April of 1873

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

I’ve been wondering about the name August, the Germanic form of Augustus. It is prominent among my maternal grandfather’s family.

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.

From Prussia To Los Angeles

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

Brothers and Sisters

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