Friday, May 18, 2018

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Ordering Ancestry Certificates from Berlin

Here is the order form for the marriage record (Heiratsurkunde) at the archive LAB. The form is in German and I will add a screenshot of parts of it in English for orientation what it says. The order will cost about €30. 

In the order form you have to write down the following:
names, the date of marriage (August 1932 and if you have the day), the record number Nr. 281/1932, the name of the civil registry office (Standesamt) Berlin IX and the repository number PRep. 806 Nr. 896 (which is found at the beginning of the name list of the LAB)

You can send it by email: (see the second link)

First link here is the order form:
AND second link, the email contact LAB:

A very helpful lady gave me this information:

In case you want to order the birth certificate for Rolf Willi Hans Poncé (born 4 July 1931, civil registry office Berlin IX, birth record No. 1317/1931), you have to order it at the civil registry office (Standesamt) of the Berlin district Mitte. It is stored there because the privacy time has not expired yet. They will most likely ask you for a copy of a document that will prove a direct relationship to Rolf. 

Fees are around €10. When you order the birth record please ask for a copy of the record with all margin notes - Ich bitte um eine Kopie mit allen Randvermerken.

Below is the link to the website of the civil registration office Berlin Mitte. They have an online order form, too, only in German. Usually they will send out an email to you telling you to pay before they will mai/send you the copy of the record. What I don't know is what payment methods there are for this office. Usually they want the money transferred to their German bank account where you will have extra costs. Maybe someone here has knowledge how to best handle this with a money tranfer service or such.

See link "here" and "here".

Other links:
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Monday, May 7, 2018

Great-grandmother Helene Ponce

Helene Berta Frieda Ponce

  I am so excited.... I finally got a new lead on my ancestor research for my great-grandmother Helene Berta Frieda Matthes (Matthres) geborene Ponce. I know her name is super long and definitely was not helpful with the research. She was born in Falkenburg Kreis Dramburg / Pommern and died in Ohringen, Hohenlohkreis, Baden-Wuertenberg, Germany. 

  Pommern is Pommerania in English located in northern Germany part of it is Germany and part of it is Poland. - not near France. It is east of Schleswig. I always thought she was born in France. Family kept on stating that she came from Lyon, France, but not of the records matched what I heard. Falkenburg is now Poland. 

  Another thing that confused me was all those extra names and where in the world did the name Matthes come in to play? was she maybe married before? 

  A friend mentioned that maybe she was a huguenot or from the French speaking Sweden who wandered out of Sweden to Prussia? Or maybe her ancestors were soldiers of the Napoleon army who stayed in Prussia? Those are all new to me and is something to look into that as a possibility. 

  I finally received a response from a DNA match on My grandfather has a second cousin that popped up under DNA matches. She stated that her fathers last name was Graffunder and I mentioned the name to my grandfather and he recognized the name instantly. I hadn't come upon that name in the past, so I decided to go back to my research and see if the name would come up. A Helene Ponce born. Graffunder came up, she was born 1876 and died July 27th, 1910 in Berlin. My immediate thought was that could be my great-grandmother. It's not 100% sure, but could be likely with the new information that I obtained. 


No. 1190

Berlin, 27 July 1910

The hospital St. Hedwig notified that
Helene Ponce née Graffunder, wife of the laborer Gustav Ponce, 40 years old, Protestant [evangelisch] religion, residing in Berlin, Rosenthaler Straße No. 40, 
born in Tempelburg, county [Kreis] Neustettin, 
daughter of the master cartwright Karl Graffunder and his wife Wilhelmine née Ratz, both deceased and lastly residing in Falkenburg county [Kreis] Dramburg,
died in the above hospital on 27 July 1910 at 6 a.m.

16 printed words crossed out.

The registrar.
Per pro
Behrens [signature]

Here is the "link"


No. 1710

Berlin, 2 July 1914

The administration of the Virchow-Hospital notified that, 
the manager/managing director [Geschäftsführer] Wilhelm Gustav Ponce, widower, 49 years old, Protestant [evangelisch] religion, residing in Berlin, Rosenthaler Straße No. 40/41, 
born in Falkenburg, county [Kreis] Dramburg,
son of the deceased and lastly in Falkenburg residing married couple: spinning master [Spinnmeister] Karl Ponce and Albertine née Stolzenberg,
died in the Virchow-Hospital on 1 July 1914 at 4:45 a.m.

Read out, approved and 16 printed words crossed out

The registrar.
Per pro

Translation of the 2 margin entries:

Recognition of paternity, civil registry office Berlin-Mitte, to R̲̲o̲̲l̲̲f̲ Willi Hans Poncé born 4 July 1931
civil registry office Berlin 9, birth record No. 1317/1931

civil registry office Berlin 9, marriage record No. 281/1932

So Willy Rudolf Ernst Schramke, born 21 October 1899 in Berlin, had an illegitimate child with a woman named Poncé.

The child was born 4 July 1931 in Berlin went by the first name Rolf (is indicated by the underlining of one of several forenames).

In 1932 Willy Rudolf Ernst Schramke married in Berlin.

Monday, April 30, 2018

My New Office / Craft-room Space

I like having an organized aesthetic space to work in. My goal when setting up my space was avoiding the look of clutter. My mom purchased a awesome cubicle shelf from Better Homes and Gardens for me. It was a perfect fit for my long office wall and gave me easy storage pace for my many things that I like to hold on to. The cubbies were purchased at Walmart and they fir in the compartments perfectly. 

I added wire shelves in the closet that purchased from Home depot to store my sewing scrap booking things. The left closet door is broken, so I added that to my honey do list for my sweet husband to fix for me (because he loves me, and maybe he is reading this right now).

Monday, April 23, 2018


Germanic Cream of wheat

4 cups (1 liter) of milk
6 - 7 tsp. (1/2 cup) cream of wheat or small packet (malt -o meal)
2 tsp. butter
2 - 3 tsp. sugar
vanilla sugar
1 egg or just egg white

Saturday, April 21, 2018

My favorite books

My top 10 favorite books!

1. The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
2. The Mysts of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
3. The Forest House by Marion Zimmer Bradley
4. Crown of Stars series by Alis A.Rasmussen, under pen-name Kate Elliot
5. Eregon by Christopher Paolini
6. Eldest by Christopher Paolini
7. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
8. Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
9. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
10. Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

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