Dabelstein family plots
After my family research trip to Chicago this week-end, I have most of the blanks in the Andrew Dabelstein group sheet filled in. I need 1 date of death for a son and confirmation of the marriage guess that I have made (and the parents of Andrew or his wife, Alvina Carsten). A combination of church records on microfilm from the Newberry Library and a visit to the cemetery helped fill in blanks or confirm educated guesses that I had made. Here’s what I have:
Andreas “Andrew” J Dabelstein – b. 27 Jan 1853 m. around 1879 d. 23 Nov 1929 in Kankakee County, but buried in Concordia Cemetery, Chicago.
Alvina Carsten/Karsten – b. 17 June 1857 d. 27 May 1912.
Andreas was born in Lubeck, Holstein, Germany and Alvina was born in Kayhude, Holstein Germany. They came to America in 1882 along with their 11 month old son.
John (Hans) Dabelstein – b. 27 Dec 1881 in Germany. I don’t believe he was married. He died 6 Mar 1903 in Chicago and is buried in this plot in Concordia Cemetery.
Martha Dabelstein – b. 5 Jan 1883 in Chicago. Never married. d. 27 Mar 1913 in Chicago and buried in this plot.
Wilhelmina Dorothy Dabelstein – b. 25 Apr 1885 m. Paul Danker on 28 Apr 1909 in Chicago d. 18 Feb 1972 in Rockford, Illinois. Also buried in Concordia Cemetery with her husband and 3 daughters in the Danker plots.
William Dabelstein – b. 13 Sept. 1887 in Chicago. Never married. d. 18 Jun 1917 in Chicago. Buried in this plot in Concordia Cemetery.
Henry “Andrew Jr.” Dabelstein – b. 26 July 1894 in Chicago. Possibly married to Emma Stolz on 26 July 1916. I have no date or location of death.
I would love to be able to fill in the final blanks for Andrew Jr and obviously, I’d like to find the next generation back. For the next generation, I think the next step will be to take a look at some Kayhude and Lubeck records, but I’m uncertain what is available and if I’ll be able to determine which church records to look at. There are some records for Lubeck on Ancestry, but everything is in Germany and the last time I was at the library, I was unprepared to do any translations. I don’t believe any of the records were church records. I know that AWAP is working on transcribing an index for Lubeck census records and I’m anxious to see those! Guess it’s time to visit the Family Search web site!
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Posted in Denmark, Germany on June 25, 2009 |
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Last week, I attended the PalAm conference in Ft. Wayne so that I could learn more about doing research for German lines. All of my husband’s lines came through Germany, so I had a great time learning about research sources, customs specific to northern Germany, etc. I also enjoyed visiting the vendors and picked up a nice little book on German script (originally written for elementary school students, which is just about my speed!) and several maps for the districts of Germany that I’ll be focusing on.
I was especially excited after going to the session on Reseaching Northern German roots because I have several lines to research from Schleswig-Holstein.
Last summer, I concentrated on a line that came from Alsace and luckily for me, the records for the time period I needed were all in French, which I studied in high school. (A long time ago to be sure, but at least not a totally new alphabet!) I was comforted by the fact that the types of records in German research as well as the layout for most of them will be very similar to those I spent so much time with last summer. So at least I’ll have a good idea of where to look for the person’s name and where to look for the location name, etc.
As I prepare to order FHL films (still holding out a tiny hope that I’ll find a great deal to travel to Salt Lake City this summer) I am concentrating on finding the village of origin for my families. I had a handwritten note on a family group sheet that said “Luzbek?” but I didn’t know where I had found that. I did a Google search for Luzbek Germany and found nothing. As I said in my last blog post, I have been filling in information for the siblings of my direct line and that’s where I was able to find the proper spelling of “Lübeck” on the birth certificate of a sibling. I found the birth certificate at pilot.familysearch.org, where I have been able to find MANY birth and marriage certificates for my Chicago lines in the last couple of weeks. The interesting thing is that this is not the source where I originally found “Luzbeck” so there must another source that I’m not finding.
While looking at the FHL films available for Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, I discovered that from the time my known ancestor was born until about the time that he emigrated, that area of Germany was under Danish control! Because I am such a newbie to foreign research, I had never considered the fact that Germany might not be Germany! (Although you’d think I’d have had a clue after my Alsace research.) I can order films for the census of 1835, 1845 and 1855, but they are written in German OR Danish! I have never studied any strategies for Danish research, so I’m not sure about ordering those films. And because I have 4 lines that I know are from Schleswig-Holstein, I’m not sure if I should re-think the lines to research this summer or not. Maybe my Kentucky lines would be my best bet for this summer. (That was my original plan until this conference. Now I cn’t tear myself away from my “German” families!)
Guess I need to look at the Research Guide for Denmark before I decide anything. Would love to hear comments from anyone who is researching this area so I’ll have an idea of what to expect!!!
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