When I first started researching my German ancestors, I tried to find cemeteries in Germany to locate my ancestors. I quickly learned that graves are only purchased for about 20-30 years in Germany. So the graves of my ancestors are no longer there. I have not learned where to find the churches or cemeteries records yet.
While visiting Germany with my husband, I wanted to see the four villages my ancestors lived in. We were very limited on time so one afternoon, we did what I call speed villages. We drove from one village to the next, all of them about a half hour apart. I would hop out of the car, find the church, and take pictures around the village. This has been one of my most favorite things I have been able to do.
As we were leaving Ishta, I spotted what looked like an old cemetery. I will admit, I got my hopes up that maybe some of my ancestors were still buried there. It after all was a small village.
The first thing we saw was a WWI and WWII memorial’s with names engraved of Ishta residents who severed during the two wars.
There were three sides of the memorial for WWII and surnames that I have on the memorial are Klapp, Salzer and Jakob. As I said above I have not researched any of these names yet.
I had to walk a ways into the cemetery to get to the headstones. I still had my hopes up that I might be able to find my ancestors in this old German Cemetery. As I got closer I could see that these were all newer headstones. Not a single old headstone. While I was disappointed, I still am glad that I took the time to walk around. I know that my ancestors were buried here. I felt close to them.
I had to take pictures of any headstone with the same surnames as my ancestors from Istha. One day these headstones will not longer be there. I did do a quick search on some of these names but did not come up with much. Another project for me to work on. Spending time in Germany was a dream come true. Learning more about my German ancestors and spending time where they lived was an amazing experience.