Genealogy Travel, German Genealogy

Leckringhausen, Germany

I had the opportunity to visit villages in Germany where my ancestors lived. Leckringhausen, Wolfhagen, Kassel, Germany was a cute village and I was so honored to walk around and take some pictures.

I have some family from Leckrighausen, my third great grandmother Sophie Jacob was born in Leckrighausen on 9 March 1936. When I started my research I did not know who Sophie’s parents were. As I continued my search I found Sophie’s death record and had some help translating it.

Sophie Burghardt’s born Jacob death record. Sophie was born 9 March 1836 in Leckringhausen and died 16 January 1874 in Kirchditmold, Kassel, Germany. Image from archion.de

Sophie’s parents are Heinrich Jacob and Elizabeth Von Emde. I found her parent’s names on her marriage record that I was able to find after learning she was from Leckringhausen. Sophie was born Catherine Sophie Jacob, which makes this family fun to research because Sophie also had a sister named Catherine. Sophie married Konrad Burghardt 12 April 1863 in Ippinghausen, Wolfhagen, Kassel, Germany. Ippinghausen is a nearby village that I was also able to visit.

Marriage record for Sophie Jacob and Konrad Burghardt. Translation of marriage record, second on page, Konrad Burghardt , Mason in Kirchditmold near Kassel, legitimate son of Jakob Burhgardt and his wife Elizabeth Arend, born 20 November 1830 protestant reformed. Catherine Sophie Jacob, legitimate daughter of the Shepard Heinrich Jacob and wife Elizabeth Von Emde, born 9 May 1836 protestant reformed. Married 12 April 1862 in Ippinghausen. Image from archion.de
The Church in Ippinghausen, I was not able to find information on when this Church was built but I wonder if Konrad and Sophie married there. I was able to walk around this church and take several pictures.

I was able to find Sophie’s baptism record from Leckringhasuen. The lesson I learned finding all this information was just how important it is to know the exact location in Germany. I had searched all the Church records for Kirtchditmold for these records because that is where Konrad and Sophie’s children were born. I could not find anything about them before and now I knew why they were not from Kirtchdimold. Thankfully a death record gave me the information I needed to continue my search and add both Konrad and Sophie’s parents to my tree.

Sophie Jacob’s baptism record. Translation Sophie Jacob, born 9 May 1836, at 7 PM in Leckringhausen, a daughter to the Shepard Heinrich Jacob and his wife Elizabeth Von Emde, baptized on the 23rd of the same month and receive name Catherine Sophie.

I have not yet found any other information on Heinrich Jacob or Elizabeth Von Emde. I am still working my way through archion.de church records for Leckringhausen to hopefully find a marriage or death record for them. I did find a sister for Sophie, as I mentioned above, her name is Catherine Jacob, she was born 3 December 1833 in Leckringhausen.

Catherine Jacob baptism record. Image from archion.de

Catherine and Sophie are the only two children I have found so far for Heinrich and Elizabeth. I am still searching for more information on this family.

The church in Leckringhausen built in 1763. I hope I can learn more about Heinrich and Elizabeth and their lives here.

I have loved connecting with my ancestors by visiting their villages in Germany. Learning about my German ancestors has not been easy for me but the reward has come by learning more about them and where they lived.

2 thoughts on “Leckringhausen, Germany”

  1. What a great post! I am a firm believer in visiting the areas where ancestors lived, and your trip illustrates the benefits. So great that you have found those crucial vital records — but equally great to walk through the church and area where your ancestors spent their lives.

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    1. Molly, I agree about visiting ancestors’ home towns. I have been lucky enough to visit several in the United States but never dreamed I would actually go to Germany. So it made this really special.

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