your ancestorís name, maybe date of birth, and assume that he or she came from "Hannover"?



a package that might give you the opportunity to solve the mystery of your ancestorsí origin:
  • a check of the Hannover city parishes (protestant) to clarify whether your ancestors came from the city of Hannover, or whether "Hannover" just means the Kingdom. This thorough check considers all possible spellings of a family name (example: Vahlenbruch - Fahlenbruch - Falenbrock etc.) as names changed considerably up to the middle of the 19th century;
  • a check of the International Biographical Index that contains more than one million names with biographical information taken from the Deutsches Biographisches Archiv and other sources:
  • Library research: a thorough check of various printed sources from the 16th to the 18th century and lists of emigrants from the 19th century that indicate where a name was common, and where further research would be advisable.
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