Peter Petersen or Peterson born abt 1860 Germany/Denmark

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I am looking for any and all information about Peter and his parents John and Kate. Especailly where they came from and did his parents also come to America? According to his death certificate he was born abt 1860 in Germany.Family legend has it that he was born in Denmark.

He died November 21,1893 in NYC and had five children.

He married Ellen Riordan add had three children who lived to adulthood. John F,, (born January 1888) Cornelius, and Catherine.

I am son John's grandson.

Thank you for any advice
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in Genealogy Help by Eric Yates G2G1 (1.2k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

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You are most likely dealing with the former Duchy of Schleswig which went back and forth between Denmark and Germany in the 19th century and ended up finally divided between the two countries. Unfortunately there are no central archives and all vital records prior to 1876 consist of church books held at the individual parish or if older than 30 years after the last entry at the "Kirchenkreis" the parish belonged to. With Petersen being a very common name it would probably be necessary to find out more about where he came from.
by Helmut Jungschaffer G2G6 Pilot (544k points)

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