Blücher Kirche, Blücher, West Mecklenburg, Germany

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Comments (11)

Margrit M. Berger (S… on October 7, 2007

I thought so, that your roots go back to these places you visited. I hope you have found some informations to your family. Beautiful photo again!

Greetings, May

Gutzemberg on February 15, 2008

Little funny (translation) mistake; "Gutes Bluecher" means "Good Bluecher" I guess u mean (i hope it is right in english) "Manor Bluecher" or in German "Gut Bluecher". My Family lives in the near of Bluecher :)

best wishes :)

Ian Stehbens on February 15, 2008

Thankyou Gutzemberg.

I have corrected my comment accordingly. I very much appreciate you comment. As your family lives nearby, I would love to have more history from you. I understand some research was done a few years ago now by a lady who went to Hamburg. Mayor Timm wasn't able to identify her, when I was there or in communication with him.

Greetings, Ian

Ian Stehbens on February 15, 2008

In September 2007, Blücher celebrated its 777th anniversary. Blücher was a feudal manor or Gut known as Gut Blücher.

The present church was built in the 1880s and continues as a place of Christian worship to this very day - surviving the era of the socialist East German Republic. This photo was taken from the south side of the Sude floodplain, from near the dike at Klein Timkenberg on the Teldau. I used a 300mm lens. Inside the church are the original wooden crucifix that predates the Reformation and the brass baptismal bowl made locally in 1666. My visit here was to discover my family roots and to research the early social history through the church archival records. The local mayor was most kind and gracious.

Ge Ko on March 9, 2009

Ian, i read the comments from these 3 images. The v. Blücher is the old German nobility.

see here

Your ancestors were probably the subjects of this family.

Genealogy can be very interesting. Can you understand me? I always use sentences with few words. This produces fewer errors.

Greetings from Germany,

Ge Ko

Ian Stehbens on March 11, 2009

Dear Ge Ko and (most apologetically) Swissmay,

Thank you for the comment on the von Blücher family, and for the link. They have been associated with this community and locality since the 12/13 Jhd. This was the oldest headquarters of the von Blücher family.

The moat and a wall of the old castle is still evident today: Burgwall and Burgsee. In fact this photo was taken from a position not far from that old archaeological site. Today the Gutshaeuser is located just beyond the church in this image.

I understand that Johann Casar Borchmann was the architect for the Gutshaeuser which was built around 1700, at which point the written records commence. The owner at that time was Major Victor von Zülow.

I have had the privilege of reading the Church Register of Baptisms, Deaths and Marriages from 1700 to 1785. There are many mentions of my ancestors in that register. They were indeed the very very poor serfs (a report by the newly appointed Pastor tells just how poor they were, poorer than other poor communities nearby!) and subject to the von Zülow family.

You are correct, Ge Ko, when you say that this research can be interesting!

Kind greetings,


PS: I have a genealogical site in English that includes quite a lot of material on this area, if you are interested.

Ge Ko on March 15, 2009

Ian, i have discovered your genealogy page. You have a lot of time and effort invested.

My congratulations to this result.

I look at it myself. There is a lot of work for translators.


Ge Ko

Peacebuilders Intern… on January 16, 2010

Dear GeKo,

Thank you for your encouragement. And sorry I had missed your reply. That was just when I was retiring, and going through all the upheaval that results. I am happily resettled in Brisbane now.

And best wishes for a fulfilling 2010.


dziwnowik on October 27, 2010

♥ ♥ ✰✰ LIKE ✰✰ ♥ ♥

Ian Stehbens on October 28, 2010

Thanks very, very much, dziwnowik ~ Vielen Dank.


Ian Stehbens on April 7, 2011

And I regard it as a special place too, William, as one of my ancestor lines lived here in the days of feudalism.

Warm regards,


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Photo details

  • Uploaded on May 20, 2007
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    by Ian Stehbens
    • Camera: Canon EOS 20D
    • Taken on 2005/05/11 16:56:39
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/500)
    • Focal Length: 300.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/9.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash