Uncategorized, German Genealogy

Connecting to our Ancestors

Have you been researching and felt really connected to an ancestor? This is how I felt when I learned about Anna Elisabeth Brand. I have already posted a blog about Anna and her husband that you can read: https://ellajaneanne.com/2019/08/19/wilhelm-gossmann-and-anna-elizabeth-brand-and-their-16-children/ Anna was born on 13 August 1865 in Kassel, Germany. According to my grandmother, she was… Continue reading Connecting to our Ancestors

German Genealogy, Military Service, Uncategorized

Christoph Gossman the German Soldier.

My next memorial post will be about Christoph Lorenz Gossman the German Solider. Christoph is my great-grand uncle, he was my great grandmother Erna Lena Gossmann's brother, Christoph was born on 19 April 1906 in Kassel Germany to Wilhelm Gossman and Anna Elizabeth Brand. Christoph was the fifteenth child born to Wilhelm and Anna. You… Continue reading Christoph Gossman the German Soldier.

Family Stories, German Genealogy

The life of Anna Marie Klapp

Anna Marie Klapp is my third great-grandaunt. She was the first daughter born on 30 December 1830 in Istha, Germany, to Giese Klapp and Anna Elisabeth Kessler. You can read about her brothers, both named Johannes Klapp, here: https://ellajaneanne.com/2019/07/01/same-names-sigh/. Anna married Johann Georg Adolf on 23 January 1854 in Ishta, Germany. Georg was born on… Continue reading The life of Anna Marie Klapp

Family Stories, German Genealogy

The Von Emde Family

I have been researching my third great-grandmother, Sophie Jacob, and her sister Catherine Jacob. I knew from baptism and marriage records that their parents were Heinrich Jacob and Elizabeth Von Emde. I want to find more information about their life. Catherine Jacob was born on 2 December 1833 in Leckringhausen, Germany, and her sister Sophie… Continue reading The Von Emde Family

German Genealogy

Seven Reasons Why I Love German Church Records.

There are many ways German records scared me when I first started to research my grandmother's family. Could I read the records? Where do I find them? How will I know if they are my family? All of these questions and concerns held me back when I first started researching. Instead, I focused on my… Continue reading Seven Reasons Why I Love German Church Records.

Family Stories, German Genealogy

My Family, Henschel and Sohns, Kassel Germany, and World War II

My great-grandfather worked for Henschel and Sohns, a mechanical and automotive engineering company, during WWII in Kassel Germany. August Heinrich Burghardt was born on 6 June 1899 in Kirchditmold, Hesse, Germany to Heinrich Jakob Burghardt and Maria Klapp. August Heirnrich Burghardt, with the red x, as an appretice shoemaker. On 24 December 1925 he married… Continue reading My Family, Henschel and Sohns, Kassel Germany, and World War II

German Genealogy

Seven Reasons Why I Love German Church Records.

There are many ways German records scared me when I first started to research my grandmother's family. Could I read the records? Where do I find them? How will I know if they are my family? All of these questions and concerns held me back when I first started researching. Instead, I focused on my… Continue reading Seven Reasons Why I Love German Church Records.

German Genealogy

My Great-Grandfather: The Apprentice Shoemaker

August Heinrich Burghardt (my great-grandfather) was born 6 June 1899 in Kirchditmold, Kassel, Germany to Heinrich Jakob Burghardt (1867-1928) and Marie Klapp (1871-1926). August was the fifth of seven children born to his parents. Johann Heinrich Burghardt (1893-1896)Jacob Burghardt (1894-1955)Anna Burghardt (Born 1897)Emma Marie Burghardt (Born 1897)August Heinrcih BurghardtJulius Burghadt George Burghardt August Burghardt as… Continue reading My Great-Grandfather: The Apprentice Shoemaker

German Genealogy

Cemetery in Istha Germany.

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… Continue reading Cemetery in Istha Germany.

Genealogy Travel, German Genealogy

Istha, Germany

This is the last village that I visited in Germany. This is the only village other than Kassel, that I already knew of when I started my German research. My Klapp family is from Istha and the family has been in Istha for many generations. I have also seen Klapp spelled as Clapp. So far… Continue reading Istha, Germany