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Finding vital records in Upper Silesia (Prussia/Germany)?

I wanted to address a point that originally came up in the comments to bgwiehle's answer. Places are known by different names throughout their history. If a place was called by a particular name ...
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Finding vital records in Upper Silesia (Prussia/Germany)?

If they were catholic or protestant Statistically (based location, given names and surname), as ethnic Poles and living in rural Upper Silesia, your great-great-grandparents were Catholic. (Catholics ...
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Where is the Friedrichsbruch near Kokotzko in West Prussia / Poland?

According to Familienforschung in Westpreußen, which maps German and Polish names in West Prussia, Friedrichsbruch today is Bruki Unisławskie. Checking with Google Maps shows it's a bit over 7km ...
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Translating WW1 German postcard?

Sectioned using photo orientation in question. German transcript (mis-spellings per original), followed by English translation: [top left] Von Zum An[d]enken 1916 From ___ For remembrance 1916 [...
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Seeking records of Prussian army artillery service in 1880s?

This is extremely unlikely. A lot of of records were destroyed when the Prussian military archive in Potsdam burned down in 1945. Except for some Reichsmarine (navy) records, almost all individual ...
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Where did the Vannoske's come from?

When I have questions for which no direct answer seems to exist, my answer to the question Are there any other records here in the US which might lend a clue? is anything you can lay hands on. It may ...
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Prussian army records before 1890

There are almost no records left, the Heeresarchiv Potsdam was bombed in April 1945 and destroyed by fire. The records destroyed include also those of servicemen of WWI (please see also How to find ...
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Is there an online site where all Prussian and German Census can be found?

You can find a listing of the census records that are available online in the FamilySearch Wiki article Germany Census. The definitive work on German Census records is Roger Minert's book German ...
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Where is the Friedrichsbruch near Kokotzko in West Prussia / Poland?

Here is a bit of supplemental historical information about the town from the Słownik geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego i innych krajów słowiańskich (The Geographical Dictionary of the Kingdom of ...
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Looking for names of grandparents in Magdeburg, Germany when father born 1896?

Much of the advice given in the previous question Tracing US ancestor back to Germany? will also apply to this question -- in this answer I will add information specific to immigrants to the US during ...
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Identifying the parents of Moritz Martin Bernhardt born 1827 Treptow Prussia

Have you sought out his tombstone? Jewish tombstones when inscribed in Hebrew will often give the father's first name as in Moritz (possibly Moshe in Hebrew) son of the honorable ______.
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Finding birth/baptism records for Prussian ancestor born around 1840?

In general, a good starting point is often the FamilySearch Research Wiki page for the place you are interested in. In the case of Lübeck, the FamilySearch Research Wiki page for civil registration ...
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Finding birth/baptism records for Prussian ancestor born around 1840?

If he was Protestan/Lutherian you could try https://www.archion.de/en/ It is an online archive of the german protestant churches, where you can find a lot (albeit not all) church records.
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Looking for names of grandparents in Magdeburg, Germany when father born 1896?

Although difficult to find, I found original records for 4 great uncles (all became Catholic priests) and a great aunt, all of whom were born in Magdeburg, and a marriage record for their parents, my ...
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Why was a Prussian soldier in Nova Scotia in 1817?

If I am correct from the following it is clear that although Gottlibe Schidt, was German, he was however not a German soldier, but and English soldier. Which I think therefore answers your question. ...
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Finding Professional Genealogist in Germany knowedgeable on Kaiser Wilhelm?

The Verband deutschsprachiger Berufsgenealogen is an association of professional genealogists, see their member list. With the search query Berufsgenealoge (= professional genealogist) you'll find ...
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Who were parents of Xavier Rebholz who was born 1826 in Prussia?

I'm assuming that the birthdate of 1826 for Xavier Rebholz came from the record below which confirms that he was a Mason. "Minnesota, Death Records, 1866-1916," index, FamilySearch (https://...
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