Jennifer Henning's German Genealogy Site
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This page updated February 19th, 2021
Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)
This site is a consolidation of my genealogy research in two areas of Germany and one area of Austrian Silesia (Czech Republic):
The site includes information on:
Prior to 1900 or so, there was no modern concept of a 'correct' way to spell most surnames. Family names were spelled phonetically, and any spellings that would give a similar pronunciation were considered to be equally correct. So Tscherner and Czerner are both spellings of the 'same' name, to reflect a 'German-ized' and 'Czech-ized' version of the same name, and Strnad and Strnadt are yet another example of this common practice. The names Mayer, Meyer, Maier, and Meier are a good example of four spellings of the same name that would all be pronounced (in German) the same way. Sometimes the spellings changed gradually over time. Sometimes a spelling was simply the preference of a local pastor or other record keeper, with different people spelling the same person's name differently on different records.
When the name of a married woman is shown, her marital surname is shown in italics after her complete birth name. In cases of multiple marriages, each such marital surname is so appended.
The colors of a little LEDs beads indicate how closely the individual is related to the main ancestral line:
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