It really is amazing what you can find online. My latest discovery is pics of family from my Mother’s side of the family, specifically my great-great aunt and uncle, Herman Lentz and Pauline Fromke. Someone added them to a family tree on Ancestry. My Mom has talked in the past about being double cousins with … Continue reading Herman, Pauline & Family
One of the best ways for finding out more information on a person — the names of parents, birthplaces, etc. — is to send away for a copy of the death certificate. I try not to do it too often, since it can cost a bit of money, but every once in awhile a branch on … Continue reading Last Resorts
So Great Grandma Fromke was baptized at the Evangelical Lutheran church in Bütow and confirmed there in April of 1873. Hmmm. I wonder what else I can glean from these assorted records. She was 14 years old at the time of her confirmation. Geo-politically, it was an interesting period. Bismarck, imperial chancellor, had apparently been … Continue reading April of 1873
On Saturday I stopped by to visit my grandfather’s niece who has an apartment a block or two away from the church where my parents married. Her name is Delores. Earlier, before I left the house where I am staying, my host, Mike, knocked on the guest room and asked if I wanted to tour … Continue reading The Dairy
Here’s what I found on Saturday while researching at the public library using Ancestry.com. I decided to delve into the lives of Herman Lentz and Pauline Fromke. Information from the 1930 census has that Herman immigrated in 1883, but I am having a hard time finding him in any of the databases. There should be … Continue reading Herman & Pauline
I am trying to sort out the various people with the surname Schanofski and its numerous variations — Szanowski, Scharnofski, Scharnowski, Czarnowski — who lived in the same vicinity as my ancestors. Is the Anne mentioned in the birth record of my great-great grandmother, Marie Schanofski, the Anna who married Johann Scharnofski? Anna, maiden name … Continue reading So who is Anne (or Ann)?
My great grandfather was Albert August Fromke. His younger brother was August L. Fromke. Albert’s wife was Augusta Wilhelmina Lentz. I am hoping to learn about why this was such a strong tradition in Germany. There is many a German prince with the name and a few princesses too. There’s Augustus the Strong, born in … Continue reading I’ve been wondering about the name August, the Germanic form of Augustus. It is prominent among my maternal grandfather’s family.
For a few years now I’ve made a point of trying to piece together my great-grandmother’s family by tracking down potential siblings. One possible brother was Albert Lentz. I am convinced, after seeing an image of him online and the brief family pedigree someone added to Ancestry, that he is indeed an older sibling of … Continue reading More on Brother Albert
I was pleasantly surprised to learn, after someone sent me a response to a query I made, that someone had uploaded an image of a man I thought likely to be a brother of my great-grandmother. Unfortunately, the pic didn’t make it as a PDF attachment via email, only the very left portion of it. So, I … Continue reading From Prussia To Los Angeles
I’d never given much thought to my great grandparents’ brothers and sisters. But I am hoping that finding them will help in the search for information on their parents. All I’ve had for years was names: Carl Fromke and Caroline Radde & Ludwig Lentz and Marie Scharnofske. A few years back a couple in Montana contacted me about information … Continue reading Brothers and Sisters