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Re: Towns

Posted: 5 Jan 2013 11:20AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 5 Jan 2013 11:32AM GMT
Schleswig-Holstein changed hands from Denmark to Germany in 1864. After World War I, Schlesvig elected to return to Danish rule; Holstein elected to stay in Germany. Place names in this region are thus found by both German names and Danish names for the same place. The name wouldn't be wildly different - we find W in the German and V in the Danish, for example (Schleswig in the German, Schlesvig in the Danish).

Your ancestor's ethnic identity was Danish, which is a clue that he wouldn't be from Holstein, but he/she could have been technically born within what was then Germany.

An old map on Wikipedia Commons (bless Wikipedia!) of the area around the city of Tønder:
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vcuskelly 4 Jan 2013 2:53AM GMT 
falsterden 5 Jan 2013 6:06PM GMT 
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