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Finding details of where Polish soldier in German Army was living before Great War?

What I know so far from family sources: My great-grandfather August Masur was polish, and a soldier within the German Army. He surrender to French troops and was made prisoner. Likely he did this on ...
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Why were there no Polish given names in Polish village (part of Prussia)?

In order to find information about my ancestors, I accessed a Catholic church register of a village in the upper part of Silesia, via Family Search. The village, Śmicz, was Polish but was part of ...
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Creating a list of surnames from a specific municipality in Germany (Baden)?

I am looking to make a list of current day surnames where my ancestors lived in the 19th century to aid in translating and spelling out names in old baptism and marriage records. I know that the ...
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Locating will from Berlin (Germany) in 1930s?

I am trying to find my grandfather's last will and testament. He resided in Berlin, Germany and died in the late 1930s. I will be in Berlin shortly and so offline as well as online resources will ...
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Finding out what happened to German prisoner of world war 2?

My mother was a Dutch prisoner of war in Mauthausen in 1945. She managed to save the life of a German POW, who was already 11 years in the camp by that time. He fell in love with my mother and wrote ...
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Searching for Immigration record of Henry Semler and wife Hulda Lange from Germany to US ca 1879?

I am searching for the immigration record of great grandfather Henry Semler (born ca 1848) and his wife Hulda Lange (born ca 1848) from German to New York, around the time of their marriage in 1879, ...
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At what port did Lorance Effler born about 1787 in Germany come to the US?

My 4th great-grandfather came into the USA from Germany (Prussia) between 1805-1810. He arrived into the Port of Charleston, South Carolina, supposedly as a bound boy. I've heard that his brother ...
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Is it really written “Bauer” here?

The profession of my ancestors is indicated in a catholic church book from Upper Silesia. I'm fairly confident they were farmers, so it should be written Bauer since the register is written in German. ...
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Reading given name of German great-grandaunt?

I cannot read this name, which is the name of one of the older sisters of my great-grandfather. It is supposed to be a german female name. This was written in 1878. Sample of handwriting by the ...
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History of German small town of Angloh?

I found the town of Anglo in Germany but nothing is left of it other than a spa. I tried searching for weeks throughout the web but couldn't find anything about it other than coordinates. How do I ...
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Looking for German Ancestors earlier than 1700s? [duplicate]

I am a beginner and have been using Ancestry.com but German records seem to come to a halt at the WWI. What can be used to search further back?
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Reading information about illegitimate children in Brackenhammer family, Kirchheim, Germany

There was a lot of information about many different illegitimate children in family, however it is hard to read. Can anyone help ? The father had two wives, the first 10 kids are from his first wife, ...
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Reading name and occupation of 18th century ancestors from Kirchheim unter Teck, Württemberg, Germany?

Here is the family record of one my ancestors, Tobias Brackenhammer, Coachmann (germ. Kutscher) and Ana Maria Gollmar from Kirchheim unter Teck, Württemberg, Germany. Below the name of the couple is ...
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Seeking birth record for Adam Hausam at Kirchheim-Bolanden, Germany?

I am interested in knowing if my 3rd Great Grandfather, named Adam Hausam, supposedly a tailor, was born in Kirchheim-Bolanden, Germany. Where can I find his birth-record? It was rumored he was ...
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How to research German WWII prisoners of war in British captivity?

At the end of World War II, many German military units tried to avoid Soviet captivity by turning west and surrendering to western allied forces. While a simple request to the German Red Cross ...
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Finding names of merchant mariners working on ships between Hamburg & Chile 1906-1913?

My grandfather Michael Reid told us that he had been on ships carrying saltpetre from South America and that he had been based in Hamburg for a period. I should like to find the names of ships he ...
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Tracing German ancestors in periods that are before church records?

the oldest male ancestor in my family tree is called Johann Neumann and was working as a notary (since 1672, probably baptised 1626?) in Mittelhausen, Allstedt in Thuringia, Germany and Taucha closed ...
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Age of surnames in German region?

browsing through stories likes these, I was just wondering if there are books or websites or other kind of sources that make it possible to see when a certain surname appears the very first time in a ...
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Reasons for fleeing from Germany in the 1870s?

Two of my ancestors left two different part of Germany in the 1870s (Baden and Wurttemberg, which were at the time separate). They went first to Switzerland (La Chaux de Fonds) in 1874 where they met ...
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Verifying illegitimacy of 1911 German birth?

In trying to trace my grandfather's immigration I have discovered that my grandmother (his wife) bears the same surname as her mother. She was born in 1911, but I can't find her birth record at the ...
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Finding records of emigration/immigration from Germany to South Africa?

My paternal grandfather was born in 1900 in Attenhoffen, Germany. He came to South Africa in the 1920s. My quest is to find out how and when? There is a story that he was a seaman who jumped ship in ...
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Is name Angloher derived from Anglii from northern Germany?

Is the name Angloher tied to the Anglii from northern Germany? Would this mean that the name would then be a derivative of a Herr of Anglii? Or Angels?
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Learning family background of Ferdinand Robert Milks who died after 1960 in Frankfurt?

Ferdinand Robert Milk. My grandfather died sometime in 1960 plus. He lived in Frankfurt and died there. I would like to know his family background.
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Was it common for German women to use their maiden names in the early 19th century?

I have a German third great grandmother who appears to have used her maiden name at times as well as her married name. She appears with her husband in 1824 in Armstrong County, PA on a communicant ...
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Finding Professional Genealogist in Germany knowedgeable on Kaiser Wilhelm?

I would like to find a Professional Genealogist to: work with all the time and so that when I make a trip to Germany in a couple of months time I have places to see and points of interest to help me ...
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Determining whether FamilySearch entry is my ancestor and not a namesake?

The Oskar Heftle and Johanna Wilhelmina Brackenhammer found in FamilySearch could be my ancestors but I'm not quite sure. All I know is that one of my 3rd great grandparents was called "Oscar Heftlé" ...
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Where were Bavarian soldiers of E/R 14 imprisoned on farm in Normandy? [duplicate]

Father entered Bavarian army in WW1 in Germany on August 30, 1914. He was in E/R 14, taken prisoner and sent to Normandy, France on a farm. Where was the farm?
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What is an “ehemalige Trompeter”?

On the death entry for my great-great grandfather, it says that he was a master weaver, which I knew, but also an "ehemalige Trompeter," a former trumpeter? I find this intriguing, because the fact ...
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Linking handwritten numbers on an arm band to German WWII military records

I have an arm band my father brought back while fighting for the Canadian army. It has hand written numbers on it. Is there any way to trace the numbers in German army records?
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Finding birth/baptism record (ca 1845) for August E.F.Reichow in Germany?

How would I find a birth/baptism record for my great grandfather (August E.F.Reichow 1845-1899) in order to identify his parents and siblings? The timeline I have for him is: Left from Bremen in ...
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What are these abbreviations in a Verlustliste (zurueckgeh, krgef, A)?

I'm looking at Verlustlisten 1. Weltkrieg, page 22.835: Peter Robert (Bremerhaven) on genealogy.net. In the entry, it says "zurueckgeh." What does this mean? I know other entries say things like ...
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Finding church records for Koselitz, Saxony, Germany?

I am looking for the records of Lutheran Johan Mueller, born 22 June, 1826 in Koselitz, Saxony. He came to the US in 1845. Where are church records now located for someone born in 1826 in Koselitz, ...
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Who are the parents of Mary De Freis who was born in Germany in 1833?

I'm trying to find out who the parents of Mary De Freis are? She was born in Germany on March 23, 1833. She married Henry Baker. She died in Illinois in 1895.
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What is the meaning and origin of the surname Nesselrothees?

I am having trouble finding anything out about the surname Nesselrothees. My great grandmother was registered under the surname in 1840 England. Her father was Alexander Dorow Nesselrothees. He was ...
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Origin of young German lady's attire with fore-sleeves and head cover in 1878 photo from Hannover?

I have attached a scan of the cover and photograph of a picture taken in Hannover in 1878. We believe the young lady to be a sister to my Great-Great Grandmother (Catherine Sophia Dorothea Wilkering) ...
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Is there a list of interned in 2-4 Rosenstrasse?

My Great Uncle Siegfried was a German Jew married to a German (Vera). They lived in Berlin and survived World War 2. On February 27 1943, the SS instigated the Final Roundup of Jews in Berlin. ...
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Finding vital records in Upper Silesia (Prussia/Germany)?

I am looking for info about my great-great-grandparents. The info I'm looking for is: Dates and locations of their birth, marriage and death Go back further in time and find their ancestry Whether ...
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Where do you go to get military records on WW2 Luftwaffe personnel?

My father and his brother were both in the Luftwaffe. I am trying to obtain their military records, and in the case of my fathers brother, the circumstances surrounding his death in a plane crash in ...
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Using German civil records in the Family History Library

This is a follow-up to a previous question Finding online parish records for churches in Werdau, Saxony, Germany. One of the answers said that a search of the town's records yield better results. At ...
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Tracing ca 1805 immigration via Port of Charleston, SC, USA from Germany?

My 4th great grandfather came into the USA via the Port of Charleston, SC as a bound boy, according to family history. Is there any place to find information regarding this? He arrived about the ...
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Returning German air force record book to family of Walter Schamberger of Sonneberg?

I would like to find relatives of Walter Schamberger born 15/01/1910 in Oberlind, now part of the city of Sonneberg. He was a flight leader in the German air force. I am in possession of his ...
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Finding the parents of Caroline Hipp in Bruckinthal Germany

I have been looking for parents of Caroline Hipp Bommersbach for years and cannot find a clue as to who they were. Their daughter Carol was born 28 June 1883 in Bruckinthal,Germany. She was married 7 ...
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Finding parents of Jacob Drager (b. 1825, Germany; living Michigan, USA 1900)?

Does anyone have any information on the parents of Jacob Drager? Some of his information is below. Birth: June of 1825 Birth Place: Germany Wife: Gustina Rosomfsha Marriage: About 1867 in Wayne, ...
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Locating Charles A. Schuman's birth parents and birthplace in Germany?

How can I locate the birth parents and birthplace in Germany of Charles A Schuman (my paternal gr grandfather)? Arrived in US 1868, age 18, recorded on 1900 census. 2 May 1875 Charles, age 25 ...
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Custom of hyphenated names in Germany

I am searching for Joseph/Josef Greiner (my 4th great grandfather and a glass maker from the German Greiner line of glassmakers) and while doing so have gathered literally thousands of records which ...
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Looking for origins of Johan Balthasar Bott from Mosbach, Baden, Germany?

Johan Balthasar Bott was a master tailor in Denmark in the 1800s. He married Kirstine Sophie Stephensen in 1834 in Nykobing Falster, Maribo, Denmark. I'm told that when he was married he signed an ...
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Tracing Latvian Legion service records/internment/dp records?

Does anybody know where I would start in tracing my fathers war record/history timeline during his time conscripted into the Latvian Legion? He was born in 1926 in Riga. I have used the usual search ...
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Johann Hasse in Germany and Venezia

I am looking for more info on Johann Adolph HASSE & Faustina Bordoni. Johann's paternal line was: Father was Peter HASSE Grand Father Nikola(u)s HASSE, he was a pupil of Sweelinck in ...
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What is uniform worn by Herr Schedler in photo taken late 19th century in Hannover?

I have a scan of this photo. It is believed to be the brother of Pauline Schedler (1860 - 1937). She was born in Thann, Alsace, France and family legend has it she fled to the UK in the 1870s during ...
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Where to find records relating to people Missing in Action (MIA) during World War 2?

Recently I was given the email address to contact concerning the internment of my Great Uncle in Dachau concentration camp. The person who sent me the information was very helpful and sent me all ...