"Also re Elsenfeld, how wide a net did your researcher cast around the specific date of 8 Sep 1837? What is your present source for that birth date? I've found baptismal records as much as 2 years different from what U.S. sources…"
"To Barbara Holz Sullivan, here is info on Elsenfeld from wikipedia, which says the area was "overwhelminlgly Catholic". You probably will have to search neighborhing towns that have Evangelische (Protestant) churches…"
"To Barbara Holz Sullivan, if you look at this wikipedia article about Unterfranken, you will see many cities that are in it. That is what you need to do a search of the Family Search microfilms. Try looking at U.S. records to find the…"
"I am the Director of Publication Content for The Dallas Genealogical Society in Dallas, TX. We did a Writers Contest this year, for the first time offering paid awards for the top 3 papers. We believe we are the only society to offer…"
"If Anna was born in 1732, and Heinrich Christoph is supposedly her son, she would have been 83 at his birth - not possible. Hans Christoph Carstens could have been anywhere from 20 to 60 when Heinrich was born, making his birth year range…"
"It depends if there is an umlaut over the "u" - it also might be related to books. Also, the "ch" is a guttural sound, almost like clearing your throat, not a hard "k". I wouldn't be surprised if an…"
"I found Evangelical (protestant) church records for 1836-1857 for Konigshutte/Chorzow at Family Search Catalog. This is a microfilm you can rent and have sent to a Family History Center near you.
You also might try searching the databases…"
"Here's a family tree from Ancestry.com. CAUTION!! A lot of these trees are inaccurate - check what sources they are using, and always follow up by find the same sources and different sources. You don't want to end up…"
"No relation, but I use FamilySearch as my FIRST point of entry, particularly for European records. German surnames often vary in spelling because clerks wrote down what they "heard", as many of our ancestors did not read or write,…"
"1910 Census for Nicholas and Catherina Schon and family
The children were all born in Ohio. If you can find a birth record, or better a baptism record, it might give the town of origin.
"Peggy Ruley - have you checked Civil War Pension Records on Fold 3? Have you checked FamilySearch.org for films? Have you checked your local genealogy library section for books and genealogy magazines (marriage, birth, death…"
"Peggy Ruley - also remember that the spelling of surnames changed a lot in the records. Many people were illiterate and didn't know how to spell their names, while those who entered the data wrote down the names as they heard them. …"
I was wondering if your Szabos have any connection to the Mertes family who emigrated from what was then Hungary but has bounced around between Czech and Romanian control as well as Austrian.
My great-great-grandparents had a daughter, Catherine Mertes, who had a daughter named Mary with a man named Albert Szabo in Buffalo, NY or Hungary sometime in the late 1800s or early 1900s. We don't know if Albert and Catherine were ever married, but Catherine's parents, Karl and Mary Mertes, wound up adopting Mary sometime in the early 1900s and she was known as Mary Mertes by the time of the 1920 census of the area. She's not in my direct line, as I'm actually descended from Catherine's brother Joseph, but I am very curious to learn what I can about this mysterious relationship.
Hello Marianne - I am in Australia and I have a friend by the name of Michael Szabo. He is from Hungary - Debretzen - if that's is the correct spelling. His father was shot while waiting in a line-up for some bread when Michael was two years old - his mother's name was Juliana David. There were three other siblings and then his mother took an orphan under her wing and raised her along with the family. Michael escaped with his life while the communist regime were shooting at him and others as they swam the river to escape to Austria and eventually came to Australia (mistaking it for Austria) in about 1956. On his behalf - where do I start trying to look? I think the family was Presbyterian and his mother passed away in 1975, having never seen her son again. I would appreciate any tips you might have and I also question if there could be a connection between yourself and his family, I believe Szabo is quite a common name in Hungary.
GUNNEDAH NSW 2380 AUSTRALIA
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