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My great-grandfather was F.W. Edwin Brokowski, born in Memel 25 Aug 1842, son of Franz Brokowski and Mathilde Werner. I would like any help anyone can suggest as to how I might find records of his birth or family in Lithuania today.
Also spelled Benvenuto. The family lived in Isola d'Istria, an island off the coast of present-day Slovenia, in the mid 1800's. They were Italian speaking, and moved to Trieste in the early 1900's.
The family lived in Gelterkinden, in Basel-land, Switzerland, in the 1600's and 1700's.
Wilhelm Edward Spangehl, my great-grandfather, came from Ragnit, near Tilset on the East Prussian-Luthianian border, where he was born in 1819. He married Dora Ernestina Heidenreich, who was from Daber in Pommerania, and they had several sons, most of whom died. With one, Carl (or Charles) they emmigrated about 1854 and settled in Troy, New York, where Wilhelm set up as a bookbinder, printing blank books. He moved to New York about 1860, and his printing company, W. E. Spangehl & Sons, lasted until the early 1930's. His other sons were Frederick (my grandfather) and Louis. Contact me (email@example.com)if you might be related.
(By the way, the picture isn't me -- I don't look like FDR.)
My Bologna ancestor lived in Isola, on the Adriatic south of Trieste, about 1805 to at least 1866.
I suspect "Spanghel" is just a misspelling of "Spangehl," which is the way my family has always spelled it. German names with a vowel + H to indicate the vowel is pronounced long are common: Fehr, Gehl (a tractor company in Wisconsin), etc. All my life people have had trouble spelling and pronouncing my name, except when I've visited Germany and Switzerland.
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