Logging into one of many Ancestry.com 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
I discovered this image of “Uncle Herman” — actually my great uncle, Herman August Fromke — on Ancestry. I don’t remember ever having seen it before. ajh
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
Over the years I have founded a few groups and lists for genealogy research, and here’s the latest. I decided to start a mailing list at RootsWeb for the name Scharnofske. My grandmother had the name a bit mixed up. She had written it down as Schenovsky. Here’s what I know about my Scharnofske relatives. Marie Scharnofske (Schenovsky) married … Continue reading Scharnofske!
While looking for a book in the Germans to America series at the Oregon State Library, which appear to have disappeared, perhaps sold off since the information is apparently online now, a librarian skimmed through the library’s holdings related to Germany and German-Americans. I wanted to search through the Germans to America volumes relating to 1886 … Continue reading German Research
Great grandpa Albert had a sister I didn’t know about. Her name was Friederike Caroline Auguste Fromke. In English this translates as Fredericka. She was born on February 4, 1859. She married a man named Friedrich Johann Ferdinand Kowalke on April 11, 1882 in a place called Borntuchen in Germany. I haven’t been able to … Continue reading Fascinating stuff! Long-lost siblings of my great grandpa — in Germany.
I just had to make a hashtag out of it WatertownApplebyFoleyGroverKampeskaPelicanRauvilleWaverly. All of the places #Grandpa #Fromke worked or lived, according to @SocialSecurity. — ᴀᴀʀᴏɴᴊʜɪʟʟ (@aaronjhill) November 7, 2017 I was looking through a genealogical database while at the local library the other day and decided to probe the Social Security Death Index. In my … Continue reading Watertown Appleby Foley Grover Kampeska Pelican Rauville Waverly
One of the puzzles on my family tree is my great grandparents’ son Emil. Passenger records have him arriving with his parents at the immigration depot known as Castle Garden on the tip of Manhattan. He was listed as nine years old, having been born in 1878 or 1879. I found this odd because his … Continue reading Well, this is strange. Did Emil make the trip to America or die in the Old World?
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.
The pastor of the church where my great grandparents, Albert and Augusta Fromke, were members, part of what’s known as WELS, the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, is on Facebook and kindly offered to lookup information on the family a few weeks ago. I wasn’t familiar with how he sent the material, so it’s be lurking … Continue reading Grandpa’s Missing Siblings