Wednesday, July 2, 2014
KATHOLISCHE MARIA HIMMELFAHRT
In my last post, I talked about how half of the interments in the Katholische Friedhof Wirges cemetery in Wirges, Germany are either my ancestors or spouses of my ancestors. I wondered how many I would find in the nearby (about 4 miles) cemetery called Katholische Maria Himmelfahrt in Helferskirchen, Germany.
Well, I did not have the same luck as I did with the cemetery in Wirges. According to FindaGrave.com, 580 interments are listed for the cemetery in Helferskirchen. I found 40 ancestors in that 580 listing and 19 spouses. Of note, I did find, my 6th great grandparents Anna Catharina Zirfas and Mathias Bast. I also found Anna Catharina's parents (my 7th great grandparents) Elizabeth Zirfas and Valentin Zirfas. There were also a few Hobers listed there.
The church shown in the photo is the Assumption of Mary Catholic Church. The cemetery is located next to the church. I am thinking that this will be another stop on my genealogy trip down the Rhine River. Hopefully I will be able to locate my 6th and 7th great grandparents' graves as well as take a tour of what is commonly referred to as one of the most beautiful baroque churches in this region.