Brick wall ancestor Haese from Prussia

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I am trying to find out more information about my ggg grandfather Friedrich Ferdinand Haese who emigrated to South Australia from Stettin, Prussia in 1849 (give or take 2 years). A published family history book said that his last name was changed from Hase to Haese after arriving in Australia however I have found no sources to verify this. A ship listing documents a Hase that may be him, but other ship listings around the same time document similar possibilities (e.g. Hesse and Haase). I know he was born 5 Jun 1822 in Stettin Prussia and his name is documented with different variations of three first names: Carl Ferdinan Friedrich in Australian records. Does anyone have any helpful resources, tips advice etc on how to find out more about this guy please?
WikiTree profile: Ferdinand Friedrich Haese
in Genealogy Help by Kylie Haese G2G6 Mach 9 (90.3k points)
I have a line of Hays in my tree that are supposed to be from Germany/Prussia but I hadn't found immigration records where they came to the US. I'm going to just take a few of these suggestions to search for since the pronounciation seems similar and more typically German that Hays, which always seemed more English/British spelling to me.

Maybe Hays may be a spelling in some records for you

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Kylie, I'm sure you've looked at a lot of alternate spellings of the surname, but I just had a thought that I'll throw in the mix. I had a friend whose last name was Heise, and I remember that she said her family arrived in this country from Germany in Wisconsin around 1850-ish. Good luck!

by Sandy Harris G2G5 (5.8k points)
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Genealoger lists some sources for Stettin church records. It doesn't seem to be fully up-to-date but maybe is a good start.

Then there is the state archive in Stettin:

Archiwum Państwowe w Szczecinie
ul. Św. Wojciecha 13.
PL 70-410 Szczecin



The website Archion is run by the Evangeliche Kirche in Deutschland and also provides access to protestant church books from the former Eastern provinces of Germany. Searches are free but they charge a fee for the actual record if found.

by Helmut Jungschaffer G2G6 Pilot (609k points)
Thank you I will definitely have a look at that!
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and there can be even another version. Have you tried to find Häse with the 2 points on the a? Usually the international transcription of the ä is ae.
by Jelena Eckstädt G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
Oh no I haven't. But it would make sense that he changed the spelling to ae after arriving in Australia if it was spelt with the ä. Thank you.

Hi Kylie, the answers given by Jelena and Helmut are very good.

The English type set was limited. There were common methods of transcribing some German letters. Another example is the German city name of Grünberg which was typed Gruenberg in my family history.

If you have not already done so I support the suggestion to e-mail the state archives to ask for help. Last year I got valuable help from Archiwum Państwowe w Białymstoku Oddział w Łomży to find birth certificates for family of my father-in-law.

Thanks Steve. Did you email the archive in English?

No, we did not email. Last year my wife and I went to Poland to look for information about her father's family which was deported to Siberia in 1940. We went to state archive in Łomża and knocked on the door. I am 100% confident that an email in English will be well understood. To work in those archives the staff have to cover a wide range of languages.

You have a huge advantage that you know a precise year of birth. The name is less clear but I'd write the request that in English the name is now written Haese, which is probably a transription of Häse or possibly a name a bit different.

I should add that a lot of Polish BDM records are available on-line, but I can not read Polish and I've never managed to find anything I'm looking for.

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