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From: "Hauke Fehlberg" <>
Subject: How to use the Berlin address directory
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2005 21:09:28 +0200

Hello list, this is a try to explain how to use the Berlin address

PREPARATION: Images of the address directory’s pages are displayed by a java
plug-in. You have to install and activate java (software) for your internet
browser. You may download one e.g. at
When following the homepage link of the directory at
and you see the writing ”Java ist korrekt installiert”, you have already
installed properly your java software.

To activate the print function follow the link
st=index.htm (available only in German, but it displays screen images of
the browser)


1st step: Start with the following link. It leads you to groups of search

2nd step: Choose the period in which the year of your interest is. Example:
For 1890 click on “1875 – 1899“. This leads you to the page with single
years. Most of the years are doubled: When you click on the year “1890”
behind the “plus-sign” you are right. You will be led to the contents page
with all the chapters of the directory.

3rd step: In case you look for a person click on “I. Einwohnerverzeichnis
nach Namen” (directory of inhabitants by name); in case you are interested
in knowing who lived at a specific address / house in 1890 click on “II.
Haeuserverzeichnis nach Strassen” (directory of houses by streets).

4th step: Choose the first letter of the family name of the person and click
on the respective letter. Let’s say you are looking for “Adolf Kelm”. You
click on “k”. On the next page which opens you choose “Ke” and you click on
it. With the next page opening you should see a small image of the
directory’s page where names start with “Ke”. (In case you do not see it, it
might be a problem with the java software).

5th step: With the enlargement function at “vergroessern” (for shrinking
click on “verkleinern”) you can blow up the image until you can read it.
You can navigate within the page with the bars below and right of the

6th step: In the head line of the page information on the first three
letters of the first and of the last of the names on this page is given.
Since this page goes from “Kei” to “Kel” (the last name is “Keller”) you
have to go to the next page while searching for “Kelm”.

7th step: Click on the “+ 1” symbol on the right lower side. The number
indicates the amount of pages you are going forwards or backwards (“- 1”).
After you have enlarged the image by clicking on “vergroessern” you will
find “Kelm, Adolf” in the 5th position of the Kelm listing.

8th step: Read the old letters ;) In case you are not used to the old
writing (Fraktur, which means “broken”) here is a link for some explanation:

I hope this helps. Below I copied some of the English translations of the
abbreviations in the directory.

Good luck for your research!

Two old city maps (1910 and 1810) and historical pictures of Berlin can be
found on my homepage at

Best regards from Switzerland

Additional Information (Zusatzinfos)

On the alphabetical arrangement:
The umlauts ä, ö, ü are listed after a, o, u, i.e.:

Muller, Anna
Muller, Zacharias
Müller, Anton

Double names are listed after the single names, i.e.:

Neuenfels, Anna
Neuenfels, Zacharias
Neuenfels-Fürstenau, Anton

I and J are treated as being the same letter and are listed together, i.e.:


In the resident section the criteria for the listing can be:

sex (women are listed after all the men with the same surname)
social status (profession, for civil servants the authority, for women the
status of the deceased husband or the designation "Miss, Mrs., widow"...)
Christian name
Eck, Georg, Buchbindermeister
Eck, Wilhelm, Finanzsekretär
Eck, Carl, Werkmeister
Eck, Luise, Assistentenwitwe
Eck, Ernestine, Rentiere
Eck, Anna, Witwe

Christian name
social status (profession, for civil servants the authority, for women the
status of the deceased husband or the designation "Miss, Mrs., widow"...)
street name
name General abbreviations:
E. = landlord
V. = property manager
T. = telephone
BK. = bank account (check transactions)
-I- = guild member
Gh. = gardenhouse, i.e. frequently rear building
H. = court
Zwg. = mezzanine
Erdg. = ground floor
Untg. = basement
A.G. (under the street names) = municipal court
L.G. (under the street names) = regional court B.1 to B.19 (following the
name of the landlord) indicates membership in the Association of Landowner

Postal districts:
C = Center
N = North
NO = Northeast
O = East
S = South
SO = Southeast
SW = Southwest
W = West
NW = Northwest

The current street names can be found by searching under Info in the
respective base lines of the page shown or consulting the directory: "Alle
Berliner Straßen und Plätze. Von der Gründung bis zur Gegenwart"
(4 Bände). Verlag Neues Leben GmbH/Edition Luisenstadt. Berlin 1998.
ISBN 3-335-01491-5.

The current ZIP codes can be found at:

Abbreviations of occupations:
The abbreviations used for occupations is very erratic. Examples:

Arb. = laborer

Arbtrin. = laborer (female)

Bahnarb. = railroad worker

Gastw. = innkeeper

Geh. = apprentice

Ingen. = engineer

Kfm. = merchant

Landw. = farmer

Maurerpol. = head mason

Mstr. = master craftsman

Ob.Sekr. = senior secretary

Stellm. = cartwright

Verw. = property manager

Ww. = widow

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