Friday, April 17, 2015

From the Heart

Telling beautiful stories about beautiful ancestors has been my goal. Some posts have met my goal and others not so much. Those posts that fell short of my goals didn’t come from the heart.

As long as there is life, a heart will beat. The same can be said of love. Isn’t that what life is about? Love.

Some lives are long drawn out affairs filled with all the trials and tribulations of the world and how it affects beating hearts. Some hearts are destined to beat for just a short while. 

Those who came before once had hearts that beat with love, fear, success, failure, poverty, disease and on and on. Their heartfelt tales are as relevant today as then. Though circumstances may change, human reaction is not unique.  It is our common thread.
Past meets present...


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Connecting and Collaberating Through Ancestry is a Beautiful Thing

You bet, I shared the photograph of Paul Max Walter Radde and Frieda Radde nee Hanke. 

I also shared my Grandmother's Tale.

Long ago and far away in a time when Adolph HItler and his Nazi's ruled Germany with an iron fist, there was a little girl and her family. This little girl had a disability of some type and was taken away by the Nazis. The family never saw her again.

Had she heard the same story?
No, she told me Ursula had polio and was in the hospital when it was bombed.
It was a terribly sad time for the family.

For now, this is where my research and Grandma's tale ends. 
My next research question: How is Frieda connected to my Hanke ancestors?

Until my next discovery,


Monday, April 13, 2015

Is It Possible??? was my first stop in the search for Frieda Radde. I searched Frieda Radde and Frieda Hanke. In both attempts I found possibilities, but nothing jumped out at me.

In my next attempt, I searched for the name Radde with a spouse named Frieda Hanke. It appeared I had found that unwanted "negative information." I clicked through the different categories and finally clicked on link to Family Trees. It was then I got my first clue.

There was an family tree in which a Paul Max Walter Radde was married to a Frieda Hanke. This unsourced tree reported three children complete with photographs.

1.  One male child reported as "private" meaning living.
2.  Johannes Hanschen Radde, b. about 1922, d. about 1944 on the Russian front
3.  Ursula Radde, b. about 1926 in Kreis Stolp, Pommern, Germany, d. 1940-42 in Stettin, Germany. Ursula was reported to have had polio.

Is it possible? Could Ursula Radde be the little disabled girl from my Grandmother's tale (April 4th post)? She had a handicap and was from Stolp and Stettin the home of my German ancestors. The connection was possible but not yet proven.

I made contact with the tree's owner. I had a photograph that I wished to share with her. I explained the photo and the writing on its back. After the review of the photograph she concluded that, yes indeed, the Frieda in my photograph matched the Frieda in her tree. 

You see following World War II, the tree owner's grandmother sent shoes to Frieda Radde at the address (15 Richard Wagner Strasse) on the back of my photo. How lucky that her grandmother kept record of Frieda's address! My grandmother also sent clothes to her German relatives but sadly did not keep a record of whom she shipped clothing to. Thank goodness for the information on the back of the photo!

How does Frieda's connect to my Hanke ancestors? Only time will tell.


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Grandmother's Tale Continues

It has been decades since my Grandmother told me the tale of her relatives in Germany.
Yet I remember the story of this little German girl disappearing as if it was yesterday. 

While perusing through Grandma's photographs, I stumbled upon this photo....

So, what do I know about these two people?

1.  The woman is Mrs. Frieda Radde of Stolp. Her maiden name was most likely Hanke.
2.  The gentleman was probably her husband, Mr. Radde of Stolp.
3.  Stolp was located in Pomerania.
4.  Schlawester, 97 may have been an address.
5.  Gutenberg - 15 Richard Wagner Str. was an address. 
6.  The couple lived in "The Russian Zone." I believe this means that Herr und Frau Radde 
     lived in the section of Germany given to Stalin at the end of WWII.
7.  Frieda shares the same maiden name as my Great Grandmother, Albertina Hanke.

Who was Frieda Radde (Hanke)? 

I can tell you with certainty that Frieda was related to my Grandmother. While I cannot yet determine her exact kinship, I can say she is related somehow. She bears a resemblance Grandmother's sister, Anna Walters nee Schumann. 

Anna Walters nee Schumann

More to follow...


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Grandmother's Tale

Long ago and far away in a time when Adolph HItler and his Nazi's ruled Germany with an iron fist, there was a little girl and her family. This little girl had a disability of some type and was taken away by the Nazis. The family never saw her again.

This is a story that my paternal grandmother told me when I was a young girl. I have remembered it over the years. I took my grandmother at her word and never asked a question because I trusted grandmother would tell me all she knew. If only I had asked for the little girl's name or how they were related? Where did they live?

Friday, March 27, 2015

If Only

If Only...

If only I had taken an interest in genealogy earlier in life.

     If only I had taken up this genealogical passion just five years earlier than I did.

I know many who began their genealogical journey as teens. Inspiration came early for these lucky genealogists. For me, it took awhile. Entrance into the genealogical world was delayed for many pointless reasons. As a result, I missed out on a wealth of stories and information from my parents, my grandparents, my aunts and uncles, my great aunts and great uncles. If only I knew then, what I know now.

If I may offer up one piece of advice to anyone interested in family history, it would be this.

Don't procrastinate for time works against your loved ones. Memory loss robs the elderly of their stories. Names, dates, places and stories all disappear when grandparents or parents pass on.

So, just go for it for there is no time like the present!
It's time to roll up your sleeves and start asking questions.
Most of all, enjoy the relationship you build with your relatives!


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hello, It's Me

It has most definitely been awhile.

My genealogical interests have not evaporated, but taken another form and this blog has paid the price. I am guilty of abandonment.

Instead, I have done some major researching, discovered new genealogical evidence, volunteered, read and educated myself. All worthy activities....

So, today I reintroduce myself to blog.

Have a beautiful day and see you tomorrow!