Jane's Genealogy Jigsaw
My great-grandfather, Anton Bahnsen, was born in Horsbüll, Schleswig-Holstein, in 1873. He came to the United States with his parents in 1880.
I was lucky. We knew where the family came from. When I began my research, I was given copies of family documents by several relatives. With this information, I was able to find some of my ancestors in the available Schleswig-Holstein census records.
I also ordered the microfilms of the church records for the parishes they lived in (I still have them!), and while I was able to find the Bahnsen family of Horsbüll, I have not been quite as lucky in my research on the Sönnichsen family of Emmelsbüll, perhaps partly because the filmed records end so early (1771). However, I contacted a third cousin, who had the information I needed!
I have created these pages to try and help others who may not be quite as fortunate, and maybe, just maybe, I will find someone who can help me too.
Personal thoughts that occur to me during my research. Currently consists only of a short essay on Names, but I hope to add more.
- Census Records: Tonder Amt
Family History Library microfilm numbers for the 1835, 1840, 1845, and 1860 censuses — currently for Tonder Amt only.
- Church Records: Tonder Amt
Extracted from Family History microfilms from the parishes where my ancestors lived.
A list Family History Library microfilms of Schleswig-Holstein records on indefinite loan at my local Family History Center in which I will do Look-ups.
Links to other sites I have found useful, and also to some of my own family pages.