Looking for baptism and marriage records in Germany

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Hello all,

I am looking for the baptism and marriage records for my great great grandmother. Records for her after her emigration to Australia are no problem; but I am not at all confident with the German records. Unsourced internet trees give her parents as Heinrich Konrad Christian Schmidt and Maria Christine Caroline Wittneben. I thought I had found them in an 1867 German census, but then I started to think that maybe they were a different family. Her place of birth is presumed to be in the Cummerow area of what was once Prussia. I would appreciate any help or clues. Cheers, Elizabeth.
WikiTree profile: Hermine Kapernick
in Genealogy Help by Elizabeth Viney G2G6 Mach 2 (28.6k points)

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There is a small problem. In the former Prussian state there existed 4 villages named Kummerow, two in West Prussia, two in Brandenburg. And there are two additional Kummerows in Mecklenburg. Do you have an idea which one it could be.?
by Dieter Lewerenz G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)
selected by Susan Laursen
Hi Dieter, we believe it was in Brandenburg. Also the name Stetten crops up, if that is any help. Thanks so much for helping out.

There is a Hermine Auguste Louise Schmidt born on 5 Jan 1854 in Kummerow, district Beeskow-Storkow, Governmental district Potsdam, province Brandenburg, Kingdom of Preußen, Deutscher Bund.

The parents are night watchmann Friedrich Schmidt and Justine Friederike Schmersen. (No. 1/1854 parish record Kummerow).

But there is no evidence that she married Wilhelm Friederich Kapernick from Stendal. The distance between the two places is 295 km, I would never believe without further reference.

But I saw, that it could be Stendell, that is possible, because that is near by, only 7 km.

1854 parish record Kummerow:

No.: 1

Parents: Nachtwächter Friedrich Schmidt und Justine Friederike Schmersen

Child: Hermine Auguste Louise

Date of Birth: den 5ten - fünften - Januar, Vormittags 1/1 2 - Halb Zwei

Baptism date: den 15ten - Fünfzehnten - Januar

Godparents: 1) Schneidermeister Korzien 2) Bauersfrau Carl Staifesche 3) Jgfr. Caroline Mellentin, Sämtliche Pathen in Cummerow
Thank you Dieter! Having access to someone with a knowledge of the geography is wonderful! I agree - 295 km is most unlikely; 7 on the other hand is much better!
+3 votes
Hi Elizabeth.

I don't have the answer to your question. I am only responding that you have have posted a lot of good information.
I will keep digging,

by Steve Thomas G2G6 Mach 2 (24.7k points)
Thanks Steve!

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