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Monday, June 18, 2012

Mappy Monday - Map of Oberhundem


Last week, Michael John Neill wrote about German maps found on Ancestry.com.  I decided to give it a try and find the home town of my Horks:  Oberhundem.  I followed the same instructions Michael gave and found it in no time.  Oberhundem in part of Westfalia, which today is the German state of North Rhein-Westphalia.  According to Wikepedia, it is "the most populous state with 4 of the countries' 10 largest cities."

Here is the map from Wikepedia:

File:North Rhine-Westphalia Topography 08.png

Oberhundem is a small town and is near Arnsberg at the edge of Sauerland.  The maps on Ancestry are historical maps.  I made the map large and then cropped it so I could see just the three towns where I found church records for the Hork, Trosster, and Soemmer families.

Germany, Topographic Maps, 1860-1965, 1898 Attendorn map, Ancestry.com
I found church records in Oberhundem, Kirchhundem and Altenhundem.  If you look close enough, you can imagine one of the little squares was their house!



Copyright © 2012 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Clementine Hork in 1925 Brooklyn NY census!

Ancestry.com just released some New York state census records.  I have not been able to find my great grandfather's sister, Clementine Hork since a 1902 Brooklyn city directory and a 1910 census in Brooklyn, Kings Co, NY.  She arrived in America in 1891 with her brother, Albert M. Hork.

In Brooklyn in 1900 and 1902, Clementine was listed as a seamstress.  My great grandfather was a tailor.  When I find her in 1925 in Brooklyn, she is living in The Little Sister of the Poor Home for the Aged.

1925 New York State Census, Kings Co, Brooklyn, block 4, ED 8, p 42, line 24, Clementine Hork
Now to find her between 1910 and 1925.  I will look in the 1920 census again and in more Brooklyn city directories.

I also want to find when she died.  I should research this Poor Home for the Aged.  It probably was run by Catholic nuns.

Copyright © 2012 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past