Friedrich Paul from Prussia

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My relatives and I have searched for years trying to find where this man came from and his parentage. I can't think of any place we haven't searched through the years.

We have 2 photos. On one the handwritten notation says: Born 22 August 1822 at Oberhausen. The other is more difficult to read but says: Born at Oberhausen 26 December 1835. They both appear to be in some sort of uniform and perhaps someone can identify the uniform. Rumor has it, that he had a brother named Ernst and perhaps this is the brother in one of the photos. One photo is on his profile.

We have him immigrating to the US in Nov. 1854 arriving in Baltimore. If this is the correct "Paul". Country of birth and last legal residence is listed as Streitberg and Country claiming allegiance is listed as Hamilton.

He resided in Lee County, IA and Hancock County, IL. Supposedly he was Catholic. He married Frances Roost in St. Peter's Catholic Church in Keokuk, IA

I also have a a draft card I think belongs to him that I will upload on profile dated 30 July 1863.

My relatives and I would greatly appreciate any help/directions that someone could provide. We have been going round in circles for years.

Thank you. Debbie
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in Genealogy Help by Debbie Reinhardt G2G Rookie (250 points)

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Beautiful, well done profile page.

Have you searched for pension papers? or Natualization papers? Can try to help there if not. There are some German ancestry pages. Though have not had luck there myself.

Short on time this morning, will try to help again later.

places to check:
by Living Lechner G2G6 Mach 6 (62.1k points)
Thanks so much, Michael! I will have to check out these links. Naturalization paper searches keep bringing us to the wrong Paul. Haven't checked Pension papers. Would there be pension papers simply because we found a draft card?
Amazing, but just last night I found this on This matches the birthdate on one of the photos.
"Joh. Fridr. Paul
Germany, Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898
birth:22 AUG 1822
parents:Heinr. Paul,​ Justina Wassmuth
name: Joh. Fridr. Paul
gender: Male
baptism/christening date: 25 Aug 1822
father's name: Heinr. Paul
mother's name: Justina Wassmuth
indexing project (batch) number: C94199-2
system origin: Germany-ODM
source film number: 1056109"
I am not exactly sure what to do from here.
Thanks, Debbie
Use the batch number C-94199-2 in a new search. (
If you use just the batch number and no names, it will give you all the names and dates extracted from the same film.  If you use surname "Paul" in addition to bacth number, you will get all those of that surname extracted. You can probably assemble your tree just from extracted information.  If you order the source film 1056109 from Salt Lake, you will be able to see actual images of records and it's likely that marriages & deaths are also on the film for this time period.  Using the film is the safest way to make sure you are connecting the right people.  Good Luck!
I like the batch number idea, sounds great will try it some time. Thanks Mike.

Debbie, did not have much time this morning, but did notice the conflicting birth dates perhaps this new evidence can clear things up. Sometimes that iss all we have to work with. Send message when you may need assistance again. Have a Wonderful day. Mike
Thank you so much!! I am so excited!!!I have ordered the film and I can't wait to check out the batch number and web sites. I don't suppose anyone would know what kind of uniforms are in the photos?
Thanks again. It is great to have G2G!

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