N-Y19113 update: From Yfull. New user YF15859 (anybody know who this is?) confirms younger N-Y19113 SNP estimations for subclade BY30414. I am also now back on my own at terminal SNP N-Y19113* (YF04086)
This is a picture of my great-grandparents, Julianne Rinas nee Neumann and Martin Rinas, taken on their golden anniversary in 1942. They were living at Gut Sperling northeast of Koenigsberg with most of the extended family. My Opa, Oma, father and uncle lived at Arnstein in Kreis Heiligenbeil south of Zinten. In the winter of 1945, the family at Gut Sperling were instantly behind Soviet lines and remained there until they were "resettled" to East Germany a few years after the war. My Oma, father and uncle however lived right in the middle of the Heiligenbeilkessel and were able to escape via the Frisches Haff to the Danzig-area ports and on to western Germany where they awaited my Opa's repatriation from British POW camps in 1947. Unfortunately, Martin was shot and killed in 1945 and Julianne starved to death in 1946. They were both born to German settlers in Poland (she in Chelpowo near Plock and he in Drogoszewo near Wyszków) but met and were married in Volhynia in 1892. The extended family left Volhynia in 1919 and settled in Gut Sperling in Ostpreussen. Julianne's ancestry was fairly easy to trace back to Baden-Wuertemberg, but the name Rinas has always been an open question because it is clearly not of Germanic origin. In 19th Century records, it is typically spelled Rynas. I have been able to trace back all of the direct male ancestors in Poland, but have hit the proverbial wall because I don't know precisely where they came from before Poland. The name Rinas/Rynas leads me to be believe that they came from the area of Rhein/Ryn (Rynas in Lithuanian) and had some sort of Baltic ancestry.
This is her application for identification in 1951 with all of her family names, birthdays, and their address in Königsberg..
I found a few of my Omi's Documents, and thought they might be of service to you all... this one is a map of the evacuation routes...
Familie Hoffmann in Stallupönen - Ostpreußen.
This is the Front of the Card. I believe it is in Austria. Look at those fancy hats!
Can anyone translate the message part of this postcard that says Easter 1911... I can't read it after that. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Hi everyone: I'm new to this project. I'm a descendant of the Englehardt family, as well as the Altesellmeier family, who came to the United States to Illinois in the late 1800s. Hermann Englehardt and Lisette Altesellmeier Englehardt were my great-great grandparents. The Altesellmeier surname is hard to research. I haven't found many at all--only a few in Lienen Germany. I've attached a photo of the family Bible with their names written in it. If anyone knows of these names, will you please let me know? They disappeared. My great-grandfather and their son, Philipp Carl (Charles) Englehardt was partially raised by a Methodist Minister. I have found one post on Ancestry that where a man was looking for his grandfather, Edward Englehardt who was raised by an aunt and uncle because the parents who lived in Illinois had died under mysterious circumstances. My uncle and I believe they are the same family.