A little over a year ago, I stumbled onto information about a tour guide in Poland who was granted permission to photograph church books in the diocese archives. Skeptical at first, I put in my request and was quickly surprised at how fast I received a response from Stanley Frymark, who lives in former Kashubian […]

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A little over a year ago, I stumbled onto information about a tour guide in Poland who was granted permission to photograph church books in the diocese archives. Skeptical at first, I put in my request and was quickly surprised at how fast I received a response from Stanley Frymark, who lives in former Kashubian […]

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Typically, I become frustrated when others try to monetize archival holdings. However, a little over a year ago, I stumbled onto information about a tour guide in Poland who was granted permission to photograph church books in the diocese archives. Skeptical at first, I put in my request and was quickly surprised at how fast […]

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A little Background…. As I think about the history of Germany, and the German people over time, for me, finding our family in that area of the world, has certainly given me a feeling of admiration for what these people have had to endure over the years whether brought on by themselves or others.  This […]

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One of our readers sent us a rather interesting document: the Sippenfragebogen for his relative Ewald Oskar Klebusch. It seems that this form was needed to be filled out during the Nazi time as a sort of family questionnaire. View the document here. More information about where these types of records can be found is unknown […]

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Microfilm Collections Locked A number of researchers have been left in the lurch since the LDS operated FamilySearch removed physical microfilm collections from circulation in 2017. After an almost two-year waiting period, many of these same collections were digitized and provided online at no-cost. However, for researchers with a focus on former eastern German territories […]

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The following is a family tree submitted by Arlene Lill Cook. Her family came to the United States in 1923 while other relatives immigrated to Australia. Here is what she was able to contribute, and hopes that others might be able or willing to connect and fill in the gaps: The Family Tree Ferdinand Lill, […]

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One of our readers wrote in with a few rare images of the German Army shortly after World War I. 2nd Pioniere Kompanie, Reichswehr, Stettin, February and June 1920, Pommerensdorf School Here are some photos that I mentioned in a previous email a couple months ago. I imagine the Reichswehr images are pretty rare as […]

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This is one of another in a series of snippets of family trees I mapped out while working on discovering connections with DNA matches. Quite a few of my matches of interest have come from Gramenz, with names such as Abraham, Lübke, Freiberg, Färber, and Keske appearing frequently and often intertwining. One of these branches […]

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Another one of my DNA matches led me back to Pommern with the name Kaske. Hopefully this historic family tree can help others as well. It seems that the Kaskes were a farming family in Lülfitz. Aside from the grandfather of the subject of this study, Christian Kaske, many others were known to farm in Lülfitz. […]

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