Albert Fromke’s Farm

While on my trip to South Dakota this summer, a cousin of my mother stopped by my aunt’s house in Watertown while I was staying there. She brought a hefty notebook along full of family photos and history. Included were some snapshots of the old homestead, where my great grandparents farmed and where my grandfather … Continue reading Albert Fromke’s Farm

The Missing Fromke Brothers | Friedrich Wilhelm, Carl August & Emil Gustav

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

Albert, Duke of Prussia

My great grandfather was named Albert, and I’ve been wondering where the name originated — within German society, culture, history. In looking through famous Germans with the name I came across a Duke of Prussia named Albert. The family was steeped in Lutheranism, so learning about Duke Albert has been eye-opening. He was the first ruler in Europe … Continue reading Albert, Duke of Prussia

Fromke Family Origins

Years ago I came across some information on the surname Fromke. I had lost my notes if I made any at the time and had a hard time finding the material again, until 2006. I wrote about it back then, thankfully links included, in a message to the Fromke mailing list at RootsWeb. The name Fromke … Continue reading Fromke Family Origins

Fromke, Framke, Froemke, Frumpke

Logging into one of many accounts to access free Civil War records, I noticed someone had sent me a message. It was regarding a family with my mother’s family name Fromke. They lived in Pottangow, Pomerania, while my ancestors lived to the south, about 50 kilometers away, in Borntuchen and Grobenzien.  (I can never remember my … Continue reading Fromke, Framke, Froemke, Frumpke