I'am trying to help a friend who has just started his family tree, and would like to now how to trace his family from Germany, his ancestor came over before 1860, according to the of 1861 a John Linckman was born in Germany about 1820 and was living in Bolton, but could you point him in the right direction to go back further. Regards Ken
Eric ..... April 10, 2014 - 06:25 AM
...another tree on Ancestry says that Helena's mother Anna Maria Schneeberg was born in Switzerland in 1830 and her father Johan W A Eggeling 1825 in Hannover. Johan is a German equivalent of John.
As ever, you'd need to verify info found in other trees for yourself, but it can be a very useful starting point.
Good luck Eric
Eric ..... April 09, 2014 - 11:31 PM
I just did a quick search. For Hamburg births which occured over 110 years ago, you need to contact the city archives. They don't seem to offer an on-line service, so phone seems the only option. Hopefully you can get hold of somebody who speaks English:
I saw some commercial German on-line birth certificate services advertised, my guess is that they'd be more expensive than going direct. I don't know if you have enough information to get a certificate but I would have thought that the city, name and date should be enough.
I had a quick look at Ancestry (I have a world subscription) and found this highlighted record:
Birth: 30 Nov 1858 - Germany Death: 13 Dec 1936 - Townsville, Queensland, Australia Spouse: Frank Theodor 1848 – 1929 Children: John William Frederick Theodore 1885 – 1944
The search reveals twelve family trees which contain her, one of which is called "Theodore (m Gibbons)" and which shows that she married in Tynemouth in 1872 and resided in North Shields Northumberland in 1881, emigrating from Glasgow in 1883 to arrive in Cooktown on 18th September 1883. It lists her father as Johann Wilhelm August Eggeling (Wilhelm being German for William) and her mother was Anna Maria Schneeberg. They had four children: George Theodore, Emilie Theodora Theodore, Martha Theodore and Helena Johanna Theodore. I briefly glanced at the tree itself, it continues to list people marked 'Private', so currently living so likely to be linked in some way to the owner of the tree.
Hope this helps Eric
Christine Ruffle ..... April 05, 2014 - 07:24 AM
BIRTHS - ALTONA, HAMBURG
I am writing to ask for your guidance, please. I would like to acquire a birth certificate for the following person. This all the information that I have:-
Name: Helene (or Helena) Catherine Eggeling Date of Birth: 30 November 1858 Place of Birth: Altona, Hamburg, Germany Father: William Eggeling, grocer Mother: unknown
On the 1881 England Census, she claims that she is a British subject. I have not been able to locate her birth on:- . Find My Past using the filters “British Nationals Armed Forces Births 1761-2005” and “British Nationals Born Overseas 1818-2005” . Family Search . Ancestry, including using Collection Priority: “Germany, Select Births or Baptisms
Do I have sufficient information to request birth documentation from Hamburg? I do not know the place I should contact to order the documentation. I do not know about payment for the documents – cost, how payment is made.