Any opinions on Jürgen von Damm and his genealogy work?

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During current research on the Grafen von Calw I'm coming across data suggesting a connection to the Carolingians via Charlemagne's daughter Hiltrud. Supposedly she married an Eberhard I Graf von Calw. Those are presented by Jürgen von Damm in a series of books titled Genealogie um die Familie v. Damm in Braunschweig between 1970 and 2000. This was published by the Familienkundliche Kommission für Niedersachsen und Bremen sowie Angrenzende Ostfälische Gebiete, a private organization since dissolved. I don't have access to the books. This sounds fishy as it is generally believed that the von Calw were first mentioned in documents in the 11th century. Since this has found it's way into the German Wikipedia article on the House of Calw (without attribution) I'm looking for other research debunking this so that the Wikipedia article can be challenged.

in Genealogy Help by Helmut Jungschaffer G2G6 Pilot (552k points)

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Sorry Helmut, I've just come across this G2G question so, I'm not sure if you are still interested in an answer.

Siegfried Rösch in his Caroli Magni Progenies, published in 1977 thinks that Hiltrud may have been the mother of Ricbodo (Richabod) Abbot of St Riquier, possibly with a noble named Richwin, but he also mentions the connection to the Calw counts.

However he cites an earlier work by Friedrich Lucae, published in 1702, Des Heiligen Römischen Reichs uhralter GraffenSaal  The section of the Counts of Calw starts on page 882 - see here.

I guess von Damm has based his work on this earlier one.

by John Atkinson G2G6 Pilot (535k points)
Thanks for the source, will look closer as soon as things around here have settled down more. Right now I have only very limited time to deal with this issue.

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