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The Lost Kamrath Sibling – Hermann Kamrath (1859-1909)

My cousin Lisa and I have been working together on the Krueger side of our family for many years. Since the beginning of our work, she had told me about rumors of relatives left back in Germany when our family came here from Prussia. [German-speaking Prussians were evicted from their lands after World War II and forced to relocate back in Germany.] Lisa said that her great-grandmother Agnes Krueger had been in contact with these relatives until the 1960’s. It was said that in the aftermath of World War II, when times were desperate in Germany, Agnes had sent “care packages” containing coffee and sugar, along with other difficult-to-obtain items. There was also a cousin of some kind from these German relatives named Brigitte Grubba (b 1935) who came and stayed with them, although neither Lisa nor her mother knew how Brigitte was related.

Recently Lisa’s grandmother, an incomparable women named Loris Voigt Dustin, passed away at the ripe old age of 97. In the process of going through her grandmother’s papers, Lisa found a note written by Agnes Krueger:

Agnes Krueger note.

Agnes Krueger’s note on the Kamrath Family.

“Hermon [sic] Kamrath, Germany, has one son Paul Kamrath and he has two sons one Peter & Hermon one daughter Elsa & Briggett (Brigitte Grubba) is from second marriage of son of Hermon’s who was killed in World War 1.”

With this information we went to work, and after many months I can present what we have learned about “Hermann” Kamrath, the lost brother of my great-great-grandmother, Bertha Kamrath.

Otto Julius Hermann Kamrath was born on 9 Jul 1859 in the tiny town of Hoffelde, in Kreis [County] Regenwalde, in Pommern [Pomerania], Prussia. The town is called Dargomyśl, Poland today. Hermann was the second child and first son of Carl Friedrich Ferdinand Kamrath (1831-1900) and his first wife Wilhelmine Sophie Henriette “Henriette” Pribbernow (1834-1865). Carl was a “Stellmacher” [wagon-maker or wheelwright] who had married Henriette in the town of Plathe in 1857. After their marriage, the couple moved about 14 miles south to the town of Hoffelde in Kries Regenwalde near the town of Meesow, which was Henriette’s home town. The couple’s three known children were born there, including Auguste V. Kamrath, and my great-great-grandmother, Bertha Auguste Wilhelmine Kamrath, who was born 3 Aug 1864.

Roggow and Meesow

Roggow A and Meesow. Hoffelde was about a half mile east of Roggow.

Sometime between August 1864 and September 1865, Henriette died in Hoffelde. It’s possible there were complications with her delivery of daughter Bertha. Carl quickly remarried to his second wife Auguste Henriette Sense (1841-1892), and they had five more children together in Hoffelde: Helene Johanna Kamrath (b 29 Jul 1866), Anne T. Kamrath (b 12 Aug 1868), Emma A Kamrath (b 5 Aug 1870), Carl Kamrath Jr. (b 23 Jan 1875), and finally Mathilda Ida Augusta “Ida” Kamrath (b 5 May 1878).

Top: Auguste, Hermann, Bertha (l to r). Bottom: Helene, Emma, Ida (l to r).

Top: Auguste, Hermann, Bertha (l to r). Bottom: Helene, Emma, Ida (l to r).

Like all Prussian men, Hermann was required to be in the military. There is a document which suggests that at the age of 18 (in 1877) he enlisted and served as a “gefreiter” [Corporal] in the province of Ostpreussen (East-Prussia) in the 7th Ostpreussen Infantry Regiment Nr. 44. This would have taken him far from home, about 200 miles east of the family home in Pomerania.

Hermann Kamrath Military Service, 1877

Hermann Kamrath Military Service, 1877

Infanterie-Regiment Graf Dönhoff (7. Ostpreußisches) Nr.44. Courtesy of Wikipedia.

Infanterie-Regiment Graf Dönhoff (7. Ostpreußisches) Nr.44. Courtesy of Wikipedia.

While there, it seems he met a Polish, catholic, farmer’s daughter named Helene Zielinski. Hermann, like his entire family, was Lutheran (evangelical), and culturally German. Helene was born on 9 Nov 1863 in the town of Barlewitz, Kreis Stuhm on the border between the provinces of Westpreussen and Ostpresussen. It is called Barlewice, Poland today. Her father, Johann Zielinski, was an eigenthümer [farm-owner]. She would have been about 14 and Hermann about 18 when they met. From what I can tell, Hermann’s regiment was stationed in the town of Graudenz, about 36 miles south of Barlewitz.

Something substantial must have occurred between them, and evidence would suggest that Hermann and Helene stayed in touch for several years even after Hermann returned back home from his deployment in Ostpreussen. At some point Hermann settled in Berlin, Germany where he found work as a “portier” [doorman]. It almost certainly would have caused great tension in the two families if their relationship were known since the Germans and the Polish generally did not get along at all, and evangelicals almost never inter-married with catholics. But with Hermann in Berlin and his family still in Pomerania, perhaps a long-distance relationship of some kind could thrive.

In May of 1883, Hermann’s half-sisters Anne and Helene boarded the ship “Bohemia” in Hamburg, Germany and went to America. Around the same time, his full-sister Auguste went to America also, meeting and marrying a Bavarian man named Simon Wimmer in the town of Grand Rapids, Wisconsin on 4 Jun 1883. Things must have gone well for the other two sisters in Wisconsin, because two years later in May of 1885 everyone else in Hermann’s family [father, step-mother, sister Bertha, and three half-siblings] boarded the “Hammonia” and went to Wausau, Wisconsin, settling in on a farm in the Town of Maine in Marathon County.

Kamrath Family on the

Kamrath Family on the “SS Hammonia”, departure from Hamburg.

At some point before 1885, Helene Zielinski left her family home in Baumgarth, Kreis Stuhm and came west to Berlin to live with Hermann. At that time Berlin was a city of 1.3 million people, and it was possible to be essentially anonymous there, especially compared to the rural Prussian countryside where Hermann and Helene had both grown up.

Although their relationship would probably have, as stated before, caused problems with their families, they suddenly found themselves in a situation where Hermann’s entire family was in America, Helene’s mother was 200 miles away, and her father had passed away. That being the case, the couple were married in Berlin on 10 Oct 1885, only a couple months after Hermann’s family sailed for America.

Kamrath / Zielinski Marriage 1885

Kamrath / Zielinski Marriage 1885

No. 622, Berlin, the 10th of October 1884, before the registrar came the “Portier” (doorman) Otto Hermann Julius Kamrath, evangelical religion, identified by the marriage banns register, born the 9th of July 1859 in Hoffelde, Kreis Regenwalde, resident of Berlin, Steglitzer Straße No. 5 and 6, son of the “Stellmacher” Carl Kamrath, who emigrated to America and is currently residing in state of Wisconsin, and his deceased wife Henriette née Pribbernow from his first marriage, last resident in Hoffelde, and Helene Zielinski, “früher in Diensten” – previous to be in service, identified in the same way, the fiancé did, catholic religion, born in November, 9th, 1863 in Barlewitz, Kreis Stuhm, WestPreussen, resident of Berlin, Steglitzer Straße No. 5 and 6, daughter of the “Eigenthümer” (farm-owner) Johann Zielinski, who died in Christburg, (Kreis Stuhm) Westpreussen, and his wife Helene née Ehlert residents of Baumgarth in Kreis Stuhm. Witnessed by the “Schneidermeister” (master tailor) Johann Kunde, identified by his military pass, 35 years old, resident of Berlin, Genthiner Straße Nr. 39 (Berlin-Tiergarten) , “Tischler” (cabinet-maker) Ferdinand Wurmmehl, 32 years old, identified also by his military pass, resident of Berlin, Schwerinstraße Nr. 6.

This photo of Hermann was probably taken about the time of his marriage at a photo studio just down the street from his home on Schwerinstraße. He appears to be wearing his portier’s uniform in it:

Hermann Kamrath c1885

Hermann Kamrath c1885

Helene must have become pregnant almost immediately, and their first child, Else Helene Frida Kamrath was born on 11 Jun 1886. Hermann and Helene had moved to Schwerinstraße 11 in Schöneberg [at that time a town just outside of Berlin, but a part of Berlin itself today]. Three more children followed: Paul Hermann August Kamrath was born 19 Nov 1887 and died less than two months later on 2 Jan 1888, Helene Franziska Auguste Kamrath was born on 25 Nov 1888 and died a little over a year later on 16 Mar 1890, and then finally a son named Franz Hermann Paul “Paul” Kamrath was born in Schöneberg on 8 Jan 1891. Hermann and Helene had moved to Nollendorfstraße 2 by this point.

Hermann appears many times in the Berlin City directory over the years. I’ll list the entries here:

1896 – H. Kamrath, Fensterputzer (window-washer), W Gleditschstraße 28 H III
1897 – H. Kamrath, Fensterputzer (window-washer), W Gleditschstraße 28
1898 – H. Kamrath, Fensterputzer (window-washer), W Gleditschstraße 28
1901 to 1904 – Hermann Kamrath, Fensterputzer (window washer) W Goltzstraße 9
1905 & 1906 – Hermann Kamrath, Fensterputzer (window washer) W30 Kyffhuäuserstraße 10
1907 to 1909 – Hermann Kamrath, Wächter (guard), W30 Kyffhuäuserstraße 10

Sadly, in 1909 Hermann died at the Viktoria Krankenhaus (hospital) at the age of 49.

Hermann Kamrath Death, 1909

Hermann Kamrath Death, 1909

Nr. 903. Schöneberg, 1 Jun 1909. It is reported that the “Wächter” (watchman or guard) Otto Hermann Julius Kamrath, 49 years old, evangelical religion, resident of Schöneberg Kyffhäuserstraße 10, born in Hoffelde, Kreis Regenwalde, married in Schöneberge to Helene née Zielinski, son of “Stellmacher” Karl Kamrath and his wife Henriette née Pribbernow, both deceased, last resident in America, died 29 May 1909 in Viktoria-Krankenhaus (hospital) in Schöneberg.

No cause of death was given, unfortunately, nor was a place of burial specified.

Viktoria Krankenhaus, Schöneberg

Viktoria Krankenhaus, Schöneberg

A subtle point here – Hermann knew his father had passed away in America, which proves that he was still in touch with the family despite the vast distances that separated them. It’s almost painful to think about all those letters in German going back and forth and how valuable they would be today in terms of knowing these people.

Hermann’s wife Helene was listed in the 1910 Berlin Directory as a “Portierfrau” (doorman’s wife) still living at Kyffhuäuserstraße 10, but for the next few years only their daughter Else is listed in the directory. I suspect that Helene moved in with Else after Hermann’s death, as the two women are listed more or less alternately after 1915 at the same address in Wilmersdorf, another town near Berlin which would eventually become part of Berlin. Both of them had become “Modistin” or milliners [makers of women’s hats]. I’ll list the directory entries here for completeness:

1911 – Helene Kamrath, Bw. Portierfrau (doorman’s wife), W30 Kyffhuäuserstraße 10
1912 – Else Kamrath (Miss), Modistin (milliner), Wilmersdf. Badensche Straße 33 III
1913 – Else Kamrath, Modistin (milliner), Wilmersdorf, Badensche Straße 33 Gh III
1914 – Else Kamrath, Modistin (milliner), Wilmersdorf, Wilhelmsane Nr 131 Gh IV
1915 – Else Kamrath, Modistin (milliner), Wilmersdorf, Wilhelmsane Nr. 131, Gh. IV
1916 – Helene, Bw. Wilmersdorf, Livländiche Straße 4
1917 – Else Kamrath, Modistin (milliner), Wilmersdorf, Livländische Straße 4H
1918 – Helene, Bw. Wilmersdorf, Livländiche Straße 4
1919 – Else Kamrath, Modistin (milliner), Wilmersdorf, Livländische Straße 4 Gh. I
1920 – Else Kamrath, Modistin (milliner), Wilmersdorf, Livländische Straße 4
1921 – Else Kamrath, Modistin (milliner), Wilmersdorf, Livländische Straße 4
1922 – Helene Kamrath, Modistin (milliner), Wilmersdorf, Livländische Straße 4
1923 – Else Kamrath, Schneiderin (tailor), Wilmersdorf, Livländische Straße 4 GH IV
1925 – Helene Kamrath, Bw, Wilmersdorf, Livländische Straße 4
1926 – Else Kamrath, Schneiderin (tailor), Wilmersdorf, Livländische Straße
1927 – Helene Kamrath née Zielinski, Bw, Wilmersdorf, Livländische Straße 4 Gh. IV
1928 – Helene Kamrath née Zielinski, Bw, Wilmersdorf, Livländische Straße 20 Gh. IV
1929 – Helene Kamrath née Zielinski, Bw, Wilmersdorf, Livländische Straße 20 Gh. IV
1930 – Helene Kamrath née Zielinski, Bw, Wilmersdorf, Livländische Straße 20 Gh. IV
1931 – Helene Kamrath née Zielinski, Bw, Wilmersdorf, Livländische Straße 20 Gh. IV

Helene passed away from Arteriosclerosis, influenza, and heart failure on 16 Mar 1941 in Steglitz-Berlin:

Helene Zielinski Death, 1941

Helene Zielinski Death, 1941

Nr. 171. Berlin – Steglitz, the 18th of March 1941. The widow Helen Kamrath, née Zielinski, unemployed, catholic religion, resident in Berlin-Wilmersdorf at Livländische Strasse 20, died on 16 Mar 1940 at 2:45pm in Berlin-Steglitz, Süende District, Hanstedter Route 15. The deceased was born on 9 Nov 1863 in Barlewitz, Kreis Stuhm, daughter of Johann Zielinski, last resident in Christburg in Westpreussen, and Helene Zielinski née Ehlert, last resident in Berlin. The deceased was the widow of the Behördenangestellten (government employee), Otto Hermann Julius Kamrath. Entered on the verbal testimony of the daughter, the seamstress Else Kamrath, resident in Berlin-Wilmersdorf at Livländische Strasse 20. She was identified by her Handwerkskarte (trade membership card), and she explained that she learned of the death. 1) A word was crossed out. 2) A word was underlined. Signed and attested: Else Kamrath. The registrar in representation: Voigt. Cause of death: Arteriosclerosis, influenza, heart failure. ( Record of this death was made on the marriage certificate of the deceased on 10 Oct 1885 in Berlin. Registry Berlin III, Tiergarten, record 622/1885).

Hermann’s daughter Else Kamrath died on 9 Sept 1972 in the town of Kötzting in Bavaria, Germany.

Else Kamrath Death Notation,1972

Else Kamrath Death Notation,1972

Her death record lists three women, Margaret Grubba, Elisabeth Schreiber, and Charlotte Bürger.  I have been able to confirm that at least two of these women were daughters of Else Kamrath, despite the fact that she seems to have never married.

Margarete Helene Kamrath was born in Lankwitz-Berlin, Germany on 24 Apr 1906.  She married the “verwaltungsangestellte” (administrative staff person) Aloyis Franz Grubba in Wilmersdorf on 9 May 1930.  They had at least two children, Brigitte Marie Grubba (b 7 Dec 1935 in Wilmersdorf), and an unknown daughter born in 1940 also in Wilmersdorf.

Elisabeth Franziska Helene Kamrath was born 27 May 1909 in Schöneberg-Berlin, and married the “kaufmann” (merchant) Max Willy Schreiber on 27 Mar 1929 in Wilmersdorf.  She was listed as an editorial office secretary on her marriage record. They had at least two sons, one born in 1929 and one born in 1937.  I’m still trying to find out more about them.  Max Schreiber died 26 Feb 1962 in Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany. Elisabeth was alive until at least 1979, still living at 33 HumboldStraße 22 in Berlin.

From 1933 to 1943 Else’s brother Paul Kamrath is listed in the directories as a Schlosser (locksmith) living at Holsteinische Straße 17.

Holsteinische Straße Wilmersdorf c1915

Holsteinische Straße Wilmersdorf c1915

Paul married Helene Nowotna in Wilmersdorf on 18 Dec 1930, and they had two sons, Hans Peter Paul “Peter” Kamrath  (b 25 Feb 1934) and Hermann (b 26 Oct 1930).  Hermann died in 1990 in Berlin, but Peter still lives there in an eldercare facility.  He is, unfortunately, not willing to discuss his family, so for now I don’t know if either Peter or Hermann had any children of their own.

Paul Kamrath died in Gatow-Berlin on 25 Feb 1963 at the Hohengatow State Hospital.  His wife Helene Nowotna died 18 Oct 1964.


The Strange Death of Jürgen Buss – 11 Jul 1691

I’ve been having a researcher look for specific records for my Prussian family in the Pomeranian Archives at Greifswald, Germany.  One that was recently discovered dates back to 1691 and involves my 8x great-grandfather Jürgen Buss.  For those not familiar with terms like “8x great-grandfather”, Jürgen was the great-great-great-great-grandfather of my great-great-grandmother Bertha Kamrath.

The record from the parish of Roggow A (circled on the map below) documents his burial in the town of Meesow, Kreis (county) Regenwalde, in Pommern (Pomerania), Prussia.  This map shows Meesow at the very bottom with Regenwalde at the top.

Regenwalde & Meesow

Regenwalde & Meesow

I never would have guessed that we’d have any record at all of my family living in Prussia in the 1600’s, much less a record with this level of detail.  Normally burial records, especially older ones, simply say “This person died on this day and was buried on this other day.”  More recently (e.g. in the 1880’s or 1890’s) you will find things like the cause of death, names of parents (for children) or spouses (for adults), and a cursory description of the next of kin (e.g. “the widow and two sons were left behind”).  I’ve never seen an older entry with this kind of detail in all the tens of thousands of records I’ve looked at, so I think the person writing it was as intrigued by the circumstances we are today.

Jürgen Buss Burial, Meesow, 1691

Jürgen Buss Burial, Meesow, 1691

Even my German friend who is kind enough to translate documents for me had difficulty due to the antiquated phrasing and writing, but the gist of the document is as follows:

On 11 Jul 1691 was buried here (in Meesow) Jürgen Buss, baumann (farmer) in Meesow, who died “am Tage Kiliani” (on St. Killian’s day, 8 Jul 1691) when he fell asleep while driving a wagon and the horses ran with him into a “suhle” (marshy pond).  The wagon overturned and “versauffet” (sank, and he drowned).  “Gott sei seiner armen Seele gnädig durch Jesum!” (May God through his son Jesus have mercy on his soul!).

I’m sure there’s more to this story, but we’ll probably never know.  I imagine him having a few too many drinks to celebrate St. Killian, perhaps.  In any case, Rest in Peace Grandpa Jürgen Buss.


New Records from Kreis Regenwald for Pribbernow Family

Recently, I hired a German researcher to search the “Landeskirchlichen Archiv der Nordkirche” in Greifswald, Germany for me.  I sent him a list of people and dates that I was interested in, and he returned from his trip with about 60 new records for my Kamrath and Pribbernow families.  I will post a summary of the Pribbernow Family records here, and have posted the Kamrath family records separately.  Both lines now go back much futher than before in Pomerania (Pommern) Prussia, and with much greater detail.  I have put the digitized images of all these records on my tree at Ancestry.com.

This map shows the various towns that are listed in these records, including:

Hoffelde (Dargomyśl), Meesow (Mieszewo), Schwerin (Zwierzynek), Roggow A (Rogowo), Voigtshagen (Wojtaszyce), Gross Raddow (Radowo Wielkie), Gross Benz (Bienice), Schöneu (Sienno Dolne), and others.

Kreis Regenwalde, Pommern, Prussia

Kreis Regenwalde, Pommern, Prussia


Friedrich Pribbernow Sr. (born about 1690) lived in Meesow, Kreis Regenwalde, Pommern, Prussia.

Children of Friedrich Pribbernow Sr. and Unknown wife were:

Friedrich Pribbernow Jr., born on 20 Mar 17 Aug. 1717 in Meesow, baptized on 17 Aug 1717. (Roggow A, 1717).

Erdmann Pribbernow (mentioned on another record).

Anna Sophia Elisabeth Pribbernow (mentioned on another record).

Marriage Record – Friedrich Pribbernow, farmhand in Meesow, married on 15 Jul 1745 Elisabeth Busse from Gross Benz.  (Roggow A, 1745).

Children of Friederich Pribbernow Jr. and Elisabeth Busse:

Michael Pribbernow, born on 13 Sep.1746 in Meesow, bapt. on 20 Sep. 1746.  Godparents: 1. Christoph Liermann, farmer in Weitenhagen.  2. Christian Busse, Dragoon from Gross Benz.  3. Anna Pribbernow, widow of Gregorius Cressen.  (Roggow A, 1746)

Christian Pribbernow, born on 8 Apr. 1848 in Meesow, bapt. on 12 Apr. 1848.  Godparents: 1. Christian Busse, musketeer in Roggow.  2. Erdman Pribbernow, father’s brother from Silligsdorf.  3. Anna Sophia Elisabeth Pribbernow, father’s sister.  (Roggow A, 1748)

Anna Sophia Pribbernow, born on 30 Jan. 1751 in Meesow, bapt. on 4 Feb.1751.  Godparents: 1. Anna Sophia Busse, wife of farmer Friedrich Busse from Meesow.  2. Anna Maria Prübbenow, maidservant in Zachow, father’s brother’s daughter.  3. Bernhard Thöln, Danile Thöln’s son from Roggow.  (Roggow A, 1751)

Friedrich Pribbernow, born on 30 Jan 1754 in Meesow, bapt. on 30 Jan 1754. Godparents: 1. Gregorius Pribnow from Sand Schoeneu.  2. Christoph Liermann, farmhand in Weitenhagen.  3. Marie Busse, maidservant.  (Roggow A, 1/1754)

Christian Pribbernow, born on 15 May 1755 in Meesow, bapt. on 15 May 1755. Godparents: 1. Ludwig Steffen, farmer in Meesow.  2. Christ. Busse, farmhand in Meesow.  3. Sophie Krueger, Meesow.  (Roggow A, 11/1755)

Death Record  – Friedrich Pribbernow, mayor and farmer in Meesow, age 72 years minus six months and six days, died on 11 Feb 1789 from old age and was buried on 14 Feb. 1789. (Roggow A, 1789).

Marriage Record – Michael Pribbernow, farmer in Meesow, oldest son of Friedrich Pribbernow, mayor in Meesow, married on 6 Sept 1767 Anne Marie Schmidt, oldest daughter of Michael Schmidt, mayor in Kramonsdorf.  (Roggow A, 2/1767)

Children of Michael Pribbernow and Anne Marie Schmidt:

Christian Friedrich Pribbernow, born on 1 Jan 1769 in Meesow, baptized on 6 Jan 1769. Godparents: 1. Christ. Grunow, tenant in Louisenhof.  2. Christoph Busse, farmhand in Meesow.  3. Sophie Schmidt, maidservant in Kramonsdorf.  (Roggow A, 1/1769).

Michael Pribbenow’s wife died abt 1778. Unfortunately, a death entry could not be located.

Marriage Record – Michael Pribbernow, farmer in Meesow, married on 24 Nov 1779 (Dorothea Sophia Busse) daughter of Christoph Busse, farmer in Meesow. (Roggow A, 2/1779).

Children of Michael Pribbernow and Dorothea Sophia Busse:

Dorothea Pribbernow, born on 18 May 1783 in Meesow, baptized on 22 May 1783. (Roggow A, 1783)

Brigitta Pribbernow, born on 19 Jan. 1785 in Meesow, baptized on 19 Jan. 1785.  Godparents: 1. Ann Marie Busse.  2. Brigitta Busse.  3. Friedrich Wienke, farmer in Meesow.  (Roggow A, 7/1785)  Dorothea died shortly after baptism.

Michael Pribbernow, born on 5 May 1786 in Meesow, baptized on 10 May 1786. Godparents: 1. Friedrich Pribbernow in Meesow.  2. Chr. Busse, farmhand.  3. Friedrich Busse’s wife from Schoeneu.  (Roggow A, 19/1786)

Death Record – The wife of Michael Pribbernow died in Meesow on 28 Jan 1788 aged 28 years.  (Roggow A, 1/1788)

Marriage Record – Michael Pribbernow, farmer and church warden in Meesow, married Brigitta Busse on 12 Jun 1788. (Roggow A, 5/1788)

Children of Michael Pribbernow and Brigitte Busse:

Maria Elisabeth Pribbernow, born on 8 Oct 1790 in Meesow, baptized on 13 Oct 1790.  Godparents: 1. Louisa Liermann née Pribbernow from Weitenhagen.  2. Maria Peinschen from Zampelhagen.  3. Friedrich Buss, mayor in Schoeneu.  (Roggow A, 22/1790)

Johann Gottlieb Pribbernow, born on 5 May 1792 in Meesow, baptized on 9 May 1792.  Godparents: 1. Gottfried Steffen from Meesow.  2. Johann Pribbernow from Meesow.  3. The widow Plantickow.  (Roggow A, 9/1792)

Christoph Pribbernow, born on 7 Oct 1795 in Meesow, baptized on 13 Oct 1795.  Godparents: 1. Christian Wiencke, farmer in Meesow.  2. Christoph Buss from Meesow.  3. Sophia Pribbernow née Schmidt from Meesow.  (Roggow A, 21/1795)

Erdmann Friedrich Pribbernow, born on 21 Jul. 1797 in Meesow, bapt. on 23 Jul. 1797.  Godparents: 1. Michael Liermann, hussar from Mellen.  2. Friedrich Buss, dragoon from Meesow.  3. Dorothea Pribbernow née Ackermann.  (Roggow A, 29/1797)

Marriage record – Erdmann Friedrich Pribbernow, day-laborer in Meesow, married on 29 Nov 1827 Miss Dorothee Louise Porath in Altenfliess. (Altenfliess, 1/1827)

[Erdmann Pribbernow and Dorothea Porath came to America aboard the SS Hyram in 1866 and settled in the town of Grand Rapids, Wisconsin.]

Children of Erdmann Pribbernow and Louise Porath:

Carl Friedrich Pribbernow, born on 28 Jun 1828 in Altenfliess, baptized on 20 Jul. 1828. (Altenfliess, 1/1828)

[Carl Pribbernow came to America aboard the SS Hyram in 1866 with his wife and five children and settled in the town of Grant, Wisconsin.]

Christian Friedrich Wilhelm Pribbernow, born on 15 Feb. 1830 in Meesow, baptized on 28 Feb. 1830.  Godparents: 1. Christian Pribbernow, farmer in Meesow.  2. Christian Steffen, farmhand in Meesow.  3. Sophia Pribbernow wife of Joecks.  (Roggow A, 12/1830)

Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Pribbernow, born on 1 Jun.1832 in Meesow, bapt. on 24 Jun. 1832. Godparents: 1. Johann Lüskow, farmer in Altenflies.  2. Gottlieb Buss, daylaborer in Meesow.  3. Johann Steffen, joiner in Meesow.  4. Sophia Pribbernow, farmer daughter in Meesow.  5. Henriette Pribbernow, farmer daughter in Meesow.  (Roggow A, 29/1832)

Johann died on 5 Jul. 1832 in Meesow. (Roggow A, 18/1832)

Wilhelmina Henrietta Sophia Pribbernow, born on 10 Mar 1834 in Meesow, baptized on 31 Mar 1834. Godparents: 1. Maria Steffen wife of Schley from Meesow.  2. Louisa Pribbernow, maid in Roggow.  3. Sophia Grunenwaldt from Meesow.  4. Joachim Porath, farmer in Silligsdorf.  5. Ernst Joecks, daylaborer in Meesow.  (Roggow A, 13/1834)

August Friedrich Wilhelm Pribbernow, born on 25 Feb 1836 in Meesow, baptized on 20 Mar 1836.  Godparents: 1. Foreman Trojahn in Düpzow
2. tailor Johann Krüger in Daberkow.  3. Dorothea Sophia Friederike Taege wife of the farmer Pribbernow in Meesow.  (Roggow A, 17/1836)

[August Pribbernow came to America aboard the SS “John Bertram” in 1863, served in the Union Army, and settled in the town of Grand Rapids, Wisconsin.]

Unnamed Son Pribbernow, born on 10 Nov 1837 in Meesow. (Roggow A, 61/1837).  He died unbaptized on 1 Dec 1837 in Meesow.

Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Hermann Pribbernow, born on 7 Jun 1839 in Meesow, baptized on 23 Jun 1839.  Godparents: 1. Johann Pribbernow mill worker in Meesow.  2. The shoemaker Bell in Meesow.  3. Johann Grunenwaldt, farmhand in Meesow.  4. Dorothea Porath wife of the farmer Lüsckow in Altenfliess.  5. Friederica Barfknecht, maid in Meesow. (Roggow A, 29/1839)

Heinrich Friedrich Wilhelm Pribbernow, born on 22 Aug 1841 in Meesow, baptized on 29 Aug 1841. Godparents: 1. The farmer Friedrich Pribbernow.  2. The farmer’s son Carl Pribbernow.  3. Charl. Ziegler wife of Christian Steffen, all from Meesow.  (Roggow A, 36/41)

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New Records from Kreis Regenwald for Kamrath Family

Recently, I hired a German researcher to search the “Landeskirchlichen Archiv der Nordkirche” in Greifswald, Germany for me.  I sent him a list of people and dates that I was interested in, and he returned from his trip with about 60 new records for my Kamrath and Pribbernow families.  I will post a summary of the Kamrath Family records here, and post the Pribbernow family records separately.  Both lines now go back much futher than before in Pomerania (Pommern) Prussia, and with much greater detail.  I have put the digitized images of all these records on my tree at Ancestry.com.

This map shows the various towns that are listed in these records, including Hoffelde, Meesow, Schwerin, Roggow A, Voigtshagen, Gross Raddow, Gross Benz, Schöneu, and others.

Kreis Regenwalde, Pommern, Prussia

Kreis Regenwalde, Pommern, Prussia


[My 4x great-grandfather] Michael Friedrich Kamrath (born about 1800) wasn’t from Schwerin, Kreis Regenwalde, Pommern, Prussia, but his wife Louise Magedanz came from there.  Later he went to Meesow, and then to the town of Gross Raddow, whose parish records, unfortunately, were lost in the aftermath of WWII.  For this reason it is unlikely we will find his death record or that of his wife Dorothea Louise Magedanz.  Michael was listed at various points as a farmhand (1826), a local governor or mayor (1835) and a private tutor (1857).

1. Michael Friedrich Kamrath, farmhand in Schwerin, married Dorothea Louise Magedanz on 21 Nov 1826 in Schwerin.  (Schwerin, 4/1826).

The children of Michael Kamrath and Louise Magedanz were:

1.1. Augusta Albertine Kamrath, born on 20 Mar 1828 in Schwerin. (Schwerin, 3/1828).  She died on 15 Apr 1828 in Schwerin. (Schwerin, 9/1828)

1.2. Wilhelm Carl Michael Kamrath, born on 1 Apr 1829 in Schwerin, bapt. on 6 Apr 1829. (Schwerin, 3/1829)

1.3. Carl Friedrich Ferdinand Kamrath, born on 6 Mar 1831 in Schwerin. (Schwerin, 2/1831)

1.4. Bertha Emilie Augusta Kamrath, born on 23 Dec 1835 in Meesow, bapt. on 17 Jan 1836.  Godparents: 1. Louise Magedanz née Leddin from Schwerin.  2. Louise Trantow, Kuhpächter (cowherd’s) daughter from Meesow.  3. Friederica Kroll, Seiler (rope maker’s) daughter from Daber.  4. Ernst Klug, inspector from Meesow.  5. Gottlieb Hartwig, shepherd’s son from Meesow.  (Roggow A, 4/1836)

Marriage Record – Carl Friedrich Kamrath, stellmachermeister (master cartwright) in Plathe, age 26, son of Hofmeister (private tutor) Michael Friedrich Kamrath in Gross Roggow, married on 27 Mar 1857 in Hoffelde [Kreis Regenwalde, Pommern, Prussia] Wilhelmine Henriette Sophie Pribbernow, age 23, daughter of day-laborer Erdmann Friedrich Pribbernow in Meesow. (Roggow A, 5/1857)

Children of Carl Kamrath & Henriette Pribbernow were:

1.1.1. Auguste V Kamrath, born on 8 Jan 1858.

1.1.2. Otto Julius Hermann Kamrath, born on 9 Jul 1859.

1.1.3. Friedrich Albert Wilhelm Kamrath, born on 4 May 1861. He died on 12 May 1861 in Hoffelde, age 8 days, buried on 14 May 1861. (Roggow A, 17/1861)

1.1.4. Bertha Auguste Wilhelmine Kamrath, born on 3 Aug. 1864.

Death Record – Wilhelmine Henriette Sophie Pribbernow married to the cartwright Kamrath, born in 1834, died on 24 Feb 1865 in Hoffelde of colic, age 30 years, 11 months, 14 days, buried on 28 Feb 1865.  She left behind a widower and 3 children. (Roggow A, 4/1865).

Marriage Record – Carl Friedrich Kamrath, cartwright in Hoffelde, age 34, widower, married on 16 Jun 1865 in Hoffelde, Augusta Henrietta Wilhelmina Sense from Meesow, age 24, daughter of Christian August Sense in Vogtshagen. (Roggow A, 13/1865).

Children of Carl Kamrath & Henriette Sense were:

1.1.5. Therese Anna Wilhelmine, born on 12 Aug.1868 in Hoffelde, baptized on 6 Sept 1868. Godparents: 1. Krüger (pub-owner) Albert Leddin from Gross Raddow.  2. Miss Henriette Buss from Meesow.  3. Miss Ulrike Sense from Vogtshagen.  (Roggow A, 53/1868)

1.1.6. Albertine Emma Friederike, born on 5 Aug 1870 in Hoffelde, baptized on 28 Aug 1870. Godparents: 1. Albertine Dietrich née Hall from Hoffelde.  2. Inspector Friedrich Kamrath from Gross Raddow.  3. Friederike Kamrath née Giese from Gross Raddow.  (Roggow A, 50/1870)

[NOTE: The birth records of parish Roggow A between 1846 and 1866 were lost, so the birth records for Auguste, Hermann, and Bertha Kamrath were not located.  The records for Carl Kamrath Jr. (b 1875) and Ida Kamrath (b 1878) were searched for but not found in the Roggow A parish records.  Perhaps they were born elsewhere before the family moved back to Hoffelde/Roggow A where they were living in 1883 and 1885.]


Kamrath Marriage Records in Berlin, Germany 1877-1920

After finding the marriage record for my 2x great-uncle in Berlin, I decided to translate all the Kamrath marriage records I could find from Berlin.  As far as I can tell, none of these are directly my family, although the chances are that many are extended family (especially those from Kreis Naugard and Regenwalde).  I’m putting these here more as a community service so that the text will be searchable on the Internet.  The listings are in chronological order.

Enjoy!


Nr. 183.  Berlin, the 13th of Apr 1877, before the registrar came Johann Friedrich Kamrath, evangelical religion, born 25 Oct 1846 in Dahlow, Kreis Saatzig, resident of Berlin, son of the worker David Kamrath of Hansfelde Kreis Saatzig and his wife Johana Luisa née Beikmann resident of Schoenebeck Kreis Saatzig, and Pauline Emilie Auguste Schneider, evangelical religion,born 28 Jun 1849 in Baudenik Kreis Sorau, resident of Berlin, daughter of Johann Gottleib Heinrich Schneider resident of Sorau and his wife Karoline Auguste née Pethig resident of Sagan.  Witnessed by ?? Heinrich Leise, resident of Berlin at Freidenstrasse 14 and the bachelor Gerald Schneider, 29 years old, resident of Berlin at Landsbergen Strasse 106.
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Nr. 967.  Berlin the 4th of October 1878, before the registrar came August Ferdinand Lofmann, evangelical religion, born 8 Apr 1850 in Polzow, Kreis Prenzlau, resident of Berlin, son of Johann Karl Christian Lofmann and his wife Marie Louisa née Naggert, resident of Berlin, and Bertha Emilie Johanna Kamrath, evangelical religion, born 3 Feb 1860 in Berlin, resident of Berlin, daughter of Karl Heinrich ?? Kamrath and his wife Dorothea Luisa Emilie née Krüger, residents of Berlin.  Witnesses: Friedrich Kluth, resident of Berlin, and the tischlermeister (master cabinet-maker) Friedrich Klinger, resident of Berlin.

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Nr. 498.  Berlin the 14th of October 1879, before the registrar came Johann Gottlieb Friedrich Kamrath, waiter, evangelical religion, born 6 Jul 1850 in Wittenfelde [just outside of Massow], Kreis Naugard, resident of Berlin in Zimmerstrasse Nr. 28, son of the laborer Michael Friedrich Kamrath, resident of Massow, Kreis Naugard, and his wife Friedrike née Lemke, resident of Neuenkirchen, Kreis Naugard, and Mathilde Auguste Schmidt, evangelical religion, born 9 Apr 1858 in Hammersiefau, Kreis Hernberg [Herrenberg?], resident of Berlin in HombergerStrasse Nr. 30, daughter of Henriette Schmidt, resident of Hommersiefau.  Witnesses: Wilhelm Berlin, 49 years old, resident of Berlin, and Heinrich Schorratz, waiter, 23 years old, resident of Berlin.

Note: The Kellner Johann Gottlieb Friedrich Kamrath died in Berlin, 7 Jul 1885.

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Nr. 685.  Berlin the 20th of June 1881, before the registrar came Carl Aldomar Oscar Kamrath, evangelical religion, born 28 Apr 1851 in Berlin, resident of Berlin son of Albert Ernst Theodore Kamrath and his wife Johanna Christine Elizabeth née Krumbholz, residents of Berlin, and Dorothee Louise Schulze, evangelical religion, born 28 Aug 1853 in Lietzen, Kreis Lebus, resident of Berlin, daughter of Friedrich Schulze and his wife Anna Kozlin née Schulze, deceased, last resident in Lietzen, Kreis Lebus.  Witnesses: Emil Berendt, 32 years old, resident of Berlin, and Paul Klinger, 32 year old, resident of Berlin.

Note: Albert Ernst Theodore Kamrath died in Berlin 26 Sept 1896 at the age of 75 (b 1821).

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Nr. 153.  Berlin, the 17th of March 1883, before the registrar came Ferdinand Heinrich Gustav Hoffman, evangelical religion, born 30 Jun 1859 in Prittisch, Kreis Birnbaum (Posen, Prussia), resident of Berlin, son of Ludwig Hoffmann and his wife Wilhelmine née Karg, residents of Prittisch, and Anna Louise Caroline Kamrath, born 10 Dec 1860 in Stargard, Pommern, daughter of the worker Johann Kamrath and his wife Friedrike Caroline née Bermin residents of Stargard in Pommern.  Witnesses: August Buschmann, 25 years old, resident of Berlin, and Robert Zieno, 32 years old, resident of Berlin.

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No. 622, Berlin, the 10th of October 1884, before the registrar came the “Portier” (doorman) Otto Hermann Julius Kamrath, evangelical religion, identified by the marriage banns register, born the 9th of July 1859 in Hoffelde, Kreis Regenwalde, resident of Berlin, Steglitzer Straße No. 5 and 6, son of the “Stellmacher” Carl Kamrath, who emigrated to America and is currently residing in state of Wisconsin, and his deceased wife Henriette née Pribbernow from his first marriage, last resident in Hoffelde, and Helene Zielinski, “früher in Diensten” – previous to be in service, identified in the same way, the fiancé did, catholic religion, born in November, 9th, 1863 in Barlewitz, Kreis Stuhm, WestPreussen (Barlewice, Sztum, Poland today), resident of Berlin, Steglitzer Straße No. 5 and 6, daughter of the “Eigenthümer” (farm-owner) Johann Zielinski, who died in Christburg, (Kreis Stuhm) Westpreussen, and his wife Helene née Ehlert residents of Baumgarth in Kreis Stuhm. Witnesses: The “Schneidermeister” (master tailor) Johann Kunde, identified by his “military pass” , 35 years old, resident of Berlin, Genthiner Straße Nr. 39 (Berlin-Tiergarten) , “Tischler” (cabinet-maker) Ferdinand Wurmmehl, 32 years old, identified also by his military pass, resident of Berlin, Schwerinstraße Nr. 6.

Note: In the sidebar indicates that the bride died on 16 Mar 1941 in Berlin-Tiergarten.   “Sterbebuch” death register Nr. 171, “Standesamt” registry office Berlin-Steglitz. registrar: Schwarz. (So the death record could potentially be located with that information.)

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Nr. 929.  Berlin the 20th November 1884, before the registrar came the laborer Albert Friedrich Julius Kamrath, evangelical religion, born 11 Dec 1859 in Schönwalde, Kreis Naugard, resident of Berlin, son of Ernst Kamrath and his wife Auguste Wilhelmine Kamrath née Vergin, residents of Freienwalde (Kreis Stargard) in Pommern (Pomerania) and Berta Friederike Auguste Schultz, evangelical religion, born 2 Jun 1860 in Freienwalde in Pommern, resident in Berlin, daughter of the deceased carpenter Carl Friedrich Auguste Schulz from Freienwalde and his wife Rosaline Henriette Emelie née Müller deceased.  Witnesses: August Lemke, 33 years old, resident of Berlin at Müllerstrasse Nr. 40a, and Wilhelm Heinrich Krierke, 39 years old, resident of Berlin.

Note: Margin note that the groom died in 1937 (record 873), and another that the bride died in 1934 (record 18).

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Nr. 568.  Berlin the 6th of June 1887, before the registrar came Albert August Richard Otto, identified by his birth certificate, born 25 Oct 1862 in Berlin, resident of Berlin, son of Albert Otto from Berlin and his wife the deceased Emelie Luisa née Gross last resident in Berlin, and Agnes Helene Pauline Kamrath, evangelical religion, born 21 Oct 1866 in Berlin, resident of Berlin, daughter of the tischlermeister (master furniture-maker) Carl Heinrich Franz Kamrath and his wife Johanna Dorothea Luisa Emilie née Krüger, residents of Berlin.  Witnesses: August Lofmann, 34 years old, resident of Berlin, and Albert Otto, 59 years old, resident of Berlin.

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Nr. 139.  Berlin the 27th of March 1888, before the registrar came the Fabrikarbeiter (cloth-worker?) Carl Gustav Erdmann, evangelical religion, born 27 Feb 1855 in Preussich-Holland, resident of Berlin at Müllerstrasse Nr. 12, son of Amelie Erdmann Wiezorreck, resident of Berlin, and Marie Auguste Johanne Kamrath, evangelical religion, born 5 Jan 1857 in Massow, Kreis Naugard, resident of Berlin at Bülowstrasse Nr. 20a, daughter of Johann Michael Friedrich Kamrath and his wife Caroline Wilhelmine Augustine née Hansel, residents of Colberg Kreis ??.  Witnesses: The tischler (furniture-maker) Otto Friemann, aged 19, resident of Berlin at Garlandstrasse Nr. 39, and Friedrich Reiher, aged 34, resident of Berlin Bülowstrasse Nr. 20.

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Nr. 172.  Berlin the 27th April, 1888, before the registrar came Johann Wilhelm Tiedemann, evangelical religion, born 3 Dec 1850 in Eversdorf, Kreis Salzwedel, resident of ??, son of Heinrich Tiedemann and his wife ?? née Wichmann resident of Salzwedel and Eversdorf, and Auguste Wilhelmine Friedricke Kamrath, evangelical religion, born 2 Jun 1859 in Massow (Kreis Naugard), resident of Charlottesburg? daughter of the workman August Kamrath from Massow, and his wife ?? née Krupke resident in Massow.  Witnesses: Albert Wrasse, 22 years old, resident of Marlot?, and Christian Saur, resident of Berlin.

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Nr. 1098.  Berlin the 2nd November 1889, before the registrar came the “Schlosser” (locksmith) Carl Hermann Julius “Hermann” Kamrath, identified by his “Taufschein” – baptismal certificate, evangelical religion, born 30 Jul 1837 in Massow, Kreis Naugard, resident of Berlin Boyenstraße  10 (in Central Berlin),  son of the Schneidermeister – master tailor Christian Friedrich Kamrath and his wife Anna Sophia neé Buths, ( Butz),  both deceased, last resident in Massow, and Louise Marie Wilhelmine Lüneberg, born 23 Dec 1841 in Neustettin Kreis Neustettin, resident of Berlin, Boyenstrasse 10, daughter of the “Schlossermeister” (master locksmith) Friedrich Wilhelm Lüneberg and his wife Caroline Friedrike Emilie née Dumke, both deceased, last resident in Bromberg.  Witnesses: Anna Griebe née Schnee, 30 years old, resident of Berlin, Ackerstrasse Nr 85 (Central Berlin), and the “Korbmacher” (basket maker) Ernst Steinig, 33 years old, resident of Berlin, Ackerstrasse Nr 87.

A note in the sidebar indicates a divorce: Berlin 23 May 1892, The Royal County Court Nr. 1 has legally announced on 2 May 1892, that the marriage between the “Schlosser” Karl Hermann Julius Kamrath and Louise Maria Wilhelmine Kamrath née Luneburg has been dissolved.  The registrar Witt.

Note: A previous wife Emilie Friederike Luedtke died in Berlin on 31 Jul 1886 at the age of 43 (b 1843).

Note: Hermann Kamrath died 27 Jun 1913 in Berlin.

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Nr. 27.  Berlin the 12th January 1891, before the registrar came Johann August Pardau, evangelical religion, born 20 Feb 1868 in Laaske, Keis Westprignitz (Brandenburg), resident of Berlin, son of ?? Pardeau .. workman Stier, resident in Laaske, and Anna Emilie Friederike Kamrath, evangelical religion, born 2 Dec 1869 in Klein Kniephof, Kreis Naugard, resident of Berlin, daughter of the laborer Julius Wilhelm Hermann Kamrath and his wife Henriette Sophia Wilhelmine née Retzlaff residents of Karolinenhöhe, Kreis Naugard (Dobra, Poland today, about 5 miles from Meesow).  Witness: Julius Mltzow, 58 years old, resident of Berlin, and Güstave Reinhold Seyforth, 27 years old, resident of Berlin.

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Nr. 842.  Berlin the 24th October 1891, before the registrar came Luis Phillip Waldemar Kamrath, evangelical religion, born 8 Jun 1867 in Berlin, resident of Berlin, son of Albert Ernst Theodor Kamrath and his wife Johanne Christine Elisabeth née Krumbholtz, resident in Berlin, and Emma Auguste Frehland, evangelical religion, born 25 Jul 1866 in Friedrichsberg, Kreis Niederbarnim, resident in Berlin, daughter of the carpenter Carl Friedrich Rudolf Frehland and his wife Luise Friedrike Auguste née Kuehne, resident in Berlin.  Witnesses: Otto Haeffner, 30 years old, resident of Berlin, and Emil Berendt, 35 years old, resident of Berlin.

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Nr. 989.  Berlin, the 12 Oct 1892, before the registrar came Karl (Carl) Hermann Julius “Hermann” Kamrath, Schlosser (locksmith), identified by his birth certificate, evangelical religion, born 30 Jul 1837 in Massow, Kreis Naugard, resident in Berlin at Oppelnerstraße 31, son of the Schneidermeister (master tailor) Christian Friedrich Kamrath, and his wife Anne Sofia née Buths (Butz) who died in Berlin, formerly resident in Massow, and the widow and kürschner (furrier) Johanne Pauline Maria Budschewski née Watchke, näherin (needleworker), identified by her birth certificate, born 24 Aug 1853 in Grätz, Kreis Lissa (Posen, Prussia), resident of Berlin at Lange Straße 27, daughter of the Schmeidemeister (master blacksmith) August Watschke, deceased, last resident in Storchnest, Kreis Lissa (Posen, Prussia) and his wife Dorothea née Dittmann resident of Berlin.  Witnesses: Otto Schnabel, resident of Berlin Lange Straße 27, and ? Zelke, resident of Berlin, Grünner Strasse 92.

Note: Sophie Kamrath née Butz widow of the Schneidermeister (master tailor) Christian Friedrich Kamrath died on 31 Dec 1872 in Massow of old age (Altersschwäche) aged 77 years, 1 month (b Nov 1795).  Burial on 4 Jan 1873.  She leaves 2 sons and 3 daughters.

Note: Nr. 28.  Berlin the 4th January 1903.  Johanna Pauline Marie Kamrath née Watchke, died 3 Jan 1903 aged 49 years of a cervical tumor (Gebärmuttergeschwulst), married for 10 years.

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Nr. 13.  Nieder Schönhausen, the 11th June 1893, before the registrar came Johann Friedrich Carl Otto Kürbitz, evangelical religion, born 25 Nov 1867 in Neider Schönhausen, resident of Neider Schönhausen, son of Friedrich Kürbitz and his wife ?? née Zander, residents of Nieder Schönhausen, and Ida Elise Anna Kamrath, evangelical religion, born 25 Feb 1872 in Klein Kneiphof, Kreis Naugard, resident of Nieder Schönhausen, daughter of the laborer Julius Wilhelm Hermann Kamrath and his wife Henriette Sophia Wilhelmine née Retzlaff, residents of Daber Freiheit, Kreis Naugard.  Witnesses: Rudolf Hempel, resident of Nieder-Schönhausen, and the laborer Wilhelm Linke, resident of Nieder-Schönhausen.

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Nr. 38.  Berlin the 2nd February 1895, before the registrar came Otto Ernst Adolf Lorenz, evangelical religion, b 19 Sept 1871 in Lÿchen, Kreis Templin, resident of Brederiche, Kreis Templin, son of Friedrich Lorenz and his wife Caroline née Eggert, residents of Bredereiche, and Friederike Pauline Auguste Kamrath, evangelical religion, b 12 Jul 1870 in Berlin, resident in Berlin, daughter of the schlosser (locksmith) Carl Hermann Julius Kamrath and his wife Friederike Emilie née Lüdicke, deceased, resident in Berlin.  Witnesses: Wilhelm Dräger, resident of Berlin, and the Schlosser Hermann Kamrath, 57 years old (b 1837), resident in Berlin.

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Nr. 119.  Berlin the 11th of March 1895, before the registrar came Hermann Emil Harz, evangelical religion, born 3 Oct 1869 in Herzberg, Kreis Schweinitz, resident of Berlin at Krindorffstrasse 250, son of widow Harz Ligne née Franke, resident in Herzberg, and Mathilde Auguste Kamrath née Schmidt, born 9 Apr 1854 in Hammersviesen, Kreis Sternberg, resident of Berlin Krindorffstrasse 250, daughter of Heneritte Schmidt, resident of Berlin.  Witnesses: the worker Gottlieb Albrecht, 47 years old, resident of Bixdorf, Kreis Fetter, Herfurth Strasse 33, and ?? Wollbert , 42 years old, resident of Berlin.

There is also a note on the margin dated 31 Jan 1900.

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Nr. 308.  Berlin the 17th April 1896, before the registrar came Luis Philipp Waldemar Kamrath, evangelical religion, born 8 Jun 1867 in Berlin, resident of Berlin, son of Albert Ernst Theodor Kamrath and his wife Johanne Christiane Elisabeth née Krumbholz, resident in Berlin, and Hedwig Pauline Luise Schwarten, evangelical religion, born 26 Jul 1869 in Berlin, resident of Berlin, daughter of the carpenter Joachim Heinrich Schwarsen and his wife Bertha Friederike Wilhelmine née Tolzmann, resident in Berlin.  Witnesses:  Otto Haffner, 39 years old, resident of Berlin, and Emil Kamrath, 33 years old, resident of Berlin.

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Nr. 874.  Berlin the 10th October 1896, before the registrar came Martin Gustav August Lamprecht, identified by his birth certificate, evangelical religion, born 23 Feb 1870 in Berlin, resident of Berlin, son of Louis Karl Lamprecht and his wife Helene Charlotte Friedrike Dorothea née Düsscke, resident in Berlin, and Emilie Marie Anna Kamrath, evangelical religion, born 8 Nov 1867 in Biesenthal, Kries Oberbarnim [just north of Berlin], resident in Berlin, daughter of Friedrich Wilhelm Kamrath who died in Berlin and his wife Emelie Gruniella Albertine née Zanke, resident of Berlin.  Witnesses: The merchant (kaufmann) Otto Klatt 34 years old, resident of Berlin, and Hermann Kamrath, 54 years old (b 1842), resident of Berlin at Hochstrasse 39.

Note on the margin that the husband (ehemann) died 19 Mar 1942.

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Nr. 1027.  Berlin the 19th of November 1896, before the registrar came the laborer Ernst August Wilhelm Schmidt, evangelical religion, born 6 Nov 1873 in Damsdorf, Kreis Striegau, resident of Berlin at Ostbahnhof Strasse 6, son of the laborer Johann Carl August Schmidt and his wife Anna Rosina Henster, resident of Hartwigswaldau, Kreis Teuer, and Amanda Amalie Emilie Kamrath, evangelical religion, born 6 Mar 1874 in Herzfelde, Kreis Niederbarnim, resident of Berlin at Gruenerweg Strasse 7, daughter of the Schlosser (locksmith) Hermann Kamrath, resident in Berlin, and his wife Friederike Emilie née Lüdicke born in and current resident of Berlin.  Witnesses: The locksmith Hermann Kamrath, 59 years old (b 1837) resident of Berlin at Grünerweg 57, and Gustav Schnabel, 32 years old, resident of Berlin at Lange Strasse 26.

Note in the margin that Amanda Amalie Emilie Kamrath died 17 Sept 1939, record 1608 in Berlin.
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Nr. 550.  Berlin the 20th October 1897, before the registrar came Hans Eduard Friedrich Wilhelm Kamrath, evangelical religion, born 28 May 1862 in Berlin, resident of Berlin, son of Wilhelm Kamrath and his wife Johanna Dorothea née Luddecke, deceased, residents of Berlin, and Johanne Henriette Wilhelmine Stellman, evangelical religion, born 5 Sept 1868 in Berlin, resident of Schöneberg, daughter of Louis Johann Moritz Stellmann and his wife Johanna Wilhelmine née Lambrect, resident of Schöneberg.  Witnesses: Emil Stellmann, 30 years old, resident of ??, Louis Stellmann, 58 years old, resident of Schöneberg.

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Nr. 556.  Berlin the 23rd May 1900, before the registrar came the laborer Ludwig Martin Carl Kamrath, evangelical religion, born 25 Aug 1866 in Damerow, Kreis Naugard, resident in Berlin, son of the worker August Kamrath resident of Naugard, Kreis Naugard, and his wife Louisa Augusta Wilhelmine née Haegler resident in Nauguard, and Maria Radzio, evangelical religion, born 29 Sept 1874 in Saÿden, Kreis Retzko, resident in Berlin, daughter of the Stellmacher Fritz Radzi0o and his wife Else née Warschewitz, residents of Saÿden.  Witnesses: Emil Dräger, 38 years old, resident of Berlin, Friedrich Achenback, 32 years old, resident of Berlin.

Notation that a son Wilhelm was born in Berlin, Record Nr. 628 of 1908, and he was married record number 224 in 1940.

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Nr. 346.  Schöneberg the 25th of May 1901, before the registrar came Carl Ferdinand August Kamrath, evangelical religion, born 8 Oct 1874 in Klein Zapplin, Kreis Griefenberg, resident in Schöneberg, son of August Kamrath and his wife Wilhelmine née Brandt resident in Podejuch, Kreis Randow (just southeast of Stettin), and Caroline Wilhelmine Miethke né Groger, evangelical religion, born 30 Mar 1863 in Pretschen, Kreis Lübben, resident of Schöneberg, daughter of the miller Friedrich Groger andhis wife Johanna née Schwatke, residents of Pretschen.  Witnesses: The laborer Wilhelm Posen, 33 years old, resident of Schöneberg, and Hugo Giefsmann, 25 years old, resident of Schöneberg.

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Nr. 902.  Berlin the 2nd of October 1901, before the registrar came Carl Hermann Gustav Kamrath, identified by his birth certificate, evangelical religion, born 21 Mar 1876 in Schöpsfurth, Kreis Oberarnim, resident of Berlin at Gollnowstrasse 29, son of Hermann Kamrath of Berlin and his deceased wife Emilie née Lüdke last resident in Berlin, and Therese Clara Frida Müller, identified by her birth certificate, evangelical religion, born 21 Mar 1876 in Neubrück ,Kreis Neiderbarnim, resident of Berlin, daughter of Wilhelm Müller resident in Neubrück and his wife Dorothea Sofia Tietz née Boddin resident in Berlin.  Witnesses: the Kellner (merchant) August Kohlhase, 28 years old, resident in Berlin, and Emil Knychalla, 40 years old, resident in Berlin.

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Nr. 959.  Berlin the 5th of October 1901, before the registrar came Albert Max Waldemar Kamrath, identified by his birth certificate, evangelical religion, born 1 Jun 1878 in Schönfurth, Kreis Oberbarnim, resident of Berlin, son of the schlosser (locksmith) Hermann Kamrath resident in Berlin, and his deceased wife Emilie née Lüdkt, last resident in Berlin, and Anna Wilhelmine Reinbacher, identified by her birth record, evangelical religion, born 28 Jun 1879 in Berlin, resident of Berlin, daughter of Christian Reinbacher and his wife Anna née Fost, resident in Berlin.  Witnesses: the Schlosser Hermann Kamrath, 64 years old, resident of Berlin, and Christian Reinbacher, 49 years old, resident of Berlin.

Note in margin indicates that Albert Max Waldemar Kamrath died 28 Jan 1961 in Berlin, record 360 in 1961.
Note in margin indicates a daughter Erna Hanna born record 1085 in 1915 in Berlin.  Died 28 Jun 1941, Nr. 1854.

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Nr. 1037.  Berlin the 12th October 1901, before the registrar came Wilhelm Hermann Otto Hengst, identified by his birth certificate, evangelical religion, born 3 Oct 1874 in Tangermünde, Kreis Stendal, resident in Berlin at Prinzen Strasse 78, son of Wilhelm Hengst, resident of Tangermünde, and his wife Anna Emilie née Heinze, resident in Tangermünde, and Clara Martha Gertrud Kamrath, identified by her christening record, evangelical religion, born 29 May 1874 in Biesenthal, Kreis Ober Barnim, resident in Berlin at Hoch Strasse 44, daughter of Friedrich Wilhelm Kamrath and his wife Emilie Henriette Albertine née Fanke, resident in Berlin.  Witnesses: The Kaufmann (businessman) Otto Klatt, 42 years old, resident of Berlin, and the wagonmeister Hermann Kamrath, 57 years old (b 1834), resident of Berlin at Hoch Strasse 39.

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Nr. 328.  Berlin the 11th April 1902, before the registrar came the musiklehrer (music teacher) Hermann Karl Otto Kamrath, evangelical religion, born 19 Feb 1872 in Stettin, resident in Berlin Luisan Ufer, son of Karl Johann Andreas Kamrath and his wife Hulda Caroline Albertine née Slater?, resident in Stettin, and Else Helene Elise Wagner, evangelical religion, born 15 May 1882 in Rixdorf, resident of Berlin, daughter of Karl Albert Gottlieb Wagner and his wife Elvira Albertine Ernestine née Salmon, resident in Berlin.  Witnesses: Karl Kamrath, 65 years old (b 1837) resident of Stettin, and Max Kamrath, 33 years old (b 1869), resident of Swinemunde.
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Nr. 480.  Charlottenburg the 27th of September, 1902, before the registrar came the laborer Carl Freidrich Fuchs, evangelical religion, born 12 Apr 1872 in Charlottenburg, son of the laborer Gottlieb Fuchs from Charlottenburg, and his wife Luise née Rvowatznu, deceased, resident of Mohrungen, and Auguste Marie Caroline Kamrath, evangelical religion, b 15 Oct 1872 in Massow, Kreis Naugard, resident in Charlottenburg, daughter of the laborer Karl Friedrich August Kamrath and his wife Johanna Auguste Wilhelmine née Timm, resident in Massow.  Witnesses: Jonerty Michalski, 30 years old, resident of Charlottenburg, and August Riemann, 43 years old, resident of Charlottenburg.

Note of a daughter born in Charlottenburg, record 939 in 1904.  Another record noted Nr. 409, 1939.

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Nr. 153.  Berlin the 4th of April 1903, before the registrar came Albert Friedrich Wilhelm Kamrath, evangelical religion, born 14 Feb 1879 in Jarchlin, Kreis Naugard, resident of Berlin, son of the schneidemeister Heinrich Kamrath from Jarchlin and his deceased wife Constine née Hoefs, last resident in Jarchlin, and Anna Klara Paul, evangelical religion, born 1 Jun 1879 in Linderode, Kreis Torau, resident in Berlin, daughter of the worker Karl Paul resident of Zugkleibe and his wife Johanna Christine née Hansch, resident in Zugkleibe.  Witnesses: the worker Julius Hartmann, 34 years old, resident of Berlin, and the worker Julius Ruezewski, 30 years old, resident of Berlin.

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Nr. 410.  Berlin the 27th of April 1904, before the registrar came the laborer Karl Friedrich August Miethert, identified by his birth certificate, evangelical religion, born 29 Mar 1875 in Sellin, Kreis Königsburg in Neumark, resident in Berlin at Lübarkovstrasse 45, son of August Miethert and his wife Karoline née Schmidt, both deceased, last resident in Sellin, and Anna Friederike Ernestine Kamrath, evangelical religion, born 26 Jul 1877 in Borkenhagen, Kreis Naugard (just northeast of Roggow A), resident in Berlin at Alt-Morbil 99, daughter of the laborer Ferdinand Kamrath of Stargard and his wife Friedrike née Paulsch, resident in Stargard.  Witnesses: The laborer Ferdinand Kamrath, 53 years old (b 1851), resident of Stargard, and Robert Grail, 34 years old, resident of Berlin at Lübarkovstrasse 2.

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Nr. 589.  Berlin the 14th of May 1904, before the registrar came the laborer Hermann Wilhelm Ernst Bartelt, evangelical religion, born 17 Feb 1879 in Kempen-Uchtenhagen, Kreis Saatzig, resident in Berlin, son of the deceased laborer Friedrich Bartelt, last resident in Kempen-Uchtenhagen and his wife Marie Helene née Klensky, resident in Stargard, Pommern, and Berta Auguste Kamrath, evangelical religion, born 5 Sept 1877 in Massow, Kreis Naugard, resident in Berlin, daughter of the worker August Karl Friedrich Kamrath and his wife Johanna Auguste Emilie née Timm, residents of Massow.  Witnesses: the laborer Franz Bertelt, 31 years old, resident of Berlin, the laborer Gustave Vandersee, 38 years old, resident of Berlin.

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Nr. 474.  Schöneberg the 16th of May 1904, before the registrar came Paul Robert Bierwagen, catholic religion, born 19 Oct 1881 in Leimnitz, Kreis Zullichan, Schweisus, resident in Schöneberg, son of Robert Bierwagen and his wife Mauen née Klemmt, resident in Jordan Kreis Zullichan Schweisus, and Anna Auguste Maria Kamrath, evangelical religion, born 28 Aug 1878 in Daber, Kreis Naugard, resident in Schöneberg, daughter of the schneider August Kamrath and his wife Wilhelmine née Schwede, resident in Daber.  Witnesses: Florin Harth, 26 years old, resident of Jordan, Hermann Richter, 54 years old, resident of Charlottenburg.

Note in margin that a son was born Nr. 697 in 1904, Berlin.
Note in margin that the groom(?) died Nr. 1473 in 1939.

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Nr. 1233. Berlin the 18th of October 1904, before the registrar came Richard Gottlieb Lebrecht Eickermann, identified by his birth certificate, born 12 Jan 1853 in Berlin, resident in Berlin, son of Hans Hermann Christoph Eickermann and his wife Friedrike Wilhelmine née Bauerfeind, resident in Berlin, and Albertine Auguste Luise Kamrath, evangelical religion, born 18 Apr 1862 in Greybordsone, Kreis Regenwalde, resident in Berlin, daughter of Wilhelm Kamrath, Karnitz, Kreis Regenwalde and his wife Friedrike Guse, resident in Berlin.  Witnesses: Albert Nürnberg, 57 years old, resident of Berlin, and Richard Busch, 39 years old, resident of Berlin.

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Nr. 421.  Berlin the 17th of April 1905, before the registrar came the schlosser (locksmith) Johannes Georg Kamrath, evangelical religion, born 30 Jan 1882 in Berlin, resident of Berlin, son of the kellner Johann Gottlieb Friedrich Kamrath resident in Berlin, and his wife Mathilde Auguste née Schmidt, resident in Berlin, and Luise Emilie Karoline Jeschke, evangelical religion, born 28 Jan 1883 in Grabow, Kreis Königsberg-Neumark, resident in Berlin, daughter of Johann Karl Heinrich Jeschke and his wife Wilhelmine Emilie née Busch, resident in Berlin.  Witnesses: Karl Schütze, age 44, resident of Berlin at Loffner Strasse 13 and Otto Schramlöhmer, 27 years old, resident of Berlin at Kürgnuicker Strasse 115.

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Nr. 725.  Berlin the 5th of August 1905, before the registrar came Erich Hugo Ernst Kamrath, evangelical religion, born 24 May 1883 in Berlin, resident of Berlin, son of the schlosser Karl Herman Julius Kamrath resident in Berlin and his deceased wife Friedricke Emilie née Lüdke, last resident in Berlin, and Emma Auguste Ida Rink, evangelical religion, born 29 Jul 1883 in Berlin, resident in Berlin, daughter o fKarl Julius Gustav Rink, resident in Berlin, and his wife Maria née Worlitzer, resident in Berlin.  Witnesses: Anna Kamrath, 26 years old, resident of Berlin, and the schlosser Hermann Kamrath, 68 years old (b 1837), resident of Berlin.

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Nr. 187.  Pankow the 28th of September 1907, before the registrar came Hermann Otto Paul Kamrath, identified by his birth record, evangelical religion, born 25 Jul 1881 in Stettin, Resident in Pankow at Wilhelmstrasse 52, son of the laborer August Friedrich Wilhelm Kamrath and his wife Henriette Charlotte Carolina née Kammer, deceased, last resident in Stettin, and Ida Emma Reigber, evangelical religion, born 30 Sept 1881 in Malschwitz, Kreis Freistadt, resident in Pankow, daughter of Edouard Reigber resident in Neusalz on the Oder, and his wife Auguste née Weigelt, resident in Pankow.  Witnesses: Otto Kamrath, age 30, resident in Stettin, Lallanum Strasse 47, and Gustav Pochadt, age 25, resident in Stettin.

Note in margin that the couple were divorced in Pankow 14 Mar 1909.

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Nr. 712.  Berlin the 5th of August 1907, before the registrar came the kaufmann Emil Paul Weidlich, evangelical religion, born 12 Nov 1877 in Breslan, resident of Berlin, son of Emilie Weidlich resident in Berlin, and Margarete Franziska Martha Kamrath, evangelical religion, born 26 Oct 1880 in Eberswalde, Kreis Oberbarnim, resident in Berlin, daughter of Hermann Julius Kamrath, resident in Berlin and his wife Emilie née Lüdke, deceased, last resident in Berlin.  Witnesses:  the kaufmann Adolf Lilbermann, 49 years old, resident of Berlin, and Paul Uthleb, 39 years old, resident of Berlin.

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Nr. 748.  Berlin the 24th of July 1909, before the registrar came Emil Ernst Hagen, identified by his birth record, evangelical religion, born 3 Jul 1884 in Tütz, Kreis Deutsch-Krone, resident of Berlin, son of Johann Hagen and his wife Mathilde née Pidde, resident in Gramswalde, Kreis Deutsch-Krone, and Olga Berta Ottilie Kamrath, identified by her birth record, evangelical religion, born 19 Dec 1887 in Plathe, Kreis Regenwalde, resident in Charlottenburg, daughter of August Kamrath and his wife Wilhelmine Knaack, residents of Greifenberg.  Witnesses: Hermann Rast, 27 years old, resident of Berlin, and the kaufmann Emil Kamrath, 38 years old, resident in Oranienburg.

Note in margin that the bride died in Berlin – Lichtenrade on 23 Dec 1961, record 2464 in 1962.

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Nr. 689.  Berlin the 27 October 1909, before the registrar came Hermann Otto Paul Kamrath, identified by his birth record, evangelical religion, born 25 Jul 1881 in Stettin, resident of Berlin, son of the laborer August Friedrich Wilhelm Kamrath and his wife Charlotte Karoline née Kammer, deceased, last resident in Stettin, and Martha Maria Hirschberg, identified by her birth record, catholic religion, born 31 Jan 1885 in Königsberg in Preussen, resident of Berlin, daughter of Johan Hirschberg and his wife Katharine née Lang, resident in Berlin.  Witnesses: the laborer Joseph Hirschberg, 50 years old, resident of Berlin, and Robert Karger, age 52, resident of Berlin.

Note in margin regarding record from 12 Sept 1928.  Perhaps a divorce?

Note: Daughter Margarete Elsbeth Martha Kamrath, born 1910 died 31 Mar 1914 in Berlin – Wilmersdorf.

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Nr. 829.  Berlin the 24th of December 1909, before the registrar came Karl Johann Friedrich Kamrath, identified by his birth record, evangelical religion, born 19 Aug 1887 in Neddesitz, Kreis Rügen, resident of Berlin, son of the laborer Karoline Juliana Johanna Hinz née Kamrath, resident in Neddesits, and Klara Pauline Marie Jurk, identified by her birth record, evangelical religion, born 7 May 1891 in Berlin, resident in Berlin, daughter of the laborer August Wilhelm Jurk and his wife Johanna Elizabeth Pauline née Rau, both resident in Berlin.  Witnesses: the laborer August Jurk, 56 years old, resident of Berlin, and the tailor Gustav Pantow, age 32, resident of Berlin.

Note in margin that couple divorced or had marriage annulled in Berlin on 8 Oct 1925.

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Nr. 28, Reinickendorf, the 5th of March 1910, before the registrar came Willi Waldemar Erich Kröcher, evangelical religion, born 18 Apr 1885 in Manker Kreis Ruspin, resident in Berlin, son of Hermann Kröcher deceased, and his wife Sophia née Rorsvedt resident of Berlin, and Frieda Elvira Gertrud Kamrath, evangelical religion, born 28 Oct 1884 in Berlin, resident of Reinickendorf, daughter of Albert Friedrich Julius Kamrath, and his wife Berta Friedricke Auguste née Schultz, resident in Reinickendorf.  Witnesses: Julius Kamrath, 50 years old, resident of Reinickendorf, and Alfred Kröcher, 28 years old, resident of Siemensstadt.

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Nr. 445, Berlin the 14th of April 1910, before the registrar came Friedrich Hermann Wilhelm Kamrath, identified by his birth record, evangelical religion, born 5 Apr 1885 in Berlin, resident in Berlin at Ufertstrasse 14a, son of Adolf Hermann Wilhelm Kamrath and his wife Friedricke Wilhelmine Maria née Galze, resident in Berlin, and Rosa Emma Luise Meÿer, identified by her birth record, evangelical religion, born 27 Nov 1885 in Berlin, resident in Berlin at Endmanstrasse 40, daughter of the worker Lang, and Friederike Dorothea Sophia née Meÿer, resident in Berlin.  Witnesses: Hermann Kamrath, age 66 (b 1844), resident of Berlin at Uferstrasse 14a, and Karl Meÿer, 41 years old, resident of Berlin at Endmanstrasse 40.

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Nr. 1039.  Berlin the 15th of November 1913, before the registrar came Oscar Julius Franz Kamrath, identified by his birth record, evangelical religion, born 6 Apr 1886 in Berlin, resident in Berlin, son of the laborer Johann Friedrich Kamrath and Pauline Emilie Agnes née Schneider, both resident in Berlin – Wissensee, and Marie Agnes Luise Schmidt, evangelical religion, born 6 Dec 1887 in Berlin, resident in Berlin, daughter of Gustave Julius Wilhelm Schmidt, deceased, formerly resident in Berlin, and his wife Marie Helene ?? née Mucherpfennig, resident in Berlin.  Witnesses: Adolf Silbermann, 55 years old, resident of Berlin, and Paul Weidlich, 35 years old, resident in Berlin.

Note in margin that the bride died in Berlin on 30 Apr 1957.  Record 82 in 1957.

Note in margin that the couple had a son born 14 Mar 1915 in Berlin, record 387 in 1915.  Married 22 Nov 1941, record 67 in Hohen-Neuendorf.

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Nr. 792.  Charlottenburg the 15th of November 1913, before the registrar came the fabrikarbeiter (factory worker) Rudolf Otto Waldemar Kamrath, evangelical religion, born 4 Oct 1889 in Berlin, resident of Charlottenburg Krumman Strasse 48, son of Fernard Louis Philipp Waldemar Kamrath resident in Charlottenburg, and his deceased wife Anna Auguste née Frehland last resident in Berlin, and Luise Anna Margarete Minetzke, evangelical religion, born 7 Feb 1894 in Charlottenburg, resident in Charlottenburg, daughter of the laborer Johann Georg Robert Minetzke, resident in Bahrenbruch, Kreis Naugard, and his wife Marie Franziska Hanna née Waurich, resident in Charlottenburg.  Witnesses: the laborer Arthur Ohst, 23 years old, resident in Charlottenburg, and the worker Franz Warnik, 28 years old, resident in Charlottenburg.

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Nr. 204.  Berlin – Steglitz the 20th of May 1914, before the registrar came the kalkulator Paul Julius Theodor Boeder, evangelical religion, born 24 Apr 1866 in Stargard, Pommern, resident in Berlin – Steglitz at Althoffstrasse 3, son of Friedrich Wilhelm Boeder and his wife Emma Therese née Pushbelde, resident in Berlin – Steglits Eliseustrasse 25, and Else Frieda Luise Kamrath, identified by her birth record, evangelical religion, born 14 Nov 1880 in Danzig, resident in Danzig Rennerstiftsrasse 1, daughter of the kempfmann Johann Hermann Kamrath and his wife Christine Marie Luise née Mittrich, both deceased, last resident in Danzig.  Witnesses: Julius Unger, age 44, resident of Berlin – Steglitz at Heinstrasse 8, and the kaufmann Roland Kamrath, age 23, resident of Charlottenburg at Augsburger Strasse 38.

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Nr. 122, Berlin the 22nd of March 1917, before the registrar came Wladislaus Johann Leon Matuszczak, ?? religion, born 19 Apr 1890 in Berlin, resident of Berlin, son of Stephan Matuszczak and his wife Sophia née Teska, resident of Berlin, and Emma Luise Pauline Kamrath, evangelical religion, born 18 Aug 1885 in Danzig, resident of Berlin, son of Johann Hermann Kamrath and his wife Maria Luisa née Mittrich, deceased, formerly resident in Danzig, resident in Danzig – Langführ.  Witnesses: Helmut Kamrath, age 29, resident of Charlottenburg – Berlin, and Stephan Matuszczack, age 63, resident of Berlin.

Note in margin: Berlin 2 Jun 1934, perhaps a divorce?

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Nr. 225.  Neukölln the 19th July 1917, before the registrar came the kaufmann Ferdinand Georg Bruno Kamrath, evangelical religion, born 14 Feb 1892 in Berlin, resident in Neukölln, son of Luisa Friek and Olaf Panzer resident in Berlin, Heinrich Adolf Wilhelm Kamrath resident in Berlin and his deceased wife Johanna Fridrike Marie née Helmke resident in Neukölln, and Charlotte Marie Elsa Herger, evangelical religion, born 25 Aug 1894 in Camburg, Kreis Saalfeld, resident in Neukölln, daughter of Gustav Hermann Herger resident in Camburg and his deceased wife Hanna nee Nachsigall, last resident in Camburg.  Witnesses: Lamford Fuetterer, 40 years old, resident in Neukölln, Frieda Schulze née Teuert, 28 years old, resident in Neukölln.

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29th of October 1917, before the registrar came the landwirt (farmer) Walter Kamrath, identified by his birth record, evangelical religion, born 20 Feb 1889 in Falkenberg, Kreis Naugard, resident in Berlin – Wilmersdorf, son of Wilhelm Kamrath and his wife Anna née Spiegel, both deceased, last resident in Falkenberg, and Erna Gertrude Preuss, identified by her birth record, evangelical religion, born 31 Oct 1890 in Königsberg in Preussen, resident in Berlin – Wilmersdorf, daughter of Lois Konstantin Ernst Preuss and his wife Johanna Anna née Werner, resident in Berlin-Wilmersdorf.  Witnesses: Martha Preuss, age 49 years, resident in Berlin-Wilmersdorf, Margarete Grüneberg, identified by her confirmation document, 24 years old, resident in Strausberg near Berlin.

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Nr. 121, Berlin – Schöneberg the 28th of March 1918, before the registrar came the Schlosser (locksmith) Karl Ferdinand August Kamrath, evangelical religion, born 7 Oct 1874 in Klein Zappelin Kreis Griefenberg, resident in Berlin – Schöneberg, son of the deceased Landwirth August Kamrath, last resident in Timmel, Kreis Aurich, and his wife Wilhelmine née Brandt resident in Timmel, and Emma Emilie Bertha Thiel, evangelical religion, born 18 Jan 1886 in Johnsdorf Kreiss Sprottau, resident in Berlin – Schöneberg, daughter of the laborer Karol Gustave Theil and his wife Emilie Louise née Kuners, residents of Sprottau.  Witnesses: Murther Werner, 33 years old, resident in Berlin – Schöneberg, Franz Mikolarshek, 48 years old, resident in Magdeburg Cracau.

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Nr. 72, Berlin – Reinickendorf the 15th of May 1918, before the registrar came Wilhelm Albert Johannes Kobsch, evangelical religion, born 28 Apr 1888 in Pölitz, Kreis Randow, resident in Berlin, son of Albert Kobsch and his wife Auguste née Ebelt, resident in Berlin, and Antonie Rosalie Agnes Kamrath, evangelical religion, born 17 Sept 1886 in Berlin, resident of Berline – Reinickendorf, Gaubetterstrasse 34, daughter of Albert Friedrich Julius Kamrath and his wife Sofia Friderike Auguste née Schultz, both resident in Berlin – Reinickendorf.  Witnesses: Julius Kamrath, 59 years old, resident in Berlin Reinickendorf, and Albert Kobsch, 62 years old, resident in Berlin.

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Nr. 356.  Berlin, Lichtenberg, the 6th of May 1919, before the registrar came the musiklehrer (music teacher) Siegmund Münzer, born 15 Jun 1862 in Lautzer in Oster Preussen, resident in Berlin, son of Karloman Münzer and his wife Helene née Güttmann, both deceased last resident in Berlin, and Erna Luise Auguste Düsterhöft née Kamrath, born 5 Feb 1885 in Naugard in Pommern, resident in Berlin, daughter of Johann Karl August Kamrath and his wife Emma Friedricke Wilhelmine née Roock, resident in ??.  Witnesses: Hermann Münzer, 55 years old, resident of Berlin, and Carl Kamrath, 65 years old, resident of Angermünade, Linderstrasse 17.

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Nr. 314.  Berlin – Reiniskendorf the 2nd October 1919, before the registrar came Friedrich Wilhelm Otto Kamrath, identified by his birth certificate, born 2 Sept 1895 in Berlin – Reiniskendorf, resident in Reiniskendorf, son of the eigentümer (farm-owner) Albert Friedrich Julius Kamrath and his wife Friedrike Auguste née Schultz, both resident in Berlin – Reiniskendorf, and Emma Maria Prehm née Lowin, evangelical religion, born 25 Mar 1893 in Berlin, resident in Berlin – Reiniskendorf, daughter of the eigentümer Friederich Wilhelm Lowin and his wife Anna Dorothea née Damerau, both resident in Berlin – Reiniskendorf.  Witnesses: the eigentümer Julius Kamrath 59 years old, resident of Berlin – Reiniskendorf, and Willig Lowin, 22 years old, resident of Berlin – Reiniskendorf.

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Nr. 1446.  Berlin the 1st of November 1919, before the registrar came the merchant Otto Heinrich Hermann Kamrath, evangelical religion, born 28 Oct 1878 in Berlin, resident in Siemensstadt, son of Adolf Hermann Wilhelm Kamrath and his wife Friedrike Wilhelmine Marie née Golze, residents in Berlin, and Helene Anna Marie Vierke, evangelical religion, born 14 May 1882 in Gollendorf, Kreis Köslin, resident of Berlin, daughter of Otto Veirke and his wife Luisa née Timm resident in Berlin.  Witnesses: the pensioner Hermann Kamrath, 75 years old, resident of Berlin, and Friedriech Heinrich, 49 years old, resident of Charlottenburg.

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Nr. 1132.  Berlin the 25th of September 1920, before the registrar came Hermann Oskar Schneider, no religion given, born 2 Dec 1874 in Königsberg in Kreis Neumark, resident in Spandau, no parents given, and Anna Helene Regina Kamrath, no religion given, born 4 Mar 1877 in Berlin, resident of Berlin, no parents given.  Witnesses: Rudolf Schneider, 56 years old, resident of Berlin – Schöneberg, and Hermann Kamrath, 76 years old (b 1828), resident of Berlin – Siemsstadt.


Ancestry.com DNA Testing

For Christmas this year, I decided that I wanted to get my mother and father DNA-tested through Ancestry.com.  While it’s true that my family tree is extremely well-elucidated and researched, there are still pockets where certain things are unclear.  For example, I only know back to my 3x great-grandparents on my Krueger side (due to records from Pomerania being difficult to find and the common nature of the family name), so if we matched someone in the world who had Krueger ancestors it would indicate a link between those families despite the absence of documentation.  Similar situations are present for many of the Irish lines of my family due to the scarcity of records from Ireland.

So at Christmas this year my mother spit into a test-tube and sent off an envelope to be analyzed.   Yesterday we got the results back.

My mother’s DNA matched at least 20 people “closely” (5th cousins or better).  I’ll have to investigate each one!

It showed that she has 19% DNA from Scandanavia (that would be the Norwegian side, Hanson and Olson), 32% “Europe East”, which would be the Prussian stuff (Krueger, Hoge, Schmidt, Zierke, Schulz, Winkelmann).  Then 38% from “Great Britain”.  I assume this is the Irish from the Mullins, Hammond, and all the British stuff from the Curtis side of my family.  Then there’s 9% of the DNA marked “Other”.

I have no idea how much confidence to give these results.  I know from my research that my mother’s grandparents break down as follows:

Oscar Krueger: 100% Prussian
Edith Curtis: 50% Irish and 50% English
Olga Hanson: 100% Norwegian
Edwin Schmidt: 100% Prussian

So my maternal grandfather was 50% Prussian, 25% Irish, 25% English, and my maternal grandmother was 50% Norwegian and 50% Prussian.  That makes my mother 50% Prussian, 25% Irish/English, and 25% Norwegian.  The DNA results have much more “Great Britain” than predicted.  No idea what that means.

On the Schmidt side of my mother’s family there was a family rumor that someone in the family brought back and married a “Mongolian Princess”.  Interestingly, my mother’s DNA shows 2% of her genetics are from “Asia Central” which is the area around Turkmenistan and Northern Iran.  Very interesting!

Here’s the full breakdown of her results:

Great Britain 38%
Europe East 32%
Scandinavia 19%
Ireland 4%
Europe West 4%
Asia Central 2%
Finland/Northwest Russia 1%

As time goes on and other people are tested, we can see if more matches are found.


Town of Maine / Town of Berlin Wedding Photos

A couple Summers ago I was fortunate enough to get to spend the afternoon with Jim and Marlene Strehlow, who, along with Jim’s late siblings Virgil and Marilyn Strehlow, have been the keepers of a vast and detailed family history for the Strehlow, Christian, Voigt, and Genrich families from the Town of Maine in Marathon County, Wisconsin.

Among the treasures that are curated by the Strehlow family are several group photos taken at weddings in the Towns of Berlin and Maine.  I have long entertained fantasies of somehow identifying all the people in these photos; there are certainly some people who are seen in more than one of them.  I’m afraid, however, that the people who could have identified most of them likely passed away about thirty years ago.  My hope now is that individual descendants might be able to identify specific people based on family photos they would have.  So, out into the world they go… time for some “crowd-sourcing”!

[All of these photos can be downloaded or enlarged by clicking on them.]

I’ve posted this photo previously.  It shows the wedding of Albert Garske and Ella Baumann taken on Oct 4, 1919 at the Baumann homestead in the Town of Berlin, located at 14656 Berlin Lane, Merrill, WI 54452.  Only four people are identified in this photo (see previous article).

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The next four photos are from the marriage of Rhienhard Carl Julius Christian (1881-1963) and Ella Neitzke (1890-1940) in the Town of Berlin, Wisconsin, on 20 Nov 1913.  There are a few people besides the bride and groom that I recognize.  In the back row right, just to the right of the pole and wearing a hat and a stylish mustache, is my great-great-grand-uncle Carl Bertold Krueger.  His daughter Helen Krueger is three people to the left of the bride, wearing an apron.  There are two ushers kneeling in the front holding bottles of brandy.  The one on the left is Carl’s son Wilhelm “William” Krueger.  The other thing I noticed is that the band in this photo (lower left) are all the same men as the band in the photo above (Garske/Baumann Wedding).

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Another photo taken at the same occasion.  Carl Krueger is in the back again, this time holding a mug of beer!

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One more from the same wedding.  Just the wedding party this time, I’m guessing.  William and Helen Krueger are present again.

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This oddly somber and uncomfortable-looking photo is from the wedding dinner for the same Christian/Neitzke wedding as above.  The bride and groom are easy to spot, and behind them (between them) is Helen Krueger.  The other people, including those in the portraits on the wall, are unknown.

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I have no information at all about these next two photos, except that both show the same wedding.  They were clearly taken around the same time at the others, so between 1910 and 1920.  I’m guessing a careful analysis would show some people in these photos are also in one of pictures above.

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The second one is much less formal, and the women are wearing their stylish hats.

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Again, if anyone knows more about these photos or any of the people in them, please contact me!