Local heritage book Ber▀en
The community of Klein Ber▀en ranks among the oldest Christianized places in Emsland. There are still many giant grave stones from prehistoric times and about 100 mound graves. Ancient parks in various places of the district lead one to conclude that there was some form of trade even during the early development of the area. The first church was built in Klein Ber▀en around 1218 and the first school ca. 1700.
The community lies between the community of S÷gel and the cities of HaselŘnne and Meppen, which were connected even in earlier times by a so-called Heerstra▀e (army road), which ran through Klein Ber▀en. Today the community has a total of 1,100 inhabitants spread out over an area of 16.87 km2.
Remarks / Sources:
The Church Books of the Latterday Saints Church begin:
Baptismal register as of 1712 (gaps up to 1752)
Marriage Register as of 1713 (gaps up to 1752)
Death Register as of 1752
Translated by Karen Gebhardt Shepard