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.


March 29 – Friederike Maria Magdalena Kähler

During the War of Roses Edward of York wins the battle of Towton against the Lancastrians lead by Henry Beaufort, 3rd Duke of Somerset on March 29, 1461. Three months later Edward of York will be crowned as King Edward IV. of England.

On March 29, 1648 swedish settlers found the first settlement at the Delaware and name it “New Sweden“.

On my family tree we meet Friederike Maria Magdalena KÄHLER, a farmer’s daughter born on March 29, 1854 in Gostorf, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany as the youngest of five children to Gottlieb Christof KÄHLER and his wife Margarethe Sophie Elisabeth née TRETOW.

The 1867 cenus shows her living in her parent’s household in Gostorf.

In 1880, on October 29 she married Joachim Peter Matthias (sometimes called Thies) CALLIES

wedding certificate Kähler & Callies

wedding certificate Kähler & Callies

Of Thies I only know that he was a day labourer from Grevesmühlen and that he had one younger brother called Johann.

The 1900 census states that they moved to Büttlingen in the parish of Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

That’s also where Friederike died on January 9, 1914. She got laid to rest in Diedrichshagen on January 14, 1914.



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December 28 – Elisabeth Dorothea Auguste Meyer

On December 28, 1612 Galileo Galilei is the first one to discover the planet Neptun, but he thinks it’s “only” a fixed star.

And we stay in outer space. On December 28, 1904 Alphonse Louis Nicolas Borrelly discovers a comet which is later named in his honour.

On my family tree we meet the mother-in-law of my 2nd cousin 3x removed. Her name is Elisabeth Dorothea Auguste MEYER and is born on December 28, 1860 in Sievershagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

On July 15, 1881 she married her first husband Heinrich Hans Joachim WULF in Diedrichshagen. Unfortunately, Heinrich died only 1.5 years later in January 1883. Being a young mother of a daughter, Elisabeth doesn’t really have a choice then to remarry.

Her second wedding took place in Diedrichshagen on November 23, 1883 to the fee farmer Wilhelm Heinrich Burkhard Gottlieb KÄHLER from Gostorf.

Elisabeth gave birth to four children in this marriage before she died in Büttlingen on November 15, 1893.

She got laid to rest on November 19, 1893 in Diedrichshagen.

November 24 – Today in my family tree

And now back on track, here is the actual blogpost for today ;)

November 24, 1963 Jack Ruby shoots Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged killer of John F. Kennedy

And on November 24, 1859 Charles Darwin publishes “On the Origin of Species”, his theory of evolution.

And on my family tree we celebrate the birth of Emma Wilhelmine Friederike KÄHLER on November 24, 1884 as the oldest of four children from Wilhelm Heinrich Burghard KÄHLER and Elisabeth Dorothea Auguste MEYER in Büttlingen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany. Her christening was four days later on November 28, 1884 in Diedrichshagen. In the same church she received her lutheranian confirmation on March 26, 1899.

The 1900 census shows her as a farm domestic in Büttlingen:

1900 census Emma Kähler

1900 census Emma Kähler

On April 21, 1914 she married Ernst Johann Joachim Baumann, a housekeeper from Büttlingen

November 18

Somehow the day yesterday went by so fast that I couldn’t publish my daily blog. But of course, I don’t want to keep November 18 from you ;)

November 18, 1841 was the day of the Battle of Ingavi. The Bolivian Army under General José Balliván Segurola defeated the Peruvian intruders headed by their President Agustín Gamarra. This battle ended the Peruvian-Bolivian War.

And one of my favourites! On November 18, 1959 the movie “Ben Hur” from director William Wyler premieres in New York City.

And on my family tree?

Grevesmhlen MecklenburgWestern Pomerania Germany -88


On November 18, 1879 the widowed brickmaker Gottlieb Christof KÄHLER died in Gostorf, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany at the age of 71 years. His son Carl registered his death one day later with the authorities as you can see above.

According to his age when he died, Gottlieb was born abt. 1808 in Zülow, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany as the son of the brickmaker Burghard KÄHLER and Sophia STERNBERG.

Gottlieb was married to Margarethe Sophia Elisabeth TRETOW. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find their wedding entry yet. But I know of 5 children they had between 1840  and 1854 via the 1867 census which shows the family living in Gostorf.

Gottlieb Kähler

I didn’t find the church record for his death yet. When I find that I can add when he was laid to rest.