The Schultzes emigrated from Germany in 1885 (presently called, Hohenselchow-Groß Pinnow, Uckermark District, Brandenburg, Germany), and settled first in Lewiston, Minnesota, and less than a year later, they moved the short five mile distance into the Bethany community. With a few exceptions, these Bethany immigrants were rural folk, farming in this new country and raising […]

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Christian Schulz, born 1759, died 1809 Christian Schulz was born 1759 and was a farmer in Hohenselchow. He married Luise Witt. Christian died at age 50, on 28 Jun 1809 and was buried on 1 Jul 1809. They had four children: Christian Friedrich Schulz, born 20 Apr 1796 in Hohenselchow. Christian Friedrich Schulz, son of […]

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Michel (Michael) Schulz, born on 19 1801 in Hohenselchow, died Jul 1828 Michel Schulz, farmer in Hohenselchow was married to Anna Dorothea Suckow. Anna Dorothea (Suckow) Schulz, wife of farmer Michel, died on 28 Feb 1810, age 36, and was buried on 3 Mar 1810. They did have one son. Michael Friedrich Wilhelm Schulz, born […]

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Daniel Schulz, born on 7 Feb 1770 in Hohenselchow, died 1818 Daniel, the second son of Gottlieb Schulz and Sophie Stendel, a farmer in Hohen- Selchow, was born on 7 Feb 1770 in Hohenselchow. Daniel married Anna Dorothea Müller, born about 1773. Daniel at the age of 48 died, on 8 Mar 1818 and was […]

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Susanne Petersson sent us these photos of Otto Priebe’s farm in Eschenriege. Her father, Egon Petersson, was assigned to assist on Otto Priebe’s farm during World War II. Special thanks to Susanne Petersson for sending us these fantastic pictures!!

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Now, I will pick up with our next generation here with Benno Karl Siegfried Rohr. We know he became a Royal Tax and Customs Inspector for the Prussian Army. I am just not sure when he was stationed and sent to the Alsace region of Germany at the time. Just given the magnitude of what […]

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Carl Friedrich Ludwig Rohr, my great-great-grandfather, was born April 5, 1807 and was baptized in  Podanin, Posen, Germany (which is now Poznan in Poland).  [see attachment “N1”, FHL Film 1194741].  Notice the word “Oberförster” being once again attributed to Carl Ludewig Rohr and Sophia Krieger (spelled “Rhor” by mistake in this record). The Standesamt of […]

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This document contains documentation during the Nazi time for the inheritable farm of Otto Albert Berthold Elert and his wife Erna Emma Martha Grützmann in Rarfin. While certain other files have pages from the Grundbücher attached, this one does not. Other sources indicate that Otto was a Bürgermeister, Bauer and Bauerhofbesitzer, Schulz, and Kirchenvorsteher in […]

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Last Updated on December 12, 2019 The Gutknecht family has historical roots in Podewils dating back to the 1600s. This study focuses on possibly related lineages from the areas near Podewils in Kreis Belgard. My interest in this family stems from my own Gutknecht lineage, albeit a short and difficult to trace branch of the […]

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Rob Vance’s Gildermeister family (potentially originally spelled “Gildemeister” in Pomerania) arrived in Chicago just before the Chicago Fire. He states that his site is “about my Prussian paternal lines, with surnames they and others had a hard time spelling consistently.” From DNA research and the history of First Bethlehem Lutheran Church, he believes his family […]

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