Barry's Relatively Speaking: Family History Starts At Home

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on Margaret shares the following experience.

My paternal grandparents were born in Germany and for four years we have been asking our father and aunts where their parents were born. They said "Hamburg" and "Hannover." We knew we couldn't look for a Johan Meyer in Hamburg, there would be too many. And Hannover was an awful big state in which to look for Katie.

Two years ago I found my autograph album in a box full of childhood souvenirs. On one page my grandmother had written in German the date and place of her birth - Mulsum, Hannover, Germany. A researcher in Germany found her baptism recorded in Mulsumer Berg, Hannover, Germany; a small village near one of the two towns named Mulsum, in Hannover.

Recently dad and I visited Aunt Anna again. They couldn't remember how old grandmother was when she died. My aunt went to a drawer and got grandmother's birthday book and found the year of her death. On one of the last pages I found grandmother had written the place of grandfather's birth -Ramstorf, Hannover, Germany.

With the use of the facilities of an LDS branch library we were able to find that Rahmstorf is a small village southwest of Hamburg. So that forgotten name may be as close as auntie's dresser drawer!

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