The names and dates (marriages, births, deaths) listed in family books,
called Familienbücher or Ortssippenbücher, were extracted from the village
church records, which were normally kept by the parish priests.
Unfortunately, due to illiteracy of the early settlers, language
difficulties, faded or damaged records and difficulty in deciphering some
of the handwriting, these family books contain many mistakes and
misspellings of names--I've found several mistakes regarding my own
ancestors in these books. Anton Reimann published a 3rd volume of the
Palanka OSB, which contains supplementary information obtained later, as
well as corrections regarding many entries which were sent in by former
residents of the town.
If the birth date of a person is not listed in a family book, that would
indicate that he or she was probably born somewhere else. You mention that
your grandfather was born in the USA; for that reason he is not listed in
the Palanka OSB.
On 27 October 2015 at 07:30, James Temmer via <
I have located my family name, "Temmer" in Anton Reimann's Ortssippenbuch
Palanka and I'm wondering what it means. My grandfather was born in the
USA in 1905 but his parents & siblings were all born in Palanka and are
listed. My grandfather is not listed. He spent first 13 years in Palanka
then came to the USA. According to his book, my ancestors go back in
Palanka to Franz Josef Temmer born in 1759 and married in 1776. One
previous Temmer is listed with no first name married in 1742. Do the
listings in the book mean that the people listed either were born or
married in Palanka at the date listed? Are these listings taken from
church records? Of course other big question is how to I go back further
than these initial listings to find previous homes?
Thanks to all for reading!
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