#52ancestors 9 Close to home – reaching Lübeck, Germany

I have a bit of catching up to do with the 52 ancestors challenge from Amy Crow at No Story Too Small.

Travelling and a broken wrist after the first 20 minutes this year on cross country skis don’t help :)

This week’s theme is “Close to home”. The first question to be answered there is “which one”? My original home is Lübeck in Schleswig-Holstein Germany. Fort Worth, Texas, USA will always be part of my home, too. I live in Frankfurt, Germany for 13 years now.. definetly home.

But when I speak of back home it is always Lübeck, Germany. In my Dad’s maternal SCHMIDT line (both my paternal grandparents were SCHMIDTS) it is the generation of my greatgrandparents who came from Tüschenbek in the neighbour grandduchy of Lauenburg into the free city of Lübeck. Have a look at the map below. It is really close but it was a bit different 100 years ago.


Let’s take Johann Christian Heinrich SCHMIDT, my first cousin 3x removed as an example. He was born as a lauenburg citizen on December 7, 1868 on Tüschenbek estate, grandduchy of Lauenburg as second son of Johann Joachim Heinrich SCHMIDT and his wife Anna Maria Elisabeth née KORFF. He received his christening eight days later on December 15, 1868 in Groß Grönau the main village of the parish, the estate belongs to.

The local military draft registration lists show him living and working on the estate as a stableman in 1888.

An then 1912 came the big day. On May 25, 1912 he was officially naturalized:

naturalization record

naturalization record

The record shows him being married to a woman née RÖNNPAGE and if I interprete it correctly, he had one daughter and one son. But I didn’t find his wedding record or any children for him yet.

StepMap Schleswig-Holstein

#52ancestors No. 8 – meeting my 3rd great grandmother


52 ancestors in 52 weeks. That is the challenge Amy Crow brought to life in her blog “No story too small”. It is the second year, therefore 2015 edition ;)

I use this week to introduce you to my 3rd great grandmother Elisabeth Henriette Sofia Maria KLINCKMANN.


I actually just had her name from the birth entry from my 2nd great grandfather Gustav Bruno SCHMIDT.

Some of you might remember the story about my Dad meeting his cousin 42 years after they met the last time. A researcher contacted me via ancestry.de and it turned out that his wife was related to the wife of my Dad’s cousin.

From that contact I received an “Ahnenpass” from my SCHMIDT family, which also included the entry for Elisabeth, which you can see below.

Ahnenpass entry Elisabeth Klinckmann

Ahnenpass entry Elisabeth Klinckmann


She was born on March 1, 1824 in Güstrow, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany as first legitimate daughter and received her baptism on March 3, 1824 – also in Güstrow. Unfortunately, it wasn’t noted when she married my 3rd great grandfather Hermann Theodor SCHMIDT. That is still a mystery to me. Since she came from Mecklenburg-Schwerin in the northeast of German and he was from today’s Bad Lausick, which is Saxony – in the southeast. I didn’t find the connection there yet why she would marry someone from about 400 miles away.

Elisabeth and Hermann had two children I know of so far – two sons:

  • Gustav Bruno – born December 13, 1847 in Lausigk (today’s Bad Lausick), kingdom of Saxony, Germany – he left my great grandmother and is officially missing since then
  • Friedrich Hermann Moritz – born April 1850 already in Güstrow, grandduchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

Friedrich’s birth is the last trace I have of her. So much more information I need and have to find!

#52Ancestors – Love, love, love

… who doesn’t know that world famous chorus? It’s the Beatles’ song “All you need is love”. Published on June 30, 1967.

And since “Love” is this week’s theme for the 52 Ancestors challenge from Amy Crow at www.nostorytoosmall.com why not picking that date?


June 30, 1846 is the birthday of the wife of my 3rd great grand uncle Gottlieb Carl Christian FREYTAG.

Catharina Maria Elisabeth EVERT was born that day in Upahl, grand duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany. She was the daughter of the fee farmer Johann Joachim EVERT and his wife Wilhelmina Margaretha Elisabeth née WARNKE from Upahl.

church & cemetary Diedrichshagen

church & cemetary Diedrichshagen

Catharina received her christening on July 5, 1846 in Diedrichshagen, the main village in the parish.

29 years later, it is the same church she marries my 3rd great grand uncle in. They said their vows on April 9, 1875. From that day on she would live with Gottlieb on the family’s farm in Diedrichshagen.

I actually wonder, if that was the first marrige for both of them. Elisabeth (her calling name) was already 29 years would have been quite “old” for marrying the first time. And Gottlieb was even 10 years her senior. Mental note: Barbara check that ;) 

So far I couldn’t find any children for Gottlieb and Elisabeth.  And since Gottlieb died 3 years following their wedding I only have a short period to look for them.

I don’t know yet what happend to Elisabeth after Gottlieb died.

Projekt #Digitalisierung – bloß nicht ablenken lassen

Bei mir läuft ja zur Zeit das Projekt “Digitalisierung” meiner Forschungsunterlagen. Wie ich dazu gekommen bin, könnt Ihr hier nachlesen: https://schmidtbarbara.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/unglaublich-was-sich-so-an-papier-ansammelt/

Es läuft ganz gut soweit. Ich nehme mir Abend für Abend einen kleinen Stapel vor. Nicht zu groß, um am Ball zu bleiben. So langsam aber sicher werden die Ablageflächen in meinem Wohnzimmer auch wieder sichtbar.

Aber die größte Herausforderung? NICHT ABLENKEN LASSEN!!

Denn bei jeder zweiten Liste, die ich übernehme, denke ich mir “warte, es sind doch neue Unterlagen online, damit könnte ich den offenen Punkt hier vielleicht klären”.

Aber nein, wenn ich damit einmal anfange, dann werde ich nie fertig. Jetzt ist nicht die Zeit zum forschen, sondern zum Aufräumen! .)

And the winner is…. the family researcher

Today’s blogpost at the “Generations gone by’s weblog” which was called When the documents have the wrong date inspired me to tell my own little anecdote experiencing something similar.

I have a case like that. I was always told that my greataunt (my granddad’s sister) was born 1922 and he was born 1921. Since we didn’t really had a lot of contact to my grandfather I barely knew my greataunt. Just when I started researching the family, I got in closer contact to her. I always had a picture of her and my grandfather in our photo album:

my grandfather and his sister

my grandfather and his sister

I never really thought about it much until I met my greataunt. She told me stories about her childhood and it always sounded like she was the “leader of the pack” when the kids would get in trouble. Not like she was following her bigger brother.

And then it hit me one day when we sat together and I looked at this picture and some others.

I just looked at my greataunt and said “you don’t really want to tell me that you are one year younger than your brother?”

She started with what a fragile little boy he was and so on.. but always having this grin in her eyes. You have to know that she was a charming handful.

At the end she told me that she actually was born 1919. During WWII all her records were lost when they were refugees fleeing from the Eastern Front. So when she applied for new documents following the war, the registrar got her birthyear wrong. Well, that is how she tells the story.. I am not so sure if she didn’t just take the chance to cut off some years ;)

So she had an official record stating her birthyear with 1922. But I wouldn’t be a good family researcher if I wouldn’t have found this one surviving record which states her real birthyear. It is the wedding record of her parents. There is a sidenote regarding the children with their birthdates and wedding dates. And guess what it says? Born on June 26, 1919 – yay me! ;)