In a message dated 11/29/2006 7:21:43 A.M. Mountain Standard Time,
So I would need to identify the parish church before I could expect to find
records? Obviously, I need to do more historical research before I try to
find original records. thank you,
A good resource for parish identification in 1848 and sooner (and also
probably later) are the J.G. Sommer books we discussed a few weeks ago.
They are divided into chapters for each Herrschaft (Noble Dominion). With
each they list all the places the dominion included. Sometimes the list of
places is divided by parish with a German phrase that means "the places
included in this parish (eingepfarrt ) are:" and then a list with a summary
description of each place.
In some cases they will have a note with each place saying it is in the
parish of (place). Then you h ave to go to that place to find the name of the
Pfarrkirche / parish church.
The books are indexed and it is easy to find an ancestral place or at least
a place that you know was near an unknown ancestral place. Go to that page
and consider all the places included in the same parish.
These books are in Gothic German (Fraktur) but Felix Gundacker has published
copies. I don't know if his copies are also in Fraktur. You know his
website. His Email contact is there. You might want to buy the Caslau book
from him because I believe that may be one that is missing from the Google
Books online copies of this set of books.
If the place name you are looking for was German, there may be a Heimatbuch
that includes it. However, the Caslau area really did not have that many
Germans living in it.