Saturday, April 19, 2014
While I am getting somewhat proficient at researching my ancestors in the US, I still run into a lot of problems when I try to research those in Europe (Germany, Ireland and Poland). While Ancestry has some German records, typically my ancestors are not found in those records. Find A Grave.com was a huge resource where I discovered records on many of my German ancestors. However, my greatest resource has been my German cousin's wife Susanne. I know I have mentioned her in other posts, but she is definitely worth mentioning again and again. In fact, I have decided that she may be my "Guardian angel for German genealogy".
Last week, she sent me a birth certificate for one of my 2nd great uncles and also the link to Staudt.info. Susanne thought that I was already familiar with this site, but she gives me far too much credit.
My fifth great grandmother Anna Christine Hober was born in Staudt, Germany in 1725. Her father, grandfather and great grandfather were also born there. So from 1625 (when my 8th great grandfather Oster Hober) was born in Staudt until sometime after 1725 (probably when Anna Christine got married and moved a very short distance to a neighboring town of Wirges) did my ancestors live in the town of Staudt. So, imagine my glee when I followed the link to Staudt.info. Besides giving information (including a short history), it also lists genealogical information. What can be better than that?
Staudt is located in the Southern Westerwald region of Germany, near the towns of Montabur and Wirges (more about my Wirges roots in another post). It is a 20 minute drive to Koblenz. Yes, I am already planning a side trip when I some day take my dream trip -- cruising down the Rhine River.
What I found interesting about the history of Staudt is that there were 18 families in Staudt in 1605 but that number decreased to 9 in 1684. The Hobers were one of those 9!
This site (Staudt.info) also gives a listing of births (1700 and 1800's). In addition to the baby's name, it also lists the parents' names. Yes, my Hober's were among those listed!
German genealogy is definitely easier with a little help from a friend! Thanks, Susanne!