focke goldenstein

Ancestral Clues and Lessons: Focke Janssen Goldenstein

Focke Janssen Goldenstein was born in 1857 in Wrisse, Ostfriesland, Germany and died in Golden, Adams County, Illinois, in 1913. He married Anna Dirks in Coatsburg, Adams County, Illinois. Some things I’ve learned about research from Focke: the importance of migration chains. Focke’s parents and two siblings remained in Germany, but he was part of a […]


Let My Son Go: He’s Too Small and Weak for the Army and Needs to Emigrate With Friends

There is always a little more to the story. In an earlier post, “Focke Returns to Germany in 1879,” discussion focused on two passenger manifest entries for Focke Goldenstein and his March 1879 naturalization in Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois, around which those naturalizations were sandwiched: 3 November 1873, arrival in New York City on the Weser […]

The Kinfolk Witness an 1884 Land Claim Statement

We’ve mentioned the incomplete land homestead claim in Dawson County, Nebraska, for Cornelia Albers before. Cornelia’s father was a first cousin of my ancestor, Focke J. Goldenstein, who also settled in Dawson County. A statement Cornelia makes in support of that claim on 1 July 1884 makes for a good illustration of the importance of […]

Confirmation Clues to Focke’s Galesburg Connection

Current genealogical theory indicates that an exhaustive search should always be performed as a part of the research process. I say…look at everything. As mentioned earlier, Focke Goldenstein–an Adams County, Illinois, resident in 1880 and 1881 and who probably settled in Adams County, Illinois upon his immigration in 1873–naturalized in Knox County, Illinois. The question […]