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?



#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


August 9 – Paula Olga Anna Püstow

This blog is a “today in my family tree” meets “cousin bait”…

On August 9, 1792 Louis XIV. gets crowned as King of Bohemia.

And almost 100 years later, on August 9, 1890 does England transfer the island of Helgoland under German administration.

And additional two years later, we celebrate the birthday of Paula Olga Anna PÜSTOW.

She was born on August 9, 1892 in Kastahn in the parish of Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

She was the second oldest of four children (two girls and two boys) born into the marriage of the fee farmer Wilhelm Joachim Heinrich Theodor PÜSTOW and his wife Margarethe Henriette Magdalene née Ehlers.

church & cemetary Diedrichshagen

church & cemetary Diedrichshagen

She received her christening in the church of Diedrichshagen on September 4, 1892.

The same church she got confirmed into the lutheran religion on March 24, 1907.

And so far that is the last trace I have of her. That’s why I call on every PÜSTOW out there… any connections to Diedrichshagen?



#52ancestors No. 19 – Sophia Maria Wilhelmine Warnke

This is my 19th post for the 52 ancestors challenge from Amy Crow over at “No story too small”.


This time it is about my 2nd great grandmother Sophia Maria Wilhelmine WARNKE who was born on July 18, 1860 in Kastahn, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

She was the oldest of ten children of the farmer Johann Friedrich Gottlieb WARNKE and his wife Maria Elisabeth Wilhelmine née OLDENBURG.

church & cemetary Diedrichshagen

church & cemetary Diedrichshagen


On July 29, 1860 she received her christening in the local church of the parish in Diedrichshagen. In the file below her baptism entry is the one No. 21

Warnke Sophia Maria Wilhelmine 1860 baptism

In the same church she got confirmed into lutheran religion on March 21, 1875 and she married the mason Joachim Heinrich Gottlieb FREYTAG from Diedrichshagen on December 7, 1883.

civil wedding certificate Warnke - Freytag

civil wedding certificate Warnke – Freytag

The couple had three children I know of so far:

  • Emma Wilhelmine Elisabeth (* July 26, 1884 + November 11, 1972) – my greatgrandmother
  • Christine Sophia Dorothea (* August 27, 1885 + 1973)
  • Gottlieb Hans Heinrich (* June 20, 1888)

While checking my sources for this post it striked me that I didn’t have any entries for her for the censuses 1867, 1890, 1900 or 1919. I checked those online today again – but nothing. I wonder where she is. And her family, too.

I haven’t found a death entry so far for her.






#52ancestors No. 18 – Richard August Joachim Johannes Freytag

I am slowly catching up with the 52 ancestors challenge from Amy over at


This is my No 18. My 2nd cousin 3x removed Richard August Joachim Johannes FREYTAG.

birth certificate Richard Freytag

birth certificate Richard Freytag


He would celebrate his 130th birthday today. He was born on July 6, 1884 in Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany as oldest son of Joachim Heinrich Claus FREYTAG and his wife Caroline Auguste Elisabeth née KABEN.

Three weeks later, on July 27, 1884 he got christened in the beautiful church of Diedrichshagen.

The same church he got confirmed in on March 26, 1899.

church & cemetary Diedrichshagen

church & cemetary Diedrichshagen

When I go back home to visit my parents I love to jump in the car and drive the roughly 30 km. There is a small bench on the church cemetary I like to sit on and to think about how my ancestors have been baptised or were married there.

The 1900 census record states him living as a farm labourer living in Diedrichshagen. It is not mentioned, but I guess he was working on his father’s farm.

On February 19, 1909 he married the farmer’s daughter Berta Wilhelmine Elise WARNKE from Kastahn, the neighbour village.

wedding certificate Kaben & Freytag

wedding certificate Warnke & Freytag

The couple had five children born between 1910 and 1915

  • Elisabeth Anna Emma Paula Auguste FREYTAG (* June 18, 1910)
  • Werner Joachim Hans Hermann August FREYTAG (* July 17, 1912)
  • Gertrude Wilhelmine Caroline Henriette FREYTAG (* October 16, 1913)
  • Hertha Dora Johanna FREYTAG (* December 11, 1915)
  • Magda Emma Margarethe FREYTAG (* December 11, 1915)

When you take a closer look at the birth certificate above, you can see a small stamped remark on the bottom of the record. There the registrar noted that Richard died in 1971  in Grevesmühlen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.