Every genealogist keeps a list of surnames, so they can be easily scanned by those who think they might find a connection.  So this is our list, including the various locations that they are associated with.

Bellmer                            Burgdamm, Bremen, Germany
Berneburg                        Eltmannshausen, Hanover, Lehe/Geestemuende, Germany
Brandt                              Erkeln, Brakel, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Denhard                           Bischhausen, Schwalm-Eder-Kreis, Hesse, Germany
Eggers / Eggerdes            Erkeln, Brakel, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Faust                                Erkeln, Brakel, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Fincken                            Vollersode, Hambergen, Lower Saxony, Germany
Gaussmann                      Erkeln, Brakel, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany                  
Gervinck/Gerving            Sankt Laurentius Katholisch, Senden, Westfalen, Germany
Heissenbuettel                 Ohlenstedt/Westerbeck, Lower Saxony, Germany
Hug                                  Hanover, Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany
Imhof                               Lohr, Lohr am Main, Bayern, Germany
Jachens                            Burgdamm, Bremen, Germany
Kleemann                        Linden-Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany
Kortefeldts                       Senden, Coesfeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Krudop                             Marssel, Lesum, Lower Saxony, Germany
Kura                                 Oberglogau, Silesia
Langer                              Geestendorf, Bremerhaven, and Oberglogau, Silesia
Mahlstedt                         Uthlede, Cuxhaven, Lower Saxony, Germany                  
Mehrtens                          Brockmannsmuehlen, Kirchspiel Schambeck, Germany
Ortman                             New Jersey, New York City, Minnesota, Ohio
Ortmann                           Erkeln, Brakel, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Otten                                Westerbeck/Friessenbuettel, Bremen, Germany
Rickmann                         Marssel, Lesum, Lower Saxony, Germany
Schauf                              Erkeln, Brakel, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Schroeder                         Stubben, Lesum, Bremen, Germany
Schulze                            Burgdamm, Bremen, Germany
Schwanen                        Nienborg/Ahaus, Borken, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Schwietering                   Nienborg/Ahaus, Borken, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Schyszpin                        Oberglogau, Silesia
Sieblitz                            Lohr, Lohr am Main, Bayern, Germany                        
Siegler                             Lohr, Lohr am Main, Bayern, Germany
Soebber                           Ahaus, Borken, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany?                   
Terhaer                            Ahaus, Borken, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany?
Vogel                               Lohr, Lohr am Main, Bayern, Germany
von Glaan                        Vollersode, Hambergen, Lower Saxony, Germany
Wellbrock                        Burgdamm, Bremen, Germany


  1. Hi Elise,

    I am not sure if you saw my last comment or not. I noticed that you have the surname Imhoff on your list. My ancestors are George Imhoff and Catherine Emerich. They attended the church of Saint Michael in Lohr, Do you have any information? Thanks, Charlene my email is

    1. When I am researching my g grandfather Frederick William Bernard Elstermann von Elster who came to Canada from Germany, Elise and Charlene, I run into the name Imhoff regularly. As my Frederick did, he shows up in New Westminster District census (BC) and then in Prince Rupert/Essington area. There is another man, Peter Herman from Germany who also consistently shows up with them. I wonder often if they traveled together from Germany but I've never been able to find Frederick's immigration or records from Germany. Just in case you might be looking for an I'm Hoff who immigrated to BC, Canada.

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  2. Hi Elise,

    I found your blog when I typed in the church of Saint Michael and was reading about how you felt about discovering that family members weren't your family after all, about saying goodbye to them, how you felt so close to them. I can really relate to your feelings. We do care about them so much. I can't help but think that their is a purpose and a reason why you traveled down that line. Have you thought about putting it on Family Tree? This information is a gold treasure and it's just a matter of finding the right people to reveal it to. If it was mine line, I would give you the biggest hug ever!
    I notice that you have the surname Imhof. Could you tell me more about the Imhoffs? My ancestors names are George Imhoff and Catherine (Emerich). Do you know these people?
    Thanks, Charlene my e-mail is

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