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From: "Warren" <>
Subject: Re: [S-H-RTS] advice & guidance needed
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2002 10:35:32 +1000
I recommend you have a look at the Web site -
It contains a number of standard letters in German that you can send to various places when looking for information on ancestors. When you get replies written in German you can type them into an email and send it to these people who will translate it for you. Please note that they deal with genuine genealogy translations only.
I always find that putting a $20 note with the initial request gets best results. I know this is somewhat dangerous as someone could steal it or it could go astray but I haven't had any of those problems (so far!). If you send a bank draft or money order the fees for cashing them are quite high. I also include two Internation Reply Certificates available from the post office for return postage.
My experience with replies varies greatly. With the increasing interest in genealogy, via the Internet, many of the churches and state archives are being inundated with requests. Expect delays from weeks to many months.
I haven't used the particular church you mention, but I have had responses from quite a few and never had any that didn't reply at all.
I hope this has been of some help and wish you well with your research.
Warren in Brisbane, Australia
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On 24/02/2002 at 6:56 PM Kris & Rich Goszka wrote:
I need a little advice & guidance. My great great grandfather was born in
Preetz, Kr. Kiel, Holstein, Germany (according to his marriage certificate
from 1886). He was born 27 July 1860, 1862 or 1864 depending on which
document you happen to be looking at. I have checked at my local FHC for
any films that might have some information that would help me. I did go
though a census from 1855 (hoping to find his parents), but did not find
anything helpful. Many of the pages were so difficult to read that I could
have missed something though. I have been told that if I write to
Kirchenkreis Segeberg, Kirchenbuchamt des Kirchenkreises Segeberg,
Kirchplatz 1, D-23795 Bad Segeberg and tell them what I am looking for and
send them some money to start the research (about $20) they will look for a
baptismal record. My problem is that I live in the United States and heve
never done any research in the European countries. I have several
questions. Has anyone ever used this particular address? Do I need to get
International Money Coupons (I understand the post office usually sells
them) or can I send them a personal check or money order. Does my request
need to be in German? What kind of turn around can I expect? I would be
gratful for any advice and/or guidence anyone can offer.
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