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My family tree is at <https://gw.geneanet.org/dml1958>.
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Dieter is the son of Hannelore (Grabow) Hahn DNA confirmed
This makes Hannelore the mother of Dieter.
01 OCT 1984.
Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Deutschland.
Occupation: Polizeivollzugsbeamter des Bundes; retired on 31 March 2020
Surnames that I research in the order of frequency of occurrence in my ancestor list
Finnern (Often used name in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany); meaning unknown
Möller (Möller is the Low German form of "Müller" (Miller) and is one of the most common family names in Germany)
Kruse (Kruse is the Low German form of "Krause" and comes from the Middle Low German word krüs "lured")
Studt (Studt is a Low German form of "Stüde, Stüder" and comes from the Old German word stude = "perennial, bush")
Pump (The name Pump can have two meanings: 1. a person who operates a pump (pumper) 2. from pumping = borrow something)
Tegen (from the Old High German degan or Old Saxon thegan with the meaning "young warrior")
Römer (Roman, a common German surname. The name has different origins: a) the Rome pilgrim b) Merchants who traded with Rome c) seldom an origin from Rome).
Rickert (Rickert is the Low German form of "Richard". The name is composed of the Old High German word syllables "richi" = rich, powerful and "hard" = strong.)
Harm (In North German a short form for the given name Harmen for "Hermann" from Old High German heri = army and man = man)
Kaiser (From Middle High German keiser 'Kaiser', probably as an allusion to the proud, vain behavior of earlier namesakes)
Poggensee (The name is based on the place name Poggensee, which occurs twice in Schleswig-Holstein. It is derived from po = Slavic "am, bei" and kanitze = hawk forest; "po kense" thus means "Am Habichtswald" )
Biel (Biel is the Low German form of "Beil". From the Old High German "billi" = "battleaxe, sword, hatchet")
Bormann (Middle North German residential name "born" = "Brunnen", for someone who lives by a well)
Hildebrandt (Hildebrand is an old Germanic name, which is composed of the words hiltja or hild (Old High German or Old Saxon " fight") and brand (Old High German, Old Saxon "fire blight", but also "sword", metronym for "flaming sword"))
Tim (Diminutive form of the DIET names; from Gothic thiuda, Old High German diot, Middle High German diet = the people)
Appel (It is a patronymic of the German name Apel. The given name is a two stem short form to full forms with the first member in Old High German adal , Old Saxon *athali ' Noble' and the second member in Old High German beraht , Old Saxon berht 'bright, shining')
Petersen (It is a patronymic for the given name Peter. In its Latin form, the given name found Petrus, which in turn goes back to the Greek name Pétros (Greek pétra 'rock'))
Rohlfs (It is a patronymic of the German name Rolf. The given name is a two stem short form of full forms with the first member hruod in old high German, old Saxon *hrōth , *rōth fame and the second member wolf in old high German, old Saxon wulf ‘wulf ')
Lewerenz (It is a patronymic for the given name Laurenz. The original Latin name Laurentius is derived from the same Roman surname (Latin Laurentius 'the one from the city of Laurentum)) - there is a possible second meaning!
Lüth (meaning unknown)
These are the 20 most common surnames in my ancestor list.
Ancestors Research Statistics for my children
Ancestors Research Statistics for my children
Relation to Catharina + Christopher Lewerenz
Total # of possible ancestors
# reduced due to pedigree collapse
# of identified Ancestors
% of identified Ancestors
# on WikiTree
# still to find
Urgroßeltern (Great grandparents)
Alteltern (2nd great grandparents)
Altgroßeltern (3rd great grandparents)
Alturgroßeltern (4th great grandparents)
Obereltern (5th great grandparents)
Obergroßeltern (6th great grandparents)
Oberurgroßeltern (7th great grandparents)
Stammeltern (8th great grandparents)
Stammgroßeltern (9th great grandparents)
Stammurgroßeltern (10th great grandparents)
Ahneneltern (11th great grandparents)
The resesearch statistics with the brick walls and the pedigree collapses you find here:
First-hand information. Entered by Dieter Lewerenz at registration.
Birth Certificate of Dieter Martin Lewerenz, Registration No. 132/1958, Registration Office Bad Segeberg, Kreis Segeberg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, personal copy in private files
Marriage Certificate of Dieter Martin Lewerenz, Registration No. 12/1987, Registration Office Leezen, Kreis Segeberg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, personal copy in private files
Maternal relationship is confirmed by an autosomal AncestryDNA test match between Dieter Lewerenz and Hannelore (Grabow) Hahn, his mother (direct ancestor). Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: Mother, based on sharing 3449 cM across 27 segments.
Here you can find a German-English glossary for genealogical terms which I have written. It will be expanded step by step and primarily serves English-speaking users of WikiTree to better understand German terms in old German documents such as church records, wills, civil registers etc. Suggestions for improvements and wishes for specific terms are welcome. The glossary contains about 1000 German terms:
On this page I present the genealogical symbols and characters I use on WikiTree and in correspondence. The prerequisite for me is that they are unique and can be easily displayed with a computer keyboard:
This page is intended to give an overview of German names and German naming law and, as a consequence, explain how to enter them into the appropriate fields on WikiTree. It is avaible in a German and English version: