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Finding railroad maps for Germany in late 19th century?

I am studying a group of immigrants who came to the northeastern United States from Saxony in the 1870s to 1890s. Many of them were skilled workers all recruited from the same area specifically for ...
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Looking for evidence of my grandfather's German citizenship?

I am looking for records of my grandfather, Ernest Paul Wolf, born on 1.11.1899 in Strehlen, Silesia, son of Fiedrich Wolf and Auguste Krause, both German. During WWII he was a civilian. I need his ...
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How do I verify that my GGF Josef Berg died as shown in this WWI German military record, and where is his grave likely to be?

My GGF Josef Berg died a few days before 1 Jan 1915 (probably on 27 Dec 1914 (World War I). I want to find his grave. I also want to verify that the information I'm giving here is actually my GGF's ...
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How to return NSDAP Membership Book to family of Adolf-Georg Werner?

My Father was an American soldier during the Battle of the Bulge in WWII. Among his things I have found a red NSDAP Membership booklet with the photo and information of an Adolf-Georg Werner. It is ...
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Finding records of Berlin Airlift Service by Robert Whitehead?

My great grandfather supposedly served in the Berlin Airlift. His name is Robert Seaborn Whitehead. I have no pictures only family stories is there any way to confirm this?
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Looking for parents of Gustav Tesche (born 1877 Germany)

I am looking for the parents (German or other) ancestors of Gustav Tesche b. July 13th 1877 in Wahlsdorf (near Berlin), d. East-Berlin ca. 1968. He had two daughters (Gerda and Hiltrud) and one known ...
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WW1 German military service in 124th infantry regiment

Would like to learn the military service for German Jewish soldier, Caro W. Naphtali, of the Imperial German Infantry 124th Regiment?
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Where can I find records about German military records from World War II? [duplicate]

I am looking for information pertaining to German soldiers during World War II. My significant other's great grandparents were from Germany during the second world war. His great-grandfather was in ...
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Finding Baptism Record for John Bohling who was born 1843 in Hanover, Germany?

I am trying to find a baptism record for John Bohling, Born 14 Feb 1843 in the city of Hanover, Niedersachsen, Germany, Died 15 April 1883 in Utica, New York. His death date has been verified with ...
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Identifying Great Grandfather who was born about 1870 in Louisiana, USA?

I am trying to find some family information, or any information on my Great Grandfather on my moms side of the family. I have looked on Ancestry.Com and have hit a blank wall. His name was Acee ...
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Wife's name on old German records, first middle, or middle first?

This is just one example, but I have plenty of records, for multiple families. The wife is | Anna `<something>` geb `<maiden name>` but coming up on 15 or 16 Anna in the same family ...
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How common was it for a father to be at the birth in the late 1700s early 1800s?

I've got several old records for this family, all births for children of Johannes and Anna Gerdruth. They all seem to explicitly state that Johannes was present at the birth. The fact that they all ...
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Pre 1794 records for Rothenditmold, Kassel, Hessen, Germany?

I've been using Archion and have found a lot of records for my family there. But the archive stops at 1794. I've also use lagis-hessen though those records don't go as far back as Archion. Are there ...
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How should I interpret this Buchenwald camp card?

On Fold3, I found an Inmate Card showing a late cousin who was imprisoned in Buchenwald. He returned safe after the war, and died in 1961, but the card raises a question here, because it has a stamped ...
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German coat of arms

I'm trying to find a good resource for researching German coat of arms. Specifically I've traced my family Zaun back to the 1700s in Rothenditmold, Kassel, Hessen, Germany. Archion has been my ...
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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 (taken from an orphanage to ...
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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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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. ...