Monthly Archives: October 2011

Mathias Löhr, Mystery Ancestor No More

Mathias Löhr, my husband’s great-grandfather and immigrant ancestor, has been the focus of intense research for some time. We know about his life in the United States, based on documents, records, stories and lore passed down through a few generations. … Continue reading

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License Plate Genealogy?

My husband Jim has a personalized license plate for his car:       Recently this German license plate was seen:   Does this mean the cars are related? ???

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Visit to Grotegaste Church

On our trip to Germany I had not expected to see the graves of any of my ancestors since it is the custom usually to reuse a grave after a certain number of years. (There are some exceptions.) Imagine my … Continue reading

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Ask the Local People

Just when it seemed our trip to Germany couldn’t have been any better, a few days after our return , we received an email from our friend, Jens Delger: “Are you sitting down? Good.  This goes in your blog as … Continue reading

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Visiting the Vreschen-Bokel Chapel

One of the highlights of our Germany trip was a visit to the chapel where my great-grandparents were married, my grandfather was baptized … and many of my ancestors worshiped. The chapel is belongs to the parish of Apen.

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Meeting with the Burgermeister and Historical Society

With the Burgermeister, Albert Glöckner, and the Traveler’s Proclamation we brought from the city of Ames, Iowa. Archivist Gerd Blaschke showing me some of the family history books. Jim and his cousin Anna Schwenke being shown the original birth record … Continue reading

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Images from Lohr Visit to Rommerskirchen

Klaus Erdmann has supplied some photos of our visit to Rommerskirchen These are from our visit to the St. Martin’s Church in Nettesheim where many of Jim’s ancestors worshiped.  Jim’s third cousins, Anna and Maria and some of their families … Continue reading

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Rommerskirchen, Germany: A Return to the Lohr Homeland

On our trip to Germany, we visited Rommerskirchen, home of many of Jim’s ancestors. I had contacted the Bürgermeister, Albert Glöckner several months earlier, and, through a series of email exchanges with Klaus Erdmann and the Historical Society, we learned … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Turn (and Discovery)

Thanks to our two host couples, Jens and Jane Delger, and, Hinrich and Anke Groeneveld, our trip to Germany was extremely well-planned and co-ordinated. It seems everything went flawlessly and the experience was wonderful. But there was an unexpected, serendipitous … Continue reading

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Dream Realized

Jim and I have just returned from a ten-day trip to Germany with an opportunity to visit, among other places, the villages of our ancestors: Vreschen-Bokel and Rommerskirchen (Nettesheim/Butzheim). This was a life-long dream of mine, and, like Bloody Mary … Continue reading

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