Index lists have been created for many of the Wehdem films. These files are lists of the entries in the church record books at Wehdem Church in Stemwede. The files are organized according the births, marriages or deaths. The dates for each file correspond to the dates on the microfilm copies of the church books available through the Latter Day Saints Family History Centers. Here's a list of the microfilm records available from the Church of Latter Day Saints Family History Centers. Each index file may be organized one of two ways. All are organized primarily by year. The secondary order of listing is either in order of entry or in alphabetical order with the entry number listed. These are in both Microsoft Word files and Acrobat PDF files. You may wish to save them to your hard drive to perform repeat searches.
There are a couple of primary abbreviations in the files: gen. & geb. These are short for
"genannt" and "geboren". "Genannt" means that the family is called by another name, usually someone married a female landowner (widow or there were no sons) and the husband took her name.
"Geboren" indicates that the bride was most likely getting married for the 2nd time or more. The
"geboren" name would be her maiden name. Some files do not show "geb" or
"gen", but have multiple names shown for the groom or bride. These would indicate that one of these two situations is present.
Wehdem Records Index Files
The PDF documents are smaller in size and, thus a quicker download. They
also have the data formatted in columns, so it easier to read.The Latter Day
Saints Library Microfilm Number is noted at the end for each.
ALL of them together:
PDF Format & MS Word
Files (.doc) - . The Latter
Day Saints Library Microfilm Number is noted at the end for each.
Nearly all combined:
of Names: Your family name may be Becker, but suddenly you can't find any.
Particularly in the earlier records, the names were spelled by the pastor since
many people couldn't read. A new pastor may have meant a new spelling. This is a compilation of many of the names from the Wehdem parish and variations
in the spellings for them. Thanks to John Rohlfing for creating it. My own line, Rübeck, has been spelled at least 17
different ways. This is a Adobe Acrobat PDF document. To view, click the link,
to download, right click the link and choose "save target as".
House Numbers of Wehdem Parish: Here's a list of the house numbers and families in Wehdem, Oppendorf, & Oppenwehe, listed both alphabetically and numerically by village.
>> Here's an explanation of the housing numbers, including the "bei" references.<<
German Keyboard Layout - now that you found names in your family, how do you
get that blasted ä,ö, ü or ß on your computer? There are methods using the
alt-key functions you can find in character map, as shown here: http://www.wmich.edu/languages/german/studyhelp.htm
Last Updated: 03/10/2007