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Hannover, Germany

David McDaniel (View posts)
Posted: 11 Nov 2004 9:24PM GMT
Classification: Query
I am planning on visiting Europe next summer. I have never been and I would like to see where my family came from. I know that I have Himstedt ancestors from Hannover who left Germany via Bremen in the 1840's or 1850's. Should I go to Hannover? Is there anything significant there I should see? What about research, does the language barrier make it too difficult?

Re: Hannover, Germany

Dallas Kent (View posts)
Posted: 16 Nov 2004 2:36AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Himstedt
David,
Are you related to the Himstedts who settled in central Illinois along the Sangamon River west of Decatur near Niantic? Descendants still farm the original Himstedt farm. Most of the family immigrated through the Port of New Orleans on Nov. 17, 1857, took a boat up the Mississippi River to St. Louis where the son who immigrated first met them and they proceeded on foot. My mother was a Himstedt.

Strongly recommend you purchase the following book by Roger P. Minert and Shirley J. Riemer. "Researching in Germany: A Handbook for Your Visit to the Homeland of Your Ancestors". It details every step of the process of on-site research in Germanic regions, from preparing at home, enjoying the trip, your stay, researching on-site, vocabulary, pre-trip correspondence, handwriting and more. I believe the cost is less than $20. I've heard Roger speak at conferences twice and he is extremely knowledgable.

You may also wish to try your local Latter Day Saints Family History Library and order a microfilm copy of "Sally Nef Collection". Among other families, it includes the Himstedts. The microfilm number is1421689. Sally and others have done much research on the Himstedts including the German parish records.

Good luck and have fun, Dallas

Re: Hannover, Germany

David McDaniel (View posts)
Posted: 16 Nov 2004 4:02AM GMT
Classification: Query
Wow,

Yes I descend from that family. I have never found anyone else related to that family. I discovered the index list to ships arriving in New Orleans and I believe that the family consisted of Conrad and Henriette Himstedt and their children: Conrad, Heinrich, John H. "Frederick," and Dorothea. I descend from Frederick (he was my g-g-g-grandfather). I know that he lived in St. Louis, MO; Lawrence, KS and eventually settled in Little Rock, AR. I have not found any information on any of Frederick's siblings. If you have any info or know anyone that does, please let me know.

Also, thanks for the travel info. I will check it out.

Thanks.

David McDaniel

Re: Hannover, Germany

Posted: 9 May 2005 6:57PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Himstedt
David,

Have you made your trip to Germany yet? Hanover would be a good place to check, as would Hildesheim. The villages of Klein and Gross Himstedt are located about 20 km east of Hildeshiem. You may also want to check the Sally Nef collection and see what sources she references. There is a small, well kept parish church in Gross Himstedt. I didn't have time to check any records when I was there but it might be very useful. I don't recall that Sally referenced it in her work.

I have been interested in Conrad Himstedt for some time. He came to the US by the same route as my g-,g-,grandfather Johann Christoph but three years earlier. I have never been able to make a connection but suspect they knew each other in Germany and Conrad may have recommended that they come.

I believe you have been in contact with my cousin Dallas Kent so may already know that Conrad also had a son named Wilhelm. Wilhelm's brother, Heinrich has a number of descendants located in southern Illinois.

Let me know if I can be of assistance. Also I would be interested in your data on descendants of Freidrich.

Alan

Re: Hannover, Germany

David McDaniel (View posts)
Posted: 9 May 2005 10:09PM GMT
Classification: Query
Alan,

I am in the process of finishing up my final exams. I will get back to you later next week.

-David McDaniel

Re: Hannover, Germany

David McDaniel (View posts)
Posted: 3 Jun 2005 12:39AM GMT
Classification: Query
Alan,

I am sorry that it has taken so long to get back to you. I have not made my trip yet. I am leaving the first of August. I don't know that I will have time to do any research but I will definitely try to see the villages of that area.

Yes, I was in touch with Dallas Kent a few months back and he sent me quite a bit of info on Johann Christoph and his ancestors and descendants. I really believe that Conrad and his family is somehow related to Johann Christoph.

I don't know very much about Conrad. All I have on him is from an index of passengers arriving in New Orleans. From that passenger list I assumed that Conrad was married to Henriette and their children were Conrad Jr., Heinrich, Frederick and Dorothea. After that I have no record of any of them except Frederick.

Frederick is living in St. Louis for most of the 1860's and joins up with a Union regiment out of MO in 1864. I next find him in Lawrence, KS in 1870. In 1880 I believe he is back in St. Louis. By 1900 he has moved his family to Little Rock. He died in 1903. His wife applied for a widow's pension, so I have quite a bit of info from that. If you would like more detailed info about Fred and his descendants, just let me know.

Can you help me out with any additional info about Conrad and his children?

Thanks

-David

Re: Hannover, Germany

Posted: 9 Jun 2005 2:24AM GMT
Classification: Query
David,

I've been having some trouble posting a reply to your message so, for now, just a quick question. Are you aware of the Himstedts in the Little Rock area?

Alan

Re: Hannover, Germany

David McDaniel (View posts)
Posted: 9 Jun 2005 5:02AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hey Alan, shoot me an email at cdmcdan@uark.edu.

Yes, I can account for all the Himstedts in Little Rock. My G-Grandmother was a Himstedt. I'd be happy to send you all the information I have on Frederick Himstedt's descendants. I'm actually just getting back into the research and I am still finding more.

-David
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