September 21 – Joachim Christoph Behrens

On September 21, 1964 Malta gains its indepence from Great Britain.

And another independence from Great Britain for this day: It was September 21, 1981 and it was Belize which was known til 1973 as British-Honduras.

And on my family tree?

September 21, 1828 is the birthday of Joachim Christoph BEHRENS, who became the husband of my 3rd great great aunt.

He was born in Warnow in the grandduchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany into the marriage of the small farmer Hans Heinrich BEHRENS and his wife Engel Maria BUMANN.

It looks like Hans Heinrich handed over the small farm to  his son. When Joachim married my 3rd great great aunt Maria Elisabeth FREYTAG on July 25, 1856 in Diedrichshagen, he was stated as “small farmer from Warnow”.

Joachim and Maria had two children I know of so far, one son and a daughter:

  • Joachim Johann Heinrich
  • Elisabeth Maria Joachime

The 1900 census states him as being widowed and pensioner living in Warnow.

1900 census Joachim Behrens

1900 census Joachim Behrens

Joachim died on April 13, 1913 in Grevesmühlen. His son Joachim registered his death with the officials.

death certificate Joachim Behrens

death certificate Joachim Behrens

April 3 – Ernst Johann Joachim Warnke

Bruno Hauptmann who got convicted to a death sentence for the kidnapping and killing of the “Lindbergh Baby” Charles Lindbergh III. gets killed on the electric chair on April 3, 1936. Til today there are doubts regarding his guilt.

On my family tree we meet the stepson of my 2nd cousin 4x removed Joachim Karl Johann HAGEDORN.

Ernst Johann Joachim WARNKE was born on April 3, 1885 in Boienhagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany to a single mother – father unknown.

He received his christening on April 26, 1885 in Diedrichshagen.

His mother Wilhelmine Maria Dorothea WARNKE married my cousin on July 24, 1896 in Diedrichshagen.

Out of that marriage Ernst has five more siblings: four brothers and a sister.. the poor girl, the only sister of five brothers!

On April 26, 1899 he got confirmed in Diedrichshagen, soon after that he stepped into the “working life”.

This is the 1900 census record for Ernst. He is living in Grevesmühlen in the meantime, working as a shoemaker apprentice.

1900 census record Ernst Warnke

1900 census record Ernst Warnke

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March 4 – Karoline Sofia Wilhelmine Bumann

“We’re more popular than Jesus now” – The famous statement mady by John Lennon regarding the Beatles in an interview he gave the Evening Standard on March 4, 1966. But not only famous – it was controverse, too. Some radiostations in the US started to boycott the Beatles – not playing their songs anymore.

On my family tree we meet Karoline Sofia Wilhelmine BUMANN. She died on March 4, 1949 in Grevesmühlen, Mecklenburg, Germany.

death certificate Karoline Bumann

death certificate Karoline Bumann

The original entry provided an incorrect birth date which was corrected via a signed remark on the left of the page.

Karoline was born on May 8, 1878 in Upahl, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany. As far as I know so far she was the first born daughter of Johann Christian Heinrich BUMANN and his wife Dorothea Friederike Henriette née KRUSE.

She received her christening in the church of Diedrichshagen on May 19, 1878 and her confirmation at the same place on April 10, 1892.

The 1900 census shows her living in Upahl, working as seamstress.

Five years later on October 20, 1905 she married the mailman from Piperkaten, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany Wilhelm Joachim Heinrich Martin STÖTER in Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

So far I didn’t find any children for the couple.


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February 19 – Freytag & Warnke wedding

The polish-lithuanian King Sigismund III. Vasa gets crowned as King of Sweden on February 19, 1594 in Uppsala, Sweden. Before, he had to guarantee that the Swedish could keep their protestant faith.

On February 19, 1878 Thomas Edison receives a patent for his phonograph.

And on February 19, 1909 my second cousin 3x removed Richard August Joachim Johannes FREYTAG celebrates his wedding with his bride Berta Wilhelmine Elise WARNKE.

wedding certificate Richard Freytag & Berta Warnke

wedding certificate Richard Freytag & Berta Warnke

Richard is born on July 6, 1884 as the oldest son of the farmer Joachim Heinrich Claus FREYTAG and his wife Caroline Auguste Elisabeth née Kaben, living in Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

Being the oldest son he would inherit the family farm upon his father’s death. He received his christening on July 27, 1884 and his confirmation on March 26, 1899 – both in the church of the parish in Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

Berta was one year younger than her husband, born on June 21, 1885 in Kastahn, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany. She got baptized in the same church as Richard on July 5, 1885 and got confirmed there on April 8, 1900.

Following their wedding the couple had 5 children: four girls (of which 2 were twins) and one boy who died as an infant.

According to a remark made by a registrar on his birth certificate, Richard died 1971 in Grevesmühlen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

I couldn’t find any information on her death for Berta. Data protection is making it harder for me than researching the old records.

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February 14 – Bertha Emma Marie Elisabeth Kruse

Several hundred Jews have been burnt to death publicly during the Strassbourg massacre (a.k.a. Valentine’s Day massacre) as part as the Black Death persecutions on February 14, 1349. They had been accused of poisining the public drinking water fountains.

On February 14, 1972 The Star of Sierra Leone, the third biggest diamond of the world gets discovered in Sierra Leone.

On my family tree we meet the sister-in-law of my first cousin 3x removed .

Bertha Emma Marie Elisabeth KRUSE died on this day in 1942 in Grevesmühlen, Mecklenburg, Germany.

death certificate Bertha Kruse

death certificate Bertha Kruse

She was born in Upahl, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany on November 17, 1885 as the second of three children into the marriage of the farmer Johann Joachim Heinrich KRUSE and his wife Rudolfine Wilhelmine Joachime née METELMANN.

church Diedrichshagen

church Diedrichshagen


She received her christening on November 22, 1885 in Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany. In the same church she celebrated her lutheran confirmation on April 8, 1900.





The 1900 census shows her living in Upahl, working as a domestic help.

On June 5, 1913 she married Hugo Karl Heinrich Wilhelm WARNKE in the beautiful church above.

So far I didn’t finy any children born into this marriage.



  •, Grevesmühlen, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany, Births, 1876-1901 (Provo, UT, USA, Operations, Inc., 2013),
  •, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany, Census, 1900 (Provo, UT, USA, Operations Inc, 2007),
  •, Grevesmühlen, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany, Marriages, 1876-1920 (Provo, UT, USA, Operations, Inc., 2013),
  •, Grevesmühlen, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany, Deaths, 1876-1950 (Provo, UT, USA, Operations, Inc., 2013),



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