Information for all with German Roots: "Evangelisch" is no place, it refers to the protestant religion

+17 votes
I'm just cleaning up locations, since that is the current Data Doctor's Challenge and I see very often in German locations (I make up something now) "Evangelisch, Bonn, Westfalen, Preußen." or "Katholisch, Karlsruhe, Baden". Neither this "Evangelisch" nor "Katholisch" is actually a place, it refers to the religion of the parents as they are mainly used in Baptism records. "Katholisch" is "catholic" and "evangelisch" is in most cases that what is called "lutheran" in the USA.

While I make a note in the biography of the profiles I clean from those "places", I hope to have helped the folks with German roots here to clean up those profiles themselves, as I know this bug comes actually from the FamilySearch database.
in Genealogy Help by Jelena Eckstädt G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
Excellent suggestion and explanation, Jelena. I've seen  a few of these in my rambling searches through the trees.
Thanks, Jelena.  Many people do not have even a few clues about other nations and their languages, I'm sorry to say. In my childhood/high school freshman year, I took a German language class or two. I also passed a German literary exam on the reading of Schiller's literary criticism (almost pure hell, but because of the professor, who made me take it twice because I had not translated four words correctly. If that had happened to me in this era, I'd have gone directly to the Dean or at least the Chair of Language Studies. In that whole year, I grew to dislike German. (and yes, my father and his mother were Germans.) But I can half-way translate some texts and some opera dialogue.(Useful? you tell me.) (smiling emoji goes here!)

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+7 votes
Grrrrr. I just checked mine and found two. I should know better. Thanks Jelena for bringing this up.
by Richard Devlin G2G6 Pilot (424k points)
Richard, I'm sure the two came from a quick cut and paste. So often we don't proofread.

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