in Hamburg.
The lists are on microfilms, and they are badly indexed.
Films and microfilm readers need booking well in advance.
The use of their facilities costs a nominal fee. Open daily.
The "Nordelbisches Kirchenarchiv"
Winterbeker Weg 51
D - 24114 Kiel
has a lot of material regarding church matters of Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg. It is also from there that the continuous micro-filming of parish records for conservational reasons is organized, for all parishes in the area mentioned above. The master-copies are stored in their facilities, but they are not available for genealogical research there. Copies will be handed over to the regional parish archives and/or the parishes themselves. They can not be purchased. There will not be, as far as I understand their policies, any reproductions of films or fiches for sale, except singular prints on paper for documentary reasons. They do not deal with genealogical queries.
It is in the archives
of these institutions that genealogical research can be conducted, under
certain conditions: due to limited staff and facilities, a booking well
in advance is required in almost all of these archives. The times the
archives are open for visitors range from three hours per week and one
person at a time, to daily openings for an unlimited number of researchers.
Researchers who have not made a prior arrangement for their visit may
not expect to be granted a warm welcome. The supervising staff in the
parish archives may be people who have nothing at all to do with genealogical
research, but it is their physical presence that is required. Fortunately,
in many cases experienced volunteers have been persuaded to attend the
archives when open, giving helpful assistance when it comes to reading
Many parishes have not given their old records into regional archives. They must be contacted individually to make arrangements for a few hours of research. Disadvantage: once the family has some of their data recorded in a neighboring parish, you are stuck. A regional district archive may have the records for just that parish in question, along with many others of the area.
Beginning with the year 1876, the exclusive responsibility for the documentation of personal data was given into the hands of Civil Registrar's Offices. Information and documents are issued to direct descendants only. And certainly not free of charge. A reform that took effect in 2009 makes easier now to access records that are not in one's direct ancestral line.
Local and regional archives
Good for local history, culture and people. Also hiding-place for genealogically useful data and informations that may enhance the knowledge about a family found in parish records.