George Rolfes, b. 1839 in Germany, imm. to Cincinnati, Ohio

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I am looking for any information for George Rolfes, who was born in 1839 and immigrated to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1862.  He married Louise or Louisa Meier or Meyers in 1869.

This is the shortest branch in my family tree, because I don't have any idea who his parents were.  He might have come from Hannover, but that might be a different George Rolfes.

I would appreciate any help, and any suggestions as to where to look for more information.  I will be in Cincinnati next Tuesday, and I hope to find some more sources for him while I am there, but I really don't know where to look next!


WikiTree profile: George Rolfes
in Genealogy Help by Susannah Rolfes G2G5 (5.9k points)

3 Answers

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There are 4 different George Rolfes pulling up on the Cincinnati Catholic Cemetery site: So one of those might be a lead.

Cincinnati has a rich German history. There were a few newspapers printed in German only for several years in Cincinnati. So, those could possibly be a resource.

This is a Facebook group that I participate in. There are a lot of knowledgeable people in the group, as well have descendants that may be able to give you a lead before your trip. You may even bump into a cousin or two on there. ;)
by NJ Penny G2G6 Pilot (144k points)
Also, Hamilton County has a pretty extensive free archive online. Here's the link:


Thank you, I have been trying to find a record of exactly when he died, and it was between the 1900 census and sometime in 1903.  I think this might be him (AUG 18, 1900), especially with how many extended family members are known to be in this same cemetery (St. Mary's in St. Bernard).  

Also, thank you for the other links, I might find something useful there.  I'd ideally like to know who his parents are, but perhaps cemetery records could help, now that I finally have a plausible grave for him!

You're welcome! Another place to check when you are in town is the downtown library. They have many death records on file that are not available on Ancestry and Family Search.
+3 votes
Cincinnati had two German newspapers, the Cincinnati Volksblat and the Volksfreund.   Most Death and Marriage notices will be in those, not the English papers.

The people at the Hamilton County Genealogical Society and the Cincinnati Public Library have been very helpful, and I am in Texas!

The Hamilton County Genealogical Society has many indexes on line, and their little membership fee is worth it for the access to German newspaper indexes.

It is unfortunate that the German's weren't very gossipy people.  Many of the Death and Marriage notices don't contain any other family information, but they usually DID notate where in Germany people were born in the Death Notices.

The German church history in Cincinnati is a mess.  However, there is a Microfilm of the registers that is not on line.  The Cincinnati Public Library also has the Microfilm.  You can find this information at the Hamilton County Genealogical Society webpage!

Good hunting!
by Wendy Fromme G2G6 Mach 2 (24.2k points)
Thanks, I'll look into that!
+3 votes

Looks like Mary Catherine was their daughter:

George Rolfes

mentioned in the record of Mary Catherine Rolfes

Name George Rolfes
gender Male
Wife Louisa Meier
Daughter Mary Catherine Rolfes

Other information in the record of Mary Catherine Rolfes

from Ohio Deaths

Name Mary Catherine Rolfes
Event Type Death
Event Date 05 Jun 1943
Event Place Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio
Gender Female
Age 74
Marital Status Single
Race white
Occupation at home
Birth Date 05 Jan 1869
Birthplace Cincinnati, Ohio
Birth Year (Estimated) 1869
Burial Date 08 Jun 1943
Cemetery St. Marys
Father's Name George Rolfes
Mother's Name Louisa Meier

Citing this Record

"Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 9 March 2018), George Rolfes in entry for Mary Catherine Rolfes, 05 Jun 1943; citing Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, reference fn 37681; FHL microfilm 2,024,134.


by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)
Thanks!  I have their children as William (Willie), Louisa, Edward (Eddie), August, and Dora, possibly Mary Catherine, and possibly George Raymond (who only lived 7 days).  I will move her from "probably" to "definitely!"
Sometimes a marriage record will show the names of the parents of each party, but I did not find the parents for George.
Perhaps they will have his parents' names or at least his birthplace on file at the cemetery.  

I was able to use your info about Mary Catherine to discover that Katie and Mary Catherine are the same child, which lead to a MUCH better profile for her!  Thanks for your help!

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