A large part of visiting the archives was to discover what information each type of record contains. The video below shows what can be found in church reparation documents. The book shown in the video is “Bauten und Reparaturen an den Kirchen-, Pfarr- und Schulgebäuden zu Belgard Vol I.” The pages inventory what is needed […]

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“How much better to get wisdom than gold. to choose understanding rather than silver.” Proverbs 16:16 A few weeks ago, I traveled to Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota to do some family history research. Unknown to some is that Concordia is home to the Germanic Genealogy Society’s library. Driving up, one can’t miss the […]

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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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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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I began researching the Dworsky family in the summer of 2015 when a fellow researcher turned my attention to the Stolper Heimatkreise e.V.’s Globalindex. Feeling discouraged by my lack of findings–this was before many of the Standesamt records were indexed by the Pommerscher Greif’s Personendatenbank GreifX and six months before the Koszalin Archives uploaded their digitized […]

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There exist a number of Dawurske connections which have yet to be placed on the tree. Some of these are a result of numerous people with the same name. Others are the product of missing links due to record loss. A few are Taufpate without further information. Some of these entries may be challenging because […]

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The family of Wilhelm Dawurske immigrated to New York in 1881. Because the Dammen church records for earlier years have been lost, this family’s lineage was painstakingly reconstructed from the few scraps of history left to tell the tale. The connection to Groß Gluschen was confirmed by information found on a now-defunct German website (Gienke.net), […]

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Up until this point, the focus of this study has been predominantly fixed around the central axis of the Dworsky surname. However, in this case, it makes more sense to examine the lineage based upon one woman who married into the family: Sophia Nowcen. Curiously, she was registered as having married two men named Hans […]

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While doing research, I noticed a DNA match on a side that is not in my tree. I traced the immigrating generation back to Pommern from the U.S. and noticed a pattern with some of the names and locations in the tree. I am of the opinion that the connection along this tree is to […]

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