by Wesley Johnston
This web site provides a downloadable GEDCOM version of the "Families in Probsthagen" records compiled by Kurt Hitzeman. [Kurt and I are 9th cousins, descended from our 8th Great Grandparents, Johann Hasemann (~1638) and Catherine Elisabeth Tielking (1634) who are in the database.]
The database creation began with Kurt's 2002 version of "Families in Probsthagen", which can be seen on the Deutsche Genealogie web site at http://www.genealogienetz.de/reg/NSAC/SLP/Probsthagen/OSB/index.html. However, in 2007 Kurt did extensive work, including work with Margarete Sturm on the early Schweer / Schwer families. This include complete renumbering of most of the families of many surnames, as well as important changes and additions to the records in the 2002 version.
The creation of the database also served as a proof-reading of the 2007 list. So there were many changes made to the 2007 list as a result of the database creation. The database incorporates all of those changes to the 2007 list.
This web page is an interim web page. I am looking for the right place for it to be included in an on-going web site. I had hoped that Karen Rowe would include it in her astounding Karen's Gen website, but she has told me that she too is looking for someone to inherit her web site since she is no longer able to maintain it. So my search continues.
Now that the Probsthagen database is done, I am working on creating the Families in Lindhorst GEDCOM Database from Kurt Hitzeman's "Families in Lindhorst" list.
Wordle Chart: Surname size indicates relative frequency
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I have tried to be as faithful as possible to Kurt Hitzeman’s lists. I began the work with the 2002 list and a database that had been created by Kurt for his initial version but which did not include the improvements that he had made in his 2002 list. So I worked through the 2002 list and updated the database from it.
This revealed the need to fabricate family numbers for various situations. These all begin with the letter X, which can be thought of as being eXternal to the Probsthagen records.
Unfortunately, I had to do the work in fits and spurts, and my ability to remember the conventions that I established wavered. So I am sure that any convention that I had established has exceptions.
In 2005, I had to set the work aside for three years. I had completed the pass through the entire 2002 list and was using Legacy Family Tree software’s exception reporting to highlight problems that neither Kurt nor I had seen. I had nearly completed all of these problem report cases when I had to set the work aside until 2008.
During that time, Kurt made major enhancements in creating the 2007 list, including renumbering of many groups of families, something that the data itself really had indicated was needed. Thus when I resumed work in 2008, I began all over again, working from the A’s to the Z’s. This was a good proof-reading effort for Kurt’s list, but the real purpose was to bring synchronize the database with the 2007 version of the list. Before beginning this effort, I made a global change to the database to change any pre-1805 birthdates that were specific dates into baptismal dates, since that was what they really were. Unfortunately, this change also changed the birthplace to the baptismal place, which is not true for many of the people who were born in places that were not where they were baptized.
It is highly likely that there are some things that I may have missed in the 2008 work. For example, I think the most likely type of thing that I may not have spotted is that Kurt had added a specific house number to many of the families, so that I very well may have missed some of these. And the conventions that I had established in the earlier work may have been further distorted in the 2008 work.
What Kurt has done is a phenomenal effort, as anyone who has ever worked with hand-written German records in the altschrift (old script). The work I did was a massive effort of hundreds and hundreds of hours. But I am sure that the size of my effort it is dwarfed by the magnitude of the work that Kurt did. We all owe him an enormous debt of gratitude for undertaking such a massive but significant project. It is now one of the true wonders of the world of historical research.
The database is in a GEDCOM file. You must first download the GEDCOM file to your computer and then use your genealogical software to import the file. If you do not have genealogical software, the Standard Version of the Legacy Family Tree product is an excellent tool, which is freely downloadable at http://www.legacyfamilytree.com.
Some import problems have been reported, and so far all of these have been due to control options that can be set on your genealogical software. Here are the problems reported so far:
There are two auxiliary files to help with use of the database.
Now that you have read all of the above and know what this is all about, here are the links to the GEDCOM file and the auxiliary files:
There are some excellent web sites on the family history of the area around Probsthagen.
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