Jan. 9, 1797

Order, “The Jewish-communities must send their lists to the Head-Rabbi of Schwerin every year” issued by Frederick Francis I, Duke of Mecklenburg [Present-day Germany; Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin]: “Frederick Francis, Duke of Mecklenburg […] it was already decreed that all Jewish-communities in Our domains/lands are to send a list of their births, marriages, and deaths – according to the required format – to the local Head-Rabbi annually. However, there’s been noticeable lack and disorder, especially this past year, […and] some Jewish-communities have completely fallen behind in this regard […]. We order, therefore, the Jewish-community […] once and for all, in all earnestness though graciously, to record their annual births, marriages, and deaths accurately, and to turn over a complete list after December 1 […] to the presiding Head-Rabbi […] who is to have this list turned over to Our government by the 15th of the same month […]”
Sammlung aller für das Großherzogthum Mecklenburg-Schwerin gültigen Landes-Gesetze von den ältesten Zeiten bis zu Ende des Jahres 1834. Vierter Band. Kirchen- und Schulgesetze. (Collection of all state laws issued in the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin from the earliest times to the end of 1834. 4th Volume. Church and school laws.); (Wismar; 1836); Researched and Translated by Ziba Shadjaani 3/17/2020