#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.

#52ancestors No 5 – plowing through… NOT :)

Okay, I have to admit, the challenge for week 5 of this years 52 ancestors in 52 weeks challenge gave me a hard time. Why? Because I have no idea what the term “plowing through” means. Of course I know that it is translated to, but I just couldn’t get it. Which shows again, no matter how good and how deep a knowledge of a foreign language is, there are some understanding issues which shows I am not a native speaker.

So, I just decided to not follow the theme.. sorry Amy ;)

If you don’t know what the 52 ancestors challenge is, go and visit www.nostorytoosmall.com and have a look at all the great bloggers taking part in telling stories of their ancestors. One ancestor a week.



What have I done for this week? I randomly picked a name from my list. I literally played “darts” in scrolling down and pointing out a name.

May I introduce you to Karolina Maria Wilhelmine SCHMIDT. She is the mother-in-law of two of my 2nd cousins 4x removed. Keep on reading to unfold that story.

Karolina was born in Jeese, in the grandduchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin in Germany on January 22, 1842.


The map on the left shows you the area of today’s German state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Thinking back 100 years, you could find the grandduchy in the Northeast.

Karolina was the only known (at least to me) daughter of Ernst Joachim Heinrich SCHMIDT and his wife Henriette Karolina Katharina SCHULZ. Ernst was a “Kossate” (also known as Käter, Käthner, Kötter, Köter or Köthner) – which meant nothing else then that he owned a little cottage. Most of these little cottages were at the outlines of the villages, seperated from the bigger farms. They size of land belonging to the cottages was too small to live off it only. Therefore most of the Kossate worked as day labourers on the neighbour farms or as craftsmen.

I don’t have the exact date when Karolina married Hans Joachim Heinrich WARNKE, but it must have been before August 18, 1868.

Hans was also a Kossate and a mason from Upahl – a village in my “main” parish Diedrichshagen in the same grandduchy.

Why before that date? That was the day her daughter Wilhelmine Maria Dorothea was born in Upahl- which became later the wife of Joachim Karl Johann HAGEDORN, one of my 2nd cousins 4x removed I mentioned above.

Hans and Karolina had another child I know of: Heinrich Andreas Joachim, born on December 19, 1872 in Upahl. Heinrich married Joachim’s sister (and also my 2nd cousin 4x removed) Dorothea Maria Henriette HAGEDORN.

death certificate Karolina Schmidt

death certificate Karolina Schmidt


Karolina died on November 29, 1925 in Boienhagen, were she lived with her son Heinrich and his family following the death of her husband. Heinrich was also the person registering her death with the authorities.

#52ancestors 2015 No. 4 – sharing my birthday

This week’s theme of Amy Crow’s 52 ancestors challenge is called “closest to your birthday”.

52ancestors-2015Closest to my birthday are the ancestors I share my birthday with. One of them is Hermann Karl Heinrich KOOP, the brother-in-law of my 2nd great grand uncle August Heinrich Johann WARNKE.



We are moving back to one of my main parishes: Diedrichshagen in Mecklenburg, Germany. During Hermann’s lifetime the area changed from the grandduchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin to the German Reich to the Third Reich to the German Democratic Republic. Well, it was the 20th century, the time when Europe changed.

Hermann was born on July 23, 1888 as the youngest of five children into the marriage of Hans Joachim Friedrich KOOP, a mason in Upahl, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany and his wife Wilhelmina Louise Henriette née KRUSE. He received his christening on August 12, 1888 in the church of the parish in Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

baptism Hermann Karl Heinrich Koop

baptism Hermann Karl Heinrich Koop

You can see that he is second name is written Carl instead of Karl, but most of the remaining records I found for him, his name was spelled Karl, therefore I used that spelling in my records, too.

The following is his confirmation record from April 5, 1903 – also in the church of Diedrichshagen:

confirmation Hermann Karl Heinrich Koop

confirmation Hermann Karl Heinrich Koop

Eight years later, on June 9, 1911 he married the laborer’s daughter Caroline Anna Wilhelmine SCHLÜNZ from Alt Jassewitz, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany. And you can see on the following wedding certificate that a registrar was so nice to make a side note regarding Hermann’s death.

wedding certificate Koop & Schlünz

wedding certificate Koop & Schlünz

The couple had four children, I know of so far.

  • Everhart * August 3, 1912
  • Anni * April 9, 1914
  • Ella * September 11, 1915
  • Anneliese * April 28, 1923

Have a look at the gap between Ella and Anneliese of almost 8 years. I wouldn’t be surprised, if there would be more children, I just didn’t find yet so far.

the 1919 census record for Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany shows the family living in Hamberge. And Caroline’s father is living with them:

1919 census

1919 census

Hermann died at the age of 79 years on December 27, 1967 (taken from the side note on his wedding certificate above).

December 21 – Emma Johanna Maria Hennings

Marie and Pierre Curie discover the chemical element Radium on December 21, 1898.

On December 21, 1959 marries the Iranian Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi the student Farah Diba.

And on my family tree?

We meet Emma Johanna Maria HENNING, the niece of my 3rd great grand uncle.

Emma was born on December 21, 1882 in Upahl, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany and baptized on December 31, 1882 in Diedrichshagen.

Emma Johanna Maria Hennings Taufe

Emma was the youngest of six children of the mason Joachim Heinrich HENNINGS and his wife Maria Dorothea Elisabeth EVERT.

But little Emma didn’t even reach her second birthday. She died 22 months old on November 14, 1884 in Upahl.

Emma Johanna Maria Hennings Beerdigung


The following document is a perfect example that even registrars make mistakes sometimes. In the original entry, Emmas age is given with 2 years and 11 months. In the side note you can see that his his father had this corrected to “1 year and 11 months”.

Grevesmhlen MecklenburgWestern Pomerania Germany -377


Emma got laid to rest on the church cemetary in Diedrichshagen on November 15, 1884.

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.