Prussian/ German Genealogy Help


If you are new to Prussian/ German (Polish & Shoah) research or just ‘stumped’ for additional clues and resources, hopefully this page will provide new sources of hope, inspiration, and information.In total, the ‘local’ ManyRoads’ libraries alone contain more than 150GB of original (digital) genealogical and historical source documents.

In addition to our documents and tools, this page provides links to what I believe are the most helpful Internet research resources for conducting Prussian/ German research. Based upon your usage patterns and comments, plus my client research efforts, I will update the contents of this page frequently.

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  • my mother (Luise geboren Senger);
  • my grandparents (Richard Senger & Frieda geboren Recht); and
  • my onkel Erich (Senger).

Familie Richard Senger um 1939

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Beginning Genealogy
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Here are nearly 2000 additional links, from Hans Selbach.


  1. Cheryl
    20 March, 2015 @ 5:26 pm

    Are records available for Rothwasser, Kr. Gorlitz, Schlesien, Prussia?

  2. Mark Rabideau
    20 March, 2015 @ 8:35 pm

    On FamilySearch see:… most former church records seem absent.

  3. Cheryl
    21 March, 2015 @ 8:54 am

    Thank you! I have researched many branches of my family tree, but not this one. I will be looking for HORTER family records.

  4. jmalene
    26 April, 2015 @ 1:08 pm

    I am searching several German families from Baden Wurtenburg – but many of the sources I am showing, put them in Alsaac-Lorraine- should I be looking for them in France instead of Germany?

  5. Mark Rabideau
    26 April, 2015 @ 1:18 pm

    Not knowing precisely what time period you are researching, it is hard for me to guess whether or not the towns/ places in question are in today’s France or Germany. Rather than focusing on today’s provinces, you are probably better off searching for the villages/ towns, assuming you know them.

  6. Ronald L, May
    26 April, 2015 @ 7:06 pm

    My May family ancestors came from Langendiebach now Erlansee, Germany. Is this the correct site to be looking for them?

  7. Mark Rabideau
    26 April, 2015 @ 8:51 pm

    Hi Ron, You are more than welcomed to use the tools on ManyRoads to help you conduct your research.

  8. Beth Golden
    27 April, 2015 @ 3:47 am

    Thank you so much, Mark! Your work is amazing and so very helpful with finding my many German ancestors! They include Spengler, Kohlman, Thurni, Geisser, Becker, Walther, and so many more, and all from different regions in Germany.

  9. Mark Rabideau
    27 April, 2015 @ 6:08 am

    Beth, Thank you for your kind words. I am glad to be of some assistance.

  10. Jeanne
    27 April, 2015 @ 8:54 am

    I have been searching information on my Great grandfather Johan/Johann/John HERRMANN born Dec. 1964 in Germany. He immigrated to America in 1888 of Dec. 3rd on a ship called La Bretagne. He departed from Havre. I don’t know what town/city he was born in, who his parents were and who were his siblings, if he had any.

    I’m also looking for information on my Great grandmother Stella (Stanislawa) URBAN/URBANSKI born May 1879 in Prussia/Germany. She immigrated in 1889. I don’t know who her parents were and any siblings, if she had any. I also don’t know what town/city she was born in.

  11. Mark Rabideau
    27 April, 2015 @ 9:14 am

    Hi Jeanne, I am not certain how I can help beyond suggesting you might find some clues on where and how to search in my several dozen blog postings on this page German Genealogy Pointers. If you would like to talk about options, I am happy to schedule some time. Just use the contact page to let me know.

  12. Tammy Lang
    4 May, 2015 @ 10:00 pm

    Help! Looking for information on three known brothers from Kassel Odessa Russia. There may have been more brothers or sisters living there. I am descended from David Lang.

    1st brother: David Lang b. 1771 b.Wielkie Jeziorke Hohensia Prussia d. ? Kassel Odessa Russia m. Anna Rosina ? ( Schroeder) b. 1787 Sartufka Odessa Russia- d. Sep 17 1842 Grossliebental Odessa Russia.

    2nd brother: Paul Lang b. 1768 – d. Feb 1 1838 b. Wielkie Jeziorke Hohensia Prussia d. Kassel Odessa Russia, m1. Unknown d. About 1788, m2. Franziska ? b. About 1775 – d. After 1838.

    3rd brother: Christoph Lang b. Mar 1 1789 – d. Feb 29 1844 m. 1811 Katharina Weiss (Gohring) b. 1776 – d. Jan 17 1843.

    Possible father is from the Carl Stump book: Lang{Andreas)FN: listed by both the 1816 Kassel census (#39, 70) and KS:352 without origin. Using FHL#1,184,602 the GCRA proved origin in Ochsenbach, Brackenheim [Amt], Wuerttemberg.

    Any information would greatly be appreciated.

  13. Mark Rabideau
    5 May, 2015 @ 4:55 am

    Hi Tammy, Have you tried contacting this group for help?

  14. Cheryl Herrig
    6 May, 2015 @ 9:23 am

    I worked with Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe [] a few years ago and received my great-grandfather’s family tree from them. Perhaps they could assist you in finding out more about your family too.

  15. Cheryl Herrig
    6 May, 2015 @ 9:32 am

    There is also the Odessa Digital Library at:

  16. Betty Dahlstedt
    12 May, 2015 @ 2:22 am

    I have been searching for information regarding my grandfather, HEINRICH CLAUS LINDEMANN for many years. According to his information he was born 8 March 1867. I find him on the ship manifest for the ALLER, arriving in New York on 1896 Oct 13. On that he states Bremen as his last residence. On his marriage license it states HANNOVER, My mothers baptismal certificate has: Kreis Verden. On older cousin said that his father told him Grandpa was from LEER. His marriage license states that his father was Christoph Lindemann and his mother Margaret. He died in 1952 in Huntington New York, USA. He met and married my grandmother in New York City. They did not know each other in Germany. The search engine on this site does not have any results for Lindemann. Please help me.

  17. Mark Rabideau
    12 May, 2015 @ 6:10 am

    Hi Betty, I used the newest ManyRoads search engine here: and received nearly 1.4 million results for Lindemann. Additionally, you may wish to go here: or here for regional facts/guides:

  18. Cynthia Payne
    21 May, 2015 @ 8:12 pm

    Hi, I am hoping someone might be able to help shed some light in to may ancestry. I have been able to go back as far as Johann Christian ELIX born 1823 in Kossar, Crossen, Brandenburg, Prussia, Germany. I cannot find anything about his family or parents or possible siblings or if ELIX was even their surname. Any help would be appreciated.

  19. Gayle Pauly
    5 June, 2015 @ 8:03 am

    Hi Mark, I am at a loss finding my ancestors’ place of entry into USA from somewhere in Europe. Very vague I know, but how do I go about finding where in Prussia they lived if the only info I have is our census info stating “Prussia” as their birth place? My ancestors’ name is Pauly, Pauli, Paule.
    Other than Prussia and our surname, I need some big help.

  20. Mark Rabideau
    5 June, 2015 @ 12:44 pm

    Hi Gayle I am happy to chat to see what might be ‘doable’… let me know if you’d like to talk.

  21. Kerry Edwards
    16 June, 2015 @ 6:00 pm

    Hello – I have been struggling with my g-g grandfather’s history for sometime now. Joseph Henry Luschwitz b 29 January 1840 (usually called Harry) his parents who I believe were Joseph Luschwitz b 14 August 1797 Beilawa, Poland and mother Josepha Wendel b 11 December 1805 (these details are unconfirmed). I do not know where Harry was born but possibly around the Beilawa area. He migrated to India and was serving as a Bandmaster in the 2nd Balouchi Regiment (an Indian Regt.) around 1869 when he married Mary Elizabeth Moore in Bhooj (Gujarat State) (her father also being a Bandmaster John Moore Bandmaster HM’s 19th Regt) in 1869. He seems to have had 1 son in Karachi and a daughter in Cawnpore (Kanpur). The family moved to Hyderabad where he joined the Nizam’s Band serving with HEH Troops. When Mary died he married Laura Sophia Mayberry my maternal g-g mother.

    The elusive part is trying to work out where he came from in Poland/Prussia. We know the family were probably musicians. Harry’s son Henry and grandson Henry were both musicians in the Nizam’s Band. Henry IIIrd travelled to Leipzig to learn music in the 1920s. A cousin had mentioned that – when her mother travelled to Germany/Poland they stayed at a convent in SCHWEIDNITZ whilst Uncle Henry was studying in Leipzig and whilst there visited LANGENBEILAU where she remembers seeing the family graves ( now I’m not sure if these were her grandparents or not but clearly were LUSCHWITZ graves). She also tells me that they had a visit from a cousin of her father who came from BRESLAU called TRUDLE WENDEL. She was a lady in her 50s.

    This website

    says Josep was a teacher in 1834 in Beilawa Poland. I am not sure if all this is connected to the same family or not. Any help on this matter would be very helpful.


    Kerry Edwards
    Canberra, Australia

  22. Mark Rabideau
    17 June, 2015 @ 5:21 am

    Hello Kerry… what I can tell you is that the surname Luschwitz does not appear to be German (it does not appear in the 1942 Reichstelefonbuch. There are today 8 Families of that name who appear in Wroclaw (former Breslau) on Jewishgen. Perhaps that will help.

  23. Jen Strand
    22 July, 2015 @ 8:18 am

    Since so many , if not most, of the records have been destroyed I’m wondering if it is worth the effort? I know the small towns in Poland (Sokolowo and Ligowo), Germany(Herford) , and Prussia (Isabela) from which my ancestors originated but after years of searching I have been unable to go back very far or find any relevant information. I do not know the local addresses of whom to contact and if I do know who to contact they do not respond. Any thoughts?

  24. Mark Rabideau
    22 July, 2015 @ 8:51 am

    Jen, If you search using the German town names like Evangelical Church Jankendorf (Kr. Kolmar)rather than the new Polish town names, you may find quite a wealth of records. You may also find nothing. In searching for one of your town names I found Protestant Church records going back to 1781 for Jankendorf (noted as Sokolowo in your note); plus I noticed the Posen (Poznan today) Catholic Church archives carry materials from that area as well see: As for “is it worthwhile”; I guess that is your call to make. I can say that as a Prussian, I never give up. (wink).

  25. Mary Lindsted
    22 July, 2015 @ 10:50 am

    My ancestors came from Liege Belgium area. The only thing I have ever been told is that our family were from Germany. I’m confused as to how Belgium, Prussia, and Germany fit together. My ancestor came to America in about 1790. Where do I begin searching 3 X Gr Grandfathers family in Belgium etc. My ancestors name is “Bachtenkircher” Thank you for your help and direction.

  26. Mark Rabideau
    22 July, 2015 @ 11:44 am

    Mary in 1790, there was no Germany. Germany was first created in 1871. So although your family may have been German (speaking), they were not from Germany– in the 1790s. The best you can do to find records is search the records of the communities from which they came. I recommend looking first on

  27. Michael Maher
    22 July, 2015 @ 11:56 am

    I have traced my maternal ancestors through census and immigration records. They came aboard the Bark Dorette through New York to Mendota, Illinois in the mid-1850s. My g-grandfather was John Jacob (46) and his travel party included his wife, Dorothea (34), one daughter, Elizabeth (16) four sons, Johan Lorenz (13), Johan George (9), Johan Kaspar (5), and my grandfather, John Adam (2). They left Germany from Firmelsdorf and Gestunghausen, in what was then Saxe-Coburg (now part of Bavaria). What I would like is advice or assistance in determining where and how to go further into their ancestry. I do NOT speak German. Any assistance will be highly appreciated. Thanks in advance. Mike

  28. Mark Rabideau
    22 July, 2015 @ 11:57 am

    Hi Mike… this page is full of free advice, links, etc. Hopefully some will prove to be of value.

  29. Mary Lindsted
    22 July, 2015 @ 1:35 pm

    Mark, Thank you!! I never considered anything but Germany as the place my family immigrated from. I do know that some of the ancestors came from Belgium area. Thanks again for your help.

  30. Mark Rabideau
    22 July, 2015 @ 5:03 pm

    My pleasure… I hope you find interesting ‘things’.

  31. Jerry Cowley
    25 July, 2015 @ 11:38 am

    Is there somewhere to go for help with Swiss emigration? I pick up a ggg grandfather in Missouri, John Grossman. He moved to a couple of places in Illinois before returning (Mascoutah and Nashville). He married Mary Herrmann from Baden, probably in Carondolet, Missouri. Ii can find some records in Missouri and Illinois, but nothing which connects him or her to a home village. (If you have a FamilySearch account, he’s KN1J-P41; he’s also on Many thanks for any tips you can give me.

  32. Mark Rabideau
    25 July, 2015 @ 5:04 pm

    Hi Jerry… Have you tried these sites? (FamilySearch) — (Swiss Emigration) — (When the Swiss made America)

  33. Jeffrey Ward
    1 August, 2015 @ 12:28 pm

    Trying to establish where in Germany Elizabeth Deiterich was born.Together with her parents she came to England sometime between 1854 and 1856 and settled in Manchester. The census records between 1861 and 1901 simply give place of birth as Germany with the exception of 1881 where a place name is entered and is transcribed variously as Hutkunoda,Huttenrode and Hutkusrode. From census data it calculated that Elizabeth was born c1853 her father Christian c1821 and Hannah her mother c1826. The problem is compounded by the fact all three were illiterate. The census returns variously show their name as Dietrich, Dedrick and Didrick. However in 1876 at Manchester she married Henry Sipe another German who could read and write and the name in the marriage register is Deiterich.It is believed that Henry being literate ensured the correct name was entered. Likewise it is believed he was responsible for entering her place of birth in the 1881 census. However the enumerator’s handwriting could have been better. I’ve tried the Family Search website but could n’t find anything. If anyone can help or has information I would be most gratefull Regards Jeff Ward

  34. Mark Rabideau
    1 August, 2015 @ 4:52 pm

    Hi Jeff… Here’s a quick analysis of your search, perhaps it will help you some.

    Hüttenrode is a “real place”… the other two place names you mentioned do not appear to be valid place names; I find no evidence of their existence. As for your surname quandry… You are almost certainly on the hunt for Dietrich. Deiterich and Didrick are not surnames found in Germany (at all… zero families in 1998 for both surnames); there was 1 family in Germany in 1998 with the surname of Dedrick. So given that go with the popular German name that sounds like and is Dietrich. Sadly, Dietrich hardly ‘rare’; it is roughly as unique as Jones. If I were you I’d search the parish records in and around Hüttenrode (Harz). Here is an article that should help you find information sources to research (assuming you have not already exhausted these). Viel glück beim forschen!

  35. Jeffrey Ward
    2 August, 2015 @ 12:14 pm

    Hi Mark, Thanks for your help. Looks as if I’ll have to do it the hard way. There is another thing on which I would be glad to have your views. Assuming Huttenrode is correct, have you any ideas on the route they would have take to leave Germany? Would it have been via Hamburg?And as they settled in Manchester would the entry port have been Hull.? Also bearing in mind the dates ( mid 1850s) is it at all likely Christian was recruited for the British German Legion which was intended to fight in the Crimean War.? Regards and many thanks Jeff Ward.

  36. Mark Rabideau
    2 August, 2015 @ 1:28 pm

    Hi Jeff… most people departed German lands either from Hamburg or Bremerhaven, but there were also departures from Stettin and Danzig. Most of the German port though have been lost (around 90% from what I read), so I would not suggest relying on them as a source of information. I have no idea how well records were maintained on the UK side but you could check likely ports of entry there for ideas. As for Crimean military service I would not venture any sort of guess… but if pushed I would say absent facts it sounds like one of those wonderfully romantic family tales. To validate the tale you could read the histories from the area around Hüttenrode (Harz) to see if they sent their young men die in foreign wars; Hesse was one of the areas that did do that sort of thing (but I don’t know about Harz).

  37. Jeffrey Ward
    3 August, 2015 @ 10:35 am

    Thanks Mark. Hesse rang a bell. The parents of Elizabeth’s husband Henry Sipe both came from Hesse and I’ve now found a tiny village called Huttenrode in Hesse. Population under 100. So it seems that may be it. The British German Legion was just a thought. There’s no family history. Its just that I’m into military history for that period and the dates fitted. Thanks again Jeff Ward.

  38. Mark Rabideau
    3 August, 2015 @ 11:07 am

    Good luck, Jeff! Hopefully it is the Huttenrode you seek…

  39. Dorothy Jean SCRIVNER BLUM
    25 August, 2015 @ 3:30 pm

    I have found this website very helpful – after searching for my German ancestors for years. Please lead me to helpful sites. I have Ancestry and, of course Johann Friederich LIERMANN b. 30 Mar 1817, [I believe] Galenbeck, Ritteramt Stavenhagen, Prussia. Immigrated Aug 1852 through Quebec to Hustisford, Dodge Co., Wisconsin. I have information of life in Wisconsin and Nebraska, but I want to know more about Prussian ancestors. I believe his father was Joachim Christoph “Christian” LIERMANN (1783) and wife Sophia Dorothea MATZAHN GRASIN MOLTKE (1786) from Recknitz and Grischow respectively. Johann married Charlotte Fredericke Wilhelmina VOESCHE (1810) abt 1838 in Germany but I don’t know where. I do not know names of her parents. They were Lutheran. Their daughter, Wilhelmine F. LIERMANN married a Prussian emigrant, Wilhelm GROSSE who immigrated Jul 1854 through Quebec to Hustisford, Dodge Co., WI. On marriage certificate he gave his parents’ names as Christian and Christiana GROSSE. Tradition is that he came from Brandenburg.

  40. Ken Nathan
    22 September, 2015 @ 3:54 pm

    Looking for information on last name of Nathan from Rudnitz Germany. Fred Nathan died in 1869 in Germany. His wife Wilhelmine “Behrendt” Nathan and her two sons Ernst and Franz emigrated to America in 1869. They had three other siblings, would like to find any information on them also, they most likely remained in Germany. Also looking for information on last name of Blank from the area northeast of Berlin as well. Herman Blank and his wife Amelia “Rudat” Blank emigrated to America in 1866.

  41. Mark Rabideau
    22 September, 2015 @ 4:25 pm

    Hi Ken… did you check & for records? If you are looking for assistance in conducting your search, I am always happy to assist. Unfortunately, I am unable to perform those tasks gratis. I wish I could… but I just can’t. However you are more than welcome, in fact heartily encouraged, to use the tools and data I provide here, at no cost.

  42. Sheila Andersen
    6 October, 2015 @ 4:56 pm

    Hi! This site was recommend. My great grandfather, Karl H. Gettner, was born in Vilna, Lithuania in 1874. His parents, Wilhelm Gettner and Fredricka Roudise (sp?), according to his birth record, were German. As we know, the German Empire was much more expansive back then. Does anyone have any ideas on how I might find more info on Wilhelm and Fredricka? Many thanks!!

  43. Mark Rabideau
    7 October, 2015 @ 12:03 pm

    Have you checked the records here, Sheila?

  44. Arnold Chamove
    26 November, 2015 @ 9:26 pm

    All of a sudden Malware Bites is blocking this site. It lets me in and lets me navigate to Prussia, but when I try to open Stat Posen Prussia 1872 (which I look at a lot), it blocks me. Any idea as to why this is. It started last week. I was wondering if the new formatting might be doing something funny. I am trying to tell Malware Bits that the site is OK, but it is not listening to me.

  45. Mark Rabideau
    27 November, 2015 @ 6:44 am

    Hi Arnold. As is noted on the Posen Addressbook page, those texts do not reside on ManyRoads. I simply provide links to the pages where the texts are hosted. I tried getting to the 1872 Posen address book, and had no problem. I, also, receive no error from Malware Bits or similar. I assume Malware Bits is something you are running on an Apple PC actually called Malwarebytes; since I can find no reference to anything on the net called malware bits. The problem you experienced may be with your Malwarebytes setup. It may not like Polish,,, Sorry I can’t help more.

  46. Dorothy Jean SCRIVNER BLUM
    28 November, 2015 @ 3:43 pm

    I wrote to you 25 Aug 2015 but received no response when I asked for helpful sites to find my ancestors LIERMANN and GROSSE. I am at a loss to know the reason you went directly to the other person, Ken Nathan, and did not respond to my inquiry. Was my query not clear?

  47. Mark Rabideau
    28 November, 2015 @ 4:22 pm

    I am sorry but I have nothing to very much to offer you beyond the tools, clues and links on my site. Have you looked in and for records from your town names?

  48. Debbie Oxby
    29 November, 2015 @ 4:04 pm

    My gggrandfather Adam Frick left Germany for England before 1866. The 1871 census says he was born in 1840 in Germany Cassel and the 1891 census says Germany Hesse Cassel. Is this enough information to start looking in German records? Where would this be now?

  49. Mark Rabideau
    29 November, 2015 @ 4:27 pm

    The city today is Kassel… check for record availability and/or (for Protestant records-only).

  50. Ronald Grosinsky
    11 April, 2016 @ 4:53 am

    My grandfather Emil Otto Grosinsky was born in Hammerstein, Kries Schlochau, West Prussia. Today Hammerstein today is Czarne, Kries Sclochau, is Człuchów. West Prussia is today part of Poland. I am looking for records from the church or some public records. His father, August who changed his name from Grozynski to Grosinsky in the early 1900’s. August married to Caroline Drevantz (possibly Drevanz) while living in Prussia. Emil Otto born 1890 and Fredrich born 1892 left 1892 or 3, left via Bremmerhaven, Germany, aboard the “Gera.” Delivered to Ellis Island, New York, 1892 or 3.
    Fredrich was born in Amalienruh, which today is Malinowo, district of Krummensee is today Krzemieniewo. Any information you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

  51. Mark Rabideau
    11 April, 2016 @ 6:22 am

    Hi Ronald if you are interested in talking about having me help conduct a personalized search, I am happy to discuss those options. Please feel free to use our contact page to let me know when you’d like to talk. atb. …mark

  52. Dorothy Blum
    11 April, 2016 @ 10:53 am

    Hi Ronald,
    Sorry. I can be of no help because this is not my GROSSE family.

  53. Ronald
    16 April, 2016 @ 12:16 am

    Hi Dorothy,
    I understand. Have you done any business with Mark? I am not sure exactly what it is that he is offering. Since I already have most of the information and since most churches carried the records and were destroyed during the World Wars… Not sure if there are any records available…
    Let me know what you think…


  54. Ronald Grosinsky
    16 April, 2016 @ 12:43 am

    Hello Mark,
    Not sure of what you will be able to do for me. I have checked via online and snail-mail over to the city and counties over there. Like I said in my message to Dorothy, most records were kept in Churches and most of those were destroyed during both World Wars. So far I know he lived in Amalienruh, and Hammerstein Kries Schlochau, Prussia. My Grandfather was born in Amalienruh and my Uncle was born in Hammerstein. His original spelling was Grozynski. Him and his cousin both who were called August Grozynski, one married Augusta Werner. And my Grandfather married Caroline Drevantz. Both lived in Alpena, Michigan. The cousin August was killed in a Train Accident. I have those photos. My Grandfather passed away in the 1950’s. I have a copy of my great Uncles Baptismal records from Prussia. I have tried to find marriage records. I’ve also tried to find family records showing the connection of both August’s in Alpena. I have found records of their arrival to America in “Germans to America” as there are a set of books located here in Wyandotte, Michigan. I know he made his crossing on “The Gera” which left Bremerhaven, Germany. If you can find more than that… I would love to discuss your working for me…

  55. Sarah Henning
    30 April, 2016 @ 4:47 pm


    As I was reading through the information on your web site, it stated that some of the records from Eastern Prussia have been lost or destroyed. I was wondering if you would know are there any records from the area of Lebus or Frankfurt on the Oder. Also what about military records my ggg grandfather was in the Prussian army in the mid 1800’s, are there any of these records. Thanks


  56. Mark Rabideau
    1 May, 2016 @ 6:08 am

    Hi Sarah, Have you read this page? If not, it may help.

  57. Iain Ledingham
    3 May, 2016 @ 1:57 am


    I am looking for guidance as to how to locate two families – the antecedants of Albert Wilhelm Zum Bach born circa 1867 and Angelica Hawen born circa 1872. Both were born in Hamburg. They were married in Glasgow, Scotland in 1891. Albert became a U.K. citizen in 1896. The signature on the Naturalisation papers records Mark as Albert’s first name. The couple were still living in Glasgow at the time of the census in 1901. I have no information of their whereabouts thereafter or their subsequent deaths.

    The parents of Albert were his father of the same name and his mother Amanda (?) Bebermann, who was a widow when she lived with him in Glasgow in 1901. She was born in Hamburg. Angelica’s parents were Franz Hawen and Margaretta (?) Cegnieul. I believe they also came from Hamburg but I have no proof of this.

    Any help/information you can give me about these families would be much appreciated.

    Kind regards

    Professor Iain Ledingham

  58. Mark Rabideau
    3 May, 2016 @ 5:31 am

    Hi Iain, Details/ particulars on our services and support may be found here: If you’d like to discuss a personalized search, please let me know and we can further discuss options. All the best.

  59. Lori White
    13 May, 2016 @ 9:55 am

    My GGGGrandfather Joseph Stoss I was told was born in Prussia or maybe Baden Germany he was born in 1826His Wife Sophia Hilbert was born October 28 1838 I don’t know anything on their Parents or where exactly for sure in Germany

  60. Alane
    22 May, 2016 @ 10:03 am

    Hi Mark, I am having a heck of a time trying to locate my G.G. Grandfather ( Gottlieb Ferdinand Beyer 1816-1860 ( Liverpool England ) family in Prussia. ( Starogard Gdansk). I know his whereabouts from 1839- till his death in 1860, but nothing before that. His first born is Annie in 1842 (so this should his Moms name) then then Second born was Charles in 1843 so his Dads name perhaps ? I have looking for many years now and just am at a loss … maybe the records were destroyed somehow ? Any help of direction would be appreciated.
    Best Regards Alane

  61. Mark Rabideau
    22 May, 2016 @ 1:22 pm

    Alane, did you look in the church records for the town of Preußisch Stargard? Starogard Gdański did not exist before 1945, before 1945 it was the German town of Preußisch Stargard… after 1945 (and the expulsion of all Germans) it became part of a newly reconstituted Poland.

  62. Alane
    22 May, 2016 @ 2:57 pm

    Hi Mark, Thanks for your fast response. !
    I have looked for Preußisch Stargard .. but little luck as well. Where would i find these church records ? Alane

  63. Mark Rabideau
    22 May, 2016 @ 3:40 pm…. 😉 You can also look here for several thousand pointers: You may also add specific questions there.

  64. Linda Goodwin
    21 June, 2016 @ 6:43 am

    Hello Mark, hoping you might have some suggestions or ideas for me……I am searching for my great grandfather…..Michael Amenda, I don’t know where he was born, I don’t know who his parents or who his siblings were. I do know he married Wilhemine Zaloga in 1882 in Heeselicht, East Prussia. They had 2 children, Augustas in 1889 and Carl in 1891. They immigrated to Canada in 1894. They sailed from Bremen on the ship Wittekind and landed in New York in Nov of 1894. I have hit a dead end trying to find my great grandfather and any of his relations, any help or advice would be greatly appreciated, thank you.

  65. Mark Rabideau
    21 June, 2016 @ 7:11 am

    Hi Linda. The Church records are available for ordering here: History of the area may be found here:

    If you are uncomfortable ordering and reading the old German documents let me know, I am always happy to help clients conduct research.

    Viel spaß beim forschen!

  66. Carole Hackercarth1
    1 August, 2016 @ 2:10 pm

    Hello Mark. I am still looking for the Heyde family of Kassel, Germany. I am interested in the ancestors of Philip Herman Werner Heyde and his wife Ellise (Elizabeth) Mauskopf. They lived in Kassel, Germany. Philip had five known sons, George 1837, John Conrad 1839, Gustav 1841, Maximilian 1845 and Edward 1842 who came to America and a daughter Anna who married a Young and stayed in Germany. From Edwards Obit ” Edward’s grandfather Heyde was a Scotsman who was sent to Germany as a representative of the English government and the family remained in Germany. Edward’s father was a manufacturer of extracts and perfumes. Edward graduated from the School of Mechanical Engineering in Germany”.
    The son Maximilian served in the Prussian military – Holstein War 1864, Franco – Prussian War 1866, 1868 came to America, 1870 back to Germany for the Franco – Prussian War, 1871 back to America. John Conrad Heyde stated that his father Philip Heyde was a member of the German Congress for nine years. Are there any military or governmental records to back up any of these claims? Also a Henry Heyde came to America and lived with George and is listed as an uncle (Philip’s brother?). Thanks for any ideas of where to look for any information. Carole

  67. Mark Rabideau
    1 August, 2016 @ 3:03 pm

    Hello Carole, You might try these sources, if you have not already:

  68. Ken Keller
    26 August, 2016 @ 2:51 pm

    I am trying to find information about a 1910 era Belgian Block company in Konigsberg. My wife’s grandfather supposedly owned and then sold this business and came to US in 1912. His name was Max Broszeit (or any variation of that). Where might I find data on the businesses of that era? I can’t find any personal data on him during that era other tan born in 1877 and married there.

  69. Mark Rabideau
    26 August, 2016 @ 8:14 pm

    Hi Ken. I recommend you try the address books as a start. Here’s a link:

  70. Ivy Gardiner
    28 August, 2016 @ 1:20 am

    Looking for Harling family. Hannah or Anna Harling migrated to Australia. She then married my Great Grandfather Mr Gardiner….we are looking for information on the Prussian Family

  71. Mark Rabideau
    28 August, 2016 @ 6:00 am

    I hope the materials here are of some help in your search.

  72. Charlette Barron
    9 September, 2016 @ 2:09 pm

    My paternal great great grandfather was Friedrich Hoppe who married Charlotte Toparkus. They lived in Muldzsen, Gerdauen, Königsberg, Prussia. Their son was Carl Ernst Hoppe born there in 1854. He became a master butcher in Berlin in about 1887. Toparkus is most unusual and can find few who bear this name. How do I find more info on Friedrich and Charlotte?

  73. Mark Rabideau
    9 September, 2016 @ 3:07 pm

    Did you look here:

  74. Jerry
    9 September, 2016 @ 3:11 pm

    I googled for a German telephone book (das telefonbuch?) online and searched by surname to find a locality for an unusual surname.

  75. Mark Rabideau
    9 September, 2016 @ 3:22 pm

    That won’t help for those areas that were lost after WW2… which includes as much as 140,000 sq. miles of real estate encompassing about 14 million ethnically cleansed Germans, Charlette’s area is now in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad..

  76. cdrage54
    15 September, 2016 @ 7:04 pm

    I am researching the Fehrmann family. My maternal great grandfather, Robert C. Fehrmann was born in 1859 in Stargard, Pomerania, Prussia. Any suggestions about possibly getting a birth record would be greatly appreciated!

  77. Mark Rabideau
    16 September, 2016 @ 5:51 am

    You can try familysearch for the records see:

  78. Linda Goodwin
    17 October, 2016 @ 3:42 pm

    I am researching the Amenda family, my 2xs great grandfather was Adam Amenda, he married Gottliebe Mazuch, they had 4 sons that I know of, Friedrich 1852, Johann 1854, Adam 1855 and my gr grandfather Michael 1856, theywere born in Jankowitz, Prussia. I am told the areas to look are Heeselicht, Jancowitz, Lindenau, Gilgenberg areas of Prussia. Do you have any suggestions to help and guide me. This has been quite a struggle for me to trace them. Thank you

  79. Mark Rabideau
    17 October, 2016 @ 4:07 pm

    The areas you mentioned span Austria to Brandenburg and Saxony. You should check church records for each town & appropriate dates. offers the best collection available (if they are not there, then the records you seek might not exist).

  80. Douglas
    12 November, 2016 @ 8:44 pm

    Whilst my research into my family does go back very far, I’m interested to know where the name originated. So far, I have got back to (possibly) Mansfeld, a town in the district of Mansfeld-Südharz, in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It seems likely that the name travelled to England and became Mansfield.
    Can anyone direct me to, or provide a history of Mansfeld and where it likely got it’s name.
    Thanks in anticipation
    Doug Mansfield (English born currently living in Australia)

  81. Shannon Zalanka
    15 November, 2016 @ 12:10 pm

    I’m helping my brother-in-law with the Neidhardt and Muench family history. I see on where George Neidhardt was born in Prussia in 1838 and lived in Granville, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I see his wife Anna Mary Muench and find her on the census records, and on their children’s marriage records in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I can’t seem to find any more information on George Neidhardt or Anna Mary Muench such as marriage or death records. Thank

  82. Paul Muelle
    6 December, 2016 @ 9:05 pm

    I’m searching for information on my grandfather Hugo Henrich Max Muelle and his family. He was born in Podewilshausen, Regierungsbezirk Koslin, Provinz Pommern in 1886. I believed he served in the military for several years prior to immigrating to Michigan in the U.S. in 1923. I can find no records of his parents or siblings. Thank You

  83. Mark Rabideau
    7 December, 2016 @ 9:38 am

    There are likely few if any surviving records; the area was nearly destroyed by the allies (Soviets) at the end of WW2, very little survived. You can try these websites for help: &

  84. Mark Rabideau
    7 December, 2016 @ 9:42 am

    I just found this… perhaps it is your posting and not really new:

  85. Judie Quaintance
    9 December, 2016 @ 12:42 pm

    Searching for the Emig family.My great grandmother came over ,pregnant with a toddler.She lived with her parents .She was unmarried.The family lived in Friedelhausen.Any way to find out if her husband died,divorced ,unmarried and the parents sent her over to America because of shame ???Boy things have sure changed over the years haven’t they?

  86. Judith Quaintance
    21 December, 2016 @ 7:34 am

    Would someone be so kind as to help me with translating great grandmother and her parents were mentioned but I am finding many different translations..

    Intelligenzblatt de Rheinkreises

    Thanks so very much

  87. Mark Rabideau
    21 December, 2016 @ 8:33 am

    Intelligence paper of the Rhine area…see:

  88. Judith Quaintance
    22 December, 2016 @ 6:37 am

    Thank you so a newbie there sure is allot to learn…are there any books I should be delving into to help? Thanks so much for your patience and understanding.Happy Holidays everyone

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