"The Ottele Family Of Luxembourg and the United States" by Sue Green . Revised 1997
(The Standard Work!)
"Ottele Newsletter" edited by Sue Green
Links to the US-descendants of Nicolas and Marguerite Ottelé / Ottle from Lintgen/ Luxembourg:
She was married to Donald Joseph ZWICK (son of Urban Sebastian
ZWICK and Alice Eleanor OTTLE) on May 8 1968 in Minerva, Stark,
Donald Joseph ZWICK was born on Oct 30 1928 in Alliance, Stark, Ohio. Mary Alice MCINTEE and Donald Joseph ZWICK had the following
Information from: http://www.parsonstech.com/genealogy/trees/jshaver2/d26.htm#P221
"Luxemburgers in the new World" a reedition based on the work of Gonner Nicolas; Dubuque, Iowa 1889
I found the following names, dates and numbers in this book:
Ottle J 13.9.1892 4
Ottle J.B. 24.03.1891 5
Ottle Nic 14.3.1893
Ottle Nicolas 15.04.1913 7
Ottle Nik 29.04.1913 7
Ottley Anna 2.6.1903 8
Ottley Barbara 2.6.1903 8
Ottley Maria 2.6.1903 8
Ottley Martin 2.6.1903 8
Ottele Klara 2.12.1913 7
Ottele Mich. 2.12.1913 7
Ottele Michael 30.4.1912 7
Ottele Pauline 2.12.1913 7
Ottele Peter 30.4.1912 7
I think these names, dates and numbers were published in articles in Gonner's newspaper "Luxemburger Gazette" (1871-1918) in the US.
Compendium of History, Reminiscence & Biography of NEBRASKA 262. COMPENDIUM OF HISTORY, REMINISCENCE AND BIOGRAPHY
In reviewing the history of Boone County, Nebraska, the citizens who have contributed to her welfare must be given special mention; and a prominent place among this number is given the gentleman above named. Mr. Ottele is a pioneer settler, and is perhaps one of the best known men of his locality. He is a prosperous farmer and business man, and has gained his success by the exercise of business tact, supplemented by the strictest integrity of word and deed. Nickolas Ottele was born in Luxemburg, Germany, April 7, 1856, the youngest of nine children in the family of Nickolas and Barbara Ottele. In the month of May, 1874, Mr. Ottele, with his father, mother, and sister Annie, came to America, going to Dubuque, Iowa, where they joined our subject's brother Mike and a married sister, who had came to America about one year previous. Mike Ottele and wife, Nick Henn and daughter, in company with the subject of this sketch, came overland by team and wagons, to Boone county, April 21, 1878. The three men took up adjoining homesteads in section twelve, township twenty-two, range seven, Nick Ottele locating on the southwest quarter, and his brother Mike on the northwest quarter, where they both reside on their original homesteads. Mike Ottele has a family of thirteen children, and has retired from the farm, now making his home in Elgin, Antelope county. Mr. Nicholas Ottele was married to Miss Annie Heinz in Ray Valley church, April 10, 1883. Mrs. Ottele is a native of Germany, and came to America in December, 1882. Mr. and Mrs. Ottele have had eight children, seven of whom are living Alvis N., and Emil J., who reside at home Jennie, wife of Herman Kueter, has one child and lives in Antelope county; and Mary, Matilda, Charles John, Emma Mary, and William F., all living under the parental roof. They are an interesting family, energetic along all lines, the older boys being good business men and capable managers. Mr. Ottele is a successful farmer and business man and owns three hundred and twenty acres of choice land in Boone county, one hundred and sixty acres in Antelope county, and six hundred and forty acres in Texas. For a number of years Mr. Ottele was in business in Petersburg, but has always retained his farm interests and given his farm and stock a goodly portion of his time, assisted by his sons. Mr. Ottele's father died September 21, 1891, and the mother died January 31, 1892, at the home of their son Nicholas. Mr. Ottele passed through the usual experiences of a pioneer farmer and business man of early Nebraska years from the sod shanty time to the modern farm home, automobile, and other modern improvements.
Using the Soundex System for 1900 Census, none of these States
had a match,
(or anything close), for the two Ottles that arrived on the "Friesland", 28
Feb. 1891: Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Kentucky,
and Illinois. I thought they would be the most likely locations, but anything
could have happened. From time to time, I will check other States.
There were some variations of the spelling Ottele. Most of these were German.
A couple of Christopher Oettles were from Switzerland. I have location notes
on some eighteen listings.
Some Dubuque Co., Iowa marriages that Jean-Marie may not have:
Otley, Mary to Charles E. Corkeny on 24 Nov. 1866.
Ottle, Elizabeth-25 to Peter Kurt 27-28 on12 Feb. 1872.
Otley, Fred-26 to Alice Louise Gibbs on 23 Oct. 1872.
Ottle, Margaret-17 to Conrad Arnold-24 on (license) 31 Dec. 1877.
"Emigrants et Rémigrants Luxembourgeois de 1876 à 1900" by Änder Hatz
This most useful book, recently published by the "Centre d'Etudes et de Documentation Historique" of the Luxembourg State Archives, contains some 230 pages, and lists names of people and localities who have either emigrated from Luxembourg or have returned to Luxembourg during the period 1876 - 1900. The book is written in the french language, but since it contains primarily a listing of names and locations, the introduction is really the only bit that needs explaining. Here's a translation of said introduction:
For some time now, we have noted a growing interest in researching the emigration of Luxembourg citizens during the second half of the 19th Century. Particularly genealogists and local chroniclers are interested in a closer look at the thousands of compatriots who have left their native lands in search of a new happiness abroad, especially in the United States of America. The total number of Luxembourgers who have emigrated to the New World between 1840 and 1900 is estimated to number 70,000 - some even say 72,000. Since legislation requiring people to register their change of address with the Communal Authorities was only introduced in 1875, research pre-dating that time often proves to be extremely difficult.
This book is the fruit of systematic research of the so-called "Population Mouvement Registers" (1841-1900), kept in the State Archives under the reference ANLux C-949. It takes into account all those people who have either declared their intention of emigrating to countries outside Central Europe, or who have registered themselves as return-immigrants from countries outside Europe. It is however only as of 1876 that the local Communal Administrations have started to communicate to the Superior Authority the names, christian names, number of individuals by gender, destination / origin of those who have registered their change of domicile. The total number of those who have registered their emigration to the United States of America in the period 1876 - 1900 is 10,126, while the number of the return-immigrants from that country is 1,140. This chapter lists 6,644 names in total.
A second chapter is devoted to the immigrants and return-immigrants from Argentina, the main wave of which was led by the priest Jean-Nicolas Schwebag of Boevange-sur-Attert, on January 23rd, 1889. The registered number of these emigrants runs to 622 units, that of the return-immigrants to 132 units.
In a third chapter, we have listed those people whose destination (175 individuals) or provenance (132 individuals) is an African or Asian country.
The differents listings are in alphabetical order by cantons, communes, and communal sections. An index of names and localities completes the reference
[Author - State Archives]
The book is available by sending 20 international postal reply
coupons to the following address:
P.O. Box 6
Plateau du St. Esprit
Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
I found the following information in this book :
4955 Ottelé Nicolas 1 0 1885
4956 Ottelé Nicolas 1 0 1890
4957 Ottli Marguerite 0 1 1887
4993 Ottlé Nicolas 1 0 1889
4534 Ottelé Marie 1 1 1880
Bernard Ottele's family
We found a Bernard Ottele in the census that we do not know what part of the family he belongs in. He is from Luxembourg and came to US before our family.
1860 Census Iowa - Dubuque, Table Mound.
Utley, Bernard - 42 (Lux) farmer
, Anna - 36 (Lux)
, Martin - 16 (Lux)
, Mary - 8, Nicholas - 3, Margaret - 1 (All b. Iowa)
Grow, Henry - 27 (Lux) farm labor
1870 Census Iowa - Dubuque Co., Table Mound
Ottle, Bernard - 59 (Lux)
, Anna - 46 (Lux)
, Nicholas - 13, Margaret - 11, Barbara - 8, John - 6 (All Iowa)
1880 Census Iowa - Dubuque Co., Table Mound
Ottle, Bernard - 68 (Lux)
, Ann - 55 (Lux)
, Nicholas - 24 (Iowa)
Schroeder, Mary - 10 (Iowa) Granddaughter.
1890 Census destroyed by fire.
1900 Census Iowa - Dubuque Co., Table Mound
Ottle, Anna - 75 (b. Sept. 1824 in Germany) Widow,
5 children born, 5 still living.
, Nicholas - 43 (b. Dec. 1856 in Iowa) single.
Information sent by Thomas James D. JtomCO@aol.com
OTTELE SURNAME REFERENCES
24 March 1891. Steamer "Friesland" on 28 Feb. from Antwerp to America.
Ottle, J. B. - age 18, from Lintgen to Canton, Ohio
Steffen, Philipp - age 16, from Bissen to Chicago
Steffen, Johann - age 20, from Niederfeulen to Cassville, Wisc.
13 Sept. 1892. On the 31st of August confirmed from Spokane Falls, Washington, the daughter of Mr. Peter Palen and J. Ottle from Caledonia, Minnesota. Miss Maggie Palen was born in Caledonia, Minnesota and died of the nerve fever at the age of 19 years, 6 months and 16 days at her brother A. Palen, a resident of Spokane Falls.
The loved one was the cousin of Mr. N. Palen, from Dubuque.
14 March 1893. Moneys, which have come in to the Gonner monument Funds. (List of names & money.) Nic. Ottle, Canton, Ohio, $1.00.
2 June 1903. In the family apartment in Key West on Wednesday evening a weakened Mrs. Anna Ottley died at the high age of 89 years. The dear departed was born in Medingen in Grossherzugthum,Luxemburg and came in her youth to America and Dubuque County, where she lived for the last 57 years. Her spouse preceded her in death by about 12 years. The funeral was on Friday from the catholic church of Key West. The recent husband and the dear departed had two daughters: Mrs. Maria Schroeder, 1097 Jackson Street here in Dubuque, and Barbara Forrett of Doherty , Iowa , as well as a son Nikolaus Forrett of Key West and two stepchildren: Mrs. Johanna Palen of Caledonia, Minn. and Mr. Martin Ottley of Tipton, Kansas.
30 April 1912. Elgin, Neb. Michael's son Peter Ottele marries Regina Schlentz. (Photocopied.)
15 April 1913. Alliance, Ohio. April 10th. Steamship "Kronland", Nicholas Ottele of Lintgen to Alliance.
29 April 1913. Chicago, Ill. Mr. Michail Einsweiler of Rogers Park, Chicago and Nikolaus Ottle of Ohio from Lintgen, Luxemburg are on a European trip.
2 December 1912. Elgin, Neb. Ottle and Baum, double wedding.
Information sent by Thomas James D. JtomCO@aol.com
1900 Soundex studied by Thomas James D.:
an Edward Oettli. Swiss spelling. This record was faded, but
I think he was born in Kentucky. Could have been Switzerland?
Since Edward is not common to our families, left it alone.
Only Michael and Nickolas as previously discovered.
Martin Ottele / Ottley, son of Bernard, and his son J. P. Ottele.
(As we knew.)
(Sir) Fred Otley b. England
August Oettli, age 40, b. Switzerland
Fred Oettle, age 33, b. Germany in Dec. 1867, wife Rosa-33
b. Germany, and 3 kids.
Ottilie, Eging-35(NY), June 1864. Living in San Francisco.
His house, but only Ottelie; had two Renkers with him.
Oettle, George-8(CA), June 1891, stepson and Minnie-6(CA), stepdaughter living with John C. Long.
Oettle, John G.-35(Ger.), August 1864; Nellie-27(Missouri),
Christina-8(CA), Florence-2(CA) living in San Francisco.
Otly, Charles E.-38(WI) Feb. 1862, Anna-40(Missouri), living
in Whatcom County.
Otly, Hennerita-70(Holland), widow living alone in Whatcom County.
Otly, John-48(WI), Mary E.-40(WI) and four kids living in Whatcom County.
West Virginia, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska, Alabama, Louisiana:
Otley, William U.-56(VA), no wife, 2 sons & 3 daughters.
Otley, Samuel-29 (WI), Catherine-35 (New Hampshire), Agnes-7 (MN),
Nellie-5 (MN) are Son-in-Law, daughter and granddaughters of
Otley, Alexander-65 (Belguim), Exilda-56 (Canada), 4 sons & 3 daughters.
Otlie, Edward R.-21(MN) is a Private in the Army.
Ottel, Emil-40 (Germany), Alvina (Sp.??)-38 (Germany), Alfred-17
with 3 daughters & 2 sons b. in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Otley, Frank W.-39 (England), Kate-34 (Iowa), Annie-5 (Iowa).
Otiele, Mary-8 (MN) adopted dayu. of Michael Mannon.
Nevada, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, and
Otley, Edward-38, July 1861, England
Elizabeth-29, Oct. 1870, Scotland, 2 daus. & 1 son
Ottiley, Henry-40, April 1859, England
Otel, John-32, April 1867, Germany
Kuni-32, Dec. 1868, Germany, 2 sons & 1 dau.
Ottley, Thomas-37, July 1862, England
Grace-35, March 1865, England, 2 sons & 1 dau.
Ottley, T. H. - 32 (Nov. 1867) b. England, boarding w/no family.
Otley, Edward J. - 54 (July 1845) with family.
Georgia: Ottley, P. F., female - 32 (Miss.) & P. M. - 9 (GA) are daughter-in-law and granddaughter of a Mrs. McCobe (Miss.). Also in the home are: John K. - 30, C. W. - 29, Eugene - 24, and Ernest W. - 22 are Ottleys and born in Mississippi. (As I recall, they were in Atlanta. Mrs.McCobe must have been married to an Ottley, then remarried.)
Otley, Mary J., b. April 1831 in Pennsylvania.
Ottley, Agnes, b. Feb. 1896 in NY, listed with Samuel Johnson, her grandfather.
Ottley, Albert C., Dec. 1860 in NY.
Bertha L. & 2 girls, 1 boy.
Van Gelder, Beekman his father-in-law, b. Apr 1835 in NY.
Ellen A. his mother-in-law, b. Nov. 1832 in NY.
Otealia, Eva, Feb. 1825 in Germany.
Ottilie, Frederick, Oct. 1876 in Germany.
Ottilie, Julius, January 1880 in Germany.
Ottley, Samuel, Dec. 1859 in the West Indies.
The above 4 listings were living alone or were boarders showing no family members.
Ottley, Val, April 1871 in the West Indies.
Julia, May 1872 in the West Indies.
Ernest A., Nov. 1898 in NY.
Either the people we are looking for were missed by the Census,
missed in the Soundex, went to Canada or elsewhere, or returned
Interestingly, I read in the paper this morning that 20% of immigrants
in the 1800's returned to the homeland.
If you find broken links, please inform me!
Peter Ottele's Home Page
The Ottley Family Home Page: http://ottley.kinfolk.org/ by Richard B. Pyne
The Last Mountain : A Life in Papua New Guinea
Ian Downs, Ian Ottley (Illustrator) / Hardcover / Published 1987
Our Price: $29.95 (Special Order)
She was married to Enoch Ottley (son of Capt. William Ottley
and Lydia Peck) in SEP 1847. Enoch Ottley was born on 15 APR 1825
in Phelps, Ontario Co.,
NY. He died on 8 SEP 1873 in Phelps, Ontario Co., NY. He was buried in Joslyn Cemetery, Oak Corners, NY. Frances Elizabeth Henry and Enoch Ottley had
the following children:
7339 i. Sophia Ottley was born on 22 AUG 1848 in probably Phelps,
Ontario Co., NY. She died on 18 APR 1851 in probably Phelps, Ontario
+7340 ii. James Henry Ottley.
+7341 iii. Lydia Ottley.
+7342 iv. William W. Ottley.
She was married to William Boal Wood (son of James Britton
Scott and Aileen Frederick Boal) on 12 JUN 1931 in Garden City,
NJ. William Boal Wood was
born on 9 AUG 1907 in Brookline, Norfolk Co., MA. He died in SEP 1962 in Piqua, Miami Co., OH. He had Social Security Number 281-01-7074. Adopted.
Frances Elizabeth Ottley and William Boal Wood had the following children:
+14767 i. Aileen Van Bibber Wood.
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Besides four illustrated editions - two in Dutch and two in Latin - of the Speculum humanae salvationis, two other sets of texts are considered prototypographical. The first consists of the numerous short textbooks for schools by Aelius Donatus and Alexander de Villa Dei, of which on the whole only fragments have been preserved. The second consists of a number of separate texts written for a learned readership, comprehensively listed by Bonaventura Kruitwagen. One of them is this first edition of a Latin adaptation of Homer's Iliad, together with a few other short texts.
This copy was part of the collection of the English art historian William Young Ottley, who died in 1836. His posthumous work, An inquiry concerning the invention of printing, published in 1863, also deals with the earliest Dutch printed books.
Suzanna OTTELE * 27 May 1834 in S Gravenhage, Zuid Holland, Netherlands (Parents: Johannes OTTELE and Louvina Carolina BLOKPOEL
Spouse: Jacobus DE GRUIJTER
Marriage: 16 Jun 1858
S Gravenhage, Zuid Holland, Netherlands
Spouse: Maria HEITZ
Marriage: 19 Jan 1657
Illkirch-Graffenstaden, Bas-Rhin, France
Cutting Edge, The (1992)
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D.B. Sweeney, Moira Kelly, Roy Dotrice,
Terry O'Quinn, Dwier Brown, Chris Benson,
Kevin Peeks, Barry Flatman, Rachelle Ottley
At the 1988 Winter Olympics at Calgary we see
Doug Dorsey battered in a vicious hockey game
against West Germany. We then see Kate, a figure
skater, doing her program and falling when a lift
with her skating partner goes bad. Both have fought
all their life to get to the Olympics and suddenly
their dream has been shattered. The movie then
follows a temperamental but talented Kate through
a couple of years and many partners until finally her
coach resorts to recruiting a hockey player.
Through the difficult training of 15 hours of skating
a day they finally prepare for Nationals and the
Olympics. A romance is budding and their final
show could bend or break them as they try to
achieve their dreams of an Olympic Gold medal.
The mix of figure skating and hockey has a strange
feel to it and trust me, theres a BIG difference
between the two. Sweeney makes it look realistic
switching sports and its just one funny moment
after another. There are parts of this movie that just
make you hurt your side laughing. Its probably one
of the greatest romantic comedies out there and a
terrific date movie. The on-screen duo of Sweeney
and Kelly is excellent, they just play off each other
like they were brother and sister. Great acting,
side-splitting scenes and an overall good movie
make up The Cutting Edge.
The Island of St. Vincent
Just a mile or so from E.T. Joshua Airport is the bright and
bustling capital - Kingstown. Every week, huge cargo ships dock
at the jetty to load the islands' main
export - bananas - for the long journey to Europe.
Kingstown market - a real Caribbean market - where you can
choose from many varieties of fruits and vegetables: mangos, oranges,
lemons, tangerines, pineapples,
bananas, breadfruit and more are on offer.
The Kingstown fish market - recently built - will also excite you with its range of kingfish, snapper and grouper.
In the northern part of town, visit the historic Botanic Gardens
- the oldest in the Americas. Here you will find offspring of
Captain Bligh's original breadfruit tree,
alongside a species of plant and parrot unique to St. Vincent.
Just outside Kingstown, at over 600 feet, is Fort Charlotte,
completed by the British in 1806 during their struggle with the
French and the Caribs for control of the
island. Original canons still wait for action on the battlement and the barracks have been converted into a pictorial museum illustrating the island's colourful history. It
is easy to transport yourself back to the last century and to appreciate then location of the Fort, with a commanding view over the sea and the whole south of St.
A coastguard lookout post puts this view to good use to this
day. On a clear day, you can see as far as Grenada, some 60 miles
to the south. Looking north, enjoy
the views of the west coast and Mount St. Andrews, the southernmost of the peaks, which form the backbone of St. Vincent. The duty watchman will be pleased to
let you use his powerful binoculars to view far off yachts.
St. Vincent is divided into two distinct coastal structures
Windward (east) and Leeward (west). The Leeward (west) is endowed
with a series of spectacular slopes
and valleys running down into tranquil waters and beaches such as Ottley Hall, Mount Wynne and Kearton's Bay. One of the valleys, Buccament, also boasts a
casino and a nature trail. The trail is ideal for picnics and for a sight of the elusive St. Vincent parrot. The drive up the meandering Leeward highway takes you
through the villages of Layou and Barrouallie to Chateaubelair and Richmond, where the road ends with the sea on your left and mountains with the Soufriere
Volcano in sight.
BIRTH: 1 APR 1891, Atlanta, Fulton Co., GA [S316]
Family 1: George Weyman McCarty
MARRIAGE: 9 JUL 1915
1. George Weyman McCarty
2. John Ottley McCarty
Weather forecasts for Luxembourg:
The Soundex code for Ottele is: O340
Marie Catherine HOTTELET
Naissance : Signy-le-Petit
Famille 1 : Jean Nicolas Joseph BOCQUET
1.Marie Antoinette Reine BOQUET
Marie Antoinette Reine BOQUET
Naissance : 21 septembre 1813, Signy-le-Petit
Décès : 31 janvier 1849, Signy-le-Petit
Père : Jean Nicolas Joseph BOCQUET
Mère : Marie Catherine HOTTELET
Famille 1 : Guillaume ROUSSEAU
Mariage : 06 ctobre 1830, Signy-le-Petit
Caraux* D., Vidal A., Loumagne C., Normand M., Cognard A.-L.,
Ottle C. (1996). Observatoire Hydrologique de
Naizin en Bretagne
Centrale, Phase D - ERS 1.
Andre C., J. P. Goutorbe, A. Perrier, F. Becker, P. Bessemoulin,
P. Bougeault, Y. Brunet, W. Brutsaert, T. Carlson, R. Cuenca,
J. Gash, J. Gelpe, P.
Hilderbrand, J. P. Lagouarde, C. Lloyd, L. Mahrt, P. Mascart, C. Mazaudier, J. Noilhan, C. Ottle, M. Payan, T. Phulpin, R. Stull, J. Shuttleworth, T.
Schmugge, O. Taconet, C. Tarrieu, R. M. Thepenier, C. Valancogne, D. Vidal-Madjar, and A. Weill, 1988: Evaporation over land-surfaces. First results from
HAPEX-MOBILHY Special Observing Period, Annales Geophysicae, 6, pp. 477-492.
Ottley, Carlton Robert.
East and West Indians rescue Trinidad / C. R. Ottley. [1st ed.]. Diego
Martin [Trinidad] : Crusoe Pub. House, .
UCLA URL HN 245 T74 O88
Class of 1978 Reunion
OTTELE, Theodora, geb. Nijmegen 3 februari 1935, tr. Nijmegen 8 juni 1956, Johan v. BAARDEWIJK
1539 May 6 Nicholaus Beldon de Ottelay et Sibella Waterhouse [same parish] married [HP]
2: 1 Nicholaus Beldon de Ottelay (Otley) et Sibella Watrhowse
isti(us) p(ar)och(iae)(invicem mrioiri(a bad garble for matrimonium?--Ed)
contraxer(u)nt sexto d(ie)
mens(is) eiu(s)dem) (Maii 1539).
(All this means that Nicholus Beldon and Sybil Waterhouse, both of Otley, were married 6 May 1539--Ed.)
The Uttleys of Waterloo County, Ontario
I just glanced at your web stie jean-marie, and I thought u might like 2 know that I am from the twin island Rebuplic of Trinidad & Tobago. The last caribbean island in the chain (7 miles off the coast of venezuela). The "Ottley" name is a very well respected name in Trinidad, alot of my ancestors owned a lot of land in Tobago and my great grand father was some sort of governmet offical. We have streets in Tobago named after him and the family name. I am not 2 sure on all the facts, but I think our Scottish slave owners were named Ottley and as a result my great grandfathers and beyound, got that name. There probably was some intermixing and slave kids that were actually blood relatives 2 the Ottley owners but we have so little documentation of that time.
E-mail from Rhonda Ottley
Termes de Blason
Otelle : figure qui ressemble à une amande pelée ou à un fer de lance.
"Luxembourg News of America"
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People doing research with Luxembourg-Wisconsin connections, could contact the "Luxembourg Society of Wisconsin", 197 Meadowbrook, Fredonia, WI 53021. They publish a newsletter every two months.
The two volumes of the book: "Luxembourgers in the New World" by Jean Ensch, Jean-Claude
Müller, and Robert E. Owen could be of interest. It is published in Foetz, Luxembourg, by Kremer
Müller & Co. and bears ISBN 2-87953-003-2.
The "Luxembourg Society of Iowa", Box 2, Saint Donatus, Iowa 52071
The "Saint Donatus Luxembourg Heritage Society", Box 113, Saint Donatus, Iowa 52071
The "Center for Dubuque Area History", Wahlert Memorial Library, Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa
THE PRESERVATION OF GENEALOGICAL RECORDS and ABOUT CIVIL REGISTRATIONS (Vital Records) IN LUXEMBOURG.
By email@example.com (Therese Becker)
Contents: General Background - Civil Registration and Archives - Growing interest for Own Roots - Family
History Library at Salt Lake City - Family History Centers - Vital Records of Luxembourg - Example of Ten
Year Records - Conversion Table from French Revolutionary Calendar to Gregorian - Glossary of Terms
French (German)-English - Postscript
Since the beginning of the world and throughout the generations of time, man has felt the
need to preserve the history of the family. This was done by recording names of ancestors
or of posterity. Examples: in the Bible we find "Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat
Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas ... and Judas begat Phares ... and Phares begat Esrom ..."
Throughout the history of mankind, we find that a multitude of information was recorded
and some of it has survived until our day but only very few names may appear such as
names of property owners, or names of head of families.
It is not until sometime in the 16th century that ministers started to keep records of baptisms
and later, records of marriages and deaths, more commonly known as parish registers or
church records. But even when such records were kept, many of them have become partially
or totally destroyed or became missing and only a portion of these has been preserved until
Sometime after the French revolution (1789), the civil authorities in various European
countries decided to take charge of record keeping. This became known as CIVIL
REGISTRATION or the keeping of births, marriages and deaths. It started in 1793 in
France, 1796 in Belgium and Luxembourg, 1812 in Holland and 1876 in Germany in the
areas which were not under the rule of Napoleon.
The majority of the above records is kept and preserved in various civil and church archives
but has not been totally immune from destruction, as we can see from the various
inventories, which too frequently are annotated by the mentions: - missing - burned during
the war - gap from ... to ... - no longer exist - etc.
INTEREST IN OWN ROOTS
Our generation is seeing a rapidly growing interest in tracing roots. It is no longer a hobby
of the old people but a subject which is sometimes mentioned or even taught in schools. A
Chinese proverb says that "when we do not know where we are going, we need to know
where we come from." In our Society we observe a gradual disintegration of the Family and
a loss of identity. On the other side of the scale, Genealogy is the art of reuniting the
Family and restoring the lost identity. We often see those who were abandoned at birth,
spend large amounts of money trying to find an unknown parent, WANTING TO KNOW
their identity. Their Ancestry, their Family, their noble birthright, becomes an anchor for
them to hold on.
With a fast increasing handling of the original records, those records which still exist
today, will not longer exist tomorrow, unless the original are preserved, in one form or
another, from further deterioration.
THE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF UTAH - FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY
The "Genealogical Society of Utah" of the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter Days Saints,
often referred to as "Mormon Church", started a microfilming program, many years ago, of
some of the vital records of many countries. About 250 microfilm camera operators are
filming births, marriages, deaths, and a few other records, in 53 countries. At present
(April 1996) this collection of microfilms is approximately 1.9 million.
For the preservation of these microfilms, a very large vault was dug at great expenses in the
Granite Mountains of the Wasatch front, near Salt Lake City where the original microfilms
are preserved in controlled climatic conditions. A large self service library "Family History
Library" is located down town Salt Lake City at about 20 miles from the Vault. It is open to
the public 83 hours a week (closed on Sunday). It's collection includes about 1 million rolls
of microfilms. Other film copies not permanently stored in the Library must be ordered from
the vault, prior to your research visit.
FAMILY HISTORY CENTERS
There are 2650 Family History Centers or branches of the Family History Library,
throughout the world. Many of them exist in Europe. These are only small branches, but
they all have the complete catalog of the microfilm collection which lists the microfilm
numbers. Please be aware that some of the microfilms cannot circulate on loan to the
European branches. Other unrestricted films can be ordered on loan and there is a small fee
to defray the postal costs. There is a delay for the delivery of the films which need to come
from a service center. After they arrive, the films must be viewed at the Center. But with a
little patience, many researchers have traced their genealogy without having to go very far.
Since these centers are maintained by volunteers, please call them in advance to find out
MICROFILMS OF LUXEMBOURG
The microfilm collection for the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg includes the civil registers
(1796-1892) with ten-year indexes, and the parish registers prior to 1796. It also includes
the recent microfilming of marriage cards from the Parish Registers prior to 1800, extracted
by the "Association Luxembourgeoise de Généalogie et d'Héraldique".
CIVIL REGISTRATION (Vital records)
Sometime around 1796, it became compulsory for the civil authorities of each "commune"
(town) of Luxembourg, to record each birth, marriage and death, which occurred in their
community. This meant that everyone had to be recorded, disregarding their religious
affiliation. This recording continued and is still in effect today.
There are also Ten year indexes which are usually grouped together by locality.
Example of birth ten year index in Vidanden film 1921745 it.3-5
Example of marriage ten year index in Vianden film 1921745 it.3-5
Example of death ten year index in Vianden film 1921745 it.3-5
However the last hundred years are confidential although it is possible for a direct
descendant to obtain a birth or marriage certificate of a dire ct line ancestor, by proving the
direct line relationship. Death certificates are not confidential.
The Genealogical Society of Utah has microfilmed the records of all the localities of the
Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, from 1796 to about 1892. These record s are kept in
chronological order of the occurrence of the event for each locality. Yearly indexes are
found at the end of each year of birth marriage or death.
Because the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a rather small country, it is possible to search
ALL of the Ten®year indexes in order to find the town of origin of your emigrant ancestor.
You may want to proceed by searching one county at the time.
The civil re gisters are kept in German or in French depending upon the time period. You do
not have to be fluent in these languages in order to decipher and understand a birth,
marriage or death record. You need to have a sample of the German Gothic Script and a
basic German and French word list.
If you want to read and understand the civil records of Luxembourg, it is necessary that you
learn to read and understand the numbers from 1 to 31, 100, 1000, in order to decipher the
dates and ages.
The months of the year are very much the same as in English. Knowing a few basic words
such as father, mother, son of, daughter of, his wife, brother, sister, will help you to get
Between the years 1792 and 1806, you will find the dates given in the French Republican
You will need to use a converting
Table to convert dates from the French Republican Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar.
EXAMPLE OF BIRTH TEN YEAR INDEX IN VIANDEN film 1921745 it.3-5
67 Bruck Elisabethe 15 février 1832
68 Caspar Jean Rheinhart 3 mars 1824
69 Colling Marguerithe 29 9bre 1824
70 Caster Marie Caroline 8 mars 1824
71 Colling Gaspard 27 février 1825
72 Colling Catherine 7 août 1826
73 Colling Christophe 7 août 1826
74 Colling Marguerithe 20 Xbre 1826
75 Castel Antoine Joseph 24 7bre 1826
76 Collin Célestin Marie 9 9bre 1827
77 Colling Mathias 7 février 1827
MARRIAGE TEN YEAR INDEX IN VIANDEN film 1921745 it. 3-5
9 Bettendorff Pierre marié É
Daleyden Marie Catherine 12 février 1829
10 Barthelmi François Joseph marié É
Alff Marie Josephe 3 9bre 1830
11 Bous Jean mariâ É
Rinnsch Marguerite 3 9bre 1830
12 Bicker Bernard mariâ É
Starck Elisabethe 13 janvier 1831
13 Bohr George mariâ É
Bettendorff Anne Marie 26 jan 1831
14 Bohr Guillaume Marié É
Mantenach Regine 3 mai 1832
15 Colling Nicolas marié É
Herman Marie Madelaine 8 Xbre 1823
16 Colling Mathias marié É
Schaefer Marie Madelaine 24 février 1824
EXAMPLE OF DEATH TEN YEAR INDEX IN VIANDEN film 1921745 it.3-5
50 Colling Margueritte 9 8bre 1823
51 Coster Marie Caroline 13 juillet 1825
52 Coster Christine 10 août 1826
53 Coster Elisabeth 5 mars 1826
54 Colling Damien 10 7bre 1827
55 Colling Marie Catherine 28 février 1827
56 Colling Mathias 4 9bre 1828
57 Cleis Henri 6 janvier 1831
(Note that the indexes are sometimes arranged alphabetically by the first letter only.)
TABLE TO CONVERT DATES
Between the years 1792 and 1806, you will find the dates given in the French Republican Calendar. You will need to use a converting table to convert dates from the French Republican Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar. Please note that the endings of the months names are grouped in three:
Vendemiaire Nivose Germinal Messidor
Brumaire Pluviose Floreal Thermidor
Frimaire Ventose Prairial Fructidor
7bre = September
8bre = October
9bre = November
Xbre = December
GLOSSARY OF SOME TERMS FRENCH - ENGLISH
un = 1 onze = 11 vingt et un = 21
deux = 2 douze = 12 vingt deux = 22
trois = 3 treize = 13 vingt trois = 23
quatre = 4 quatorze = 14 vingt quatre = 24
cinq = 5 quinze = 15 vingt cinq = 25
six = 6 seize = 16 vingt six = 26
sept = 7 dix-sept = 17 vingt sept = 27
huit = 8 dix-huit = 18 vingt huit = 28
neuf = 9 dix-neuf = 19 vingt neuf = 29
dix = 10 vingt = 20 trente = 30
cent = 100
mil = 1000
mille = 1000
premier = first
deuxième = second
troisième = third
quatrième = fourth
cinquième = fifth
acte de décès = death record
acte de mariage = marriage record
acte de naissance = birth record
âgé(e) = aged
ami(e) = friend
approuvé = approuved
aujourdui = today
avant-hier = the day before yesterday
beau-fils = son-in-law, stepson
beau-frère = brother-in-law, stepbrother
beau-père = father-in-law, stepfather
belle-fille = daughter-in-law, stepdaughter
belle-mère = mother-in-law, stepmother
belle-soeur = sister-in-law, stepsister
comparu = appeared
conjoint = spouse
cousin(e) = cousin
cousin(e) germain(e)= first cousin
cultivateur = farmer
curateur = guardian
d'hier = of yesterday
décédé = deceased
déclarant = informant
déclaré = declared, stated
défunt(e) = deceased
demi frère = stepbrother, half brother
demi soeur = stepsister, half sister
domicile = home, residence
environ = about
épouse = bride, wife
époux = bridegroom, husband
féminin = female
femme = wife, woman
feu(e) = deceased, the late
fille = daughter, girl
fils = son
frère = brother
frère consanguin = brother by the same father but different mother
frère germain = brother by the same father and the same mother
frère utérin = brother by the same mother but different father
grand-mère = grandmother
grand-parents = grandparents
grand-père = grandfather
heure = hour
hier = yesterday
inconnu(e) = unknown
journalier = day laborer, farm worker
jumeaux = twins (male, or male and female)
jumelles = twins (female)
laboureur = plowman
lecture = reading
lendemain = following day
maire = mayor
mairie = town hall
maître = master
mari = husband
marié = groom, married (m.)
mariée = bride, wife; married (f.)
masculin = male
mère = mother
naissance = birth
naturel = illegitimate (not always)
né(e) = born
né(e) = maiden name
neveu = nephew
nièce = niece
noces = wedding
nom = name, surname
nom de famille = surname, last name
nommé(e) = named, alias
notaire = notary
nuit = night
nuptial = bridal, pertaining to a wedding
oncle = uncle
ondoyé(e) = baptized provisionally
ont = (they) have
orphelin(e) = orphan
où = where
ou = or
par = by
pas = not
pas encore = not yet
pays = land, country
paysan(ne) = small farmer, peasant
penultième = day before the last
père = father
petit-fils = grandson
petite-fille = granddaughter
pièces = documents
pour = for
prénom = given (first) name
prés de = next to
présentâ = presented
prêtre = clergyman, priest
preuve = proof
protestant = protestant
publié = published, announced
quand = when
quoi = what
recensement = census
reconnu = acknowledged
reçu = received
réformé(e) = reformed/Calvinist
registre = register
sage-femme = midwife
saints sacrements = last rites
sans = without
sans vie = without life, lifeless
Seigneur = the Lord
selon = according to
semaine = week
seront = (they)will be
ses = his, her, its
sexe = sex
siècle = century
signature = signature
soeur = sister
soeur consanguine = sister by the same father
but different mother
soeur germaine = sister by the same mother and father
soeur utérine = sister by the same mother but different father
soir = evening
son = his, her, its
sont = are
sous = under, low
soussigné = the undersigned
survivant = surviving
sus-dit = aforementioned
susnommé = aforementioned
table = index
tables décennales = ten-year indexes
tante = aunt
témoin = witness
temps = time
tenir un enfant = to act as godfather or
sur les fonts godmother to a child
testament = last will
toujours = always
tous les deux = both
un, une = a, an, one
unis en mariage = united in marriage
vers = toward
veuf = widowed, widower
veuve = widowed, widow
vie = life
vieux (vieille) = old
vivant = living, lifetime
vouloir = to wish, to want
German Word List
eins = 1 elf = 11 einundzwanzig = 21
zwei = 2 zw"lf = 12 zweiundzwanzig = 22
drei = 3 dreizehn = 13 dreiundzwanzig = 23
vier = 4 vierzehn = 14 vierundzwanzig = 24
fünf = 5 f*nfzehn = 15 fünfundzwanzig = 25
sechs = 6 sechzehn = 16 sechsundzwanzig = 26
sieben = 7 siebzehn = 17 siebenundzwanzig = 27
acht = 8 achtzehn = 18 achtundzwanzig = 28
neun = 9 neunzehn = 19 neunundzwanzig = 29
zehn = 10 zwanzig = 20 dreissig = 30
hundert = 100
tausend = 1000
erste = 1st
zweite = 2nd
dritte = 3rd
vierte = 4th
fünfte = 5th
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