I am trying to find the parents of my Great Grandfather, Fredric William Pahnish, born 11 dec 1838 in Saxony Province, Germany. He died on 18 Aug 1890 in Bannack, Beaverhead, Montana, S

  • 2
    Hi, welcome to G&FH.SE! Can you tell us what records you already have for him in the USA, and how you know his birth date and place?
    – Jan Murphy
    May 2 '18 at 3:55

I want to echo Jan Murphy's remarks. In addition, I find the spelling of the last name to be extremely curious. This does not look like a German name at all. How much do you know about your great grandfather before he arrive in North America? Do you know his birth place, beyond Saxony? A cursory search on Ancestry.com in that approximate part of Germany in the approximate time range gives (as I expected), no hit for "Pahnish", but a good number of "Ponisch", "Bonisch" and "Boenisch" (the most frequent, and the most recognizable).

A lot of names got mangled on immigration, and it would be interesting to know what, if anything, you found out about your great-grandfather prior to his arrival in Montana (immigration records, passenger lists, date -- even approximate -- of arrival, etc.)

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.