I received an email out of the blue today from a Werner Kaag who lives
in the Aurich area with a GEDCOM attached. He indicated that the Maria
Catharina Koyon I had in my tree was really Maria Catharina Kaag. Maria
Catharina was the second wife of old Michael Held. I went back to the
of the church book page and it very likely could be Kagin, the feminine
form of Kag (Kaag). The wedding record had ink spilled on it so it was
unreadable. It took a little effort to work his GEDCOM data to a usable
form. He used a practice of spelling the Surnames in all caps with a
between each letter. That took a while to fix. He also did not have an
estimated birth date for everyone in the database, if one was not
I added estimated birthdates. His data do mesh with the Held tree.
there is more that one connection in the colateral families, especially
the Jürgen Emmer and George Messerschmidt families.
As promised, Ian Sandham came through with information on the Alice
The only information that we have on Thomas Forbes, June's grandfather,
is that he was 25 years old at the time of his wedding, he was born in
Scotland, and his father was James. Using this information we tried the
General Register Office for Scotland (GROS). This is a pay-for-view
or $10 for a 24 hour window of access), online, database of suposedly
of the church records in Scotland. Once you see some records you would
like, you can order copies for £10 or about $16 each. There was
one Thomas Forbes, born in Scotland, son of James, in the right period.
The mother of this Thomas Forbes was Jane Minty (Mintie). We ordered
of the documents for this Thomas Forbes, James Forbes, and Jane Minty.
to February 2000
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