Hessen Family Heritage Lookups, Waldeck, Viermuenden area, including Nieder, Oberorke, Schreufa, Bringhausen, and a few other very small towns in this area. Use the town locators to identify this area. Waldeck Immigration lists compiled by Karl Thomas are found on LDS microfilm 1183583 Item 7 at http://familysearch.org. It lists those who left the Waldeck area LEGALLY between 1829 and 1872. Waldeck Orts- and Familienbücher (locales and family registers) site is at:
German Immigrants, Lists of Passengers Bound from Bremen to NY
1863-1867, 1868-1871. For a Look-Up contact: Tom Schmidt at email@example.com
Sue Foster, UFoster442@aol.com, has transcribed marriage records for Uttrichshausen, Heubach and Oberkalbach for 1652-1900. For most years, these marriage records also name the parents of the couple. She also has the birth/christening and death records for 1652 - 1900 for Oberkalbach. She will do lookups in records that she has indexed. These are about 12,000 civil marriage protocols for most of the villages of the old county Schluechtern for the years 1718 - 1875. These villages include Ahlersbach, Altengronau, Bellings, Breitenbach, Breunings, Drasenberg, Elm, Gundheim, Gomfritz, Heubach, Hinkeldorf, Hintersteinau, Hohenzell, Hutten, Jossa, Klosterhoefe, Kressenbach, Marjoss, Mottgers, Neuengronau, Niederzell, Oberkalbach, Oberzell, Ramholz, Reinhards, Roehrings, Sannerz, Schluechtern, Schwarzenfels, Seidenroth, Steinau, Sterbfritz, Uttrichshausen, Vollmerz, Wallroth, Weichersbach, Zuentersbach. Sue has a website, http://ursula.foster.cc.; she offers a CD of the index for $30, but will do lookups for free. See also her website for the town of Fechenheim, part of Frankfurt-am-Main today, located at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~fechenheim. Notice that website inquiries are normally all lower case.
JEWISH RECORDS AS A Hessen
SOURCE OF INFORMATION:
For many years we did not know where our Hessen ancestor came from, until my cousin in Sydney (Australia) wrote to the Hessiches Staatsarchiv in Marburg, and suddenly the problem was solved. This is because they have a book "Die Israelitische Gemeinde zu Kassel im 19.Jahrhundert", by Helmut Thiele, published in Kassel in 1986. From the photocopies of pages they sent us it seems to be a large book, and has much information on births, deaths and marriages of the Kassel Jewish community. It appears that sometimes Jewish records were kept separately, and if you know for certain that your ancestor was Jewish, you would do better searching Jewish archives first. State Archives in Hessen: http://www.archive.hessen.de/, including Marburg.
About a researcher living in Hessen who actually goes to ONLY these certain towns:
Clem Schreiber only does research in the following places near where he lives: Ahlersbach, Altengronau, Bellings, Breitenbach, Breunings, Drasenberg, Elm, Gundheim, Gomfritz, Heubach, Hinkeldorf, Hintersteinau, Hohenzell, Hutten, Jossa, Klosterhoefe, Kressenbach, Marjoss, Mottgers, Neuengronau, Niederzell, Oberkalbach, Oberzell, Ramholz, Reinhards, Roehrings, Sannerz, Schluechtern, Schwarzenfels, Seidenroth, Steinau, Sterbfritz, Uttrichshausen, Vollmerz, Wallroth, Weichersbach, Zuentersbach.
He WILL NOT travel to other cities. Don't bother to ask! He does not have E-Mail! Contact him about the costs of research with a letter wherein you identify everyone you are searching for and all the personal information you have about them. Don't send long, rambling narratives. Just the facts, like full name, date and place of birth, spouse, children, date emigrated, port! Make sure you state clearly that all you want at this point is an estimate of the cost. Include a self-addressed envelope and at least $5.00 cash (NO CHECKS!) for return postage so that he can send you an estimate. He CANNOT use USA postage stamps or stamps from any other country! Don't send them!
His mailing address:
He can only use German postage stamps for his reply and needs the $4.00 U.S. cash from you to buy German stamps, unless you have already purchased them in advance from someone living in Germany. The German postal service will not sell postage stamps to you.
DO YOU KNOW that nearly every city and county and state in Germany has its own webpage, many with an English language option? You can find them using a Search Engine! Always put a plus sign + in front of each word that MUST be in your response! Example: +City +Berlin +Germany. Use the Google search engine http://google.com for best results! AND -obviously- any reputable travel agency can make all the travel arrangements! Go for it!
We have had good reports on this researcher, but have no first-hand knowledge of his work and list him here only for your information. You can contact him about his territory and fees and ask others about the quality and results of his work.
Annelie Hubrich, hubrich-hubrich(a)web.de
Are you looking for ancestors in the area of Oels (Silesia), Erfurt
or Schwedt, river Oder (Brandenburg)? Please, do not hesitate to contact
me. I speak English.
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