Kirschstein of Rawitsch, Posen, Prussia

Today’s Surname Saturday post is an update on Kirschstein of Rawitsch, Posen, Prussia, and all of the riches I’ve found since I made it through that brick wall a little over a week ago.

I’ve identified 64 more ancestors in that tiny village of Rawitsch, Posen, Prussia, and I’ve made it back to the very late seventeenth century, finding two sets of my six-times-great-grandparents. The only line I know more about at this point are my Swedes and my Scots.

This has been like a puzzle where only one key –  the village where my great-grandfather was born – unlocked so many other answers. Without it, I’d still be wandering around the nearby city where I thought he was born.

Oddly, there don’t seem to be any KIRSCHSTEINs in Rawitsch before Bruno’s father, Friedrich, was married there in 1847. But the families he married into – the BRAUNs and the TRENKLERs – had been in Rawitsch for a very long time.

Other new surnames in my Prussian family tree include GUERTLER, BRAND, METSCHKE, GLAUBITZ, and my new favorite name to search: BREDTSCHNEIDER.

The FamilySearch site, with the Germany Births and Baptisms and Germany Marriages databases, has been invaluable.

So, no new blinding insights or big tips today. Just continuing to hoover up those new ancestors as fast as I can write them all down.


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  1. Brenda 31 July 2010 at 11:40 AM

    How exciting that you broke through your brickwall. Congratulations!

  2. Sassy Jane Genealogy 31 July 2010 at 4:40 PM

    Thanks, Brenda – I’m still kind of stunned that I finally figured it out!

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