This page has been created by the PGS as an
example of how German Research can be done. It began with an Early
Door County Resident Stone in Town of Sevastopol-Bayside Cemetery which was
contributed by Deb SIEVERT.
CLICK ON THE IMAGES TO SEE THEM ENLARGED!
BELOW: a photo of Margaretha LORCH's
Stone at Town of Sevastopol-Bayside Cemetery that was shared to
the PGS by Deb SIEVERT - Jun 2009 - This
translation for what could be deciphered from the in ground stone:
Geb (Geboren)=Born 1 Mai=May 1804
Grand Duchy of Hesse
Gest (Gestorben)=Died 22 Sept
Sie nur Mutter von drie=She is
Mother of three
namely ?the following?
Peter LORCH, Catharine frau=Peter
LORCH, Catharine wife
von Chris Leonhardt und=of Chris
Christine frau von Jos=Christine
wife of Jos
After studying the stone and arriving at the place of birth and dates
involved, a search was made on-line for the location: SELZEN Grossherzobtum
(this word was not deciferable until after the search for SELZEN, HESSEN
DARMSTADT. (Actually GROSSHERZOBTUM was found making a GOOGLE-SEARCH
for HESSEN DARMSTADT and going to the entry form the GRAND DUCHY OF HESSE on
The following link is to a great on-line
website to find early (1800's and earlier) locations in Germany and where
SELZEN was found listed under HESSEN DARMSTADT:
After finding the location SELZEN in Hessen
Darmstadt, notes there regarding the location were: "SELZEN- SELZEN
(1808), see alo UNDENHEIM, Parish Reg. since 1650" -This gave great hope
that CHURCH RECORDS would be possible to locate for SELZEN (part of
UNDENHEIM PARISH, HESSEN DARMSTADT, GERMANY. After finding this
information, using the same website on the link above, SELZEN was searched
for on the Gazetteer for RAVENSTEIN Maps (1883), but it was not found.
However, UNDENHEIM was found! So the map was located: "UNDENHEIM
VII G1" - Map 8-location G1. The following is the map for this
location and you will see G and "1" is the upper right-hand corner of the
map. UNDENHEIM is found above the larger words: RHEIN-HESSEN.
(Click on the map to see it enlarged).
Another resource of a wonderful German
Gazeteer (or place names dictionary) is the Meyers-Orts Von Lexicon.
It is available on Ancestry.com. To be able to read this, you need to
be able to decipher German Gothic Print. Church records in Germany and
even in the United States in early German churches, you will find this print
- the writing that the pastors/priests' used was the Script form-known as
German Gothic Script.
BELOW: A great page showing German
Gothic Script/Print of the Alphabet-source: "Fibel." ("Primer")-1900.
FamilySearch.org was checked to see if there were Church Records
available for UNDENHEIM, HESSE DARMSTADT, GERMANY. Using the
Locality Catalog, UNDENHEIM was entered under "Place" and UNDENHEIM,
HESSE, GERMANY came up. That had to be it. There were church
records available from 1650 to the 1900's.
Family Search also has how-tos for German
Research as well as how to decipher the abbreviations found on the
MEYERS-ORTS which is invaluable in finding places with the surrounding towns
identified as well as where the parish records are located.
We hope this webpage has been of help to you
in your quest for your family research in Germany! If you have any
questions or need help please contact the PGS at: