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)?
The Beginning of the End I’ve been looking through books on Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, the first time the Nazis targeted Jews — their shops, their homes, their synagogues — en masse. That was 1938. Four years later, the horror of the Holocaust was in full swing. I have been trying to get … Continue reading November 1942
In my pursuit of learning more about the family history, I discovered the names of three siblings — three brothers — of my great grandfather, a farmer born in Prussia who settled in South Dakota named Albert Fromke, which for some reason had been lost and not been passed down. Just discovered more siblings of my … Continue reading The Missing Fromke Brothers | Friedrich Wilhelm, Carl August & Emil Gustav
I wasn’t sure I’d ever find more information than what had been collected before me. I began asking questions and taking notes on the family history in 1989, my first year of high school. But the only info my mother had on her father’s grandparents were their names, and one was misspelled. My maternal grandmother … Continue reading Fantastic! Discovering details on my great-great grandmother.
One of my incidental Google searches came up with some wonderful results the other day. Fellow genealogists has been tracking my family. They are probably cousins. They have uploaded details, information lost through the generations, to a genealogy site, geni.com. I’m not familiar with it. I tweeted about my find at the time. Someone has … Continue reading Since 1989, I’ve been hunting for this information. Thankfully, I’m not the only one.
I just learned that the town in Germany where my great-great grandparents married in 1880 did indeed have a synagogue, which was destroyed in 1938 during Kristallnacht, The Night of Broken Glass, when the Nazis encouraged people to target the Jews after the assassination of the German ambassador in Paris. I am hoping to learn … Continue reading I’ve been wondering. I’ve been trying to learn more about the Jews in my ancestors’ neighborhood. ✡
A brief post I wrote five years ago about a serial killer in Poland attracted an amazing amount of attention this Halloween. I’m not sure why, but my blog hasn’t had that much traffic in a very long time. The only reason I wrote about the man is because he hails from the town where … Continue reading Five Years Past
I’m trying to find someone to translate this from German for me. I will be circulating a request on various forums. I did a search on Ancestry of my great-great grandmother’s name, Marie Scharnofske, and discovered a marriage record for another woman named Maria Emilie Auguste Scharnofske. She was born on 10 November 10th, 1886 and in 1917 … Continue reading Maria Emilie Auguste Scharnofske
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
My mother’s family had been German Lutherans for more than a hundred years, probably much longer. Unfortunately I haven’t found many German records of my ancestors beyond the late 19th century. However, today I came across the name of one of the pastors in the major town in the area where my ancestors lived. The … Continue reading The Pastor in Bütow