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What Germanic surnames are you researching (Please list Surname - area and time frame) 100 Replies

Started by Nelda L. Percival. Last reply by Joseph Dougherty May 24.

My German Ancestors

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Germans to America 1893 15 Replies

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Comment by Tim Havenith on Saturday

That's really great of you, thanks Catherine.

Sounds like you have a widely spread set of ancestors. Wouldn't it be wonderful if you were able to find out why your maternal great-grandmother went to Scotland. I don't suppose the census shows your g-grandfather working in the area your g-grandmother was living before they got married?

I recently found some ancestors in Raeren, Belgium. Which I found out was part of Germany until after WW1. It's been quite exciting to find some sources for my surname knowing that they were in this area in the 1600s.

Comment by Catherine Davis on Saturday

Tim--a PS--thank you for your offer to search Wiltshire for me.  So far, I have not found any ancestors from that area.  One of my maternal great-grandmothers was born in Frant, Sussex so I've found most of her family in Sussex and Kent records.  She married my great-grandfather in Fraserburgh, Scotland but I have no idea why she went there in the first place.  His family goes back generations in Scotland.

 My German research has primarily been on my husband's family although I have a paternal great-great-grandmother who supposedly came from the Cologne area and I am still trying to find her there.

Comment by Catherine Davis on Saturday

Tim, it's not any hardship at all to attempt to get this book--whether or not I'm successful may be another question.  Most of the public libraries in the state of Michigan, where I live, are linked through an electronic master catalog and cooperative organization.  With my local library card number, I can request online any book in that catalog--and I found the several libraries with the book you want--and the cooperative will locate the book and have it delivered to my local library.  Sometimes, however, the books in the catalog turn out not to be at the libraries claiming them and so it might take a while for the coop to locate an actual copy.  I'll put the request in today and keep my fingers crossed that it brings a quick response!

Comment by Tim Havenith on Saturday

Hi Catherine, thanks for your quick reply.
I have looked at the libraries that have the book in England, but unfortunately I have a long term illness that leaves me house-bound most of the time, so can't get to them.
That's a really kind offer. I would really like to pursue, but only if it doesn't put you out?
I'm based in Wiltshire, England. So if there's anything you need around here - please let me know!

Comment by Catherine Davis on Friday

Tim, have you tried finding the book as an inter-library loan through either your local or state public library? However, if you can't find it, It looks to be available at a few libraries in Michigan and I can request it via the Michigan Electronic Library and send you the entry on Haveniths, if you can't get it yourself.  I don't know how long it might take.  Let me know if you want me to pursue.

Comment by Tim Havenith on Friday


I hope you're all having a good day.
I'm new to the forum (and website) and this is my first post, please let me know if I've posted this request in the wrong place!

I'm wondering if anyone has access to the Dictionary of German Names by Hans Bahlow. I've been advised that there is an entry on the surname HAVENITH and I'd really appreciate an image of the entry.

Best wishes,

Comment by Catherine Davis on Thursday

Joy--The Enrollment Act of 1863 required men between 20 and 45 to sign up for the draft. 

Comment by Cynthia Thomas on June 25, 2015 at 12:21pm

I have been tracing the Kleins from Nebraska to Saarland Westfalen Prussia.  I have traced them back to the 1500s, but feel some cleanup needs to be done that far back.  

Comment by Joy Rehm Benninghoven on June 13, 2015 at 11:50am

Another interesting find was the Milwaukee, Wis Civil War Draft 1 July 1863 under Rahr. included:  Henry 43, Carl 41, Frederich 44, and Ferdinand 39 Rahr/ Rehm.  To me they are a bit old ??

Comment by Joy Rehm Benninghoven on June 13, 2015 at 11:43am

My dad, Charles Ernest Rehm's family, Johann Heinrich Rehm b Jan 1818 came from Hessia.. [Friedrichsbruek ?], Darmstadt and were Lutheran..Evangelisch.  J Heinrich is on 1860 C Fredonia, Ozaukee Co, Wis with mother C or Katherine b  1782 and sister Marie 44, b 1816.Hessia Prussia both.  I wonder if he didn't have a first family as in 1870 C Fredonia, Ozaukee, Wis is Henry Rame/ Rehm , 52 then William 29 & Mary , 25 then / & Theodore is 46. Henry later marries Carolyn Louisa Thieme Froede, a widow in Jan 1872 in Milwaukee.  Her two sons by Charles A Froede. Albert b 1852 & Herman b 1860 in Peoria, IL go to live with her parents Charles & Emelia Mai Thieme.  Any help in next steps of research are appreciated.  Joy B

  Because of his age when marrying Louisa Thieme Froede 1872


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