Re: newbie question/Nassua/Burg/Prussia
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Karen Anne Kolling"
> On one side I have a great-uncle with U.S. records listing hisbirth
> place as "Prussia." He was born in 1899.Between 1871 and 1918, Prussia consisted of about two-thirds of
Germany; a map from c. 1895 shows the extent of the territory at the
time of your great uncle's birth:
> I have two records with his mother's birth place listed. One says
> "Nassau, Germany" and the other says "Burg, Germany." She was
> 1870. I looked on the web, and there seem to be 5-6 places thatcould
> be Nassua, and 5-6 places that could be Burg.Nassua probably refers to the Duchy of Nassau which ceased to exist
in in 1866 after it sided with the Austrians in the Seven Weeks' War
against Prussia. What was once Nassau is now part of the state of
Hesse in central Germany. There is a village called Burg in Hesse
which is found north west of Frankfurt-am-Main. On a reasonably
detailed map of of that region, find the cities of Siegen and
Wetzlar; half way between them are two villages called Dillenburg
and Herborn, and it is about midway between them that the village
Burg can be found.
- Thank you, folks.
Frank, I have not had good luck with the Family Search thing on the
Danish side of my family, using their International search feature.
It does not seem to be well indexed. I looked for my great
grandmother in just Denmark, and found no records; then I found her
parish from other sources and searched specifically in that parish and
found zilch. It was only when I searched in her parish for just
anyone with her last name that there she was, with the exact name I
had previously searched for. I did search for the German folks in the
international database but turned up zilch also.
Although I owe the LDS a debt in that they apparently paid for and
provided a lot of volunteer labor for getting images of the Danish
parish registers online at the Danish government site. That site is