Fromke, Framke, Froemke, Frumpke

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

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

Fascinating stuff! Long-lost siblings of my great grandpa — in Germany.

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.

Watertown Appleby Foley Grover Kampeska Pelican Rauville Waverly

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

Well, this is strange. Did Emil make the trip to America or die in the Old World?

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?

Since 1989, I’ve been hunting for this information. Thankfully, I’m not the only one.

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.