Das war er nun, mein erster Genealogentag

Es ist fast nicht zu glauben, aber es stimmt. Obwohl ich Genealogie nun schon seit 20 Jahren betreibe, war ich noch nie auf einem Genealogentag. Aber dieses Jahr hatte ich das fest eingeplant, das Wochenende vom 12.-14.September war nicht verhandelbar.

Auf twitter wurde sich mit mehreren Genealogen schon zum livetwittern verabredet, wer Interesse hat, der hashtag war #66dgt14. Eine SocialMediaWall hatten wir auch und ich verweise gerne auf den storify, den Timo Kracke zu dem Genealogentag daraus gebastelt hat: https://storify.com/genkracke/66-deutscher-genealogentag-kassel

Natürlich hatte ich wieder bis zum Schluss gewartet, um mir ein Hotelzimmer zu buchen, aber direkt über die Webseite des Genealogentags habe ich dann doch noch etwas in der Nähe gefunden. Das Best Western City Kassel ist wirklich zu empfehlen, mal so nebenbei.

Am Freitag vormittag ging es also los in Richtung Kassel. Ist ja zum Glück von Frankfurt nicht so weit. Aber trotzdem hing ich auf der Autobahn fest und da ich nun sowieso schon zu spät war, ging ich erstmal ins Hotel, um den “Papierkram” hinter mich zu bringen.  Und dann ab ins Ständehaus, denn dort sollte der Genealogentag stattfinden. Veranstaltet vom DAGV und ausgerichtet von der Gesellschaft für Familienkunde in Kurhessen und Waldeck e.V.

Natürlich hatte ich mich schon für “meine” Vorträge angemeldet, aber es schadet ja nichts, nochmal auf den Plan zu gucken, oder? Aber ich blieb dabei, das wollte ich mir anhören:

  • GOV – Das genealogische Ortsverzeichnis (Timo Kracke @genkracke)
  • Das Kirchenbuchportal (Hr. Müller-Bauer) mittlerweile bekannt unter Archion
  • Pause für ein Tweetup
  • Familienforschung in Polen, Wolhynien und Russland – Neue Quellen im Internet (Bärbel Johnson)
  • Quellen zu WK1 für Familienforscher (Marie Luise Carl)
  • Eröffnung der Testphase des Kirchenbuchportals
  • Jeder hat eine Geschichte – was ist Ihre? (Torsten Kux) – bereits am Sonntag

Leider war es im Ständehaus nicht möglich, alle Vorträge unter einem Dach anzubieten, deswegen musste zwischen dem Ständehaus, der Handwerkskammer und dem Stadtmuseum hin- und hergependelt werden. Ein Grund, warum ich das Ständehaus nicht für optimal hielt, um so eine Veranstaltung abzuhalten. Ein anderer war die verschachtelte Architektur des Ständehauses. Es waren zwar überall Hinweisschilder, dass sich in anderen Räumen noch weitere Aussteller befanden, aber ich fand es schade, denn ich fand es doch etwas wirr.

Angemeldet hatten sich ca. 230 Genealogen (übrigens gilt bei mir auch IMMER die weibliche Form, auch wenn ich sie nicht schreibe). Ich kann leider nicht sagen, ob auch so viele wirklich da waren, da es durch das Hin und Her etwas unübersichtlich war. An Ausstellern waren genealogische Vereine (hauptsächlich aus dem Süden und Osten, “meinen” Norden habe ich doch arg vermisst), Softwareanbieter sowie Verlage vertreten. Was mich besonders gefreut hat, war der Beratertisch der Berufsgenealogen. Dort waren über die drei Tage Spezialisten für die verschiedensten Gebiete vor Ort, die Fragen beantworteten. Leider ging der Tisch dort wo er platziert war etwas unter. Ich hätte dem Projekt mehr Platz eingeräumt. Aber es war wohl das erste Mal, das so etwas ausprobiert wurde und ich bin mir sicher, nächstes Jahr in Gotha sieht das schon anders aus.

Die Vorträge waren von den Themen her durchweg alle interessant, bei dem einen oder anderen Redner spürte man aber die Nervosität. Was mich doch gewundert hat, denn das waren alles “Profis” auf ihrem Gebiet, hätte also gar nicht sein müssen ;) Getwittert habe ich darüber wie ein Wilde, wer also Live-Eindrücke haben möchte, einfach unter dem schon genannten #66dgt14 nachschauen ;)

Was mich besonders freute, war, dass ich sehr viele Genealogen, die ich bisher nur von Blogs oder von twitter oder Facebook kannte, endlich auch mal persönlich kennengelernt habe. Unser Tweetup war ein voller Erfolg, auch wenn der Initiator seinen Einsatz verpasst hat (“wie, ist es etwa schon 12??” … “schon viertel nach”). ;)

Was mich nicht so gefreut hat, war die ständige – manchmal unterschwellig, manchmal sehr deutliche – Stänkerei von ehrenamtlichen Vereinsmitgliedern gegen alle, die mit Genealogie Geld verdienen wollen. Also gegen alles Kommerzielle. Das hat mich unwahrscheinlich genervt, und mir schwirrten ständig die Worte “persönliche Befindlichkeit” und “Besitzstandwahrung” durch den Kopf.

Das war er also, mein erster Genealogentag. Mein Fazit? Es hat sich auf alle Fälle gelohnt, auch wenn einige Dinge suboptimal gelaufen sind und andere mich wieder haben nachdenklich werden lassen. Aber dieses verflixte “Hobby” (ja klar!!) lässt einen nunmal nicht mehr los.

Und was ich so von dem nächsten Jahr höre, bin ich 2015 in Gotha auf alle Fälle wieder dabei. Ist ja schliesslich auch nicht weit ;)

 

I found Eva in Wales – sometimes you just have to have a little faith ;)

That was my first reaction yesterday after opening the mail.

You might remember that I had requested two records from them. If not, you can re-read the story here.

Just a quick summary:

  • obituary of Else Nicolaus provided me with the married names of her two sisters: Lily Lynch and Eva Philipps
  • asked around in my google+ groups and Kerryn Taylor came up after a random search with two possible entries for a Berger/Lynch and a Nicolaus (married Matthes) / Philipps wedding
  • checked the website http://www.freebmd.org.uk for the indices of the records and
  • ordered them via http://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content

I was on a business trip in London for two weeks and the day before I left I had a letter from the General Register Office (GRO) in my mailbox.. you know, the real one, where the paper stuff gets in ;)

But it was just one of the requested documents, the one for Lily Berger marrying a Lynch. Unfortunately, the marriage record doesn’t show the mother’s name and since I don’t know a lot about Lily I couldn’t verify, if this record is for “mine”.

But when I returned from London, I had another letter from the GRO in my mailbox and could hardly wait until I reached my flat to open it. I guess they heard me screaming a block away .. ;)

Tadaaaa… here it is (I scanned it as a pdf):

marriage entry Eva Louise Nicolaus

Eva Louise Matthes  née Nicolaus married John Percival Philipps, a retired Marine Engineer on May 6, 1949 in Haverfordwest, Pembroke, Wales.

I guess that would fit part of the family story “married a british officer and moved off to Liverpool”.. well, I have to find the Liverpool connection in this. I guess since they ended up in Australia, she emigrated via Liverpool, but that is just a guess – but then, everything in this story started as a wild wild wild guess ;)

Eva worked as a housekeeper in Milford Haven. And another coincidence, during my first week in London I met a colleague from Wales and when I returned today to the office I took the record to him and asked him if he could make something out of what is stated as her residende at the time of the marriage. He could and via google maps we found the exact adress and place where she lived.

I gues during my stay here in the UK I will head over the Wales to take a look. He already said he would help me sorting out things if I need any help, isn’t that  nice? Sometimes you just have to ask for help.

But this record leaves me with one more unsecurity. According to the record Eva was 47 years old when she married in 1949 which would give a birthyear of 1902 instead of 1898 which I always had. Which MIGHT mean that on the picture I have of the two sisters Eva and Else I mixed them up all the time… ouch. I will watch out for that!

New questions coming up with this record:

  • when and where did she meet John Percival Philipps
  • why, when and how did she move to Wales
  • why, when and how did they move on to Australia
  • with being 47 I guess they didn’t have children, but did HE have some from his previous marriage (being widowed)
  • what happened to her children from her marriage with Hans Matthes, did they come with her
  • and many many more

One loose end tied up and lot of  new discovered :)

Why do I do genealogy? Well.. it’s my last name

Actually, this song says it all. Whenever someone asks me why I do genealogy lately, I turn them to the song.

Okay, my grandpas didn’t take it off to Europe to fight the Germans in the war… they were two of the Germans. And thank the Gods both of them came back home in one piece.

And I won’t propose to my girlfriend soon ;)

But the rest just hits the nail on the head!

And Dierks Bentley is just one of my most favourite!! ;)

August 13 – Otto Wilhelm August Lenschow

confirmation Otto Lenschow

confirmation Otto Lenschow

August 13, 1961 – During the nighthours East Germany begins to block streets and traintracks leading from East- to Westberlin. This marks the beginning of building the Berlin Wall. It should come down just 38 years later in 1989.

And one of the most beautiful movies premieres on this day in 1942 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City: Walt Disney’s Bambi!

And my event for today is an easy one since I only have one for August 13 in my family tree. You read correctly. Over 1500 individuals in it and just one single event for today.

On August 13, 1893 Otto Wilhelm August LENSCHOW is born in Sievershagen, Grandduchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

He was the oldest son of Katharina Maria Elisabeth LENSCHOW. His father is not mentioned on any of the records I could find for him.

But in 1895 his mother married Wilhelm Johann Heinrich LENSCHOW (yes, they both have the same last names) a brick layer from the same village and gave birth to three more children. I wonder if Wilhelm is also Ottos father – just a wild guess, though!

The 1900 census states him as “son” living in Sievershagen. Naturally I would say, since he was just seven years old.

On April 12, 1908 he got confirmed into the lutheran religion in the church of Diedrichshagen. And also in that record, only his mother is  mentioned.

confirmation Otto Lenschow

confirmation Otto Lenschow

And that is the last thing I know about him.

Anyone researching the name Lenschow in Mecklenburg-Schwerin?

 

 

August 12 – Heinrich Johann Karl Dreves

Cleopatra I. of Egypt dies on August 12, 30 BC by so far unexplained circumstances but supposedly she committed suicide.

And Happy Birthday Chicago! August 12, 1830 is the day the city has been officially founded.

And on my family tree?

Heinrich Johann Karl Dreves died on August 12, 1940 of a heart disease in Friedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

His death record is full of information. It provides the date of death, the time of death, cause of death, his birthdate, date of marriage, name and occupation of his parents and of his wife. Great, all in one! ;)

death record Heinrich Dreves

death record Heinrich Dreves

Heinrich was born on May 25, 1883 in Friedrichshagen.

On October 20, 1911 he married his bride Luise Dorothea Marie née KÄHLER, a fee farmer’s daughter from Büttlingen in the parish of Diedrichshagen. He was working as a gardener in Hamburg that time. Which is odd, since Hamburg is about 100 km southwest of the parish. Quite a distance at that time.

The 1919 census shows him living with his wife and their daughter Herta (who was born in Hamburg 1914) and his brother on the family farm in Friedrichshagen:

1919 census

1919 census

You can even see in the last row that they had one prisoner of war from Russia assigned to them. In addition they had two workers and two servants living in the household.

 

Remembering Robin Williams

schmidtbarbara:

Remembering Robin Williams.. thanks for all the laughter you brought into my life.
RIP Oh Captain My Captain! God bless

Originally posted on TED Blog:

Robin Williams hijacks the TED2008 stage before the BBC World Debate. Photo: Andrew Heavens

Robin Williams hijacks the TED2008 stage before the BBC World Debate. Photo: Andrew Heavens

It’s 2008, moments before a BBC broadcast live from the stage at TED. But something’s gone wrong. The house lights are still up, the camera ops are looking at one another, official-looking folks are wandering at the stage apron muttering into headsets, and the panelists are sitting patiently onstage but looking, increasingly, baffled. Minutes go by.

And then a voice rises from the audience, wondering “why at a technology conference everything is running so shittily”! As Kim Zetter wrote: “at least that’s the word I think he used; it was hard to hear the last word through the audience’s laughter.” It was Robin Williams, who’d spent the day watching TED, and who now jumped out of the audience to grab the mic and reel off 10 or 15 minutes — reports vary — of improvised…

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#52ancestors No. 20 – Elise Maria Rudolfine Koop

52ancestorsIt is time for my next ancestors in the 52 ancestors in 52 weeks challenge.

Meet Elise Maria Rudolfine KOOP, the wife of my 2nd great grand uncle. Which technically makes her my 2nd great grand aunt ;)

Elise was born on August 11, 1883 (Happy Birthday, Auntie ;)) in Upahl in the parish of Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

Here you can see her baptism record:

baptism record Elise Koop

baptism record Elise Koop

She was the middle child of in total five children born into the marriage of the brick layer Hans Joachim Friedrich Koop and his wife Wilhelmine Louise Henriette née KRUSE.

As you can from the record see she was baptized on August 19, 1883 in the church of Diedrichshagen.

In the same church she got confirmed into the lutheran religion on April 3, 1898. The record below is the according church record (highlighted in blue) – her father is stated as deceased.

confirmation Elise Koop

confirmation Elise Koop

On January 8, 1904 she married the worker August Heinrich Johann WARNKE from Kastahn, a village in the same parish.

wedding record Elise Koop & August Warnke

wedding record Elise Koop & August Warnke

As you can see, her day of baptism is given as birthday in the wedding record. As this is a secondary record always watch out for the primary record to verify a data you’ve found.

The couple had nine children born between 1904 and 1919:

  • Werner Johann Hermann Christian, * March 26, 1904
  • Paul Friedrich Wilhelm, * June 22, 1905
  • Hans Hermann Richard Wilhelm, * July 1, 1907
  • Bernhard Hans Wilhelm, * July 19, 1908
  • Amy Dorothea Sophia, * September 17, 1909
  • Mathilde Bertha Dora, * October 20, 1910
  • Lisbeth Hertha Johanna, * April 21, 1913
  • Richard Ludwig Martin, * August 22, 1915
  • Olga Minna Emma, * October 3, 1919

This is the 1919 census record for the family:

census 1919

census 1919

Elise died on December 22, 1953 in Upahl and got laid to rest on the cemetary of Diedrichshagen where I found her gravestone:

gravestone Warnke & Koop

gravestone Warnke & Koop