Tracking Down My Hennig Roots (Stephanz Family)

A couple of months ago I wrote to the State Office for Culture and Conservation Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Northern Germany to see if I could get more information on Andreas Hennig and his family.  Earlier this month, Kirsten Schäffner wrote me back.  Although she couldn’t help me track them down, she was very forthcoming on where to look.

Because they were from Rosenberg, she stated that Rosenberg, district Danzig belonged to the parish / church of Praust.

She referred me to the German archive : Evangelisches Zentralarchiv in Berlin.  A Christiane Hinz wrote me back almost immediately for more information from me. She works in the Kirchenbuchstelle des Evangelischen Zentralarchivs (the church book center at the Protestant Central Archive) in Berlin.  This archive keeps the records of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) and the Union of Protestant Churches (UEK) as well as their legal and functional predecessors.  I sent her what I know and am hoping to gain more insight on this family of nine.

Of course, being that they were Catholic, Christiane may refer me to somewhere else depending on the time frame of the records.  But, at least I am on a track.

I’ll keep you posted.

Update:  10/15/2018

Christiane’s colleague wrote me back and stated:

He and his spouse were catholics. So there is no chance to do research in our holdings as we have only protestant church records of the former Prussian State.

The village Rosenberg (Rózyny), district Danzig (Gdansk) in West Prussia belonged in former times to the catholic parish Langenau. That means that sources for further research for example to find the  marriage  Hennig/Kries or to look for  the baptism of their children, are the catholic church records of Langenau.  Films of  records  Langenau are available (see I do not know if records are online as well. 

If you need research assistance, do not hesitate to contact me.

Your Family Tree Research Specialist


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