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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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Did the German authorities respell Polish names to be more German during the time of the Empire? [migrated]

How were Polish names handled by Prussian and German authorities during the times of the German empire? It is well known there was intense Germanisation throughout the area, for example all location ...
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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 Saxony, Germany. One of the answers said that a search of the town's records yield better results. At least ...
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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 in Germany of Jacob Drager (b. 1825; 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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finding people missing in action 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 ...
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Returning World War I era German dog tags?

I have 2 World War I "dog tags", one each from two different soldiers, which provides name, DOB and some regimental info. One of them I think may include some address information. Is there any way I ...
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Who were parents of Xavier Rebholz who was born 1826 in Prussia?

I'm looking for my gg grandfather's ancestors. His name was Xavier Rebholz: Born in 1826 in Prussia, Died 09 JULY 1891 in Minneapolis. Married Mary Gerger, who was born in 1835 in Bavaria, died ...
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Pennsylvania cultural transition from German to English and guidance on Englishification?

I am trying to perform some research in the Pennsylvania area and have run into a couple of instances where I encountered German and English transitions or just pure German; specifically in tombstones ...
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Learning German scripts (handwriting and printing) used in 19th century records

In my related question about finding parish records in Saxony, Germany lejonet reminded me about other resources for Werdau in the Family History Catalog. The Family History Library has resident ...
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Finding online parish records for churches in Saxony, Germany

I'm studying a group of Germans that immigrated to the United States around 1860 to the mid-1880s. My source for their birth place is their local court naturalization papers on FamilySearch. Many of ...
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Forced Emigration of Zipf ancestors from South-West Germany (Baden/Wurtenburg) in mid 19th century?

I was told from a researcher a while ago about a forced Emigration in 3 or so villages in South-West Germany in the 19th century. From what I can remember the people were vagabonds or just general ...
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Information on a photo of a German soldier boy who served during the 2nd world war

I have a photo of a German youth soldier who was captured by American forces somewhere in the Ruhr area in March 1945. Can you kindly give me some details as to who the young German soldier boy is? ...
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Finding alternate indexes or record sets for passenger lists / ship manifests?

I'm researching German immigrants to the USA. Some of their records can be found in NARA's Access to Archival Databases, in this collection: Data Files Relating to the Immigration of Germans to the ...
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How much is “Worker” an established American transliteration of the German "Würker”?

I'm currently tracing the root meaning/history of the German family name "Würker", specifically regarding the authenticity of the American transliteration of "Worker" - how commonly used is this form, ...
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Finding service history of ancestor in Abwehr during World War 2?

I have evidence that my ancestor worked under a pseudonym in the Abwehr. He joined the allied forces in April 45 in Italy. I have his British war record, but not his German one. I have asked ...
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When were passports first issued in the USA?

Would a US immigrant from Germany traveling back to Germany in the 1850's have a passport. Where are these records?
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What German provinces were recorded in the 1920 Census?

In the 1920 Census, my husband's great-grandmother and 2-great-grandmother were enumerated with a birthplace Saxony. There is a note next to the birthplace which may be in a different hand that says ...
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Discovering descendants of 19th Century German immigrant to Australia who served in World War 2?

My ancestor Phillip Post came to Australia from Eltville near Frankfurt in about 1860. He had a son Conrad from whom I know I descend. How would I discover the descendants of Phillip Post who ...
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Tracing my Swiss German roots through to World War I an unknown fallen soldier

My dilemma is finding out about my great-grandfather's war history. Here's a brief summary of what I know. My father is Swiss. His father was Swiss' and served as a border guard in world war II. It's ...
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Lists of casualties of the Battle of Mollwitz

As a battle of the War of the Austrian Succession, the Battle of Mollwitz was fought between Prussian and Austrian forces on 10 April 1741. I wonder if there are lists of casualties available?
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How do I find out how my grandfather died or disappeared in Berlin

My grandfather disappeared in Berlin in 1944/5. He was working for IG Farben and was taken away whilst at work one day. His name is Paul Diedrich. I am going to Berlin this week. How can I track ...
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German POW Camp records for WWI

A British Prisoner was said to have been informed by the Commandant of Doberitz POW camp of his award of the Victoria Cross..Where would I start to look for records from this camp ?
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How to find information about a Dachau Internee?

I am posting here as I have no idea where to begin. And information that I have is limited and Im hoping that somebody can point me in the right direction. My Great Uncle was a political prisoner ...
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Locating a deceased family member?

My Great-Grandfather was born in Letten, Germany (right outside of Munich) in 1887. I have some information on him: He enlisted into the military (at Port Bremerhaven) in 1907 and I believe he ...
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How can I find information about an Allied WWII Prisoner of War in Germany?

I'm looking for information about an American POW (Prisoner of War) at Stalag Luft 1 in Germany during World War II. What free records of pilots/POWS, etc. are available online?
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How to find information on German soldiers from World War I and World War II?

Does anyone know where I can find information on German soldiers from World War I and World War II? I'd be curious to find out about my ancestors' role in the wars, i.e. what rank they had, where ...
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Where can I find death records for Germany post 1919?

My grandfather (Emil Schweiss born February 1864) was interned during the 1st World War and repatriated to Germany in I think 1919, but I have never been able to find out when he died, where he died, ...
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How soon after birth would baptism normally occur?

In Germany during the 18th century (esp. early 18th century), how soon after birth would baptism commonly take place? Of course it wasn't the same for every child, but was there some sort of usual ...
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How to find records of a refugee from the Nazis?

I am trying to find my husband's great gradnmother's details. She was born on July 15, 1913 in Germany or Poland. Her name was Mae Bernstein. Her parents were Max and Edith Bernstein (from her ...
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Kirchheimbolanden Archives

My g3 grandfather was Karl Philipp Goetz, born 3 Aug 1819 in Kirchheimbolanden and baptized in the Evangelical Church there on 4 Aug 1819. You have asked for more detail. What I know from family ...
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Military draft in the Imperial German Army: What was the minimum age for being a “Gefreiter” in a reserve unit during WWI?

As detailed on Formationsgeschichte – Rekrutierung (agw14-18.de), the drafting system in the German empire was fairly complex. According to this site there was a conscription of 2 years for most ...
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Looking for my grandfather in Germany

I'm trying to locate my mums real father. She was born in Bad-Tolz Germany in 1947 and brought up by her maternal aunt & uncle. She came to Aust when she was 3 years old & was never told who ...
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Sources of German birth records (outside FamilySearch)

Most of my ancestors are German or Russian and I tend to use FamilySearch a lot. However, about two months ago, the search stopped working for me and I haven't yet found a fix. Are there any other ...
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Where to find records of arrest in pre WW II Germany?

A German Jew I am researching was arrested in Germany some time around 1935. He was released some time thereafter, and emigrated to the United states in 1936. I am wondering where to look for such ...
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Books and articles about life in 18th and 19th-century German villages

I am looking for a list of high-quality resources (books, articles, etc.) about 18th and 19th-century social and cultural history for the area that now is Germany. Materials written in English would ...
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What was the nature of record keeping for land ownership in the Pfalz prior to the introduction of the cadastre/Kataster system?

Some time in the 1840s the French cadastre system of recording land ownership for tax purposes was introduced into the Pfalz region of Bavaria. Records such as the one shown below identified parcels ...
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Is there an online list of Kindertransport records?

Kindertransport was an operation to save Jewish children from Germany and occupied countries in 1938 and 1939. Almost 10,000 children were transported to the UK through this program. While I have ...