"There have been ancestor- or family-researchers before
like the doctor Ernst Grünhagen (East Prussian).
Visit at the church register agency in Hanover 31. March 2005.
"It is early in the morning as I am on my way to the church register agency in Hanover where I have an appointment with Ruth Grünhagen. Ruth is already very busy as I enter the room with microfiche scanner quietly. The whirring of these machines is the only noticeable noise in this room because all present people are looking at their screens intently or are making notes.
After a hearty welcoming, quietly of course, Ruth explains
me how to handle the scanner with microfiches. These microfiches contain
negatives of photographed pages of church register, with other words:
a more or less white handwriting on a black background.
Fortunately Ruth gives me an extract of the Suderbruch church
register of about 1740 till 1890. This document I can read, or at least
I can recognize most of the words.
If you get deeper, you get the feeling you can find more
and more details, but suddenly . . . it is closing time.
So I got knowledge of working in an archive and handling church register and old German handwritings. After some time you are able to read the handwritings and to expose the secrets of the old books more and more.
Although ancestry research is very time intensive, it always
will be interesting.
My elusive ancestor.
I went searching for an ancestor. I cannot
find him still.
We need your help!
Who likes to support the Grünhagen-Association?
There are still a lot of church register and other documents
in archives, which contain important information for our ancestry research.
They are just waiting to be explored.
Therefore we like to ask members of the Grünhagen-Association
and also other people, who are interested in the genealogy of Grünhagen,
to help us with our research.