This is a Message Board Post that is gatewayed to this mailing list. Author: RobAlbert63 Surnames: Classification: queries Message Board URL: http://boards.rootsweb.com/surnames.behrend/126.96.36.199/mb.ashx Message Board Post: Not a problem. If you have definitive proof that the Henry born in 1846 in Gadebusch is 100% your ancestor, and you didn't get him in the same manner as you did the earlier folks, then all you would need to do is continue doing what I was doing, which is to dig up the tree using the german records available on microfilm. This will work for Henry backwards, but you show the son you descend through as being born in Hamburg and those records might be harder to find. There are great many records that could show where your Henry was born if in fact the Gadebusch record was just one that matched the date of YOUR Henry, and you didn't have a document prior to that stating that Henry was born in Gadebusch. Church records in Cedar County might be helpful. Obituaries sometimes list towns of birth. Death certificates possibly (although if he died in 1907 they might not have one on him). Also if you know the name of the ship and date of arrival that they came over on, that can be really helpful if they sailed out of Hamburg port. I was at the FHC today doing research for several clients and did not have time, but next week, if time permits, I will try to check to see if the Henry born in Gadebusch married in that church possibly before moving to Hamburg (matching that up with the data you posted where he has a child born in 1880 in Hamburg). I did check the records for this parish that are online from 1876-1880 and no children were christened in this parish, so he may have met his wife elsewhere or even in Hamburg and married her and started a family there before coming to America. But if he did live in Hamburg, odds are fairly good that is the port he would have left from in 1881 (according to the 1900 census). Robert Important Note: The author of this message may not be subscribed to this list. If you would like to reply to them, please click on the Message Board URL link above and respond on the board.