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Category: European (non-modern-day Germany) Research

Research done for non-modern-day Germany, i.e. ancestral research in other European countries that may or may not have been a part of either Germany or Prussia.

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Is Poland genealogy research German Genealogy research? Kowel, Poland is probably Kowal, Poland!

  • Bonnie Balogh Rosado This must bring you tons of joy to bless people like this, Mike!   Monday at 4:38am ·

Karl-Michael Sala Blessing thousands of the Living and the Deceased. I am accountable to them all. And, they are all counting on Lynell & me to find ’em in historical images.

“Karl! Help me find my ancestors–before I become one!”

Our client in this case is a commercial pilot who says his Poland immigrant ancestor came from “Kowel”. No such place; therefore, we say Kowal.
1909 NY Passenger listing for the target ancestor says he came from Dabrowka, which is probably Dąbrówka, abt 5 km to the south of Kowal, Poland. I’m buyin’ it. How about you? Yes, I realize it “needs more research.” If you click on the map, it will go to another website, but clicking on the NY Passenger Listing should keep you here.
RE: The spelling of Dabrowka (or any other place, for that matter!): If you’re a customs agent processing hundreds, if not thousands of immigrants, if an immigrant says to you: ” Dąbrówka [dɔmˈbrufka],” would you care whether Dąbrówka is correctly spelled? Not only “no” but “heck, no!” Out of the numerous Dąbrówka places in Europe, would you care which one it was & will you write down the name of the count(r)y or district for Dąbrówka (or any other place, for that matter?) Also, a resounding “no.” So, we’ll forgive them all & press on with our hypothesis that Jan is from the Dąbrówka just a few kilometers south of Kowal. Click on image to view in large format!
SteamShip Zeeland; on 27 February 1909 departed Antwerp, Belgium; traveling without others by the same name, but someone from the same village was a few lines above him. Arrived 9 March 1909 in NY. Note that Jan (pronounced Yawn] was on his way to Cincinnati [area]! Father’s name appears to be Franisek Spilizewski. We are proud to report that all these data, the entire document & image are heretofore unknown, NEW DATA, DOCUMENTS & IMAGES for the client!
Kowal google map
Posted on Facebook:  Just cracked another case for Poland: I found that the target ancestor originated from a little village just south of Kowal (not Kowel), Poland by the name of Dabrowka.  This, for Jan Spilizewski, a client’s matriarchal grandfather! 1909 Feb 27 departed Antwerp on the SS Zeeland; arrived NY 9 Mar 1909! Father looks like Franisek… oh, boy…
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FamilySearch – Granite Mountain Records Vault, Part 1 has done much for professional German Genealogy

This is the initial video pertaining to the stunning GMRV.
But, heck, somebody has to do the actual research & reading of the old German handwritings! Hey, that’s what we have done since 1979–professional German Genealogy research! If you are able, serious & willing to pay for research, call Karl-Michael Sala, CGO, to discuss your case: 1-480-507-3316 = 1-888-456-7252

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Yet another German Genealogy research case is cracked! This time the MANZ case: conceived, strategized & researched alone by Lynell Pierce Sala, our Research Director!

 (photo as a 1972 18-yr old) Karl-Michael Sala  writes:
Coming in “the front door,” its solution was NOT apparent.  But by her trying the side-door & that tiny basement window–so to speak–Lynell Pierce Sala solved this MANZ case!  Having used an online gazetteer for Saxony (Sachsen), Prussia (Preussen), Lynell Pierce Sala,  our Research Director, ascertained the Catholic parish for Flessau.  Not that she was looking for Catholics, but rather the Evangelical Lutheran Reformed Church (Evangelische Reformierte Kirche) records.  But because the Catholic records for Flessau were listed to be in Stendal, Sachsen, Preussen (Prussia), Lynell hypothesized that Flessau’s Lutheran Reformed church members may have been a part of Stendal’s parish.  Indeed.   You see, there is no gazetteer for the Reformed Records, but rather just the Evangelical Lutheran parishes. <FastForward>
BINGO!  There was the target ancestor, having been born on the exact day the client thought!  Lynell Pierce Sala single-handedly cracked the MANZ case for our South African client.  The client has been emailed & has been requested to send another retainer to continue that research in the available microfilms–& that’s in addition to continuing on-site research in Germany on a few of his other lineages.  10/29/2010 update:  Large retainer wire transfer is on the way!
Lynell would not post this, but I will. I am so proud of our Lynie! She is a crucial link in our Team at
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MAP: Germans in Eastern Europe5.png

FamilySearch Centers  From FamilySearch Wiki via  “Karl Sala” via probably G David Dilts of the FHL of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City  &/or Ann Roach, a private German Genealogist who has–just like me–volunteered many hours at the FHL in Salt Lake City & in FHCs other states & countries.  This, to help patrons with their German-American Genealogy & Euro-German Genealogy & global German Genealogy in other worldwide countries research.

 There were certainly several East European areas where Germans were residing which are not shown on this map.  E.g. many German Lutherans in Lithuania (Littau).  There, Lynell & Karl-Michael Sala skillfully & massively researched the difficult old German handwriting & German Genealogy of SCHWELLNUS (SZWELNUS), et al. for a client who resides in South Africa.  However, this demographic map is a good start.

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Description: Map of approximate locations of major German settlements in eastern Europe, including Baltic Germans, Banat, Batschka, Bessarabia, Black Sea Germans, Bukovina, Carpathian Germans, Caucasus, Crimea, Dobruja, Galicia, Ingermanland, Orenburg, Poland, Samara-Kuybychev, Sathmar, Swabian Turkey, Transylvania, Volga, and Volhynia.
Drawn by: Diltsgd (FamilySearch Wiki).
Date: Original 19 June 2008; updated 9 March 2009.
Source: Own work.
Permission: Public domain. I, Diltsgd [FamilySearch Wiki], the copyright holder of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. This applies worldwide. In case this is not legally possible: I grant anyone the right to use this work for any purpose, without any conditions, unless such conditions are required by law.

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$10,000 request for German Genealogy research? How do you do it?

Originally submitted on 2010/09/15
Jo Meyer
wrote: Ten thousand dollars to someone on the internet. wow. How do you do it?

Karl-Michael Sala replies: Yes, & how do we have the confidence to request large-size retainers from total strangers who live thousands of kilometers/miles away across the ocean & reside on other continents?

As one client emphatically stated: “With flair & panache!” OK, it was by electronic funds transfer (EFT)–but only after an excellent fact-finding, relationship-building, excellent conversation & email exchanges about their German Genealogy Research.

How we can command these sorts of retainers is simply because we can perform searches with analysis, data, documents & images that the above search engines & many other researchers simply canNOT perform! With our expert experience, we can be even more googly than Googlers at Google! Yes, using Google also, I perchance work independently for clients .

FACTS & TRACK RECORD: Since 1979, Lynell & Karl-Michael Sala have found THOUSANDS of data, documents & images on ancestral family members for HUNDREDS of clients (paid expert consultative research) & patrons (volunteer FHC & private consultative work)! Our objective is to move that final “HUNDREDS” statistic into the “THOUSANDS” range. We’re not far.

The retainer request amount is a mindset, but securing larger retainers for research does not happen very often. You see, most people actually & truly have thousands of $ of research that needs be done.

The clients who have paid us large retainers ($1,000+) have never complained. The clients who gave us the most trouble are the ones who gave us the smallest retainers! Is there a message here? We are not in the welfare business & German Genealogy Research is not welfare! The advent of the internet causes many to say that “genealogy should be free.” OK, perhaps. But German Genealogy Research is not!

Expensive? No, Ma’am. Expensive is when you spend 30 years just TRYING to find what we often find in one day! Some people spend thousands of $ just “visiting” Germany to just “see the land of their ancestors.” How would it be if we helped you find the specific village & introduce you to (historical images of data & documents of) your German ancestral family members?

Lois Jurss paid me $1,000 for something I found within one day–the name of the precise Polish (actually Prussian at the time) village whence her target ancestor originated: Tirschtiegel, Posen, Preussen; now Trzciel, Poznan, Poland. Was she upset? Heck, no. She’d been seeking that data for over a decade! We seek more clients like Lois.

After conversations & emails, a recent client paid an advance of several thousand $ for our team of German researchers. This, to get all over their German ancestry, genealogy & family history! We found pertinent data on each of the four lineages! One is inconclusive. The others are startling successes.

This client had put “German Genealogist” in an online Search Engine. Guess who comes up to the top of the list? Right. We do: It is called Search Engine Optimization. Would you like to also be SEO’d? Email my webmaster:

The client via his office assistant had been trying in vain to do geographically dispersed genealogy research on their own. In frustration–along with a fervent desire for dual citizenship–they finally contacted me through this website. They subsequently called & emailed me from South Africa. I suppose there are not very many professional German Genealogists in South Africa who could effectively handle his difficult cases.

We ascertained precisely which of several Hillesheims was the correct one. We then found one ancestor not in that parish, but rather a neighboring parish entirely. Thank goodness within the target parish of Hillesheim Kreis Oppenheim (not Daun), we found mention of the male spouse of another person by the same last name had come from that second locale–just 3 kilometers down the road! Well, that now becomes a research hypothesis that will require some further on-site research. Priced any flights to Germany lately?

After that case, we then scoured & exhausted the difficult records for the parish of Schakuhnen or Schakendorf (depending on who’s doing the writing & when). Specifically, but along with other Doerfer (villages) within that parish: Luttkomanscheit, et var., which we ascertained was once known also as “Luttken.” All were once a part of Ostpreussen or East Prussia, but are now in Lithuania, a former Soviet Socialist Republic.

If you ever published anything, you know what I mean when I say: Most of the ready-for-publication research is digitized, cropped, enlarged, analyzed, reported on, tweaked & uploaded by numerous specific family- & surnmame-oriented research reports on–oh, gosh–two different Mueller lines (Germany & Poland); Schwellnus/Szwelnus.

Just since Memorial Day 2010, my research director wife & I, Karl-Michael Sala aka have cracked 6 cases in 6 locations! To take the analogy yet further, we have extended beyond the crack & have gone much deeper in quantity & quality!

“Lynell & Karl! Please find my ancestors–before I become one!”

Yes, you may quote me & our clients, but please provide our full names & websites: Lynell & Karl-Michael Sala = & 1-888-456-7252 (24-hr toll-free US/CANADA)

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Endorsement by former Detroit auto engineer, for German Genealogy & Family History Research Done By Lynell & Karl-Michael Sala, Ancestral Germanic Genealogist since 1979! a/k/a since 2008!

Endorsement for Family History Research Done By Karl-Michael Sala, Ancestral Germanic Genealogist since 1979! since 2008!

by Karl Schipper, a Detroit auto engineer, who is a stickler for details

Having hired Karl-Michael Sala saved me dollars, efforts, frustration & research time! During 2007-2008, Karl and his wife, Lynell, meticulously researched my ancestral family members from several villages in and around Kreis Rastenburg in Ostpreussen (East Prussia), 1884 –> 1741.

I provided Karl the name of the ancestral village (Ploetnick) and sufficient data to provide the foundation of the family tree. Karl found them not only in Plötnick, but going back in time, he also ascertained and researched a few other nearby parishes or origin for other ancestral family members!

Karl is adamant about having a firm foundation upon which to work. This is because he has often found cracks or flaws in the research already done by the client. A firm foundation significantly reduces the risk of researching the wrong family, saving time and money.

The ability to obtain records from East Prussia is usually problematic, for many parish registers & churches of Prussia were destroyed during World Wars 1 and 2. In my case, Karl was able to locate microfilmed records right here in the USA for the target European locations. A cost-saving service Karl provides is to verify that records exist and that the family name is truly in the records–before he takes on the project!

Karl and Lynell do more than just provide data for a family tree. The records they locate usually contain other interesting facts that are given to the client.

For example, one of my 4th great-grandfathers, a widower, age 50. an innkeeper, marries my 4th great grandmother, age 23. Their first child was born 2 months later and they had an additional 5 children afterwards. This method of providing data makes the ancestors real–instead of just a series of dates and places.

He also provided very detailed images (1:100,000) of pre-WW1 and modern maps showing locations of ancestral family members’ villages.

Karl provides detailed sources for each datum he provides. Foreign language documents written in the old Germanic Handschrift (digital or paper) are highlighted showing the data referred to. This provides documentation that assures even the unschooled client that the data Karl provides is accurate.
Old German Type & Handwriting

He also provides names of web sites the client may be interested in perusing more about the history of the area of ancestral origin.

If a client wishes, Karl also takes on the role of research instructor. This allows the client to follow his work and learn the process he goes through. He is happy to share his research knowledge. As a Detroit auto engineer, who is a stickler for details, I am grateful to have learned much from Karl about the research process.

Karl Schipper

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Want to hire a German Genealogist for your German Genealogy? Go with a proven one: Karl-Michael Sala!

Karl-Michael Sala = The German Genealogist
Karl-Michael Sala = The German Genealogist
50% discount on your initial international genealogy research retainer! So, the larger your retainer, the bigger the research bang for your buck!

10% RESIDUAL (yes, on-going) research credit or commission paid out for referrals! Unheard of! But then, since 1979, Karl is always performing unheard of research practices & procedures. To wit, Karl is having “heard of” research successes for his global, international German genealogy research clients!

To wit: Since 1979, The German Genealogist, Karl-Michael Sala, has found THOUSANDS of data, documents & images on THOUSANDS of ancestral family members for HUNDREDS of clients, friends, family, patrons & himself !

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Massive old German handwriting translations for my own ancestry–what a concept!

Kassel-State Church-Archive
Kassel-State Church-Archive
Got German Genealogy? Email your query today. Time is short. Send your retainer today & get a 50% discount on your initial genealogy research retainer. The more you send, the more for which you will get TWICE AS MUCH RESEARCH! I am now slowly, albeit surely, translating the crucial words within the paper images of my Kassel-area, Hessen, Germany ancestral family entries from the Landeskirchlichen Archivs Kassel, Hessen, Germany. These are births, confirmations, marriages & deaths!

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Landeskirchlichen Archivs Kassel mails us 2 CDs of digital images of research we in January 2008!

Landeskirchlichen Archivs Kassel, Hessen, Germany (Deutschland)
Landeskirchlichen Archivs Kassel, Hessen, Germany (Deutschland)
Time is short. Are you finally ready for some serious USA, German-American, immigration or Euro-German, Prussian ancestral, genealogical, or family historical research? Landeskirchliches Archiv Kassel mailed us 2 CD-ROMs of my own German genealogy research we did over a year ago! Now, we have both hard copies & digital images of hundreds of ancestral entries of births, confirmations, marriages & deaths. These digital images are priceless because we can manipulate, edit, enlarge & enhance, share, email, post to websites, etc. This we also do for our clients?

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Using “Prussian Genealogist” as a search parameter, after more than a decade, a past client finds Karl-Michael Sala & hires him again!

Grant Sommerfeld, client of = Karl-Michael Sala =
Grant Sommerfeld, client of = Karl-Michael Sala =
September 12, 2009
Recommendations for International German Genealogist at

Grant Sommerfeld (client)
Grant hired you as a Genealogical Research in 1996 {1}
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity

“”Over a decade ago, I had the pleasure of hiring & working with Karl-Michael Sala, Accredited Genealogist (German), when I hit my first roadblock in my “Germans from Russia” genealogical research. I found his North American and European research, as well as his follow-up telephone & mail support to be excellent. Karl-Michael Sala, now a/k/a, helped get me onto the right track and my research has continued. I am now about to begin another phase of work with this professional and committed genealogist. Why? Because I found him by having done a search of “Prussian Genealogist.” It is his modus operandi to communicate well and spend extra time to obtain some good digital data, documents and images for his clients.”
Service Category: Genealogical Research Year first hired: about 1996

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