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Subject: Re: [GERMANS-WI] GERMANS-WI Digest, Vol 3, Issue 12
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2008 09:23:17 EDT
It sounds as if you have an old document written in German. You're lucky!
Finding that birthplace is the hard part for many people. Evangelisch is the
German word for Evangelical--as in, the denomination of the church. This
would be the kind of Evangelical which develops into the Evangelical and
Reformed and then United Church of Christ in the US.
Check death certificates and obituaries (English AND German language
newspapers). If you can find the name of the church in Milwaukee from an obit (or
the marriage license of a daughter), there may also be a record at the church.
And the pastor was likely trained in the old German tradition, giving you a
birthplace, not just "Germany." If it really was an Evangelical Church,
there might be an obit in the weekly Christliche Botschafter which was
published by the Evangelical Synod.
The 1900 census of Milwaukee shows Henry & Alvina as married 31 years, came
to the US 31 years ago. And he's been naturalized. You might want to send
for a copy of his papers.
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