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How do I find the service record of my grandfather in the German army in WW1? [duplicate]

My grandfather was from Hamburg and was around 24 or 25 years old when he was inducted in the German army.how do I find his military records of service?
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Was this family in 1660-1684 Hoheneiche "Schweitzer" or "Schnitzer"

I have 4 records from Hoheneiche, from 1667, 1668, 1680, and 1684, that give the basics for 3 generations of a family. I've not found any other records for this family. However, I'm also unable to ...
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Looking for information on Grandfather's WW1 Service record [duplicate]

I am hoping someone can help me find my grandfather's World War 1 records from Germany. A family photo we have of him with his regiment shows: I. Korporalschaft IV Ers. Batterie Fuss.Art.R3" Any ...
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Transcribing marriage record from 1627 Winnenden

This record comes from the marriage register of Winnenden, Rems-Murr-Kreis, Württemberg. I can read most of it: Herr Conradt Rieger, Bürgermeister allhie, und Maria, weyland Herrn Johann Christoff ...
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Connection a "Leves" in PA, USA in 1850 potentially to Levi routes in Alsace-Lorraine

My daughter's GGG grandfather, Thomas Levis, is 26 and located in Penn Forest, Carbon County PA in the 1850 census, but I haven't been able to get back any further. My daughter has half a clotting ...
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Birth Record of Christian Paap born 1835 Mecklenburg

I am looking for the birth of Christian Paap, born 15 Sep 1835 according to USA records. He married Dorothea Schröder/Shrader in the USA. His future wife's family records are in Kessin, Blankenhagen, ...
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Reading German Church Records

These are fairly easy to read, but there are a few words that I can't read. The godparents/witnesses usually aren't that useful, I am less concerned about them. The mother's surname is spelled two ...
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Marriage record for J Heinrich Salsow

I am looking for the marriage record of J Heinrich Salsow and Maria Sophia Dorathea Schröder, she was known as Sophia Shrader in the USA. J Heinrich's birth record is in Volkenshagen parish. Sophia's ...
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Deciphering 1808 Alsatian German birth record

Having some trouble getting through this civil birth registration record from Issenhausen, Bas-Rhin, Alsace. I've left blanks for words I can't make out. Maire von Issenhausene Gemeinde ____ von ...
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Where would Talne, Vine, Germany or Talue, Germany be today?

I am attempting to find my stepsisters 2nd Great Grandfathers birth town. He immigrated to the US in 1885, but documents show he was born in Talne, Vine, Germany in 1865. His last name is Ulatowski. ...
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Where was Grebenrodt in Hesse, Germany, in the late 1500s?

In Sippenbuch der Stadt Sontra in Hessen (etwa 1700 - 1825) 4. Teil, Wilm Sippel gives the following entry on page 205: (13893) SIPPEL,Marx in 6445 Heinebach, siehe Urkunden in Sippel 5, S.219-220 ...
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Belgium Antwerp Police Immigration Index help [closed]

I am trying to find more information about an ancestor whose name is listed in the Belgian Antwerp police immigration index, but only a name. I have a file number and a page number and an FHL film ...
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Searching for "Unknown father" of a child born to an unmarried mother in Poland

I've been helping a friend to research his Polish ancestors and we have a lingering mystery to solve. Friend's grandmother, Lillian, was born in 1902 in the Kujawsko-Pomorskie region of Poland (German ...
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Reading old German script about Henry Reimer

I found a DNA match to someone who has an ancestor Henry Reimer born about 1839, probably my 2G Grandparent Diderich Reimer's brother. They both immigrated to Cleveland, Ohio (separately). These ...
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Are there Bessarabia resettler individual numbers lists?

I know that every individual leaving Besserabia and returning to Germany in 1940 was assigned a number such as: (Resettler #61546 - Gottfried Schneider.) My wife's family fled Tarutino in 1940. ...
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Transcribing the funeral record of Peter Pinnart from Hundshausen

I'm having difficulty reading the handwriting for this entry, and could use some assistance transcribing the record. I read it as "aus der pfalz von Handschuhsheim, bei Walburg burtig", or &...
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Understanding baptism entry in 1718 from Rockensüß

I'm trying to understand this baptism entry: I have transcribed it to read: d. 28. ejusd. h. mat. 1. Joh. Märtin Christoph. mit Cath. Schweitzer alh. in ein ehlichtes erz. Söhnl. n. Joh.n. Märtin ...
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Is it common for northeast Germans to have Scandinavian ancestry?

From Ancestry.com DNA testing, I have 11% Swedish/Danish ethnicity, but no Scandinavians in my tree. My tree is pretty good back 5 generations. My German ancestors immigrated to the USA about 1850. ...
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Conflicting information about my husband's maternal grandmother's ancestry/DNA

We have had a ton of research done on my husband's maternal grandmother, Emma Louise Radunz Frank. She was born in Menominee, Michigan on May 24, 1894. The research done all shows that she was ...
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Transcribing marriage record from Gilfershausen in 1761

I could use some assistance with obtaining a transcription for this image. This marriage entry is from the Iba/Gilfershausen Kirchenbuch 1742-1773. The handwriting is pretty poor overall, and this ...
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Where was Johann Wilhelm Schweizer from?

This is from the 1862 marriage entry for Johann Wilhelm Schweizer and Anna Katharina Leinhos, from Creuzburg, Thuringia, Germany. As best as I can read it, he is from "Mittirea", but I ...
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Identification of church in Magdeburg

I have a photo of a church in Magdeburg where my grandparents were married. I'm trying to identify the name of the church and determine if it's still standing. They were married in 1919. They were ...
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Where was Treissa (Werra valley, lower Hesse area)

I'm looking at a marriage record from Wanfried, Germany, from 1746: Den 10t. Febr. wurden joh. Werner Laagis [?] witbr, Henrich Wilhelm Laagii sohn, und Maria Catharina, tochter Johannis Schweitzer, ...
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Where or what is "Saphoy"?

The uploaded image is a baptismal record from 18 Sep 1646 in Winnenden near Stuttgart, Wuerttemberg. I found the record at "Württemberg, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-...
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What are "avus" and "avia"?

I am working with some baptismal records in Southern Germany (Wurttemberg), second half of the 18th century. Three of the records concern siblings that all have the same godparents, who are husband ...
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German or Czech town (or city)

I have a document issued during 1940's by German authorities which shows my great-grandfather's place of birth. I am trying to determine where the place is. The town or city in either Germany or the ...
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In medieval Germany, would a baptismal sponsor have to be confirmed?

I'm working with the earliest written church records in 1600s Germany, in the north-eastern Hesse area. I have a baptism record from 13 Apr 1611 where Hans Almerod is the sponsor for Johs Schmidt, ...
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Where was BurÿHaüs near 1663 Breitau?

Three people in the 1663 baptism record from Breitau, Germany, in north-eastern Hesse, are listed as being from "BurÿHaüs". I can find nothing even close to that name in that area. Can ...
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Interpreting communion/confirmation records from Sontra in 1606

I'm trying to properly interpret Protestant communion/confirmation records from 1606 in Sontra. According to https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sontra, in 1602 Sontra had 402 households and around 2000 ...
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Was Catharine Elisabeth Schweitzer from Weiterode baptised twice?

I've run into an odd situation. Catharine Elisabeth Schweitzer was baptised in Weiterode in 1822. She is the first child of the parents. However, the next birth record for the same parents is from ...
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Reading the name of the father of Johann Henrich Illart (Mihla, 1731)

I cannot read the name of Johann Henrich Illart's father from either his baptism nor his burial record. It looks like "S__ndal" to my eye, and if I'm reading it right, it shows him as being ...
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Where would Büchenan have been in Thuringia in 1730?

This is a marriage record from Mihla, Germany, in 1730. My best reading of the 2nd and 3rd lines is: Hanß Georg Monton, Bürgers Zu Creuzburg, [mia?] [und?] An= spänners und Schultzens Zu Büchenan ...
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Letter to my father from German in field hospital in Schwedzinger near Rhein 1945

At the end of the ww2 my father an American Medic was shot and captured and taken to the field hospital in Schwedzinger near Rhein Germany. He had been on patrol with 270 men and they were all killed ...
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Where is Brunfelt, Germany?

I've run into two marriage records from the 1650s, from Mihla, Germany, describing someone as being from "Brunfelt". It could perhaps also be read "Branhalt". However, I cannot ...
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Understanding why same couple seemingly married twice within year

I've found the record of the marriage of my 8x great-grandparents. However, I've actually found two different records that both appear to document their marriage, on two different dates. Hans ...
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What name might "B." indicate in 16th or 17th century Germany?

I've run across the abbreviated name "B." in the oldest church books I am working with. I don't think I've seen it used after around the middle of the 17th century, but I've seen it in ...
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Would occupation be appropriate for the NSFX field for older German listings?

The NSFX field, aka the Name Suffix field, is listed in the GEDCOM 5.5 standard as: NAME_PIECE_SUFFIX: = {Size=1:30} [ <NAME_PIECE> | <NAME_PIECE_SUFFIX>, <NAME_PIECE> ] Non-indexing ...
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What day of the German church year would be "Festo Pascha II"?

I'm trying to figure out the proclamation dates for a marriage that took place on April 19 of 1836. The dates are given using the church dates, which seems to have been normal practice for around 50 ...
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Reading Johann Wilhelm's surname and father's profession

I'm trying to parse this text: As near as I can read it, Johann Wilhelm's last name was Graun? And his father, Johann Georg Graun[?] was a "Bürger und Schwein[dnenifter?]" - citizen and ...
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Reading Johann Georg Burkhardt's profession

I cannot parse the last word of this line about Johann Georg Burkhardt. Can anyone help with his profession?
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Where might records from Wickershausen be found?

I have found a hint that at least one cousin many times removed lived in Wickershausen at some point in the 1780s. As best as I can tell, it looks like Wickershausen was some sort of large estate ...
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Reading name of father on German baptism record for Maria Magdalena Burkhardt Langenheld

The excerpt here is from the baptism record of Maria Magdalena Burkhardt Langenheld, an illegitimate birth in 1779. It transcribes as "(...)inn Langenheldin, durch [?] er zeugtes Töchterlein, ...
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Records of German ancestor born c.1773 from Bolesławiec (Bunzlau)

My 5th great-grandfather immigrated to Russia in 1803 under the name Karl Ivanovich Jungfer. We have a good deal of records of his time in Russia, but nothing of his time before entering the country. ...
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Which of these German birth records is correct?

I believe that this is the correct marriage record for 12 & 13. A family story says that 6 & 7 in my pedigree chart were first cousins. 13 & 14 are brother and sister. I found 2 possible ...
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Finding Shrader birth records

jadepx did an awesome job confirming that all my Shraders are from the same family. German Ancestor - Schroeder (Shrader) Connecting Families Can someone help find the birth records of the parents? ...
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German Ancestor - Schroeder (Shrader) Connecting Families

I inherited the German records of my family tree from a distant relative 20 years ago (no sources, just a descendant list). It has special meaning to me because it got me started in Genealogy. ...
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Multiple German Given Names

I believe that these are the birth records of my GGGrandmother and her sister. In the USA, they were known as Sophia (1st pict) and Mary (2nd pict). Their parents were known as Christ and Sophia. The ...
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Translating profession from two records written in Kurrentshrift

I'm struggling to identify these characters in two records for the same person, recorded one year apart. The documents are from around 1900 and written in Kurrent, and I've tried using both a Kurrent ...
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how to find out about german prisoners of war after they returned to Germany

I am trying to find out more about a group of German prisoners of war who worked on my grandparents farm in the north of England in the late 1940s. I have letters which they sent from Germany in the ...
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Is M.-Gladbach an abbreviation for Mönchengladbach in the Verlustlisten 1. Weltkrieg?

The entry for Peter Rill in the Verlustlisten 1. Weltkrieg, p. 26217, lists M.-Gladbach as the location. Is this an abbreviation for Mönchengladbach, Germany? Peter Rill was lightly wounded. I assume ...
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