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Prussian Origins – Next Steps

Jörg Schrick sent me an email this morning:

Kahlen, Kohlen, Calem…..or Wandau, Wanden, Wansen….  that all are guesses, speculations, you need to know exact places of birth and marriage to find anything.

I agree with him  Perhaps the only way to be sure (unless someone has a box with documents from the old country) is to find the family in Prussia before they left.
  • The Zierkes arrived in 1865.
  • The Schulz siblings (Wilhlemline and Martin) came in 1866.
  • The Strehlow family came in 1868.
  • Heinrich Krueger got here in 1881 or 1882, his brother Carl in 1883.
  • The parents Wilhelm and Caroline Krueger came in 1883.
  • The Kamraths came in 1885.
  • Wilhelm Schmidt came in 1885 and his mother and five sisters in 1892.

So I think that about 1860 and 1870 are the best times to look for them.

In 1860 the ages would have been:
Friedrich Zierke Sr.    54
Dorothea Hardow Zierke  46
Friedrich Zierke Jr.    25
Anna Rosina Zierke      14

Martin Schulz           19
Wilhelmine Schulz       13
In 1870 the ages would have been:
Wilhelm Krueger                      35
Caroline Hoge Krueger                34
Heinrich Krueger                     13
Carl Krueger                          6

Ferdinand Strehlow                   40
Wilhelmine Schweitz/Schuriz Strehlow 40
Bertha Strehlow                       8
Hermann Strehlow                      5

Carl Kamrath                         38
Henriete Prinow Sense Kamrath        28
Bertha Kamrath                        6
August Kamrath                        5
Helene Kamrath                        4
Anne Kamrath                          2
Emma Kamrath                          0

Friedrich Schmidt                     Unknown
Wilhelmine Winkelmann Schmidt	      32
Carl Ernst Wilhelm Schmidt             8
Alvine Schmidt                         4
Amelie Schmidt                         1
So now I guess the best thing is to look for census records for the “Candidate Towns” and try to find them.
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