How do i research records from Germany?
I am researching an ancestor "FREDERICK WILLIAM ISENHOOD who was born in Frankfort on the Main, Germany in 1834.
He went to Australia approximately 1855 on the ship "Caesar Godefroy" . The German spelling of his name is "EISENHAUER" i think.
He married JOHANNA CATHERINE MARY NEILSON -( born 1850 in Hamburg) I don't have any ships records for her yet, so i don't know when she emigrated to Australia. All i know of Johanna is that she was know as 'MARY' and her father's name was JENS. Johanna is also listed as- JOHANNA C.M., Johanna K.M., MARY J.C. and MARY C.J.
JOHANNA and FREDERICK were married in Wellingrove ( between Inverell and Glen Innes) in 1867. Frederick was 32yrs old and employed as a Railway worker. Their first child ANASTINA C. was born in Inverell in 1868. They then moved on to Armidale where FREDERICK WILLIAM jnr and MARY E. were born in 1870 and 1871. In 1876 they are recorded as settled in Newcastle, where they had another 13 children.
Frederick and Johanna's other children were;
1868 ARNASTINA C. (ERNISTINA?) born in Inverell- - 1882 ALBERT E. born in Newcastle- -
1870 FREDERICK W. jnr born in Armidale - - 1884 LUCY M. born in Newcastle- - 1871 MARY E. born in Armidale- - 1886 AUGUSTUS H. born in Newcastle- - 1873 ANNA LOUISA born in Inverell-- 1888 FLORENCE M. born in Newcastle - - 1874 ELLEN CATHERINE born in Inverell- -1889 EVA.V.A. born in Newcastle - - 1876 JOHN GEORGE born in Newcastle - - 1891 LILLIAN G.L. born in Newcastle- - 1878 ALICE M. born in Newcastle- - 1892 ELSIE M. born in Newcastle- - 1880 ERNEST HENRY born in Newcastle-- 1895 HILDA M. born in Newcastle.
Frederick Snr died 1st April 1909 aged 75 at Merewether and is buried in the Church of England section of Sandgate Cemetery ( Newcastle)
Johanna died in 1926 at Ashfield ( Sydney)
I would love to be able to research Frederick and Johanna's beginnings in Germany- but don't know how to go about it. I understand many records were lost in the war years. I would love any further information on them - or how to research in Germany.