I have been extensively researching my family ancestry. My grandfather is German and moved to England at age 7 around 1950-1952.

I am trying to find out anything about my great grandfather, Heinz Gunther Eduard Curdt.

On Ancestry there is only one record where he lived (Hameln 1950). Heinz married my grandfathers mum ( Ursula Katherine Marx) who is now deceased.

I also know that he was alive 1959 -1960 because of the housing record so he did not die before then.

I am trying to find Heinz records maybe his birth certificate or anything useful. I have searched ancestry but not sure of any other websites specifically for german ancestry

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    If your grandfather was born around 1943-1945, that means your great-grandfather was of an appropriate age to have served in the German army in WWII. Have you looked for military records?
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  • I have checked all ancestry records and only found two records showing he lived in Hameln. I have looked through ancestry military records Among other websites but found nothing @lejonet Commented Sep 17, 2020 at 14:13
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    @lejonet The one that was a toddler was the grandfather and I said the great-grandfather would have been of an age to go to war.
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If he was 7 in 1950, then due to data protection laws, the data may not be publicly available yet. If the chances are good that he was actually born in Hameln, try contacting the Standesamt in Hameln. There are online forms to request documents (of yourself or of ancestors):



Church records for Hameln are available on Archion for Lutheran churches and on Matricula Online for the Roman-Catholic church. Don't expect an index for it. There is also an entry at GenWiki about Hameln (German) where you might find other resources or links to e.g. Genealogical Societies that could be of further help. I had a casual look at the linked cemetery index (look for "Grabsteine"), the family database (first two entries below "Genealogische Quellen") and the Address Book of 1929 (look for "Addressbücher für Hameln") but I was not very successful for "Curdt". You should watch out for the possibility that the name was slightly altered in England and is spelled slightly differently in the German variant.

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