Sunday, January 15, 2017

German Address Books

In the late 1800s, Nemaha County, Kansas saw a large influx of Germans. Many of these families became farmers and dairymen, gathered together for worship and built some beautiful churches. With reunions for the descendants of these early settlers still occurring, the family history has been preserved. Some of these families have even maintained contact with relatives in Germany.

Ancestry has released a new database that will make connecting with those German relatives even easier: Germany and Surrounding Areas Address Books: 1829-1974. This resource was searched for several of the local surnames with varying results

SurnameResults
Schmitz25488
Schulte1965
Sperfslage0
Schultejans0
Steinlage9
Hermesch0
Heinen2468
Koch9891
Lierz8
Kramer4861
Rottinghaus0
Lueger614
Enneking13

Since this database is in German, Ancestry encourages users to use German words and spelling when searching the database. Thus, those surnames reporting zero results might have results if a different spelling of the name is used.

Like city directories in the U.S., these address books contain an alphabetical list of heads of household. Also included will likely be the address and occupation information for the head of the household.