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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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Seeking service record of Walter Trinkl Eckstein, Luftwaffe pilot [duplicate]

I'm trying to find the service records of Walter Trinkl Eckestein, Luftwaffe pilot in WW2, father of a friend of mine. After the war he worked for BMW, Motorcycle Division, and in/about 1951, he moved ...
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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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Finding WWI service records and dates for Friedrich Martin Ziegler born 1884 in Eich [duplicate]

I would like the service records in the German Army during WWI for my grandfather, Friedrich Martin Ziegler, born June 17, 1884 in Eich, Germany.
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What is the origin or meaning of the family name Alwast?

My girlfriends grandfathers family name was Alwast and he originally was from northeastern Germany. She and her family don't know about the origins or the meaning of that name. My own research led me ...
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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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Finding grandfather’s German WW1 service records [duplicate]

I am interested in my grandfather’s German WW1 service records His name was Hubert Severin and he was born in Busbach which is part of Stolberg Germany. My understanding is he was a mechanic for ...
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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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Seeking World War 1 Military Records of German ancestor [duplicate]

Where can I find any information on my father Hubert Walgenbach? He served in the German War, WW1, and was a cook on the Gerheimrat Sartori ship. I know that the ship docked in Detroit and he ...
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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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Seeking German Naval records for Reinhard Flohr [duplicate]

Reinhard Flohrwas born in Borkum, Germany in 1901 and served on a German sub tender, until being interred in Sweden, and then escaped to return to Germany.
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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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Marriage "in der Bethstund"?

I'm trying to understand the last bit of this entry: Item. Nicolaus Burchardt, und Jungfer Elisabetha Braunschweigs          Copuliert am 26. November. Er: M. in der Bethstund zusammen gegeben. I ...
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Can anything be assumed from the use of "Jungfrau" in an old German marriage record?

For the Braunschweig family, I have been able to find record of and to connect every person in the Creuzburg, Germany area of the 1600s. There were two Elisabetha Braunschweigs alive and unmarried in ...
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What is the meaning of this symbol in a German churchbook?

This is from a church book from the Thuringia region. The priests often marked deaths with a cross symbol, and in more recent years, also a reference to the entry for that death. However, I notice ...
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Translating German Jewish birth record in Hebrew

Can somebody translate the two lines in Hebrew of this birth record for a German Jew from 1832 in Dessau? The German part is translated (s. below), what is missing is the line in Hebrew in the first ...
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Locating Reihngnahting/Reihmahting in Germany

I'm hoping someone can help me read a place name. I found the attached on Ancestry in Baltimore, Passenger Lists, 1820-1964: Name Georg Muggenthaler Birthdate 1826 Age 32 Arrival Date Jul 1858 Port of ...
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Who did Emerich Braunschweig marry?

This is the church book entry for my 11ggf Emerich Braunschweig's marriage, in 1593. It is in German. Unfortunately, I can't make out anything legible here other than his name. I'm hoping that ...
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I'm looking for birth or baptismal record Westensee, Germany

My great grandfather, Ludwig August Adolph Ehlers, 1854–1942 BIRTH 19 SEP 1854 • Westensee, Rendsburg-Eckernförde, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany Arrived in USA in 1894 in New York. Sailed out of ...
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Transcribing and making sense of baptism record written in Kurrent

This baptism record is from Creuzburg, in 1758. The bits in brackets are the bits I'm having trouble with. 20.† Anna Maria, [Vyl] Nicolaus Beckens, Ackermanns      zu [Elmau] töchterlein ist den 11. ...
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Jewish records in Germany, late 1700 to early 1800

I've been able to trace my ancestry several generations but seemed to have reached a wall. Here's the [long] story behind my question below: Between records and family lore, I understand my 3rd great-...
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Working on pre-16th century German genealogy

I was researching my family on Ancestry, and I seem to have discovered that I can trace my mother's father's line all the way from present-day to about 11th C. The earliest name I can find is Moshe ...
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Finding details when German killed in action during World War 2 [duplicate]

Thaddeous Zak(Zack) 10. Komp fliger Aushbiloting(?) Regiment 72 Feld post Number 47671 10 Komp Jager Regiment 22 (Luftwaffe) '' OPERATION WALDTEUFEL''. From the 6th to 23rd March 1945, the 11th ...
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Trying to find birth certificate or any birth records for Heinz Gunther Curdt (German ancestry)

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 ...
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Finding WW2 records of a Luftwaffe pilot named Adolf Schwartz [duplicate]

I’m trying to find records on my grandfather, his name was Adolf Schwartz and he was a Luftwaffe pilot in world war 2. I only have a picture of him. Does anyone know where I could find his records? He ...
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