Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The search for Johannesberg, part 2

We know my ancestors come from Johannesberg, but since every place with a St. Johannes (St. John's) Church could have at some point gone by this name, we've been unable to figure out exactly which town in Germany my ancestors came from.

I've heard back from another of the Catholic rectories I wrote to back in January and it's just another Johannesberg eliminated - this time near Aschaffenburg. See my first response (and elimination) here.

Liebe Frau Geyer,

in unserer Pfarrei sind nur Unterlagen ab 1868 vorhanden. Ich konnte auch keine Unterlagen von später geborenen Halbgeschwistern names Geyer finden. Die Daten von Diözesan-Archiv und Matrikelabteilung in Würzburg lege ich bei.


In our parish are only documents dating from 1868. I could also find no documents for half-brothers and -sisters named Geyer born later. I attach the address and opening times of the Diocese Archive and Register Department in Wuerzburg.


Anonymous 7/11/2007 9:52 PM  

For what it is worth, Christina, I once had to search for and write to 29 different parishes named Schwarzenbach before I finally found the correct one - Schwarzenbach by Ezelsdorf in Bavaria. Once I did find the right one, a man in the parish worked for nearly a year on and off extracting records for me and took my Bauer and associated lines back to the late 1500's for me. It is a long process and can get discouraging, I know. I wish you the same success with your search.


ChristinaG 7/12/2007 8:52 AM  

@cheryl: Thanks for commenting and sharing your experience! I know eventually I'll find the right one and it's nice to hear about someone who has searched successfully.

barbara 7/12/2007 9:44 AM  

Hi Christina,
Yes, a genealogist's quest is often a long one.

That is nice that the Parishes do answer, and give you some info. In my PA county where my great-grandad was born, I wrote at least 5 letters, with just 2 answers.
All that with IRC's, to pay their return postage!!

I'am in a very active genealogy period at this time.
My genealogy blog is humming for a change !

I'am wishing you success to find THE parish for your ancestor. Boy, won't the vistory be sweet when you find it !

Take care.

ChristinaG 7/12/2007 8:26 PM  

@barbara: I'm still waiting on one answer (I sent three letters out for this first round). I'll have to check out your genealogy blog tomorrow and see what you're up to (I'm about to log off for the night now). Take care!

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