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Germany and German Ancestry

This group was created for anyone interested in researching German Ancestry.

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Comment by Perileen Smith on December 19, 2019 at 4:37pm

He was born in Germany and then moved to England about 1898 and moved to british Columbia about 1906-7.  We cannot find out how he arrived or when he arrived in Canada but his wife and family came in 1907 on the Empress of Ireland and the ships list show that landing in Canada.  He goes by the name Henry and a Henry Seebaum came to the USA from Germany but it is not him.  I have many alternate spellings and found nothing at all.  The only records I can find of them in England is the birth and death of two of their children.

Thank you for your suggestion.  I will keep trying.

Comment by Marianne Szabo on December 19, 2019 at 3:57pm

Perileen Smith - how did you narrow the years down to between 1906-1907? Was he born in London, or did he just leave for the U.S. from England (port of Liverpool). Was he traveling alone or with someone?  How old was he?  I suggest using because it lets you search with very little data, and comes up with alternate spellings of surnames.

Comment by Auriette Hahn Lindsey on December 19, 2019 at 2:56pm

Mary Ellen, I have tested with Ancestry, LivingDNA, and 23andMe, and I uploaded to MyHeritage, FamilyTreeDNA and GEDmatch. My dad has passed but his brother tested for me, so I have his DNA on several sites as well. One of his Hahn cousins is also on Ancestry. So far, no luck making connections to Germany yet, though.

Comment by Perileen Smith on December 15, 2019 at 12:12pm

I have been trying to determine how Henry Seabaum came to North America in 1906-7 for years and it seems he may have come from London, England but he may have visited Germany prior to coming west.  Does anyone have any Seabaum names in their trees that could help me?

Comment by Mary Ellen Rohrer Dexter on December 14, 2019 at 8:34pm

I have heard that DNA testing and My Heritage are both things that can help in overseas research.  But to be honest I have only done research in US records. 

Comment by Auriette Hahn Lindsey on December 14, 2019 at 3:56pm

Thank you for all the suggestions. Mary Ellen - I found one naturalization document on Ancestry, filed at the Escambia County Courthouse in 1872. It did not ask for birthdate, just age. I asked how long he'd been in the country but not where he came into the country or the name of the ship. It asked how long he'd been in Escambia County. It indicates that he would no longer hold allegiance to the German Kaiser, but the form didn't ask for where he was born or his parents' names.

Marianne, I have searched at and on FamilySearch, as well as a few other immigration databases. I have even gone page by page through records from Gulf ports looking for anyone with his name. There may be relevant unindexed collections on FamilySearch that I haven't gone through, but I have searched some page by page, and I regularly run searches there (It's my primary family tree website).

Mary - I have searched for ships from Germany, but I have heard that, at the time William came into the country, records were not stored federally and many are lost.

That 1870 Census that might be my William Hahn, the one that said he was from Louisiana, listed his occupation as ship captain. That got me wondering if he worked his way over as a crew member. Even at age 13, some ships had boys on the crew. Those port records I looked through often showed crew members coming ashore and some staying, but unfortunately, I did not find any Hahns listed.

Comment by Mary Gretzschel on December 14, 2019 at 12:00am

I would definitely check immigration lists. Finding a ships lists I found additional family members names for some of my husband's ancestors.  I could then look for families in Germany with all the same first names.

Comment by Marianne Szabo on December 13, 2019 at 10:51am

Annette Hahn Lindsey - have you tried Family Search (free)?  How about a passenger list? let you search multiple databases even when you have almost no information.

Comment by Mary Ellen Rohrer Dexter on December 13, 2019 at 10:30am
Have you checked for a naturalization record?
Comment by Auriette Hahn Lindsey on December 13, 2019 at 6:58am

Hello everyone, I am researching my dad's Hahn family. His GG was William F. Hahn, born in Germany around 1846, arrived in U.S. around 1859, moved to Escambia County, Florida, around 1866 - that's all according to a naturalization document. His tombstone says he was born in 1846, but I haven't found anything that gives an exact birth date. His obit says he was a native of Berlin. I don't feel like I have enough to go on to try to order a birth certificate from Germany. I don't have a paid membership to Ancestry, but I use it at the library. I haven't figured out how to navigate yet. I found one census record that other researchers think is him; in 1870 Census he was living in a boarding house and listed as being from Louisiana. Maybe that's where he first lived in the US, but I don't know. And I can't find him or his two oldest sons in the 1900 Census, which could have narrowed down his birth date. Any suggestions are welcome!


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