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From: Sonya Stewart <>
Subject: Re: [ALL] Help with reading census
Date: Wed, 22 Dec 2004 11:16:41 -0800 (PST)
Thank you for the info. I think this will be quite
useful in the near future!!
--- marg mcfarlane <> wrote:
> Hi Sonya:
> From this webpage:
> German city names such as Berlin, Berchtesgaden,
> Frankfurt, Hamburg,
> Leipzig, Munich (Mnchen), Salzburg, Dresden or
> Zurich (Zrich) are
> easily recognizable. Geographic features such as das
> Matterhorn, der
> Rhein (Rhine), die Elbe, der Harz (mountains), or
> die Zugspitze,
> Germany's tallest mountain, are equally well known.
> Other regional or
> state names may be just as familiar:
> Schleswig-Holstein, the Rhineland
> (Rheinland), Saxony (Sachsen), and others. Sometimes
> these geographic
> names also became surnames or part of a family's
> Germanic last name. But
> what do all those names actually mean? How did these
> places get their
> To me, the word Sachsen could indeed sound like
> Saxton, depending on the
> person's accent and pronunciation. And that 1880
> census page to me
> also, looks like Saxton.
> Type Saxony genealogy into your favorite search
> engine and tons of hits
> come up. Explore some of them and perhaps you will
> find out more about
> your family.
> Sonya Stewart wrote:
> >Another lister was very generous in sending me some
> >jpg's of consus data and I have been very busy
> >transcribing them (at work of course, where else is
> >quiet enough to do these things?). While these
> >are a blessing I am wishing I could see the actual
> >film to take a better guess. I am looking at
> >Christopher Nehrig in the 1880 census. He is
> >in Westmoreland Co at the time next to his father
> >Nehrig. I know he will go to Birmingham
> >Pittsburgh sometime soon, at least by the late
> >when my grandmother was born and will eventually
> >up in Indiana County near Homer City.
> >Obviously they were German. Not really a question
> >about that (or IS there?) Christopher was born in
> >but his parents were born elsewhere. It does
> >DEFINITELY NOT say Germany under place of birth (as
> >mistakenly assumed it would) but rather something
> >starts with an "S" (I compared the S to one in the
> >name Sara and they match so I am pretty confident
> >the first letter.
> >So...I was wondering if anyone knows of a German
> >region that is "Santon", "Sarten", "Saxton" or
> >something like that. I will welcome any clues at
> >point. And if anyone does have access to the
> >and just wants to play around to perfect their
> >transcription skills, that would also be most
> > I am really a collector and not a researcher. I
> >really like to find the living cousins but this has
> >been kind of fun too. Dancing with the dead. At
> >least they don't step on my feet.
> >Thanks again for any help you may be able to offer.
> >So many great folks on the lists!
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