Birth Records for the Karl Twins

Out of the blue yesterday I received an email from Marlena Krzemińska, who lives in Poland.  She went through the state archives of Prussian civil documents and located about 15 documents from my Schmidt and Winkelmann family when they lived in Posen, Prussia.  Two of the documents she found are the birth records for the “Karl Twins”.  I have written about these boys before in this article:

“Schmidts to the New World – 1892”

In the above article I describe how Emilie Schmidt married Christian Karl in Posen, Prussia and had twins [Gustav Albert and Wilhelm Friedrich] who were born on 20 Jun 1891.  The next year in April, 1892, Emilie and Christian undertook the long and dangerous journey by steamship from Hamburg, Germany to New York when the twin boys were less than a year old.  Gustav went with his parents aboard the steamship “Aller”, and his twin brother Wilhelm arrived in July with his grandmother Wilhelmine Winkelmann and his aunts Alvine and Bertha Schmidt aboard the “Ems”.

Here are the birth records for the boys, along with the translation provided by Jörg Schrick.  You can see that Gustav was older than his brother Friedrich by a half hour.  [Click on the documents to enlarge or download.]

Gustav Karl Birth, 1891

Gustav Karl Birth, 1891

Record 40
Stieglitz the 24th June 1891.

The Hebamme [widwife] Mrs. Auguste Breitkreutz nèe Breitkreutz resident in Stieglitz indicated that
Emilie Karl née Schmidt, wife of the laborer Christian Karl, both of evangelical denomination, resident with him in Stieglitz, Czarnikau district, has given birth to a child in the domicile of her husband in Stieglitz on 20 June 1891, 3:00 a.m. named Gustav Albert.

This case of birth is the second twin birth Nr. 40 ( first twin birth Nr. 41 for Wilhelm Friedrich) of this register.

The mentioned person declared that she can confirm the birth described above. Attested by Auguste Breitkreutz née Breitkreutz, registered by Joherz? in Stieglitz on the 24th of June 1891. Joherz?.

Wilhelm Karl Birth, 1891

Wilhelm Karl Birth, 1891

Record 41
Stieglitz the 24th June 1891.

The Hebamme [widwife] Mrs. Auguste Breitkreutz nèe Breitkreutz resident in Stieglitz indicated that
Emilie Karl née Schmidt, wife of the laborer Christian Karl, both of evangelical denomination, resident with him in Stieglitz, Czarnikau district, has given birth to a child in the domicile of her husband in Stieglitz on 20 June 1891, 3:30 a.m. named Wilhelm Friedrich.

This case of birth is the second twin birth Nr. 41 ( first twin birth Nr. 40 for Gustav Albert) of this register.

The mentioned person declared that she can confirm the birth described above. Attested by Auguste Breitkreutz née Breitkreutz, registered by Joherz? in Stieglitz on the 24th of June 1891. Joherz?.

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About cthomas1967

Seeking to bring my ancestors out of the shadows of history and into the light. I have always been interested in history, and at a few different times I tried to do a family tree, but wasn't able to do it with the technology that was available then. On a business trip I visited the World War I Museum in Kansas City, MO and it was a very impressive establishment. While I was there I remember thinking, "Didn't my great-grandfather father fight in World War I? And wasn't his brother killed alongside him in some famous battle? I wonder if I can find out where he died." That's what started it all. View all posts by cthomas1967

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