December 20 – Hans Heinrich Friedrich Vollert

December 20, 1192 – the day that Leopold V of Austria captures and imprisons Richard I of England. King Richard was on his way home to England after signing a treaty with Saladin ending the Third Crusade.

On December 20, 1658 Russia and Sweden sign the Truce of Valiesar. According to the agreements Russia could keep the conquered swedish areas for three years.

I have a very short entry for today.

On my family tree we mourn the death of Hans Heinrich Friedrich VOLLERT, a farm hand from Upahl, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany who died on December 20, 1819. According to his death entry, Hans was 31 years old and died of consumption.

Hans was the second son of Johann Joachim Heinrich VOLLERT, a cottager in Upahl and his wife Wilhemina Catharina Maria NEUMANN.

He got laid to rest on the church cemetary of Diedrichshagen on December 23, 1850.

December 8 – Sophia Ditz

On December 8, 1955 the European Council decides on its emblem: til today the blue flag with 12 golden stars is known as symbol of the European Union.

And beware of the typo. It was December 8, 2005 when a trader in Toyko got the order to sell one share of the company J-Com for the price of 610,000 yen. But instead he sold 610,000 shares for one yen each. “The most expensive typo of all times” created a financial damage of abt. 300 mn Euro.

On my family tree we go way back into the year 1792. That’s the year Sophia DITZ was born on December 8 in the parish of Hohenkirchen, Grandduchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

I don’t have any information on her parents, so cannot tell if she had siblings either.

She was married to Johann Christian BÖTTCHER, a day labourer from Schildberg, Grandduchy Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

So far I’ve found three children for the couple, born between 1813 and 1819:

  • Maria * May 14, 1813
  • Johann * October 10, 1814
  • Hans Carl Christoph * July 11, 1819

The 1819 census shows her living with her husband and the three children in Degtow, Grandduchy Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

And that is the last trace I have of her. Couldn’t find a death record for her yet.



December 7 – Sophia Catharina Warnke

Happy Birthday Delaware!!

On December 7, 1787 Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the United States Constitution.

And a big an moving day in German-Polish history. On December 7, 1970 the Treaty of Warsaw was signed by the German Chancellor Willy Brandt and his polish counterpart, the Prime Minister Józef Cyrankiewicz at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, accepting the Oder-Neiße-line as existing German-Polish border. It is the basis of the normalization for the relationship between Germany and Poland following WWII.

On the same day, Willy Brandt got down to his knees in front of the monument to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. This gesture’s today known as “Warschauer Kniefall“.

On my family tree we meet my 3rd great grand aunt Sophia Catharina WARNKE who was born on December 7, 1835 in Kastahn, Grandduchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany. She was the seventh of ten children of my 4th great grandparents Gottlieb Heinrich Christian WARNKE, a farmer in Kastahn and his wife Catharina Dorothea née QUALMANN.

She received her baptism on December 9, 1835 in Diedrichshagen, the main village of the parish. At the same church she got confirmed into the lutheran religion on March 24, 1850.

Unfortunately, she died very young, working as a housekeeper in her home village. At the age of 25 she suffered a hemoptysis.

She died on November 19, 1861 in Kastahn and got laid to rest on November 25, 1861 on the church cemetary of Diedrichshagen.


November 23 – Hans Carl Christian Koop

George Gershwin’s musical “Funny Face” premieres on November 23, 1927 in New York.

And on November 23, 1963 the longest running show on global televison “Dr. Who” starts with the first episode “An Unearthly Child“.

And on my family tree we meet Hans Carl Christian KOOP who died on this day in 1879 in Upahl, grandduchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany – being 81 years of age. That is quit a biblical age for that time!

death certificate Hans Carl Christian Koop

death certificate Hans Carl Christian Koop

His son Joachim KOOP registered his father’s death one day later with the officials.

According to the age given on the death certificate he was born 1798 or 1799 in Rüting, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

What else can we take as information from his death certificate?

He was married. The name of his wife is given with Sophia née SUHRBIER. From a birth certificate I found for one of their children, I know her full name is Maria Elisabeth Elsabe Sophia SUHRBIER.

I found a census record for 1867 where he is given as a small farmer. 1875 when his son married he already handed is farm over to the next generation, living as a retiree with the family.

October 31 – Maria Dorothea Elisabeth Kruse

Blessed Samhain everyone!!

This is not only the day that Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg in 1517.

October 31 also marks the day that the Lincoln Highway has been dedicated as the first automobile highway across the United States in 1913.

And if we go to the year 1846, we celebrate the birthday of Maria Dorothea Elisabeth KRUSE. She was born on October 31, 1846 as the fourth of eleven children into the marriage of the farmer Johann Heinrich KRUSE and his wife Maria Dorothea Elisabeth née FRAHM in Upahl, grandduchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

She married the cartwright Johann Joachim Friedrich Heinrich GRÖNING from Upahl on November 8 1872 in Diedrichshagen, the main village of the parish.

Maria and Johann had four children I know of:

  • Johann Joachim Heinrich born October 13, 1873
  • Joachim Johann Wilhelm born abt. December 1875
  • a stillborn daughter born June 11, 1878
  • Hermann Friedrich Heinrich born February 8, 1880

All children have been born in Upahl.

Maria died on October 1, 1920 in Upahl, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany and got laid to rest on October 6, 1920 on the church cemetary of Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

death certificate Maria Kruse

death certificate Maria Kruse