family history, History

Week 5: Branching Out


We’re on week 5 of 52 for the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks writing challenge, and tonight I am branching out!

My cousin and I have been actively searching for members of the Frederick family that stayed in Germany. Her great-grandfather and my great-great-grandfather are brothers, and they both left Prussia to resettle their families in America in the latter half of the 19th century. They also had a sister that came here, too. We each know quite a bit about our own lines, but there were two siblings–one brother and one sister– that stayed in Prussia. We did some extensive sleuthing and found the sister, but we have hit a brick wall with the brother.

I wrote all about our discovery of the sister, Karoline. I wrote an extensive post about our journey of putting the pieces together of that branch of the family tree. Click the post below to read all about it!

The brother, Albert “Karl” Daniel Fraedrich, seems like he literally fell off the face of the earth. The last records I found of him or his wife, Anna (nee Knop), were from the church in Kratzig. They were witnesses to christenings in 1892. Both records indicate they were residing in Nassow, Pomerania, Prussia. I have found nothing of them after that. The search continues.

Possible Phot of Karl Fraedrich

My cousin shared a photograph she had received from another relative that may be of this brother, but we have not been able to prove or disprove that it is him. We both hope as technology advances and more information gets added to the internet that maybe someday we will find out the rest of the information about this relative.

I encourage you to join this awesome family history writing exercise! Check out the Generations Cafe Facebook group and join the challenge! Get out there and discover your past! #52ancestors


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