How can I add parents to Anton Brunnemann when I only have names and no birth or death information?

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WikiTree profile: Anthony Brunnemann
in Genealogy Help by Mary Ellen Brunnemann G2G Crew (380 points)
retagged by Dorothy Barry
His death certificate shows parents, Frederick Brunnemann and Katherine Schmidt, in Germany. Maybe that will help?  Here's where I found it:

"New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949," database, FamilySearch( : 10 February 2018), Anthony Brunnemann, 08 Jun 1932; citing Death, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 2,069,962.
His marriage certificate shows Ferdinand Brunnemann and Marie Guestchow. Since this information was given by him that is who I believe are his parents.

No one else from his family came to the United States. I have a photo of  what I believe are his sisters and their husbands taken in Charlottensburg, Berlin, Germany.

I have not had any luck connecting to any other Brunnemann's in the US.

I thank you for trying though

Do you have any more information where that birth place "Ritelitz" is coming from? Could it be Anglicized from Reitlitz? Not that I can find that either but there have been questions in genealogy blogs and on Geni about a Reitlitz in the Fürstentum Reuß ältere Linie, and the closest I can come is the town of Reudnitz there.

Hi Helmut

I've lost most of my German, but in my mind it is a much more literal language than English.  In English we play games with sounds, so yes Ritelitz likely indicates how a word sounded to English ears.  But I'm not sure I would jump to Reudnitz because it also sounds similar. I don't think the German language plays the same sort of word games - the meaning is important.  So I would also look for a place name that is related to the meaning of those sounds.  

Just thinking at my keyboard, the litz means "Line", and so does your " ältere Linie".  In fact the place name might simply be a version of Reuss-lizt (which can also be spelled Reuß) - equivalent to  Fürstentum Reuß ältere Linie (or the Reuss Elder Line Principality).  Maybe the name of the principality was specific enough.

Then it could also refer to Greiz, which I'm reading was the capital. 

It does give you a specific focus for the research though.  It might help to find a historian who researches Germany at this period.  Food for thought.

I do believe it is Retelitz, Schaprode, Germany. I have a photo that was taken in Bergen, Rugen (umlat over the u) of a woman who looks like one in the family photo mentioned previously.

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Is this person Anton's father: 

Frederick Brünnemann

BIRTH 1842


DEATH 23 Nov 1899 (aged 56–57)

by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (2.6m points)
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In 1886 Prussia had already civil registration. The Standesamt for Schaprode is in the Amt West Rügen, contact:

Frau Carmen Karbe, Standesamt/Tourismus, email:

At least you could get some information about availability of records. However, I would look for Anton Wilhelm Friedrich Brunnemann or Brünnemann.


by Helmut Jungschaffer G2G6 Pilot (552k points)
Thank you for your suggestion. I will see if that leads me anywhere.

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