Hoping to Solve a German Genealogy Mystery at the FHL During RootsTech/FGS

By Diane Haddad

 

I have a couple of questions I want to answer while I’m at the RootsTech/Federation of Genealogical Societies joint conference in Salt Lake City Feb. 12-14, and have access to the Family History Library (FHL) just down the road:

1. Which Caspar is it?
One of my fourth-great-grandfathers was Casparus Ladenkoetter (or Ladenkotter, the spelling in most American records), according to the birth record of his son Franciscus Josephus (he went by Joseph), born July 1, 1814.

FamilySearch.org’s online index to German baptismal and marriage records includes Rheine, Germany, where they were from, and one afternoon I mapped out a working tree on my kids’ coloring paper with as many Ladenkoetters as I could find in FamilySearch.org records. The circled area is Joseph’s branch:

Here’s a close-up:

My problem is the German tendency to name siblings similarly. According to the records, Joan Caspar Ladenkotter was born March 27, 1780, and his brother, Johannes Franz Caspar Ladenkoetter, born March 7, 1781.

I don’t know which one is the right guy to be Joseph’s father (searching FamilySearch doesn’t turn up a death record for either one). Maybe Caspar’s microfilmed marriage record gives his full name or birthdate, or maybe Joseph’s or a sibling’s baptismal record gives the father’s full name.

2. If I get that done …
My second-great-grandfather Heinrich Arnold Seeger was born in Steinfeld, Germany, Feb. 26, 1852. The FHL has microfilmed church records from there, and I want to find Heinrich’s baptismal record, his parents’ marriage record, and any siblings.

I have these jobs and the relevant microfilm numbers in my research log in Google Drive, which I can access on my phone, and I’ll print out the info just in case. My research time will be tight, so I want to make sure I can hit the ground running.

The FHL has extended hours during the conference:

  • Tuesday through Friday, Feb. 10-14: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb: 15: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

RootsTech/FGS exhibit hall hours are