Need help with German place names and LNAB

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I’m looking for advice for German place names and a LNAB...

What are the places in the immigration record?

Fritz was born 27 April 1898 in Germany. His immigration record https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX1B-3JW identifies the town he immigrated from, as well as the town where his mother Matilda (?) was born and her brother’s name. His father Ernest immigrated first; his mother, Fritz and brothers Carl and Ernest followed in 1909.

He does not yet have a profile; his sources are in the Research Notes for his wife. From 1925 and later he spelled his name Fritz Schultz. Earlier records have the following surname spellings.

1909 immigration Schultes 1910 census Shultes 1915 census Schults 1917 draft registration Schultes 1920 census Shultz 1923 marriage Schultes

I am positive about his birthdate, since we always shared a birthday cake.

WikiTree profile: Marian Schultz
in Genealogy Help by Kay Knight G2G6 Pilot (418k points)

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Interesting record. 

The Schultz family grouping is recorded as coming from "Wiescheid". But then note the "closest family member" from their origins is "brother Fritz [Heist? Leist?], Eisch str[asse] 4, Ohlig [P?]olingen. 

A search of google maps finds Wiescheid near Langenfeld here.

Note that to the northeast is Solingen. And Ohligs is due north of Wiescheid.

by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (779k points)
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And on the second page of the image his mother's place of birth is Mechrschiedt ??

The family before them in the record is another mother and children from the same place. This backs up the family story that friends from the same area came to work in the knife factory.

It does make sense that Uncle Fritz, the oldest, was named after his uncle (the closest family member of his mother who remained in Germany)
Forgot to look at page 2! Mehrscheid is between Ohligs and Solingen. It's not a town but a region on current google maps.
Solingen has church and civil records on microfilm, one of which includes Merscheid.

Unfortunately, the LDS is no longer renting out films to local family history centers, so you'd have to find someone in Salt Lake to do the research for you (or go there yourself).
Thanks so very much! I might have to plan a trip with a stop in Salt Lake....

You would think that a trained geographer and retired cartographer would know to look at Google maps! Sometimes I just get lost in the trees and can't see the forest. Given that all the towns are so close, I did an uncertain on his place of birth, and created him as Fritz Schultz. I have yet to add my blog for 52 Ancestors Another Language -- Uncle Fritz taught me to count to ten in German and to swear, much to my aunt's chagrin.

I did find a possible on his mother's maiden name on his brother's marriage record.

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