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Now What: Missing Lenk
6/12/2014
Expert answers on German origins.
Q. I’ve made little headway on my Hondlenk line. I assumed the name was German, but a friend went to Germany and asked everyone about it. Germans told her the name is probably Dutch or Danish. Now I don’t know what nationality it is.
 
A. From the genealogical material you sent, it looks like the source for your assumption is John Hondlenk’s listing in the 1860 Louisiana mortality schedule, with the place of birth as Germany. (Census mortality schedules list those who died the year before the census was taken from 1850 through 1880.)
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