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grandfather behrendt

grandfather behrendt

Posted: 7 Jan 2013 8:21PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: behrendt/hermann
My ggrandfather, Ferdinand C(?) Behrendt appears to have come to the US circa 1881 on the Lessing from Hamburg Germany via Le Harve France. He married Anna (Hermann?)and had two sons, Irving Loring and William Carl. William is my grandfather. William married my grandmother Etta Bidwell 11/12/1913. Any information on Ferdinand's family/birthplace would be much appreciated. I have hit a wall really early into my search for my German roots.

Thank you,
Nancy

Re: grandfather behrendt

Posted: 8 Jan 2013 2:13AM GMT
Classification: Query
Nancy,

you are quite fortunate because your ancestor emigrated through the port of Hamburg and the officials there did an excellent job of recording people's towns of origin.

If you search ancestry's immigration records for Ferdinand Behrndt (spelled that way) and arriving in 1881 you will find the entry in the Hamburg passenger lists for the ship Lessing.

http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?ti=0&indiv=tr...

It says he is from "Adolpshof, Pommern" however, I believe they misread the entry and I would read it as: Adolfshof, Pommern.

Great news - right!? But now you have the problem of multiple towns with that name! So your search has only just begun. The other problem you will have is that this is the area that suffered greatly during and after World War II. Additionally, many church books were lost, destroyed, etc.

Now, the next step is to determine what religion your ancestors were, i.e. catholic or protestant. Knowing this will help you determine where to look for the surviving church records, if any. It is likely they were protestant but it is just a guess.

So, Nancy, what can you tell us about the Behrendt family's religion? Any old documents, bibles, or stories which might indicate such? Where was he buried - did the funeral occur from a church?

Based upon your answers, I or others might be able to suggest/recommend specific next steps in your research.

Bob Behnen
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