244Re: Wihelm Buchholz Bucholz Buchholtz Buckholz Jan 19, 1826 Prussia Prueben Germany
- Nov 7, 2006I don't know how much luck you will have. Do you have a subscription to
ancestry.com? They have a new "German Section" were you may look. If
you do not, let me know and I will look while I still have mine (I may
cancel it next month just because I seem to have gotten all I'm going
to get from it).
From what I understand, a lot of records that we would just love to get
hold of went poof in WWII. Don't people realize we are going to need
those things?! For example, my sis-in-law is a wills and trust lawyer
and had to go to Germany over a contested will. She went to a lot of
government and various other resources but could find no information on
that part of the family because all had been destroyed. I know that I
am getting pretty frustrated at times. I know that is not much use but
there you have it. Maybe doing a google search for something
like "German genealogical resources".
I know that PA is known for its large German influx, but I know from
looking for my own family records that the midwest really had its
share. My maternal grandfather was Raymond (W?) Landgraf (lived in
Chicago) and his parents were from Prussia. I have had no luck getting
beyond finding my grandfather's parents on the census. It's the same
deal with my paternal grandmother (also lived in Chicago) who was first
generation American with Prussian parents. She was Bertha Johanna Hoch.
Then my mother's aunt married Herman Ludwig, also first generation in
Chicago. I know much more about that family's death (husband, wife, two
daughters) because they all perished in the Iroquois Theatre Fire of
December 1903 in Chicago.
BTW, I had family in Outagamie County, WI also (not German). They lived
in Appleton. I wonder if they ever met...
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