Mitch Blank's North-German Genealogy Site
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This page created October 14th, 2003, last updated December 18th, 2019
Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)
This site is a consolidation of my genealogy research in four areas of northern Germany:
The site includes information on:
Prior to 1900 or so, there was no modern concept of a 'correct' way to spell most surnames. Family names were spelled phonetically, and any spellings that would give a similar pronunciation were considered to be equally correct. So Thiess, Thies and Ties are all spellings of the 'same' name, since they are all would be pronounced (in German) the same way. Sometimes the spellings changed gradually over time. Sometimes a spelling was simply the preference of a local pastor or other record keeper, with different people spelling the same person's name differently on different records.
When the name of a married woman is shown, her marital surname is shown in italics after her complete birth name. In cases of multiple marriages, each such marital surname is so appended.
The colors of a little LEDs beads indicate how closely the individual is related to the main ancestral line:
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